An Unrivalled Speaker Line-Up of the Industry’s Top Decision Makers
The 4th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit will assemble over 50 of the industry's leading expers to tackle issues of critial importance such as final used fuel storage solutions, changing decommissioning contractor models, regulatory framework changes and much more.
See below for the world-class agenda, featuring pressing topics over two-tracks such as Yucca Mountain, Centralized Interim Storage Facilities, Ageing Management, Decommissioning Contractor Models and much, much more.
Decommissioning and Used Fuel Decision Makers
Jeff Dostal Decommissioning DirectorView Bio
Jeff is responsible for developing the strategic and tactical plans for closure, transition, and decommissioning of the Oyster Creek NGS. Oyster Creek is a single BWR unit site in New Jersey and generates 645-Mwe.
Dostal has more than 34 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, the majority being at Oyster Creek NGS. Immediately prior to becoming Site Decommissioning Director he was the Plant Manager at the station.
He joined Oyster Creek in 1983 as a Nuclear Fuels Engineer. Dostal was the Oyster Creek Maintenance Director from 2012 until 2016, Operations Director from 2008 until 2011. He has also held a variety of positions within the facility’s Operations, Engineering, and Maintenance Departments, including a licensed Senior Reactor Operator for Oyster Creek Station.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from SUNY Maritime College.
Jim Madigan CNO Technical Advisor and Director of Oversight, Regulatory Affairs & Nuclear Safety CultureView Bio
Technical Advisor to the Chief Nuclear Officer and Director, Nuclear Oversight, Safety Culture, and Regulatory Affairs
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Southern California Edison
Jim Madigan serves as technical advisor to the Chief Nuclear Officer, director of Nuclear Oversight, Safety Culture, and Regulatory Affairs at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). As technical advisor to the CNO, he provides support for strategic decommissioning projects.
Prior to assuming his current role, Jim served as director, Site Recovery. During his 34 year nuclear career, he has held leadership roles in Radiation Protection, Operations, Nuclear Training, and Performance Improvement.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Mary Fisher Senior Director, Fort Calhoun Station DecommissioningView Bio
Mary Fisher joined OPPD in June 2015, as the division manager, Corporate Business and Planning. Over her short tenure at OPPD she has moved into the role of senior director, Fort Calhoun Station Decommissioning.
Fisher works to ensure continued safe operation of the facility until it is transitioned into a long-term safe storage condition. Her responsibilities include safety, security, planning, project management, overall station performance and financial oversight. She brings decommissioning expertise from her previous experience at a nuclear power plant in Colorado. Her guidance and leadership help to ensure the successful decommissioning of the plant.
She has 30 years of experience in the power industry. Prior to coming to OPPD, she worked for a large investor-owned utility in various energy industry capacities including engineering, transmission, strategic planning, financial forecasting and generation projects.
Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Colorado School of Mines with a minor in economics. She and her husband, Karl, are new to Omaha and enjoy exploring their new home.
Susan Raimo Senior CounselView Bio
Susan Raimo is Senior Counsel in the Entergy Legal Department. She focuses primarily on decommissioning-related issues and provides nuclear regulatory support to Entergy’s merchant plants in the Northeast and Midwest. Before joining Entergy in 2014, she worked as an associate for ten years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, in the firm’s Nuclear Energy Practice Group in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. Susan earned a law degree from the Emory University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.
Jo-Ann Facella Director of Community Well Being, Assessment & DialogueView Bio
Jo-Ann is the Director Community Well-Being, Assessment & Dialogue at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), the organization tasked with the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel. She is responsible for social assessment activities related to the selection of the preferred site for the deep geological repository required by Canada’s plan, referred to as Adaptive Phased Management (APM). She is also responsible for engagement planning and program development.
Jo-Ann has been involved with the NWMO since its establishment in 2002 in response to federal legislation. She was involved in the nationwide dialogue and study which identified APM as the preferred approach, as well as the development of the siting process to identify a willing host for the project. She oversees planning for ongoing dialogue and engagement with communities and assessment of the potential to implement the project in partnership with communities.
Prior to joining NWMO, Jo-Ann worked at Ontario Power Generation, as well as in public attitude research consulting. Jo-Ann has a Masters degree in Political Science.
Rounette Nader Director, Nuclear Policy and SupportView Bio
Rounette K. Nader is the Director of Nuclear Policy and Support at Duke Energy. Nader is responsible for decommissioning strategies for the Duke Energy fleet as well as other policy support issues for the Chief Nuclear Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President.
