Hear from a Collection of Leading Industry Experts on the Agenda at SMR 2018

The International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit assembles over 50 leading industry experts from around the world to provide fresh updates on the hottest topics, concrete solutions to the biggest industry challenges and insights into supply chain and deployment opportunities. 

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Utility/End User Perspectives:

Glenn Jager
canada

Glenn Jager

Chief Nuclear Officer
OPG
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Glenn Jager is President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at OPG. He was appointed to this position in November 2013. Glenn is also President of Canadian Nuclear Partners, appointed March 31, 2015. Glenn reports directly to President and CEO Jeffrey Lyash.

Prior to his appointment as CNO, Glenn was the Senior Vice President at Pickering Nuclear. Appointed to this position in August 2011, Glenn was responsible for the strategic direction, planning and execution required to achieve nuclear production targets at Pickering, while focusing on safety and reliability.

Glenn joined OPG (formerly known as Ontario Hydro) in 1981 as a System Engineer at Pickering. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within OPG in training and as Project and System Engineer, Shift Manager, Reactor Projects Manager, Outage Manager, Maintenance Manager, and a two year secondment to the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta. Upon his return from WANO, Glenn was appointed Director of Operations and Maintenance at Pickering Nuclear, and then as Site Deputy Vice President at Darlington Nuclear.

Glenn has been licensed as a Shift Manager at Pickering and a Duty Manager at both Pickering and Darlington Nuclear stations. He is a graduate of the University of Western in 1981 with a BESc in Electrical Engineering.

Glenn and his family are long time residents of Bowmanville, Ontario.

Mark Lesinski
canada

Mark Lesinski

President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Mike Rencheck
canada

Mike Rencheck

President and CEO
Bruce Power
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Michael W. Rencheck is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power. Over the last 33 years, Mike has served in a number of roles and most recently was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA overseeing its extensive Global capital portfolio of nuclear and renewable projects. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America leading its diverse nuclear services business in Canada and the United States with a workforce of about 5,000 people.

Prior to joining AREVA, Mike was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at American Electric Power (AEP). AEP is a major investor-owned electric utility in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states with 38,000 MWs of generation assets.

After joining AEP in 1998 as VP of Nuclear Engineering, Mike held various positions during his tenure, including Senior VP of Engineering, Projects and Field Services; Senior VP of Engineering, Technical and Environmental Services; and President of AEP ProServ, a wholly-owned engineering and field services subsidiary responsible for major power generation projects and outage management.

Before joining AEP, Mike worked for Florida Power Corporation serving as Director, Nuclear Engineering and Projects for Crystal River Nuclear Station. Earlier in his career, Mike worked at Public Service Electric & Gas Company Salem Nuclear Generating Station as Director of System Engineering and Duquesne Light Company’s Beaver Valley Power Station.
In 2014,

Mike was recognized by the National Safety Council for his leadership demonstrating a personal commitment to worker safety and health as part of ‘CEO’s who get it.’ He also has demonstrated a commitment to many organizations that make a difference in people’s lives including Habitat for Humanity and United Way.

He is a Professional Engineer and certified senior reactor operator and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Holtec International to provide input to the company’s executive leadership regarding its small modular reactor program and as the Bruce Power representative on the Corporate Industrial Advisory Board of Terrestrial Energy, a vendor of advanced reactor power plants.

Vic Pakalnis
canada

Vic Pakalnis

President and CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation
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Vic Pakalnis earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mining Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1972 and 1976 respectively. In 1994, he obtained a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Prior to joining the Government of Ontario in 1978, he worked at Kerr Addison Mines, Inco Ltd , Iron Ore Company of Canada and Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., At the later company , he served as their Senior Ground Control Engineer .

At the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Vic worked as Chief Mining Engineer , Provincial Director of Mining and Industrial Programs and as Regional Director, Eastern Ontario. He was lead Operations Director for Human Resources and responsible for recruiting and training over 200 new inspectors. In 2007-8 he was appointed the Ontario Public Service Amethyst Fellow in Public Policy, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University teaching courses in the MPA, MIR and Mining Engineering: policy implementation, project management, occupational health and safety. He has over 32 years of experience in public administration.

He is the author of a number of papers on subjects such as: mine research and innovation , safety, and public policy. He chaired the tri-partite provincial inquiry into Health and Safety in the Pulp and Paper Industry. In 1995, he co-led the Early Wins Team within the Internal Administration Restructuring Project. This project was charged with reducing the cost of administration within the Ontario Public Service by $300M. He was one of the founding members and Chair of Ontario’s Provincial Interministerial Council. In 2010, he was elected President of the 88,000 member Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club. He has appeared on radio and television: CNN, BNN, CBC and CTV as a commentator on health and safety issues, in particular the Chilean Mine Rescue Operation in 2010. He writes for and serves on the editorial board of Canadian Government Executive.

