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Below you’ll see a sample of the 50 leading industry experts from around the world who provided fresh updates on the hottest topics, concrete solutions to the biggest industry challenges and insights into supply chain and deployment opportunities at our 2018 event.

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Utility & End User Perspectives

John Wagner

John Wagner

Associate Laboratory Director
INL
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Dr. John C. Wagner is the Associate Laboratory Director of INL’s Nuclear Science & Technology (NS&T) directorate. His previous roles included director of Domestic Programs in NS&T as well as director of the Technical Integration Office for the DOE-NE Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program at INL. Wagner initially joined INL as the chief scientist at the Materials and Fuels Complex in 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience performing research, and managing and leading research and development projects, programs and organizations. Wagner received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1992, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Following graduate school, Wagner joined Holtec International as a principal engineer, performing criticality safety analyses and licensing activities for spent fuel storage pools and storage and transportation casks. Wagner joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as an R&D staff member in 1999, performing research in the areas of hybrid (Monte Carlo/deterministic) radiation transport methods, burnup credit criticality safety, and spent nuclear fuel characterization and safety. While at ORNL, Wagner held various technical leadership positions, including technical lead for postclosure criticality in support of DOE OCRWM’s Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems, Radiation Transport Methods Deputy Focus Area lead for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), and national technical director of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy’s Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning Project. Wagner also held various management positions, including group leader for the Criticality and Shielding Methods and Applications, Radiation Transport, and Used Fuel Systems groups. In 2014, Wagner became director of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division (RNSD), with responsibility for management direction and leadership to focus and integrate the seven RNSD R&D groups (Advanced Reactor Systems and Safety, Nuclear Data and Criticality Safety, Nuclear Security Modeling, Radiation Transport, Reactor Physics, Thermal Hydraulics and Irradiation Engineering, and Used Fuel Systems) and the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center. Wagner is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and recipient of the 2013 E.O. Lawrence Award. He has authored or co-authored more than 170 refereed journal and conference articles, technical reports, and conference summaries. He was the original developer of the A3MCNP and ADVANTG codes and led the development of the CADIS and Forward-Weighted CADIS hybrid transport methods.

Brett Plummer

Brett Plummer

Chief Nuclear Officer
NB Power
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Brett was appointed Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at NB Power's Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in November 2015. He is accountable for leading the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station's strategic direction to achieve safe, predictable and productive nuclear performance.

Brett’s extensive background includes 34 years of commercial nuclear power plant experience in Operations, Senior Leadership and Project Management roles.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Business from New Hampshire College, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York. While in the United States Navy, he attended the Naval Nuclear Power School as well as the Naval Electronics Technician School. Additionally, Brett has completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.

Danny Bost

Danny Bost

Executive Vice President, Chief Nuclear Officer
Southern Nuclear
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Danny G. Bost is executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of Southern Nuclear, located in Birmingham, Alabama. In this role, he is responsible for the overall performance of Southern Nuclear’s six nuclear reactors at plants Farley, Hatch and Vogtle, and operational readiness of the two new units under construction at Vogtle. Bost was elected chief nuclear officer effective Oct. 17, 2011.

Bost has more than 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He has participated on Nuclear Safety Review Boards (NSRB) where he conducted reviews at facilities operated by Detroit Edison, Exelon and First Energy. Prior to his NSRB role, Bost was the site vice president of Exelon’s Dresden Generating Station. Under his leadership, Dresden was transformed from an underperforming nuclear generating facility to an excellent one.

Bost also held other leadership positions with Exelon as station manager of Dresden and engineering director at LaSalle County Generating Station. He began his nuclear career in 1981 at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Station where he held leadership positions in engineering and maintenance.

Bost is a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) strategic issues advisory committee and is the executive sponsor of the NEI Accident Tolerant Fuel Working Group. He is co-chair of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) US/Japanese Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO) steering committee and CNO oversight subcommittee. Bost serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Nuclear Power Council and is a member of the executive committee. He serves as the chief nuclear officer liaison for the EPRI Strategic Initiatives Executive Committee and executive sponsor of the EPRI Advanced Nuclear Technology Program. He is also a member of the INPO Executive Advisory Group and the Auburn University nuclear power generation systems advisory board.

Bost is a native of Verona, Mississippi. He and his wife, Tammy, have five children and reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dominique Miniere

Dominique Minière

Nuclear President
OPG
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Dominique Minière recently joined OPG as President, Nuclear. His primary focus is growing OPG's nuclear business along with oversight of all of OPG's nuclear operations.

He is a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience. Prior to his appointment at OPG, Dominique was Chief Operating Officer of Electricitè de France (EDF), one of the world's largest nuclear and thermal fleets. With nearly 40 years of experience with EDF, Dominique has substantial experience constructing and refurbishing nuclear plants and has been directly engaged in spent fuel management and nuclear waste. He also has extensive international experience, having served on the board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators and the industry’s Post-Fukushima task force.

Jeff Lehman

Jeff Lehman

VP New Nuclear Build
OPG
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Jeff Lehman is currently the Vice President of New Nuclear Development for OPG. Jeff has over 31 years of experience in the nuclear industry where he has held numerous roles in Engineering, Operations, Plant Reliability, Regulatory Affairs, Performance Improvement and Nuclear Oversight. Jeff has twice been Host Peer for successful World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Station Performance Evaluations at Darlington. Jeff is also a member of OPG’s Refurbishment Construction Review Board (RCRB) for the Unit 2 Refurbishment at Darlington.

