Overview by Paul D. Thompson   

Last year was an exciting year for the Canadian nuclear industry. It saw positive announcements with respect to the Bruce and Darlington refurbishment project decisions, the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and the discussion on the role of nuclear power in reducing greenhouse gas emissions following the COP21 conference. Likewise, it was an exciting year for the Canadian Nuclear Society.

To kick things off, we held the 35th annual CNS conference and the 39th CNS/CNA annual Student conference in Saint John, New Brunswick, last June. Thanks to the hard work of Jacques Plourde and his organizing committee, the conference was highly successful.

We also held a Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness conference. Based on the very positive feedback from the participants, this conference will be repeated in 2017 and future years, opening up a new networking opportunity for our members, along with a new revenue stream for the society. Thanks go out to Tracy Lapping for her vision in establishing this new conference series, and her organizing team for making FSEP-2015 a success.

In fact last year was a banner year for conferences and courses. In addition to the two conferences discussed above, the following conferences and courses were also held:
• 17th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Plants
• 7th International Conference on Simulation Methods in Nuclear Engineering
• 2015 Canadian Workshop on Fusion Energy Science and Technology
• 2015 International Components Conference
• CANDU Fuel Technology Course
• CANDU Technology and Safety Course
• Nuclear 101
We extend our thanks to the many volunteers who helped organize these events and to the generous support of our sponsors in making these events a great success.

The various Branches were also very active this past year, putting on a variety of interesting technical seminars and lectures to our membership.

We have also continued our collaborations with sister nuclear societies in other countries, which open even more opportunities for the CNS and its members to participate in international nuclear events. We also made a major upgrade to the CNS Website to improve security and user friendliness. Check out the new look if you have not done so already. Any suggestions to further improve and develop the website are welcomed by Adriaan Buijs and Mark Haldane, chairs of the internet committee, as well as Elmir Lekovic, our webmaster.

The CNS submitted interventions for the Bruce and Darlington Licence renewals and the CNL application to extend the duration of the NRU Operating Licence. All of these can be found on our website.

We also continue to get good feedback on our quarterly technical publication, the CNS Bulletin. Colin Hunt as publisher and Ric Fluke as editor-in-chief continue to do a great job in producing this highquality publication that helps bring our membership together.

This past year also saw a good number of CNS members and non-members receiving awards at the CNS/CNA honours and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the annual conference. It is gratifying to see members of our Society recognizing the efforts and contributions of their peers in this great industry of ours.

In closing, I would like to note the fine work of our Council and all of our volunteers during the past year, and would like to recognize the nuclear companies that allow their employees to work on CNS activities and programs. It is through our volunteers’ efforts that we remain an active and vigorous Society. The programs they help deliver provide vital services to our industry in ensuring the sharing of important technical information and experience through our conferences and courses. I also wish to congratulate incoming CNS President Peter Ozemoyah and wish him all the best, and offer to him my continuing support throughout the coming year. I know it will also be a great year!

View Nuclear Canada Yearbook 2016 (PDF)