Vic is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario , the Society of Mining Engineers , the Canadian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He serves on the Boards of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and Minerva Canada which promotes the introduction of occupational health and safety in schools of business and engineering. In 2007 he received Ontario’s prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Service. In 2014 he received the Minerva Educational Award of Honor.

In 2009 Vic was appointed Kinross Professor in Mining and Sustainability at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the faculty of engineering and applied science. His research interest are in mining technology , safety, public policy ,and aboriginal access to engineering . He was appointed President and CEO , MIRARCO on July1, 2012 . On November 1, 2015 he was appointed Associate Vice-President LMIT ( Laurentian Mining Innovation Technology).

Corey McDaniel
canada

Corey McDaniel

VP Business Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Corey McDaniel is the Vice-President for Business Development at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

Previously he managed international and commercial cooperation for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Nuclear Science and Technology Directorate. Prior to INL he served as VP for Asia in Hong Kong, China for a nuclear electrical supplier and in Mumbai, India as the international director of NuScale Power, a small modular reactor (SMR) company.

Corey secured and managed the delivery of replacement safety class (1E) cables to KHNP’s Shin Kori 3 & 4 nuclear power plants. He also facilitated 1E cable deliveries to China and the UAE. Corey facilitated MOUs with China’s largest nuclear utility and India’s largest nuclear EPC during business engagements in more than a dozen Asian and European countries.

Dr. McDaniel spent 5 years in the U.S. Senate as a legislative director and energy policy advisor to Senators from Idaho and Arizona. Corey began his career as a nuclear safety analyst performing PRA and thermal-hydraulic research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He received his doctorate in environmental science and public policy from George Mason University and his bachelors and masters degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico and Purdue University respectively.

Kathryn McKarthy
canada

Kathryn McCarthy

VP Research and Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Dr. McCarthy is Vice-President, Research and Development for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. From February 2012 to January 2017 she was Director of Domestic Programs for Nuclear Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and the Director of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program Technical Integration Office for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE). Prior to that she was Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Science & Technology at INL, National Technical Director for the Systems Analysis Campaign for the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle R&D Program, and was involved in various other nuclear fission and fusion programs before that; she was employed at the Idaho National Laboratory for 25 years. She received her B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Arizona in 1983; M.S., 1986 and Ph.D., 1989, in Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McCarthy was a Guest Scientist at the Kernforschungszentrum (Nuclear Research Center) in Karlsruhe, Germany, March-September 1989, and spent a year in the Soviet Union with the Department of Energy US/USSR Young Scientist Program, at the Efremov and Kurchatov Institutes in Russia, and the Latvian Academy of Science in Latvia, September 1989-August 1990. She is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), beginning as a student in 1979, and was on the Executive Committee (2014-2017) for the Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls Division; she has served on the ANS Board of Directors 2002-2008 (two terms), is the former Vice Chair of Professional Women in ANS, Fusion Energy Division Chair (2000-2001), Vice-Chair (1999-2000) and Executive Committee (1996-1999), ANS Idaho Section Chair (2001-2002) and Vice-Chair (2000-2001), and the University of Arizona Student Chapter ANS President (1982-83). Her awards include the an ANS Presidential citation in 2015 for “Leadership and guidance of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability effort….that has helped set the stage for US power companies to be able to make informed decisions regarding subsequent license renewal for their operating nuclear units…,” 2011 Nuclear Energy Advocate of the Year Award (given by the Partnership for Science and Technology), the 2011 Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Women of Today and Tomorrow Award, an American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation in 2007 for “…outstanding service to the ANS,” the 2000 ANS Women's Achievement Award, 1996 International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor U.S. Home Team Leadership Award, and the 1994 David Rose Award for Excellence in Fusion Engineering.

John Jackson
usa

John Jackson

Distinguished Staff Scientist - GAIN
Idaho National Laboratory
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Dr. John H. Jackson is a Distinguished Staff Scientist/Engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He currently has dual responsibility as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Technical Interface and as the Industry Program Lead for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). In these capacities, John works closely with the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry to ensure that DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable innovation. John has nearly twenty years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics. He also has over three years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, Texas. John holds Ph.D. (2001) and MS (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1995) from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

Government and Regulatory Insights:

Ed McGinnis
usa

Ed McGinnis

Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy
Department of Energy
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Julian Gadano
Argentina

Julian Gadano

Undersecretary for Nuclear Energy
Ministry of Energy and Mining
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canada

Christian Carrier

Director of the New Major Facilities Licensing Division
CNSC
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Speaker bio coming soon.