Jeff spent two years in Atlanta seconded to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and WANO where he was a qualified Equipment Reliability Evaluator and conducted evaluations throughout North America, Europe and Africa.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree obtained from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Bradley Adams

Bradley Adams

VP Engineering
Southern Nuclear
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Bradley J. (Brad) Adams is Engineering Vice President, Southern Nuclear Operating Company of the Southern Company (SNC) and is a member of the SNC management council.

Brad joined SNC in 2011 after twenty-eight years with Exelon Corp. in Illinois. He began his nuclear career in 1983 as a design engineer for Commonwealth Edison’s nuclear fuel services group and progressed to design group leader. Brad transferred to Byron Station in 1995 and held managerial positions in regulatory assurance, system engineering and work management before being named Byron’s site engineering director. In 2007 Adams transferred to Quad Cities Nuclear Station as the site engineering director. He returned to Byron Station in 2008 as plant manager, a position he held until joining Southern Nuclear in 2011 as Fleet Operations Support Vice President. In December 2013 Adams assumed his current position as the SNC fleet Engineering Vice President.

Brad was co-chair of an industry working group comprised of nuclear experts who in April of 2016 submitted the report, Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Needs for Light Water Reactor (LWR) Technologies, to the Reactor Technology Subcommittee of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. He the current chairman of the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Board of Advisors; he is also executive sponsor of the EPRI Materials Reliability Program (MRP).

Brad is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nuclear Engineering. He received his NRC Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certification in 1999.

Frank Saunders

Frank Saunders

President, Ontario Nuclear Innovation Centre (ONII), VP Nuclear Oversight & Regulator Affairs
Bruce Power
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Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro where he held management positions in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. Frank considers his time as a licensed control room shift supervisor and his last four years organizing and carrying out plant safety evaluations as the highlights of his time with Ontario Hydro. These independent oversight inspections included North American and international plants and a two year assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).

After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.

In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including Safety & Environment, Security, Emergency Response, and most recently Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs. Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.

Prior to his more than 35 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer.

Currently, Frank holds the position of President of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute. As president, Frank will lead the establishment of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training. Scheduled to become operational in 2020, the Institute will serve as the centre that brings together technology leaders to share collective expertise and knowledge, while identifying opportunities to advance nuclear technologies as well as people skills through training.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Senior Strategic Advisor
NB Power
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Paul is the NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. He currently heads up the Advanced Small Modular Reactor team at NB Power, and is on the Steering Committee that developed the Pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap, and is a member of the Candu Owners Group SMR Technology forum.

Paul has spent 40 years in the Nuclear Power industry working in various technical and managerial roles at AECL and New Brunswick Power. He has a long history of involvement on various industry technical and steering committees as well as special projects. He was an alternate Station Director, has sat on the Board of Directors of the Candu Owners Group and the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research. He has twice held the position of President of the Canadian Nuclear Society.

Paul graduated from the Engineering Mathematics program at Queen's University specializing in the fields of Thermal Sciences and Nuclear Engineering and is recognized as a Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society.

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

VP R&D
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Corey McDaniel

Corey McDaniel

VP Business Development
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
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Dr. Corey McDaniel Vice President for Business Development, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (Canada) Corey McDaniel is the VP 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. Corey also served as the lead laboratory coordinator for India to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the lead lab advisor to the DOE office of Nuclear Energy International Cooperation.

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. He also facilitated 1E cable deliveries to China and the UAE, and opened the Japanese market to U.S.-supplied cables for the first time. Corey facilitated MOUs with China’s largest nuclear utility and India’s largest nuclear EPC during visits to 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 three 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.

Vic Pakalnis

Vic Pakalnis

President & 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 members 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 is 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).

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Government & Regulatory Approach

R. Shane Johnson

R. Shane Johnson

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Development
US Department of Energy
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Mr. Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Development in the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) where he is responsible for: NE’s light water reactor programs focused on the technical and economic sustainability of the existing US fleet of commercial reactors and the development and deployment of small modular reactors; NE’s advanced reactor development activities – including micro-reactors; NE’s competitive R&D and infrastructure investment programs; and the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Johnson served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation and spent over seven years as NE’s Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to leading NE’s reactor development activities, Mr. Johnson is also responsible for NE’s nationally-recognized Nuclear Energy University Programs which has resulted in over $500 million in competitively-awarded R&D, infrastructure, and scholarship/fellowship investments to the Nation’s universities over the last ten years. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in the development of critical R&D capabilities necessary to support the development of innovative nuclear energy technologies, including the establishment and expansion of the Idaho National Laboratory-led Nuclear Science User Facilities program, and the high performance computing-based Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program. Previously, Mr. Johnson lead the Department’s high impact Nuclear Power 2010 program which resulted in the design finalization, licensing approval, and start of construction of the first four new commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. in over 30 years.

Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of management and engineering experience in both government and private industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Mr. Johnson is a 2018 inductee into North Carolina State University’s Nuclear Engineering Hall of Fame, recognized for his consistent and sustained leadership in advancing nuclear energy technologies. Mr. Johnson was a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award - recognized for his exceptional leadership, long-term accomplishments, and consistent demonstration of strength, integrity, industry, and commitment to excellence in public service.

