Hear from a Collection of Leading Industry Experts on the Agenda at SMR 2019
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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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.
Paul ThompsonDeputy CNO
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Jeff LehmanVP New Nuclear Build
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.
Executive Speaker TBCSouthern Nuclear
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Executive Speaker TBCBruce 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 BaileyVP, Supply Chain
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.
Mark LesinskiPresident and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) effective 2015 September 13. CNL is Canada's premier nuclear science and technology laboratory managed by the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA).
Mr. Lesinski has a distinguished career in nuclear science, operations, projects, and decommissioning. His 41 years of experience spans commercial and government nuclear facilities, from power reactor operations and major retrofit projects to management of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) as well as federal laboratory transformation and operations.
His current post to CNL introduces the government owned contractor operated approach to Canada with the goal of reducing Canada’s nuclear liabilities, revitalizing the Chalk River site and connecting CNL’s many capabilities to the world.
Prior to joining CNL, Mr. Lesinski spent 10 years in the UK, first to accelerate closure of the Magnox South estate culminating as the Managing Director and then to serve as chief operating officer (COO) for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), developing and implementing strategy for the site licence companies (SLC). The unique combination of project and program management with site operating company (SOC) management and governance roles, as well as coordinating support with the National Nuclear Laboratory, provides Mr. Lesinski with the perspective and experience critical to leading CNL’s transformation.
In addition, Mr. Lesinski’s experience includes 17 years of successful hands-on management of major commercial nuclear power plant retrofits, followed by 6 years of D&D at commercial reactor and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites including the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology site. At Rocky Flats, his innovative safety and regulatory approaches and use of high-performance teams contributed to site closure 60 years earlier and US$30 billion lower than the original estimate.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Mr. Lesinski obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Cum Laude) as well as post-graduate studies in radiation science from the University at Buffalo. He has also co-authored numerous publications and presented at various conferences in the nuclear sector.
Vic PakalnisPresident and CEO
MIRARCO Mining Innovation
Vic Pakalnis earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mining Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1972 and 1976 respectively. In 1994, he obtained a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Prior to joining the Government of Ontario in 1978, he worked at Kerr Addison Mines, Inco Ltd , Iron Ore Company of Canada and Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., At the later company , he served as their Senior Ground Control Engineer .
At the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Vic worked as Chief Mining Engineer , Provincial Director of Mining and Industrial Programs and as Regional Director, Eastern Ontario. He was lead Operations Director for Human Resources and responsible for recruiting and training over 200 new inspectors. In 2007-8 he was appointed the Ontario Public Service Amethyst Fellow in Public Policy, School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University teaching courses in the MPA, MIR and Mining Engineering: policy implementation, project management, occupational health and safety. He has over 32 years of experience in public administration.
He is the author of a number of papers on subjects such as: mine research and innovation , safety, and public policy. He chaired the tri-partite provincial inquiry into Health and Safety in the Pulp and Paper Industry. In 1995, he co-led the Early Wins Team within the Internal Administration Restructuring Project. This project was charged with reducing the cost of administration within the Ontario Public Service by $300M. He was one of the founding members and Chair of Ontario’s Provincial Interministerial Council. In 2010, he was elected President of the 88,000 member Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club. He has appeared on radio and television: CNN, BNN, CBC and CTV as a commentator on health and safety issues, in particular the Chilean Mine Rescue Operation in 2010. He writes for and serves on the editorial board of Canadian Government Executive.
Vic is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario , the Society of Mining Engineers , the Canadian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He serves on the Boards of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and Minerva Canada which promotes the introduction of occupational health and safety in schools of business and engineering. In 2007 he received Ontario’s prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Service. In 2014 he received the Minerva Educational Award of Honor.
In 2009 Vic was appointed Kinross Professor in Mining and Sustainability at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the faculty of engineering and applied science. His research interest are in mining technology , safety, public policy ,and aboriginal access to engineering . He was appointed President and CEO , MIRARCO on July1, 2012 . On November 1, 2015 he was appointed Associate Vice-President LMIT ( Laurentian Mining Innovation Technology).
