The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) welcomes Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power CEO & President, as keynote speaker at its AGM Conference

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), held its Annual General Meeting and AGM Conference on November 22nd at the Ajax Convention Centre.
Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016, Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), held its Annual General Meeting and AGM Conference on November 22nd at the Ajax Convention Centre.

Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power President and CEO, shared Bruce Power’s strategic long-term vision with the 150 OCNI members attending the AGM Lunch. The vision includes maintaining excellence in plant operations and delivering the six-unit life extension projects with an uncompromising focus on safety. Mr. Rencheck also described Bruce Power’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in all aspects of its operations and to the local communities. The Bruce Power Life Extension and Major Component Replacement Program (MCR) will contribute over $1 billion in annual Ontario labour income.

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan and Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster welcomed OCNI delegates and expressed their support for the nuclear industry and appreciation for the local jobs created by extended operations of six nuclear units at Pickering and the refurbishment of the four Darlington units.

MPP Bob Delaney, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, spoke on the province’s stakeholder and public consultations on its new Long Term Energy Plan and encouraged OCNI companies to engage in the consultation process.

OCNI President and CEO Dr. Ron Oberth presented the inaugural OCNI Export Award to Michael Chatlani, Vice President Marketing and Sales at L-3 MAPPS, for his company’s success and leadership in taking their DCC plant control and training simulator technology to 20 countries on five continents. Ron also presented the inaugural OCNI Innovation Award of David LeBlanc, Chief Technology Officer of Terrestrial Energy, for his company’ innovations in designing an integrated molten salt reactor with passive safety features and promise of competitive costs.

The Theme of the AGM Conference was “Excellence in Refurbishment and MCR Execution through Collaboration and Innovation”. Speakers from OPG, Bruce Power, and the CANDU Owners Group outlined the high degree of utility and supplier collaboration in sharing best practices and lessons learned to help ensure success of the Darlington and Bruce life extension projects. Six OCNI companies outlined the innovation they are pursuing to help ensure excellence in these projects.

OCNI is pleased to announce that Celeste van Rensberg, Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, has been elected
as Chair of its Board of Directors.

OCNI members also approved the appointment six new and returning directors to the 13-member Board.
The full list of OCNI directors for 2016-17 includes:

  • Celeste van Rensberg, Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, Chair
  • Michele Cheng-Newson, Lakeside Process Controls, Secretary
  • Brian Agnew, Mirion Technologies Canada, Treasurer
  • James Gandhi, Aecon Industrial
  • Martin Tulett, AMEC Foster Wheeler
  • Narinder Bains, ATS Automation
  • Jun Tang, BWX Technologies
  • Benoit Parent, Cummings Eastern Canada
  • Doug Burton, DB2 Consulting
  • Mike Gabbani, GE Power Canada
  • Mark Zimny, Promation Nuclear
  • Justin Hannah, SNC Lavalin
  • Ron Chatterton, Worley Parsons

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian
suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers,
technologists and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and
components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as
well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.


Dr. Ron Oberth, President, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
905 839 -0073 or 647 407 6081,

Ms. Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
905 839 -0073 or 905 706 5958,

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