Prior to becoming Director of Nuclear Policy and Support, Nader held positions in Oconee engineering, license renewal, new nuclear plant development, and business planning and strategy since joining the company in 1992.
Nader earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina.
Eric Howes Director of Government and Public AffairsView Bio
Eric Howes is the Director of public and Government Affairs for Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company located in Wiscasset, Maine. Mr. Howes has been with Maine Yankee since 1993 working in the areas of federal, state, media and community relations. He was instrumental in the formation of the Maine Yankee Community Advisory Panel which continues to be active 20 years after its inception in 1997. Mr. Howes was with Maine Yankee the last few years of plant operations, through plant decommissioning, and now for over 10 years of stand-alone Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation operations. Prior to Maine Yankee Mr. Howes served seven years as a State Office Representative for United States Senator William S. Cohen. Mr. Howes holds a Master's Degree from the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vermont's Lyndon State College. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gord Sullivan Director of Eastern Used Fuel and Deep Geologic RepositoryView Bio
Gord is the Director of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Eastern Waste Operations (EWO) and OPG’s Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low and intermediate level waste (L&ILW). He is responsible for the safe operation and production for the loading used or spent fuel into OPG’s Dry Storage Containers (DSCs) at the Pickering and Darlington Waste Management facilities. He is also responsible for ensuring alignment of OPG’s used fuel operations across all three waste facilities.
Gord has been managing OPG’s L&ILW DGR Project for the past six years. This includes overseeing the licensing, engineering, public affairs and community consultation aspects of the Project. He also oversees the EPCM contract and the relationship between OPG and its primary Contractor on this Project.
Gord also has experience in system planning, design of radioactive waste storage facilities and infrastructure, design and analysis of radioactive material packaging, and reactor component stress analysis in support of reactor operations. Gord has a Mechanical Engineering and Management degree and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.
Art Rob Vice President Nuclear DecommissioningView Bio
Art Rob is the Vice President of the Nuclear Decommissioning program in OPG and the interface for the Adaptive Phase Management (APM) program for the storage of spent fuel with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.
He is responsible for the decommissioning and planning for the Ontario Power Generation Nuclear fleet, including the leased facilities to Bruce Power and the decommissioning of the OPG waste operations and is currently working on the preparations for the decommissioning of the Pickering Nuclear Station, which is the first station in the OPG fleet to be decommissioned following its planned shutdown in 2024.
Prior to recently taking over the Decommissioning portfolio, Art was the Vice President of the Nuclear Projects organization responsible for the execution of all of the capital and investment projects for the OPG nuclear fleet, including the infrastructure projects required to support the start of the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear station.
Art has also been involved in the electrical utility industry for over 30 years and has worked in the Nuclear, Thermal, Hydroelectric and Transmission and Distribution parts of OPG’s business. This work has included thermal station construction and hydroelectric development projects.
Art has a Mechanical Engineering and Management degree and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Loren Sharp Senior Director Decommissioning, Diablo Canyon & Humboldt BayView Bio
Loren joined Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in 2007. He currently is responsible for ongoing decommissioning at Humboldt Bay Power Plant (HBPP) as well as leading team planning decommissioning at Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP). Loren has 29 years in the nuclear industry plus 11 years’ experience destroying chemical nerve agent and weapons worldwide. Loren has BS and MS degrees in nuclear engineering, a PE in mechanical engineering, and SRO (Senior Reactor Operator) certification, and is a member of the American Nuclear Society. Loren is leading a 1 billion dollar trust fund project to decommission HBPP nuclear facility and remediate land to nuclear residential standard.
HBPP Decommissioning has included first-of-a-kind Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) robotic segmentation equipment and associated demolition challenges at HBPP. HBPP has also used the world’s largest unique Cutter Soil Mix equipment and processes in the civil and structural engineering arena to install a structure 110 feet inner diameter, 13 feet thick and 160 feet below grade. This installed Cutter Soil Mix feature allows safe removal of underground caisson that housed the reactor containment structure.
Government and Regulatory Insights
US NRCAlysia Bone Project ManagerView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
US NRCAndrea Kock Deputy DirectorView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Dan Schinhofen ChairmanView Bio
Nye County Board of County Commissioners
Dan Schinhofen is in his second term as the District Five Commissioner for Nye County, Nevada. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Dan was appointed to the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission in 2007 and served until 2009. He was first elected to the County Commission in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. The Board of County Commissioners has repeatedly selected Dan to serve as the liaison Commissioner for nuclear waste issues. In that capacity, he interacts with the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy, State and local governments, the nuclear industry, and other interested stakeholders on the Yucca Mountain repository. He has participated in numerous conferences, forums and public meetings on the local, state and national level related to nuclear waste disposal issues.