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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 NicholDirector - Advanced Reactor Deployment
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
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Sean HagenCEO + Founder
Hagen Global Consulting
Sean Hagen is a focused leader with over 35 years of consulting and engineering experience managing major capital projects, organizations, and engineering teams. He has successfully led cross-discipline, multi-function teams in various power generation technologies, transmission projects, and project offices worldwide. He is a licensed Profesional Engineer in the States of Illinois and Tennessee.
Mr. Hagen formed Hagen Global Consulting LLC in mid-2017 to support Clients achieve their global energy-related goals and successfully execute their power generation projects worldwide.
Hagen holds a Master of Business Administration from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Additionally, Mr. Hagen is a member of the:
- American Society of Civil Engineers;
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers;
- Project Management Institute;
- American Nuclear Society; and the
- Canadian Nuclear Society.
Lastly, Hagen has authored, or co-authored, and presented over a dozen papers on power generation-related topics at major conferences on topics ranging from:
- An Assessment of Canada’s Used Nuclear Fuel Management Approach from the Perspective of Current Nuclear Host Communities; to
- Wind Turbine Structures and Foundations - Past, Present and Future; to
- Managing the Risk of Large Projects: Independent Project Oversight; to
- Integrating Small Modular Reactors and Renewable Energy: Attaining A Carbon-Free Grid.
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.
Don WolfPresident and CEO
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.
Jesus Talamantes-SilvaResearch and Technology Director
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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.
Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United
States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises
electric utilities, reactor developers, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear
fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative
bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a
specific emphasis on new reactor projects, subsequent license renewal, decommissioning, high
level waste storage, medical isotopes, and Part 810 nuclear export controls.
Stephen counsels clients on issues relating to NRC licensing and enforcement proceedings, nuclear safety and regulatory compliance, employment discrimination, and prudence of nuclear plant outages. He is actively involved in the licensing and permitting of new US nuclear plants, including large light water reactors, small modular reactors, and advanced reactors, and he has been involved in projects evaluating or utilizing all of the NRC licensing options for new plants. Stephen guides clients through the full scope of legal issues associated with new nuclear projects, including consideration of safety and environmental matters, preparation of applications, NRC review of those applications, and litigation of applications before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and the Commission. After licensing, Stephen advises clients on legal and regulatory issues arising during construction.
As the firm’s deputy facility security officer with a top-secret security clearance, Stephen also supports investigations and litigation involving classified information.
Outside the United States, Stephen counsels clients on developing new nuclear regulatory and licensing programs and plants, including the need for power, choice of technology, alternative site Stephen J. Burdick counsels clients in the nuclear industry, both inside and outside the United States. A former civilian nuclear plant engineer and nuclear plant operator, Stephen advises electric utilities, reactor developers, government entities, and other companies across the nuclear fuel cycle. Stephen’s work focuses on regulatory and litigation matters before administrative bodies, such as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and before relevant courts with a specific emphasis on new reactor projects, subsequent license renewal, decommissioning, high level waste storage, medical isotopes, and Part 810 nuclear export controls. considerations, and regulatory and commercial issues associated with project development. He helps government entities establish new nuclear regulatory regimes and apply international standards.
Stephen also assists applicants outside the United States seeking licenses for new reactor projects, including readiness reviews to consider whether a company is ready to submit and obtain licenses. He advised a United Kingdom client on a license application to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and has advised clients in the Middle East on the development of new nuclear programs, including application of international standards.
Stephen was appointed to a second term on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) by the Secretary of Commerce.
Prior to his career as an attorney, Stephen worked as a nuclear plant engineer for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), then a Lockheed Martin Company. He qualified to operate a nuclear plant and participated in the training of Navy Personnel in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
Kevin LeeSenior Regulatory Policy Officer
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.
John MonningerDirector, Division of Safety Systems, Risk Assessment and Advanced Reactors, Office of New Reactors
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.
Richard DeakinHead of Innovation, SMR and Emerging Nuclear Policy Advanced Nuclear Technologies
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
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.
The Science Council for Global Initiatives
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Cristian MarciulescuPrincipal Technical Leader
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