Ramzi Jammal

Ramzi Jammal

Executive Vice-President & Chief Regulatory Officer
CNSC
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Ramzi Jammal has accumulated over 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry, combining management skills with scientific expertise, and representing the CNSC in various international activities. These include the co-chairing of the IAEA Fukushima report, leading Canadian delegations to the Conventions of Nuclear Safety, and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Currently, Mr. Jammal is the President of the Convention on Nuclear Safety as elected by the Contracting parties in 2016 and will continue the presidency until October 2018. He also sits on the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of the IAEA Code of Conduct for the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, and the international categorization of radioactive sources. He also played a key role in ensuring that the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiation Protection complemented the CNSC’s regulatory needs.

As the Chief Regulatory Operations Officer, he led the development of the CNSC regulatory action plan in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

Head of Innovation, SMR and Emerging Nuclear Policy Advanced Nuclear Technologies
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
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Rich has in excess of thirty years of experience in the nuclear sector in a number of senior leadership roles in industry. Graduating in Metallurgy from Sheffield, he joined British Nuclear Fuels at Springfield’s in the operations delivering fuel for the UK AGR fleet. Rich moved to Sellafield in 2002 and was Head of Manufacturing Operations, Sellafield MOX Plant through its final two years of active commissioning, leading the team to their first contracted fuel delivery in 2005.

Rich joined Rolls-Royce Aerospace Operations commissioned a manufacturing facility location but drawn back to the nuclear sector and in 2008 was entrusted with the role of General Manager, Core Design and Manufacturing, Roll-Royce Nuclear. He led that business in delivering several reactor cores to the UK naval program during a period of significant change including regeneration of the licensed site infrastructure and held the role of “agent of the licensee” for several years working closely with the Office of Nuclear Regulation.

Rich joined NuScale Power in 2015 and enjoyed two years as Director, First of a Kind Engineering. He worked with the team as they developed their design, delivered their DCA application to the US regulator and was instrumental in establishing their project for identification of the supply chain for the delivery of the first NuScale Small Modular Reactor.

In November 2017 Rich joined BEIS in his current role and hopes to continue his career theme of delivery in support of the nuclear sector and wider stakeholders.

Shawn Tupper

Shawn Tupper

Associate Deputy Minister
NRCan
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Tupper is Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Partnerships Branch having joined Public Safety Canada in October 2009. In this capacity, Shawn is responsible for the implementation of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Aboriginal Policing Program and Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy.

Prior to his arrival at Public Safety Shawn was the Director General, Social Policy, at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. In this capacity, Shawn was responsible for a wide range of social policy issues, including: Families Policy including Caregiver, children and youth policies; Income Security, the Retirement Income System; Aging Population; and research and policy development related to emerging social issues.

Previously, Shawn was the Director General at Indian Residential Schools Resolutions, Canada. Mr. Tupper has also worked at the Privy Council Office as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister providing advice on issues related to Indian Residential Schools. Over the ten years Mr. Tupper worked in this area, he played a leading role in the development and successful implementation of the Residential School Strategy. Mr. Tupper joined the federal government in 1984 and has held positions at Natural Resources Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Shawn Tupper was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where he attended the University of Calgary.

Diane Cameron

Diane Cameron

Director, Nuclear Energy
NRCAN
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Diane Cameron is Director of the Nuclear Energy Division at Natural Resources Canada. As Director, she heads up the division responsible for leading and coordinating federal policy on nuclear energy. Ms. Cameron has ten years of experience in the Government of Canada, working on energy, environment, and trade policy - including NAFTA, US relations, and international negotiations.

Prior to government Diane spent seven years in the private sector specializing in global value chains and network-level optimization, advising international transportation companies such as Canadian National Railway, Schneider Trucking, and Crowley Ocean Freight on logistics.She received a Masters in Technology and Policy from M.I.T., where she was named Alfred Keil Fellow for Wiser Uses of Science and Technology. Diane also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Marcelo Salvatore

Marcelo Salvatore

Director, Nuclear Technology Assessment, Secretariat for Energy
Government of Argentina
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Marcelo is a professional nuclear engineer which has almost 29 years of professional experience. At present he is the Director for Nuclear Technology Assessment within the Undersecretariat of Nuclear Energy of Ministry of Treasury in Argentina.

Mainly his duties are devoted to assessment, prioritization, guidance, assistance and control of the different nuclear projects and initiatives being implemented or under consideration in Argentina. The CAREM / Argentinean SMR project and the subsequent commercial line are one of the main assets in his portfolio. But other important initiatives like the future large nuclear power plant and the evaluation of present operating stations fall also under his scope.

Before his present role and for 4 years he was a Senior Technical Consultant working for the leadership of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) were he drafted strategic approaches and programs, envisioned the corresponding projects and in many cases took responsibilities for their implementation.

At the beginning of his career, Marcelo started his professional life with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and then for 17 years worked with the Argentinean Company INVAP, both, places where he rotated from pure technical matters like reactor core physics, code programming and validation, to end managing nuclear projects and developing critical business opportunities and markets.

Among his personal strengths it can be said that Marcelo has the capability to drive an idea from its conception to implementation, integrating and coordinating the different stakeholders.

Marcelo has also developed very good skills for adapting to different working environments and cultures.