On behalf of the Nye County Board of Commissioners, Dan also serves on the Regional Transportation Commission, is the liaison to the Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board, and the Pahrump Nuclear Waste & Environment Advisory Committee.
Before moving to Pahrump, Nevada in 2004, Dan lived in Las Vegas for 10 years. He previously lived in California, where he owned a landscaping business and was a licensed minister working with individuals dealing with drug addiction and homelessness. He lives in Pahrump with his wife of 39 years, Tammy, as well as his three children and four grandchildren.
Leading Specialist Contractors
Jeff Hays Senior Vice President, Commercial DecommissioningView Bio
Jeff Hays is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Decommissioning for EnergySolutions. Jeff is responsible for the overall development of EnergySolutions’ commercial nuclear plant decommissioning business and related products and services. Jeff works across multiple EnergySolutions business groups and product lines to provide a full range of products and services to the emerging fleet of shutdown plants.
Jeff has over 30 years of commercial nuclear power experience in a broad range of technical, operational, and senior leadership / executive positions. Previously, Jeff was the Vice President of Commercial Decommissioning for AREVA Inc. where he provided leadership in developing and executing AREVA’ D&D projects. Prior to this, Jeff held various leadership, business development, and technical positions for AREVA and AREVA-Transnuclear including Vice President of Back End Fuel Cycle Solutions. In this capacity, Jeff was responsible for the overall fabrication and delivery of Dry Fuel Storage systems and related products and services to North American customers. Earlier in his commercial nuclear career, Jeff held senior leadership and technical operating positions at 2 operating nuclear stations. Jeff is experienced in plant operations (SRO), chemistry, health physics, maintenance and project/outage management.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Technology from Regents College, University of the State of New York and also held an SRO license at Diablo Canyon Units 1&2.
Pierre Oneid Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear OfficerView Bio
Mr. Pierre Paul Oneid is the Senior Vice President of Holtec International, and President of SMR, LLC, A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Holtec International. Mr. Oneid earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Canada in 1998 and a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1981. Mr. Oneid is a Professional Engineer with thirty-four years of experience in the Nuclear Industry, including twelve years in mechanical and structural design, eight years in Business Development, and fourteen years in Executive Positions. He is a member of NEI, Nuclear Strategic Initiative Advisory Committee (NSIAC), and NEI, Suppliers Advisory Committee (SAC).
Mr. Oneid is the corporate executive responsible for the Nuclear Power Division, and the Heat Transfer Division. Mr. Oneid views himself as Holtec’s transformation executive with the mission to imbue the company with a “Customer First Customer Foremost” ethos through which he seeks to deepen the company’s relationships with its clients using a core group of the company’s personnel dedicated to strengthening service and responsiveness. He also serves as the Chairman of the Holtec International’s Executive Committee.
Juan Subiry Vice President, Market and Product StrategyView Bio
Juan C. Subiry is the Vice President of Market and Product Strategy for NAC International. In this role, Mr. Subiry leads the company’s development strategy for used fuel management technologies and services, including dry storage, transport cask systems and government products.. Mr. Subiry has over 24 years of experience working in the nuclear power industry, staring his career in the early 90s as a reactor engineer and fuel engineer at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut (now owned by Dominion). He then joined NAC in 1998 as a consultant where he was responsible for numerous nuclear fuel cycle projects for commercial and government clients in the U.S. and abroad, covering a wide range of initiatives from nuclear materials management and safeguards, used fuel management, and material disposition strategies. Over his tenure at NAC, Mr. Subiry has served in positions of increased responsibilities, including Director of Government Consulting, Director of Sales, and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Subiry holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Georgia State University.
Joe Weismann VPView Bio
Joe Weismann is the Vice President of Radiological Programs and Field Services for US Ecology. Joe has over 19 years experience in the areas of applied radiation protection, remediation, radioactive waste management/disposal, and nuclear facility D&D projects in the commercial, DOD and DOE sectors. Joe is responsible for all aspects of the company's radiological program, including direction of radiological staff and oversight of radiological safety and compliance programs at our Class A/B/C licensed disposal site in Richland, WA as well as low-activity radioactive disposal facilities in Idaho, Texas, and Nevada. He also serves as the company's primary point of contact on all radiological related correspondence with both customers and regulatory agencies (state and federal). Joe has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a comprehensive certification from the American Board of Health Physics (CHP).
