OCNI proudly supports the Canadian Nuclear Industry at the Skills Ontario Competition with Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn on May 2nd

OCNI was pleased to represent the Nuclear industry at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition held on May 1st and 2nd with a major sponsorship, co-sponsored also by the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power.
Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017, Pickering, Ontario. – OCNI was pleased to represent the Nuclear industry at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition held on May 1st and 2nd with a major sponsorship, co-sponsored also by the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Bruce Power.  OCNI hosted a booth with hands-on tools at the Career Exploration Showcase to share a broader awareness of the jobs available in the nuclear industry in Ontario.  Darryl Spector, Chair, OCNI Education & Skills Committee, together with Marina Oeyangen, OCNI Director of Operations were on hand to answer questions and share information on why nuclear is important to Ontario’s Energy Mix and the vital role nuclear plays in meeting Ontario’s climate change goals. 

OCNI showcased an engagement video featuring interviews with skilled workers from SNC Lavalin, BWXT, and Promation Nuclear that highlighted the significant opportunities available in our industry through pursuing careers in the skilled trades.  The video also highlighted the Province’s commitment to spend over $25 billion in Refurbishment Projects at OPG and Bruce Power for the next 15 – 20 years.  As well, a new website – “Nuclearcareers.ca” –  is being launched to guide and support students looking to find jobs in the industry.

On Monday, May 1st over 10,000 staff, students, and their family-members from elementary schools from across the province visited 68 different skilled trades competitions filling over 500,000 sq. ft. of the Toronto Convention Center.  The few pictures above demonstrate some of the students showing interest in pursuing a career in science and engineering. 

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn had an opportunity to visit our booth with Darryl Spector, Vice-President and General Manager of Promation Nuclear and Parnaz Ehsaan, Emily Paterson, Brian Schmidt from Kinectrics.  In total, more than 30,000 students and visitors from elementary, secondary, and post-secondary colleges toured the skilled trades exhibits on both days.  “We all recognize that Climate Change is a clear and present danger and that the nuclear industry must ensure that the refurbishment projects are completed on time and on budget with skilled trades workers over the next 15 – 20 years to help meet the climate change challenge.” commented OCNI President & CEO, Ron Oberth. “The 2017 Skilled Ontario Competition is an important event for nuclear organizations in Canada to seek ways to collectively apply their resources to achieve this common goal.”

“OCNI was proud to bring increasing value to our membership by engaging in this significant opportunity for public awareness and education by engaging the youth in attendance, who will inherit the future of tomorrow with a growing appreciation for the positive benefits that a healthy Nuclear industry offers” noted Darryl Spector Vice President and General Manager of Promation Nuclear.                                                                                 

Promation Nuclear has developed leading edge nuclear technology for CANDU customers over the past decade. Promation’s engineering and advanced technologies are designed to support plant life management, extend plant design life, reduce maintenance costs and develop cost-effective solutions to existing challenges.

Promation Nuclear’s strengths are its engineering applications and development capabilities. Cost effective solutions to nuclear problems are developed quickly by applying the skills of an experienced team of engineers coupled with practical development facilities. The Nuclear division staff has collectively more than 400 years of engineering experience in nuclear field delivering inspection and maintenance services, provision of specialized nuclear tooling and managing a range of nuclear projects. The division has been named for several customer awards for its performance in outage nuclear projects.

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 220 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry, which employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists and tradespeople. 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.




For Further Information Contact:

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries:  Marina Oeyangen, Director of Operations
(905) 839 -0073, marina.oeyangen@ocni.ca.

Promation Nuclear: Darryl Spector, Vice-President & General Manager                                                   
(905) 625-6093 ext. 264,  darryl@promation.com