John Monninger

John Monninger

Director, Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment and Advanced Reactors, Office of New Reactors
US NRC
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Mr. Monninger is the Director of the Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment, and Advanced Reactors in NRC’s Office of New Reactors. He manages NRC’s programs responsible for the licensing reviews of new and advanced reactors in the areas of safety systems, probabilistic risk assessment, design basis and severe accidents, core physics, and core thermal hydraulics. He directs technical support and expertise for special projects, programs, and policy activities; and develops and implements policies and guidance for the use of probabilistic risk assessment and associated analyses in regulatory decision making for new and advanced reactors. He oversees NRC’s advanced reactors program and the development of policy for all activities involving the licensing of new and advanced reactor nuclear power plants. He has more than 29 years of nuclear regulatory experience including licensing, inspection, and research, covering both nuclear reactor safety, and nuclear materials and waste safety. Prior to his current position, he held many diverse and challenging senior management positions including: Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing; Associate Director, Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate; Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman; and Deputy Director, Division of Risk Analysis. He serves as one of the NRC’s Reactor Safety Team Directors supporting the Incident Response Program. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1988.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee

Senior Regulatory Policy Officer
CNSC
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Kevin Lee is engaged in developing the regulatory framework for small modular and advanced reactors at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He is a frequent international speaker on regulating SMRs and is also active on numerous policy and regulatory files across the broad spectrum of the Canadian nuclear sector. Kevin has over 25 years of providing regulatory, policy and operational expertise advise and his extensive experience in government includes senior management positions with Canada Post, and as Special Assistant and Ontario Policy Desk in the Prime Minister's Office for the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.

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Developer Insights

Tom Mundy

Tom Mundy

CCO
NuScale Power
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In his role at NuScale Power, Tom Mundy oversees global business development efforts, including all sales, marketing, business development and communications functions for the U.S. and abroad.

Mundy has 35 years’ experience in the power generation industry having joined NuScale Power in 2012 as the vice president of program management responsible for the on time and budget performance of major internal projects. Subsequently, as the head of program development, he assumed responsibility for the successful delivery of client deployment projects. Mundy also supported domestic and international business development activities including currently serving as managing director – UK and Europe, where he is responsible for establishing a NuScale Power business presence in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Mundy previously served as founding CEO and president of Exelon Nuclear Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company, LLC, providing a variety of nuclear operational support services based on Exelon’s Nuclear Management Model. In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction, operational management, domestic and international business development and service delivery. As Vice President of Nuclear Development, Mundy was responsible for Exelon Generation’s new nuclear development initiatives, including its dual unit new nuclear plant project in Victoria, Texas. He was Exelon’s project manager for the first ever U.S. NRC granted Early Site Permit at the Clinton, Illinois site, and was instrumental in the establishment of NuStart Energy Development, LLC, having served as NuStart’s initial project manager, an alternate member of the management committee and the project director for the U.S. DOE’s Construction and Operating License Demonstration Project, a $500M+ industry/government cost share initiative in connection with the DOE’s NP2010 program. In addition to the various positions Mundy has held in Exelon’s energy delivery, nuclear, and fossil generation organizations, he has also held positions with GPU Nuclear Corp. and Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He was certified as a BWR Shift Technical Advisor, and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey having practiced for several years.

Mundy holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is a registered patent attorney.

Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey

VP, Supply Chain
NuScale Power
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Scott Bailey, vice president of Supply Chain, leads all aspects of NuScale Power’s supply chain function including internal procurement operations and strategic supply chain development. Bailey has over 30 years of power generation focused supply chain management and execution experience from supplier, utility, and consultant perspectives.

Prior to joining NuScale, Bailey was the director of supply chain, nuclear generation, development and construction for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In that capacity, he managed contracting and supply chain related activities in support of major nuclear generation projects such as the Watts Bar Unit 2 completion, Bellefonte Unit 1 completion, steam generator replacements, spent fuel pool reracking, extended power uprates, and other major nuclear projects. Bailey previously held senior supply chain management and consulting positions for NRG Energy, Sequoia Consulting Group, Pantellos and Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company. Bailey is an accomplished and experienced supply chain executive in all of the key areas of supply chain including supplier relationship development, EPC Contract development and administration, value creation, strategic sourcing, contract management, procurement and materials management operations, eCommerce and project management.

Bailey holds a master’s degree in business from Husson University, a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and is a certified manager of Investment Recovery.

Dr. Jon Ball

Dr. Jon Ball

Executive Vice President
GE Hitachi
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Jon Ball is Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), headquartered in Wilmington, NC, a position he assumed in November, 2015.

Jon has been in the nuclear industry for 25 years and has a wide-range of experience in P&L leadership, manufacturing, global operations, services, and quality. Previously, Jon served as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, leading more than 1,000 employees in manufacturing and logistics for GEH’s worldwide operations. Prior to that, he spent several years in Services where he led GEH’s Field Services and Performance Services businesses. He’s also held several positions in GE’s nuclear fuels business, including Global Supply Chain Leader, Quality Manager and Lab Manager. Prior to joining GE 21 years ago, Jon was a Senior Chemist for Westinghouse at their Hanford operations.

Jon received a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a certified six sigma Master Black Belt, and has also completed the MIT Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives.

