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What is OCNI?
OCNI, The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (formerly, The Organization of CANDU Industries) was incorporated in 1979 by several privately owned Canadian manufacturers and engineering consultants. Its purpose was to promote companies in the Canadian private sector engaged in the supply of goods and services for CANDU and LWR nuclear power plants in domestic and export markets. In doing so, it provided a focal point for industrial collaboration on matters that are of vital importance to its members.
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 leading Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and the international marketplace. OCNI member companies employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized people in Canada who manufacture major equipment and components and provide engineering services and support for CANDU and other nuclear power plants in Canada and around the world. OCNI companies also work on medical and other safe applications of nuclear technology. OCNI is the leading voice of the Canadian nuclear supply chain and actively promotes the production of safe, clean and reliable nuclear base load electricity as a key part of a balanced electricity generation portfolio in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. OCNI also encourages and supports member companies in taking their unique capabilities and high standards of quality and customer value to offshore nuclear markets through partnerships with local suppliers, power plant designers, nuclear utilities and government agencies.
Promoting Nuclear Power in Ontario, Canada and abroad:
Nuclear Power in Canada: CANDU nuclear generation plants at the Pickering, Bruce and Darlington sites provide more than 50 per cent of electrical energy in Canada’s most populous province, Ontario. Ontario’s' Long Term Energy Plan calls for the refurbishment of existing CANDU units at Darlington and Bruce as well as the construction of new nuclear units at the Darlington Site to maintain a balanced and reliable electricity supply portfolio for the province. CANDU power plants in New Brunswick and Quebec have supplied reliable and carbon-free electricity to provincial grids. Nuclear power projects are being considered in both Saskatchewan and Alberta to help these provinces meet their increasing electricity supply needs while helping to reduce their green house gas emissions.
The objects and purpose of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries are:
to promote a healthy nuclear power industry in Canada, for the benefit of OCNI members. While general terms and conditions of projects may be discussed, no discussions on pricing of specific contracts or products are permitted at any OCNI meeting or function.
OCNI has an active Board of Directors that meets 9 times per year including an Annual General Meeting.
- Media presentations at Queens’s Park
- MPP Receptions at Queen’s Park
- MPP Lobby Efforts with all 3 political parties
- Utilities / Suply Chain Seminars
- Regular liaison meetings with OPG and Bruce Power and CNL
- Policy discussions with DFAIT/CNSC & NRCan on export trade (e.g. India)
- Participation in China at the nuclear trade shows (i.e. NIC 2002 2004)
- Participation at public hearings such as Ministry of Energy Public forms
- Regular meetings with NRCan and Industry Canada
- Communication and collaboration meetings with the CNA/CNS/COG
- Development and maintenance of an OCI web page
- Ongoing letters/meetings with Federal Ministers in support of nuclear legislation
- Participate in the TSSA Advisory Council Meetings
- Newspaper and Media Interviews to Provide Balanced Information
- Industry Seminars on topical issues
- Distribution of member company information at trade shows
- Annual General Meetings
- Annual Jack Howett student awards to UNB, McMaster, UOIT and Ecole Polytechnique
- Supplier’s Day at Candu Energy , AECL NL, OPG and Bruce Power
Becoming a member:
Please complete the appropriate form and return to Marina Oeyangen of OCNI . All memberships must be approved by the Board of Directors.