Overview by Jacques Plourde   

The past year has been both challenging and highly rewarding for the Canadian Nuclear Society. At the close of the year, the Society stands on the edge of important changes for the future.

Perhaps the first and most important change is the forthcoming departure of two colleagues who have long been an integral part of the Society. The first is the decision by Fred Boyd to end his role as Publisher of the CNS Bulletin after leading it for 25 years. The second is the decision by Denise Rouben to terminate her position as Office Manager. Both Fred and Denise have served the Society long and well, and we owe them grateful thanks for their superb work.

The CNS has been a large part of a new initiative within Canada’s various nuclear organizations. The formation of the N6 group, sponsored by the Nuclear Leadership Forum, has been to co-ordinate the efforts in a number of areas which the organizations have common interests. The members are the CNS, CNA, OCI, WiN Canada, NA-YGN, COG, and UNENE. This cooperation has begun with the joint contributions of the CNS and OCI in the 2015 CNS Annual Conference, in the ongoing co-operation between CNA and CNS with the Nuclear Industry Honours and Awards Program and the Student Poster Conference, and with the work of WiN and NA-YGN in organizing exhibits.

At the same time, the CNS has been highly active with its own programs during the past year. We skipped the Annual Conference in favour of hosting a highly successful Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference last August in Vancouver, and the CANDU Maintenance Conference in Toronto in May We will have again a vigorous conference program in 2015. Our Branches have also remained highly active throughout the past year.

Turning to internal affairs, the CNS has a new team administering the Bulletin. Colin Hunt, publisher of this Yearbook, will also be assuming the publisher’s responsibilities succeeding Fred Boyd. Ric Fluke is continuing as editor. At the time of writing, the CNS is engaged in the search for a new office administrator.

Also in 2014 the CNS achieved a budget surplus. This was possible because of enhanced revenues from conference activities and judicious reduction in costs. At the same time, the CNS continues to ensure that it has sufficient volunteer hours for its active members engaged in CNS activities. The CNS is deeply appreciative of the time that Canadian nuclear companies allow their employees to work on CNS activities and programs.

In closing, I would like to note the fine work of all of our volunteers for the CNS during the past year. It is through their efforts that ours remains an active and vigorous society. The programs they help deliver provide vital services to our industry in ensuring the spread of important technical information and experience through our conferences and courses. And once again, thanks are due to the companies that make possible the activities of our volunteers.

I would give particular thanks to Frank Doyle and his team for their excellent work in organizing PBNC 2014. Thanks are due to the 2015 Annual Conference organizing committee for their work in making the Saint John conference a success. I also give thanks to all the members of Council, Branch, Division and Committee chairs for their strong efforts during the past year. I would also like to thank my predecessors Adriaan Buijs and John Roberts for developing the infrastructure and the team on which our efforts have been based.

I congratulate incoming CNS President Paul Thompson and wish him all the best and offer my continuing support throughout the coming year.

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