Karen D. Fili

Karen D. Fili

President & CEO
URENCO USA
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Karen serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of URENCO USA (UUSA) and has over 32 years of experience in commercial nuclear power. As President of UUSA, she oversees the company’s business strategies and objectives and provides organizational leadership for the UUSA plant. Located just outside of Eunice, New Mexico, UUSA enriches uranium for commercial nuclear reactors for US and international customers and serves as the only centrifuge based operational facility in North America. Karen’s responsibilities include maintaining safe and compliant operations, meeting corporate business goals and objectives, and fulfilling environmental and community stewardship of this $5 billion facility.

Prior to joining UUSA, Karen served as the Site Vice President for two different nuclear power plants, Vogtle 3 & 4 and Monticello. Additionally, she was the Fleet Nuclear Projects Vice President for Xcel Energy with a billion-dollar capital portfolio.

Karen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. She has a Senior Reactor Operator Certification, Professional Project Management Certification, and attended the Wharton Executive Program. Karen resides in Hobbs, New Mexico and is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the American Nuclear Society, and Women in Nuclear (WIN) as well as a contributor and giver in the local community.

Don Wolf

Don Wolf

President & CEO
ARC Nuclear
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Mr. Wolf, a founding shareholder of ARC, is a business executive and venture capital investor who has held senior level/founder responsibilities in many different businesses. He is the co-¬founder of a real estate private equity business based in Paris and Washington, DC. Previously, he was general partner in a U.S. based real development company. There, he put together and served as CEO of a building materials, construction and solid waste business, and as CEO of a hotel management company that managed the group's hotels. Mr. Wolf has practiced law with the international law firm Coudert Brothers in New York, London and Paris. He also served as a military officer in a U.S. Defense Department office created by Robert McNamara.

Mr. Wolf earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, an MBA from Stanford Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Rolland Johnson

Rolland Johnson

President
Muons
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Rolland Johnson did his undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies in high energy physics at UC Berkeley. He has worked at US National Labs (LBNL, FNAL, TJNAF), in industry (Maxwell/Brobeck, Muons, Inc.), and had assignments at IHEP in Russia, CERN in Europe and the DOE in Washington, D.C.

In 2002 he started Muons, Inc. in IL to invent and develop new techniques for muon cooling, neutrino factories, and muon colliders.  In 2011 he co-founded a new VA company, MuPlus, Inc. Both Muons and Muplus are now engaged in inventing and developing state of the art accelerators and their components for energy production, discovery science, medicine, homeland defense, and commercial applications.

In 2016 Mu*STAR, Inc. was founded to promote and support a consortium of private companies, universities, and national laboratories to design, build, and exploit high-power superconducting accelerators and subcritical GEM*STAR small modular reactors to safely and profitably burn accumulated spent fuel from nuclear reactors and warheads of decommissioned nuclear weapons.

Jonas Opperman

Jonas Opperman

Accelerated Fuel Lead Engineer
General Atomics
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Jonas Opperman is a lead engineer with the Nuclear Technologies and Materials division of General Atomics (GA) in San Diego.

Mr. Opperman currently spearheads GA’s bench-scale fuel fabrication facility for the EM2 advanced small modular reactor project. For the past nine years, he has focused on modifying the sol-gel process and successfully fabricated high-density uranium-carbide (UC) microspheres, optimizing the process to improve yield, stoichiometry, sphericity, and internal morphology. He has also developed techniques to refine and improve fabrication of conventional UO2 and advanced UN fuels. Most recently, Mr. Opperman has been responsible for expanding GA’s fuel fabrication capability and he is the Principal Investigator for a recent DOE-NE award to GA on Accelerated Fuel Qualification for advanced reactor fuels.

Mr. Opperman holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Ken Canavan

Ken Canavan

Chief Technology Officer
Westinghouse
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Prior to his work at EPRI, Ken was responsible for risk applications at Data Systems and Solutions, ERIN Engineering and Research, and GPU Nuclear. He also was a safety analysis engineer with Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio (USA).

Canavan has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a nuclear engineering minor, from Manhattan College, New York.

Ken Canavan is the chief technology officer (CTO) for Westinghouse Electric Company. He has strategic responsibility to drive next-generation technology and innovation solutions that align with the company’s global business strategy, and leads the effort to strengthen Westinghouse with regard to technology leadership development.

Previously, Ken served as director, Engineering, for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). While at EPRI, he turned industry needs into compelling research and development plans. These plans resulted in solutions to improve the safety and performance of the global nuclear fleet.

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Financial Expertise

Michael Eckhart

Michael Eckhart

Global Head of Environmental Finance
CitiGroup
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Michael Eckhart is Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup in New York, serving clients in clean energy with corporate banking, investment banking capital market origination, and transaction services. He travels regularly in the U.S. and to the UK, Europe, Middle East, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

He leads Citi’s work in sustainable finance, including originating the Green Bond Principles, now a global guideline, and is engaged in leadership work with the UN, IRENA, REN 21, IIF, and the Atlantic Council.

Prior to Citi, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) for ten years. He previously led the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, India and South Africa, and earlier worked in power generation with United Power Systems, Aretê Ventures, Combustion Engineering, General Electric Company and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. At GE and C-E, he was in a lead role planning the nuclear power businesses, including originating the concept of the Small Modular Reactor.