Marc Peel Proposal Director and iCAPS System DirectorView Bio
Marc Peel is the manager in charge of Atkins Energy - Nuclear Cost Management. Marc’s experience is concentrated in the planning of commissioning and decommissioning of large government and commercial nuclear facilities over the last ten years. Marc lead the preparation and submittal of decommissioning plans for more than $40B of nuclear facilities including gaseous diffusion plants, and commercial nuclear power reactors in the USA, Canada, and United Kingdom. Marc reviewed and benchmarked commercial nuclear power plant decommissioning cost estimates in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. He lead the design and preparation of a consolidated nuclear decommissioning cost database containing decommissioning estimates and cost data from nuclear decommissioning projects in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
D. Wayne Lewis Director, Waste FacilitiesView Bio
Mr. Donald Wayne Lewis is the Director of Waste Management for Westinghouse Electric Company with over 36 years of experience in commercial nuclear power and Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear related projects. His experience is on Mechanical/Structural engineering projects including waste facility design, spent fuel management, nuclear power system design, NRC licensing and MOX fuel fabrication facility design.
He has spent 26 years in his primary area of expertise which is related to dry spent nuclear fuel storage and is currently Project Director for several Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) projects. He has also served as a design reviewer for the DOE Yucca Mountain Project concerning spent fuel processing and disposal.
Mr. Lewis is a Member of the ASME Subgroup on Containment Systems for Spent Fuel and High-Level Waste Transport Packagings. He is the author of five publications related to spent fuel storage which are in the 2003, 2005 and 2013 proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management (ICEM) and 2015 and 2016 proceedings of the Waste Management Conference; all sponsored by ASME.
Mr. Lewis received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University in 1980. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New York, Ohio, Maine, Iowa, Utah and Colorado.
Rod Baltzer PresidentView Bio
Waste Control Solutions
Rodney (Rod) Baltzer, President & CEO of Waste Control Specialists LLC (“WCS”), has been with the Company since 1998. He received a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics and Accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1990 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Waste Control Specialists (WCS) has emerged as the nation’s leading provider of treatment, storage and disposal services for low-level radioactive waste, mixed low-level radioactive waste, and hazardous waste. The Texas-sized, 1338-acre, facility is a one-stop shop for radioactive generators across the country. WCS also has a docketed license application for a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility at their location in Andrews County, Texas.
Christopher Miller VP Sales and MarketingView Bio
Chris is the VP, Sales & Marketing for TN Americas LLC. In this role, he is responsible for TN Americas Sales & Marketing activities in the US and internationally. Chris has over 20 years of experience with the past 10 years working in the nuclear energy industry, including positions in both the commercial and Federal business units for AREVA.
Prior to joining AREVA, he managed the Handheld Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Detection Program of General Dynamics Armament & Technical Products division. Chris has also served as a commissioned officer in the United Stated Air Force as a Program Manager for the National Missile Defense Program.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.
Brad Smith Manager of Start-up and OperationsView Bio
Brad Smith is Manager of Start-up and Operations for Bechtel’s government services business unit, Nuclear, Security & Environmental. Brad has more than three decades of experience in project and program management roles on large and complex nuclear operations as well as remediation, decontamination and decommissioning work. He has more than 20 years of experience successfully managing U.S. DOE projects and spent four years at the United Kingdom Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Dounreay Nuclear Installation as Deputy Managing Director and Site Project Manager for all D&D activities. Brad’s most recent project role was as Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. DOE’s Hanford River Corridor Closure Contract.
Mark Gake Associate Vice President, Nuclear EPC DirectorView Bio
Black & Veatch
As Nuclear Chief Engineer, Mark is responsible for the overall technical implementation of all of Black & Veatch’s nuclear project work in the New Build Project and Operating Plant Project groups, including all post-Fukushima support activities. His focus is on nuclear technical excellence, nuclear procedure development and implementation, engineering process development and improvement, technical specialist/SME development, nuclear information technology (IT) advancement including design platforms, configuration management, and engineering training and development.
Richard St Onge Decommissioning Project ManagerView Bio
Black & Veatch
Mr. Richard St.Onge has over 30 years of commercial nuclear power plant experience in the U.S. nuclear industry. He has developed expertise in the design, construction, operation, management, and decommissioning of commercial nuclear facilities. Mr. St.Onge is the Director of Decommissioning Projects for Black & Veatch Corporation where he uses his expertise to assist clients in all aspects of planning & implementing decommissioning projects including providing oversight of plan development and execution.