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canada

Kevin Lee

Senior Regulatory Policy Officer
CNSC
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canada

Doug Miller

Senior Technical Advisor
CNSC
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Senator Sharon Brown
usa

Senator Sharon Brown

Washington State Legislature * invited
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Vonna Ordaz
usa

Vonna Ordaz

Acting Director - Office of New Reactors
US NRC
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX)
usa

Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX)

US House of Representatives
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Developer Perspectives

Jose Reyes
usa

Jose Reyes

Chief Technology Officer
NuScale
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Dr. Reyes is the co-founder of NuScale Power and co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. He is an internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing and operations for nuclear power plants. He has served as a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) technical expert on passive safety systems. He is a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending in 20 countries. He has received two national awards; the 2013 Nuclear Energy Advocate Award and the 2014 American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulic Division Technical Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

At Oregon State University, Dr. Reyes served as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. He directed the Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory (ATHRL) and was the co-director of the Battelle Energy Alliance Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) for Thermal Fluids and Reactor Safety in support of the Idaho National Laboratory mission. Additionally, Dr. Reyes was the OSU principal investigator for the AP600 and AP1000 design certification test programs sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse.

Prior to joining the faculty at OSU in 1987, Dr. Reyes worked nearly 10 years as a thermal hydraulics research engineer in the Reactor Safety Division of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida. He is the author of numerous journal articles and technical reports, including a book chapter on SMRs for an ASME B&PV Codes and Standards handbook. He has given lectures and keynote addresses to professional nuclear organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is a professional engineer and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society.

Steve Threlfall
UK

Steve Threlfall

General Manager
Urenco/U-Battery
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Rolland Johnson
usa

Rolland Johnson

President
Muons
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soon
usa

Claudio Filippone

HOLOS
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Financial Expertise

Ray Rothrock
usa

Ray Rothrock

CEO
RedSeal
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Speaker bio coming soon.

James Magowan
usa

James Magowan

Managing Director
Sutter Securities
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Legal Expertise:

Alex Polonsky
usa

Alex Polonsky

Partner
Morgan Lewis
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Stephen Burdick
usa

Stephen Burdick

Partner
Morgan Lewis
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Paul Murphy
canada

Paul Murphy

Managing Director
Gowling WLG
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Paul Murphy is a managing director in Gowling WLG's Energy Group.

Paul's practice focuses on multiple aspects of the nuclear industry – from legal and policy matters, including international regulatory and treaty frameworks and issues regarding nuclear liability, to strategies for creating viable nuclear power programs and the identification and mitigation of associated risks – representing developers/owners, investors, and contractors on nuclear projects internationally. He is recognized as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear power programs by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC), and the U.S. government. Paul currently serves on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program team, which assists member states in developing civilian nuclear power programs. He has served as a designated expert, chairman, and author at several special meetings and for multiple working groups of the IAEA, primarily involving the development, financing, and structuring of nuclear power projects. He continues to work with the IAEA in a number of key areas, including a current revision of the IAEA's Handbook on Nuclear Law and as lead author for a new IAEA report, entitled, "Alternative Contracting and Ownership Practices for Nuclear Power Plants."

Supply Chain Leaders

soon
UK

Jesus Talamantes-Silva

Managing Director
Sheffield Forgemasters
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Speaker bio coming soon.

Industry Associations and Experts

Marc Nichol
usa

Marc Nichol

Senior Project Manager, New Plant Deployment
Nuclear Energy Institute
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Knox Msebenzi
South Africa

Knox Msebenzi

Managing Director
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa
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Tom Blees
usa

Tom Blees

President
The Science Council for Global Initiatives
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Jonathan Hinze
usa

Jonathan Hinze

Executive Vice President, International
The Ux Consulting Company
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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

  • nuscale-power

Gold Sponsor

  • nuscale-Nuclear

Silver Sponsors

  • Belleli
  • bruce-power
  • Modus
  • ontario-power-generation
  • U-Battery
  • Walter Tosto

Bronze Sponsors

  • Muons
  • sheff-forgemasters

Legal Sponsor

  • morgan-lewis

Workshop Sponsor

  • 3M

Exhibitors

  • flownex
  • INL
  • Lehigh
  • Superiotubes

Industry Partners

  • CNL
  • nei
  • UxC