He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Walter S. Howes

Walter S. Howes

Managing Partner
Verdigris Capital
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Walter S. Howes is the Managing Director of Verdigris Capital, LLC, a merchant banking firm focused on sustainable solutions in the areas of – clean energy, resource utilization, precision agriculture, and infrastructure.

Prior to founding Verdigris, Mr. Howes served at the U.S. Department of Energy as Director of the Office of Acquisition Reform, where he was the principal advisor to several Secretaries of Energy developing and implementing the Department’s acquisition, commercialization, and finance initiatives.

As the initial Director of the DOE-Loan Guarantee Office, Mr. Howes formed a new entity now responsible for awarding and directing over $35 billion in Federal Loan Guarantees intended to drive the expanded commercialization of sustainable, innovative energy and infrastructure projects. He also worked extensively with the U.S. and foreign laboratory systems, with a focus on commercialization of technologies in energy and other resource intensive markets.

In addition to his government service, Mr. Howes has over 35 years of experience in global investment and commercial banking, private equity, venture capital and international privatization activities. He was President of the EBI Capital Group, Vice President of Credit Suisse First Boston and Citicorp, and represented the Ministry of Industry & Finance for the Czech Government in the early 1990’s.

Mr. Howes graduated with honors from Duke University in 1979, with majors in both Chemistry and Economics. He has a Masters of Business Administration in International Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In addition, he has extensive project management training and experience.

He is a frequent speaker and presenter on issues of, Sustainable Finance, Public-Private Partnerships, Technology Commercialization, DOE Loan Guarantee Program and Structured Finance.

Fiona Reilly

Fiona Reilly

Chair of the Expert Finance Working Group NED, Nuclear Industry Association
Managing Director - FiRe Energy Ltd
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Fiona is an Energy & Infrastructure specialist with over 20 years of experience encompassing nuclear, oil & gas, renewables and thermal power.  She is often involved in large-scale energy and infrastructure projects particularly the development, structuring, international regulatory development and compliance, licensing and financing. It is often said that she has a unique blend of skills from policy and regulatory expertise to deal structuring and financing through to project and asset management, claims and disputes.  She has advised on the structuring of projects, construction arrangements, financing, off-take arrangements, regulatory issues and operating and contracting strategies.

She is recognised as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear projects by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has served as a designated expert on the financing, development and structuring of nuclear projects at special meetings of the IAEA.

She has also served as an IAEA expert on decommissioning and waste management issues, chaired technical meetings and sits on IAEA committees.  She also is designated as an expert by the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO). She has worked on global nuclear projects for over 20 years.

Fiona is a Non-executive Director of the Nuclear Industry Association.

In January 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Expert Finance Working Group on Small Reactors by Richard Harrington MP.

Previously, Fiona was Partner and Global Head of Nuclear Services at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright before moving away from the law to join PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as the Global Nuclear Lead for Capital Projects and Infrastructure and then to become an Executive Partner and Board Member at Atlantic SuperConnection LLP.

Douglas Schultz

Douglas Schultz

Director of Origination, Loan Programs Office
Department of Energy
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Mr. Douglas Schultz is the Director of Loan Guarantee Origination for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). He leads LPO’s lending activities focused on innovative alternative energy projects in the U.S. including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, clean fossil, nuclear, and the related transmission and extraction infrastructure. An accomplished executive and proven innovator, Mr. Schultz has been active as a consultant, developer and lender in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 20 years in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining LPO, Mr. Schultz was a Senior Investment Officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In the private sector, he was the Manager of Project Development and Finance at KMR Power Corporation, a global independent power company, directing the company’s development and financing of green field power projects and acquisitions throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He was also a Principal Consultant at K&M Engineering and Consulting, an emerging market leader in public/private partnerships where he successfully advised governments and multilateral agencies around the world on privatization and Build-Own-Operate (BOO)/ Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project implementation. Earlier in his career Mr. Schultz was an expert consultant with the international management and economic consulting firm of Nathan Associates focusing primarily on the evaluation and structuring of large public and private infrastructure projects.

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Supply Chain Leaders

Louie Shoukas

Louie Shoukas

Chief Nuclear Officer
PCL Construction
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Louie is the Chief Nuclear Officer at PCL Industrial Constructors Inc. leading the way to make PCL a significant construction firm in the nuclear industry. Louie has over 25 years of nuclear experience working at nuclear facilities and within the construction industry.