Prior to his engagement with Black & Veatch, Mr. St.Onge held executive and management positions with Southern California Edison Company where his responsibilities included Senior Reactor Operator, Plant Engineering Director, and Director of Regulatory Affairs. During his tenure with SCE, Mr. St.Onge was the Project Manager of the Decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1, a 450 MW PWR. The SONGS project was very successful in achieving its strategic goals on schedule and within budget.
Mr. St.Onge has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration Degree, he also holds a Nuclear Professional Engineers License and has been Licensed as a Senior Reactor Operator. Mr. St.Onge is a member of the American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Sciences Division, where he sits on the Division’s Executive Committee.
Ed Mayer Program DirectorView Bio
Ed Mayer is a Program Director at Holtec International, where he is responsible for the Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in south eastern New Mexico. The facility will address the Nation’s spent nuclear fuel issue with the safest technology licensed by the USNRC. He is also responsible for the construction of the Holtec Technology Campus in Camden, NJ. The $320M project is aimed to help revitalize the City of Camden, a former bastion of technology and manufacturing. Prior to these roles at Holtec, Mayer served 28 years in the U.S. Submarine Force where he commanded the USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) and USS Florida (SSGN-728). He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Rod McCullum Senior Director, Used Fuel and DecommissioningView Bio
Rod McCullum has been working at NEI since 1998. He has 30 years of nuclear engineering, licensing, management and regulatory policy experience. Currently, at NEI, he leads industry technical and regulatory efforts to improve used fuel management and nuclear plant decommissioning programs. He held prior positions in Government (with the Department of Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear power plants). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and a Master of Business Administration degree (Lewis University, 2000).
Jerry Bonanno Associate General CounselView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
John Matthews PartnerView Bio
John E. Matthews assists clients seeking regulatory approvals from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for first-of-its-kind commercial transactions involving nuclear power plants. He also advises on commercial issues relating to nuclear power plants, other nuclear assets, nuclear export controls, certain government contract matters, and NRC review of license transfers. Clients turn to John for guidance regarding decommissioning funding issues and foreign ownership, control or domination (FOCD) issues.
John helps clients navigate the unique insurance and liability issues associated with the ownership and operation of nuclear assets under US and international nuclear liability regimes. He directs litigation teams in contested licensing proceedings before the NRC and in complex commercial litigation involving nuclear assets. John also provides counsel in commercial transactions involving the acquisition and/or financing of nuclear assets. Engagements include the development of the South Texas Project, Units 3&4, and the sale of Zion station to ZionSolutions for decommissioning.
Additionally, John advises on the internal restructurings of electric utilities holding reactor licenses and on acquisitions or sales of companies holding NRC and/or Agreement State nonreactor nuclear licenses. He counsels clients through the development of new nuclear power plant projects, and advises individual utilities and industry groups regarding NRC rulemaking activities and other nuclear regulatory issues. John has represented clients in NRC hearings relating to the licensing of the South Texas Project, Units 3&4, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, numerous contested license transfer proceedings, license amendment proceedings, and contested import/export license proceedings.
He periodically speaks at industry conferences regarding nuclear asset transfer issues, new nuclear plant issues and FOCD issues.
AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS
• Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010–2016)
• Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2016)
• Listed, International Who’s Who Legal for Energy Lawyers (2013–2016)
• Listed, The Legal 500 US (2015)
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, Federal Energy Bar Association
• Captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Former Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law
• District of Columbia
• Georgetown University, 1986, B.S.F.S., Cum Laude
• University of Virginia School of Law, 1990, J.D.
• Energy Regulatory
• Energy Litigation
• Energy Transactions
• Corporate, Finance & Investment Management
• Litigation, Regulation & Investigations
• North America
Paul Bessette PartnerView Bio
Paul M. Bessette counsels nuclear utilities, reactor designers, and other nuclear service providers in licensing, regulatory, adjudicatory, and litigation matters. He has litigated more than 10 lawsuits before the US Court of Federal Claims in connection with federal obligations to accept and remove spent nuclear fuel, and supports ongoing settlements of spent fuel claims with the government. He also advises clients on licensing of new-generation nuclear power plants, and counsels nuclear utilities in their applications to renew existing nuclear power plant operating licenses.
Rick Reid Technical Executive, Fuel and Chemistry GroupView Bio
Richard Reid is a Technical Exceutive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His current research focuses on decommissioning technologies. Reid joined EPRI in 2008.
Before joining EPRI, Reid worked in the Nuclear Sector at Westinghouse Electric Company as a Fellow Engineer in the Chemistry Diagnostics and Materials Engineering group. In this position, he was responsible for the development and application of chemical cleaning technologies. This included techniques for removing fouling deposits from the secondary coolant system in PWR plants, as well as removing radioactive deposits from the primary coolant system in all water-cooled nuclear system designs (that is, chemical decontamination methods). This work was performed at operating domestic and international nuclear power plants, decommissioned reactor sites, waste processing facilities, and U.S. government research facilities.
Reid received Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina, and a doctorate in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. He began his career in nuclear power as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy’s Naval Reactors Program.
Larry Camper Senior Nuclear Safety ConsultantView Bio
Mr. Camper is an experienced health physicist, radiation safety expert, environmental remediation expert and executive with more than 45 years of professional experience with various aspects of the nuclear industry within both the private and public sectors including: radiation safety; medical research and academic uses; commercial uses; industrial uses; environmental assessment and remediation management; low-level waste oversight; uranium recovery; decommissioning of nuclear power reactors; decommissioning of research and test reactors; decommissioning of complex materials sites and uranium recovery sites; spent fuel management and performance assessment.
Since retiring from the NRC in September 2015, Mr. Camper has been very active as a consultant to the nuclear industry having provided professional consulting services for thirteen clients. Mr. Camper has provided his consulting support through two corporate vehicles, his own company, Advoco Professional Services, LLC and with Talisman International, LLC. As part of his consulting practice, he serves as a member of the EnergySolutions Decommissioning Nuclear Safety Review Board providing oversight for three nuclear power plants undergoing decommissioning by the company and as the Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council Decommissioning Task Group.
Matthew Eyre Eyre Nuclear Energy ConsultancyView Bio
Matthew Eyre received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Matthew has almost 40 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, fuel performance and spent fuel management of US light water reactors.
During his career, Matthew has authored and has contributed to numerous technical papers and industry articles. He has received industry awards regarding his innovations, which have improved the operations and maintenance of nuclear power plants. Matthew has a number of patents in the area of spent fuel management.
Matthew currently provides consulting services to a number of clients in the areas of nuclear fuel performance and spent fuel management.
Daniel McGarvey Managing Director - U.S. Power and Utility PracticeView Bio
Dan serves as chairman of Marsh’s U.S. Power Utility and Nuclear Practice where he is responsible for services provided to over 250 U.S. utility clients. He joined Marsh as a nuclear risk management consultant in 1989, and has provided consulting and placement assistance to more than two-thirds of the reactor operators in the United States, as well as many of the fuel suppliers, contractors, waste handlers and manufacturers who support them. Dan has led the placement efforts for all U.S. nuclear construction projects currently underway, has placed coverage for five decommissioning projects, was the first insurance professional to survey the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and recently returned from India where he represented EPC contractor interests in evaluating the emergent Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool.
Dan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the nuclear surface ship community, attaining the designation of Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer and retiring as a Commander. He was hired in 1989 as a nuclear utility risk management consultant, and worked in Phoenix as western regional consultant for the Nuclear Group. During eight years with the Phoenix branch, he broadened his experience to include the service of large public sector, utility and construction accounts. He subsequently served as Casualty Unit Manager, Account Manager, and western regional resource for utility, construction, and public sector opportunities. He transferred to the Charlotte in 1997 to lead the southern region nuclear and utility practices, and led Marsh’s operations in South Carolina prior to being appointed chairman of the Power, Utility and Nuclear Practice.
B.S. US Naval Academy (Honors)
Naval Nuclear Power Training
Naval Nuclear Chief Engineer Certification
MBA-Finance, University of Rhode Island, 1989 (Honors)
Dan is a RIMS Fellow has been named five times as one of the most influential U.S. insurance brokers in Risk & Insurance Magazine’s annual Power Broker issue. He was honored with the Words of Wisdom Award at the 2015 IRMI conference and received the inaugural RIMS Ambassador Award at the 2016 RIMS national conference. He is an accomplished speaker and has been featured at thirty-five national Risk and Insurance Management Society presentations.
Nick Capik Managing DirectorView Bio
Mr. Capik serves as a Managing Director for ABZ, Incorporated, where he has over 25 years of experience with planning, cost estimating, and execution of commercial decommissioning. His experience includes projects for Federal and State governments, the nuclear industry, and nuclear regulators. Mr. Capik has also assisted Congress on decommissioning issues, as well as assisted in litigation of decommissioning issues.