Jesus Talamantes Silva

Jesus Talamantes-Silva

Research and Technology Director
Sheffield Forgemasters
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Born in Mexico, Jesus attended University in Monterrey at UANL-FIME (North-Eastern Mexico). After gaining MEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and a MSc degree in Engineering Materials he was awarded a PhD from the University of Sheffield for his studies on hot metal forming for British Steel (now TATA). Whilst at the University of Sheffield, he was seconded to Corus Swinden Technology Centre (STC) before joining Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. in 2005 as Research and Development Manager. He was promoted to Group Research and Development Director in 2009. In 2012, he was promoted to Managing Director of the Sheffield Forgemasters Research and Development subsidiary: Sheffield Forgemasters RD26 Ltd. In 2016, he was promoted to Group Design and Technology Director and in addition to RD26 Ltd.; he is now also responsible for Sheffield Forgemasters’ oil and gas subsidiary: Vulcan SFM Ltd. Jesus has managed and coordinated large industrial development projects from his time at Sheffield University and British Steel and since joining Sheffield Forgemasters he has secured and managed UK government sponsored industrial projects in excess of £40M. His current work includes a wide range of projects both within the Forgemasters Group and at the request of external customers. Here, metallurgical and engineering solutions are determined for a wide variety of processes and include applications for defence, oil and gas, power generation, civil nuclear, marine and heavy engineering. A highlight of his latest work included supporting the utility company Axpo (Switzerland) to get Unit 1 of the Beznau nuclear power plant (KKB) back on grid. Here, indications were found in the belt line following inspection in 2016. He advised the production of a full replica forging, which was manufactured by SFIL, and successfully recreated the manufacturing conditions at Le Creusot, France in the 1950s. He also carried out an extensive root cause analysis (RCA) and computer simulations to help determine the origin and cause of UT indications observed in the Axpo plant supported by his R+D team. The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) considered the fabrication of the representative Replica as a key element of the Safety Case. He is visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield and sits on the Research Board at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). He is also Member of the “Bulk Metal forming Committee” of the Materials Science and Technology Division in The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), London, UK and he is member of the Sheffield City Region Science and Innovation Board

Dr. Trevor Dudley

Dr. Trevor Dudley

President & CEO
Mozweli
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Sean Hagen

Sean Hagen

Managing Partner
Hagen Global Consulting
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Mr. Hagen is an industry leader in technical consulting & assessing and mitigating the risks during the planning and execution of large power generation projects. A focused leader with over 35 years of experience in both consulting on and managing major capital projects, organizations, and engineering teams, Mr. Hagen formed Hagen Global Consulting LLC in 2017 to support clients successfully achieve strategic enterprise and project objectives.

Hagen is currently providing Independent Project Oversight (IPO) services on the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project for Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors as part of the Modus Strategic Solutions team. Sean was previously head of the IPO team on Point Lepreau’s Nuclear Refurbishment Project, reporting to NBPower’s Board of Directors. Based on his work at Point Lepreau, Hydro-Quebec asked Sean to lead their Executive Advisory Committee charged with assessing the potential Refurbishment of Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station.

Mr. Hagen also created and led Sargent & Lundy’s Renewable Energy consulting practice, and accordingly is very interested about the potential for Small Modular Reactors to complement wind and solar power by providing carbon-free load following, or flexible, power generation, in addition to combined heat and power and off-grid applications. Sean also has significant experience in processing, packaging, and transportation of low-level radioactive waste and the design of Independent Spent Fuel Storage Facilities.

Sean has authored/co-authored and presented over a dozen technical papers on power generation-related topics at major conferences on topics such as:

  • Integrating Small Modular Reactors and Renewable Energy: Attaining A Carbon-Free Grid;
  • Managing the Risk of Large Projects: Independent Project Oversight;
  • An Assessment of Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel Management Approach from the Perspective of Current Nuclear Host Communities; and
  • Municipal Utility Small Wind Projects: Challenges and Benefits - A Municipal Perspective

Hagen is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Tennessee. He holds an MBA from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Bret Tegeler

Bret Tegeler

VP Business Development
Jensen Hughes
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Jensen Hughes is the global leader in specialty engineering and consulting services for the built environment. We are a company of engineers, consultants, and scientists focused on evaluating risks and diligently developing the best, most cost-effective protection and safety solutions. We offer extensive, practical experience through countless projects, research and industry innovation.

Our team includes over 1,200 employees and more than 300 nuclear and power experienced engineers including policy makers, researchers, and practitioners from institutions such as the NRC, NEI, EPRI, nuclear utilities, renowned legacy firms, and top universities. We have completed hundreds of thousands of projects, performing projects located on every continent in over 100 countries, and have the capacity to assist from any region on a variety of projects to satisfy the needs of our clients.

Our nuclear and power team supports the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and Advanced Reactor industry by converting complex needs into simple solutions via risk-informed decision-making, experience-based engineering, and practical software solutions. For SMRs and Advanced Reactors we provide added value to clients through the use of our extensive background in regulatory and licensing projects. We have demonstrated experience in the design approval process and in performing detailed evaluations for fire protection, internal/external flooding, seismic engineering, and probabilistic risk assessment. Our experience with risk-based engineering can be used to reduce overall O&M costs and improved plant efficiencies. We welcome the opportunity to support all life cycle stages of the next generation of nuclear reactors.

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Legal Insights

Jane Accomondo

Jane Accomondo

Partner
Morgan Lewis
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Jane Accomando represents nuclear electric utilities in civil litigation matters, and government and internal investigations. She also advises clients on NRC licensing and regulatory compliance issues. Jane has both a B.S. and M.S. in nuclear engineering and brings her in-depth technical knowledge to bear in representing nuclear industry clients.

Alex Polonsky

Alex Polonsky

Partner
Morgan Lewis
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Alex Polonsky concentrates his energy and environmental practice on matters ranging from nuclear industry licensing, litigation, and investigations, to radiation toxic tort and Superfund litigation. He is a nationally-known resource and frequent speaker at conferences on nuclear export–related matters, including 10 CFR Part 810. As the firm’s facility security officer with a top-secret security clearance, Alex also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information. Alex’s prior career as an environmental consultant allows him to advocate effectively in technically-complex proceedings, to provide due diligence support for energy and environmental transactions, and to work seamlessly with experts.