Mr. Capik’s expertise also includes cost estimating for severe reactor accidents, due diligence, and engineering design and analysis. He has developed commercial software programs for estimating decommissioning costs and analyzing costs resulting from severe reactor accidents. He has performed or managed more than 50 decommissioning and severe accident cost analyses. He has also provided formal training on decommissioning technology and regulation to state regulators and industry groups.
Mr. Capik’s prior work includes service in the US Navy as a nuclear submarine officer, nuclear instructor at a Navy prototype, and submarine designer at DOE’s Division of Naval Reactors.
Brooke Traynham Morrison, PhD Director, Capital Projects & InfrastructureView Bio
Dr. Brooke Traynham-Morrison is a Director in PwC's Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice and provides planning, oversight, and leadership on high visibility capital projects across the US and global energy sectors.
Dr. Traynham specializes in providing advisory services to clients engaged in large capital projects, particularly those in the heavily regulated nuclear power sector, including new builds, plant modifications and maintenance, decommissioning. She also provides financial assurance, accounting, and due diligence support to clients within the nuclear power industry.
Mark Gmyr Managing DirectorView Bio
Mr. Gmyr is a Managing Director with LitCon Group. He specializes in the analysis of costs and damages incurred on construction, government contracts, and forensic accounting related casework. He has seventeen years of consulting experience. During his career, he has lead numerous projects pertaining to the litigation of damages claims filed in a series of cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims collectively known as Spent Nuclear Fuel cases. These damages claims resulted from the breach of the Standard Contract issued under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and litigated as partial breach cases.
Mr. Gmyr has analyzed claims for owners, prime contractors and subcontractors, as both defendants and plaintiffs. Claims analyzed have ranged from $100,000 to $150 million, for companies in the nuclear, communications, construction, environmental remediation, and transportation industries, among others. Issues addressed in these claim analyses include damages arising from contract termination, contract default, changed work, deficient design, losses of efficiency, delay, acceleration, asset value disputes, and others. In addition to civil proceedings, he has worked on criminal proceedings performing accounting investigations of embezzlement, money laundering, and bribery.
David Emerson Sr. VP and PrincipalView Bio
Mr. Emerson joined LCG Associates in 2003 and is based in the Seattle office. His client relationships include endowments, foundations, utilities, and healthcare organizations. In addition to lead consultant responsibilities, David conducts capital market and asset class research, investment manager due diligence, and special topical studies. He serves on the Investment and Risk Management Committees.
David also leads LCG’s teams focused on Environment, Social & Governance (“ESG”) and Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts (“NDTs”). David actively participates in ESG and NDT conferences as well as industry groups.
Prior to joining LCG, David worked for seven years in the investment consulting industry in a variety of roles from manager research to Consultant. David is a CFA Charterholder. He is an active member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Atlanta. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholder. David holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. in Political Science. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and golf.
Chris Tierney Vice President & CFOView Bio
Chris Tierney is the Chief Financial Officer of The Kenrich Group LLC. Previously, Chris was a Vice President at Tucker Alan Inc., having joined that firm at its inception in 1994. Prior to Tucker Alan, Chris was an Executive Consultant at Peterson Consulting in the New York and Boston offices. Combined, Chris has been consulting with Fortune 500 Companies, law firms, government entities, and other organizations for over 20 years.
Before entering the consulting field, Chris was a Project Engineer at Chevron USA where he worked on the design and construction of multi-million dollar offshore oil and gas drilling and production facilities. Chris worked in Chevron’s New Orleans office and primarily on projects located in the Gulf of Mexico. Chris has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.
Chris’ consulting work has focused on financial, accounting, economic, and damages matters in numerous and diverse areas, including the electric power industry, major infrastructure and other construction projects, military procurement involving aircraft, munitions, and other defense programs, financial services, and manufacturing. He has analyzed accounting and economic issues in various types of disputes, including alleged breach of contract, misappropriation of intellectual property, fraud investigations, and bankruptcy. Economic damages assessed include increased costs, schedule delays, lost profits, and lost business value. In addition, he has advised clients in the area of evaluating alternative investments and other business strategies.
On construction and procurement matters, Chris has extensive experience investigating and quantifying the impacts of design defects, performance deficiencies, changed conditions, schedule delay, and other issues arising on very large projects, several of which have exceeded one billion dollars in value. He has consulted with commercial and public project owners, commercial and government contractors and subcontractors, architect/engineering firms, and sureties.
Chris has provided deposition testimony and presented in mediation on damages as well as assisted counsel and clients in settlement negotiations.