As part of his energy practice, Alex counsels clients on NRC licensing issues, including cases related to license renewal and transfers, radioactive materials handling, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear exports, and litigation before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Boards. He has a robust practice with nuclear startup companies, advising on all aspects of licensing, investment, and commercialization. He is the co-author of Fundamentals of Nuclear Regulation in the United States, and an instructor for Nuclear Regulation 101, a training program sponsored by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI).

As part of his environmental practice, Alex counsels clients on a range of matters involving the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation. He also provides environmental due diligence support on energy transactions, and in-depth technical reviews of soil and groundwater data for clients involved in environmental litigation.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alex clerked for the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP). He also worked for ICF Kaiser Engineers, supporting Phase I Environmental Assessments and Phase II Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies for government, industrial, and commercial properties.

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Industry Association and Experts

Tom Blees

Tom Blees

President
Science Council for Global Initiatives
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Tom Blees is an advanced energy systems consultant currently residing in Florida. He is the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. Blees is the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), an international NGO that includes climatologists, scientists, and engineers involved in cutting-edge energy systems and climate research. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. He has acted as a consultant and energy systems advisor to private industry and government from the local to the international level. Blees is actively involved in coordinating high-level international cooperation on advanced nuclear power system and fuel cycle projects with the USA, Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and other countries.

David Blee

David Blee

President & CEO
US NIC
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David Blee serves as the president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council – the leading business consortium advocate for nuclear energy and the promotion of the American supply chain globally. The Council represents over 80 companies comprising the “Who’s Who” of nuclear energy across a broad mix of the U.S. supply chain, including key mover utilities, technology innovators, architect engineers and constructors, manufacturers, suppliers and services companies.

Mr. Blee was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee in 2018. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a third term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee in 2016. Mr. Blee’s public service also includes appointments as a U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of energy, director of public affairs for the Department of Energy and as a Congressional chief of staff.

Mr. Blee’s private-sector experience encompasses assignments as group executive vice president for NAC International, a global technology and services company, where he directed U.S. and international business development as well as the NAC Worldwide Consulting Group. He is a former Senior Vice President for Robinson, Lake, Lerer and Montgomery, a Wall Street-headquartered strategic communications firm.

Marc Nichol

Marc Nichol

Director - Advanced Reactor Deployment
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
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Marc Nichol joined Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in 2011 and is the Director of New Reactor Deployment. In this role, he leads industry’s efforts to improve the policy and business environment to building new reactors. Marc lead’s NEI’s efforts on small modular reactors, micro-reactors, and the related manufacturing and construction activities.

Marc has previously worked for Duke Energy, and Toshiba in the areas of used nuclear fuel management, operations and new plant projects.

Jay Shaw

Jay Shaw

Programme Director
Nuclear AMRC
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Jay Shaw joined the Nuclear AMRC’s machining group in 2010, becoming head of machining before moving to business development and then to programmes. He is responsible for ensuring that the centre’s projects deliver the maximum value to the UK supply chain.

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Michael Drury

Account Director
National Nuclear Laboratories
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Mike Drury is the Director for SMRs & Newbuild for UK National Nuclear Laboratory working on large scale plants, Generation III+ SMRs and Generation IV Advanced Modular Reactors. He has cross industry experience working in Automotive, Energy and Nuclear, ranging from, volume production manufacturing, modular design and construction through to final decommissioning and long term geological disposal. He has been fortunate enough to work on a variety of projects including successful manufacturing production of a variety of Jaguars & Landrovers, Design and Construction of Chernobyl New Safe Confinement, Development of ITER Fusion reactor systems, Operational support across the UK fleet of reactors and delivery of multiple projects in R&D for SMR, Generation IV reactor and Advanced Nuclear Technology projects within the UK.

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Cristian Marciulescu

Principal Technical Leader
EPRI
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Cristian Marciulescu is a Principal Technical Leader for EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Advanced Nuclear Technology Team, where he is providing technical leadership and project management support for the Advanced Reactors Program. Prior to joining EPRI in 2016, Cristian was a technical leader with TerraPower (Advanced Reactor development company located in Bellevue, WA), where he was responsible for I&C and Nuclear Island Design system development. Before his TerraPower role, Cristian accumulated twelve years of nuclear engineering experience, working for two commercial nuclear vendors, Westinghouse Electric and Babcock and Wilcox (the mPower Small Modular Reactor project).

Cristian earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (Romania), a Master of Science Degree in nuclear engineering from the Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lynchburg College School of Business.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Global Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
FCBI Energy
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Ben McCann

Commercial Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
FCBI Energy
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2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

  • nuscale-power

Gold Sponsors

  • ontario-power-generation
  • PCL-Construction
  • nuscale-Nuclear
  • Urenco

Silver Sponsors

  • bruce-power
  • GE-Hitachi
  • USNIC
  • OCNI
  • Team UCI
  • Westinghouse

Bronze Sponsors

  • General-Atomics
  • Hagen Consulting
  • Jensen Hughes
  • Muons
  • Sandvik
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  • SNC-Lavalin

Legal Sponsor

  • morgan-lewis

Breakfast Sponsor

  • 3M

Webinar Sponsor

  • ASME

Exhibitors

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  • Team UCI
  • Westinghouse

Industry Partners

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  • SMR-Start
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