Ed Posivak Director of Nuclear OperationsView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Katrina McMurrianExecutive DirectorView Bio
Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition
A former Florida Public Service Commissioner (2006-2009), Katrina McMurrian draws upon extensive regulatory experience to organize and facilitate relevant policy forums and to advise an array of entities on key regulatory and policy issues in the energy arena.
McMurrian currently serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC), an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, state consumer advocates, state radiation control officials, state energy officials, tribal governments, local governments, electric utilities with operating and shutdown nuclear reactors, and other public and private sector experts on nuclear waste policy matters.
McMurrian also serves as Executive Director of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF), a unique national forum in which state utility regulators, consumer advocates, and energy companies – via a series of facilitated, interactive dialogues – engage on issues that are not only important to these three core communities but also to consumers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. As a result of this collaboration, CCIF has produced valuable reports on energy topics including grid modernization, distributed generation, consumer solutions, and smart communities.
In these roles, McMurrian frequently interacts with Congress; Administration officials; state and federal utility regulators; state and national consumer organizations; other state, tribal, and local officials; industry representatives; and numerous other stakeholders. She also currently serves on the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Awards Advisory Panel and is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and U.S. Women in Nuclear.
Dr. eng. Adriano Marin CEOView Bio
WOW Nuclear SRL
Born 29-10-1963 in Padova; he obtained his Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering (with specialization in Applied Electronic – Physics of solid state – Quantum Electronic ) at the University of Padova in 02-1989 with full marks & laude.
In 1990 he joined as Electronic Designer on hardware for aerospace and satellite systems devices at FIAR Spa (Alenia Group) till the 1994. Since 1994 he joined SPS SPA as general manager till the 2003. In 2004 he founded Cross Technology Srl and he worked there as CEO. Starting the 2012 he founded WOW TECHNOLOGY SPA as a partner and where he is still President and CEO. He is currently also President of two WOW Subsidiaries: WOW NUCLEAR Srl and WOW KEMICAL Srl.
In WOW he is involved in Business development, Commercial direction, R&D, Device Design, Protocol and Reachability analysis documents issuance.
Tom Magette Senior Nuclear Regulatory ConsultantView Bio
Tom is a Senior Consultant for Nuclear Regulatory Strategy at Talisman specializing in management consulting services to the nuclear industry. He has over 30 years’ experience in regulatory strategy, nuclear safety, siting, licensing, and environmental assessment programs for a wide variety of facilities for energy generation and transmission, national defense, and waste disposal. Most recently he has been focused on the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and the management of low-level radioactive waste. He has extensive experience in all phases of environmental compliance and has prepared and presented expert testimony in regulatory proceedings. He has spent the past 20 years of his career as a consulting engineer and executive in the engineering industry. Prior to that, Tom was the Director of the Nuclear Safety Division in DOE’s Office of New Production Reactors. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and Virginia.
Jay Peters Risk Assessment Practice LeaderView Bio
Haley & Aldrich
Jay Peters is the practice leader for risk assessment at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. He has 25 years of experience as a risk assessor working on sites regulated by USEPA and more than 20 states. Jay has developed risk assessments that address combined chemical and radionuclide contamination, and regulatory closure strategies that that address chemical contamination issues at nuclear decommissioning projects . He holds a BS in toxicology from Northeastern University and an MS in Environmental Health from Tufts University.
Nadia Glucksberg Lead HydrogeologistView Bio
Haley & Aldrich
Nadia Glucksberg is a Senior Associate and hydrogeologist at Haley & Aldrich. She has more than 25 years of experience working on the chemical (or non-radiological) side of D&D, both addressing soils, groundwater, and building materials. She has worked on several nuclear plant decommissioning projects including Zion, LaCrosse, Vermont Yankee, Fort Calhoun and Connecticut Yankee. She has a BA in Geology from Cornell University and a MS in Hydrogeology from the Oregon Graduate Institute and is a Licensed Professional Geologist in four states.
Geoff Wilde Site Acquisitions Director for ADPView Bio
Geoff Wilde is the Site Acquisitions Director of AREVA D&D, a subsidiary of AREVA Nuclear Materials, and serves in the same role for the joint venture with NorthStar named Accelerated Decommissioning Partners.
Wilde leads the evaluation and due diligence process to assess the acquisition of shutdown U.S. nuclear reactor sites for decommissioning.
Prior to his current role, Wilde served as the Chief Financial Officer for a number of AREVA companies, including AREVA Solar, AREVA Enrichment Services, SGT (Joint Venture), AREVA Med, and as Controller for the Installed Base business.
Wilde earned an MBA in Finance from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary College and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.