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14th Annual WiN-Canada Conference

October 22, 2017-October 24, 2017


Registration for the 14th Annual WiN-Canada Conference is now closed. 


WiN-Canada has organized three tours for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017. The cost of the tour is separate from the registration fee. You can register for one of the tours at the same time that you register for the  conference. 

SOLD OUT To be added to the waitlist, please email                                                                   Tour #1: CNL Tour - CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. CNL is a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering. The Chalk River site hosts 17 nuclear facilities as well as more than 50 scientific and research laboratories, many of which are unique in the world. Guests will depart from the Brookstreet Hotel at 8:00am and will return back at 5:00pm. Lunch and transportation are included in the cost of the tour. Cost: $40 plus HST. Timing subject to change

Tour #2: Canada Science and Technology Museum Tour - Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a behind the scenes tour of Ingenium's artifact collection.  Ingenium is the steward of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum collection devoted to science and technology. It preserves and provides access to extensive holdings of artifacts and library and archival materials that document this priceless material heritage. Comprising over 100,000 objects and hundreds of thousands of books, historic photographs, and archival documents, the collection is particularly strong in the areas of transportation (air, space, land, marine), physical sciences, medicine, communications, agriculture, and natural resources. Transportation is included in the cost of the tour. Guests will depart from the Brookstreet Hotel at 8:30am and will return back at 12:00pmCost: $40 plus HST. Timing subject to change

SOLD OUT To be added to the waitlist, please email                                                                     Tour #3: CNSC Laboratory Tour - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is Canada’s nuclear regulator. The CNSC laboratory was modernized and upgraded at its current location on Limebank Road in Ottawa in 2010.  The CNSC laboratory plays an important role in CNSC’s verification of licensee compliance programs, relating to, radiation protection, environmental protection, safeguards and emergency preparedness. The laboratory has three main functions: providing sample analysis, calibration of radiation detecting and measuring instruments and maintaining the repository of radioactive sources. The laboratory also allows the CNSC to work with universities, national and international laboratories, and other government laboratories to provide research and training opportunities for students and scientists working in areas of nuclear and radiological safety and security. The laboratory was accredited to ISO17025 by Standards Council of Canada in 2016 for calibration of gamma survey meters.

The CNSC looks forward to welcoming WIN members on this tour.  The tour will be interactive, and led by CNSC laboratory specialists. The following aspects of the laboratory will be covered on this tour:  instrument calibration;  radioanalytical laboratory; sample shipping and receiving; and inorganic analytical chemistry laboratory. 

The tour will also highlight the laboratory’s role in the CNSC’s Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP).  The CNSC implemented its IEMP  to verify that the public and environment around CNSC-regulated nuclear facilities are not adversely affected by releases to the environment. This verification is achieved through independent sampling and analysis by the CNSC.  The CNSC field technician for this program will demonstrate her use of the sampling equipment for various samples collected as part of this program (ex. air, water, soil), weather permitting. Transportation is included in the cost of the tour. Guests will depart from the Brookstreet Hotel at 8:30am and will return back at 12:00pmCost: $40 plus HST.  Timing subject to change



Please note, session times and topics are subject to change. 


6:00pm – 8:30pm: Opening Reception Remarks from Dyan Foss, CNL

Speaker Bio: Dyan Foss brings 27 years of program and project management experience on large-scale nuclear programs encompassing waste management, environmental remediation and cleanup around the globe. She managed the successful Soil and Groundwater Remediation Program on the $5.8B Hanford PRC, establishing working relationships with regulatory agencies and accelerating the remediation schedule. She managed the $2.5B Dounreay Decommissioning Programme, successfully transitioning to a remediation and closure program, providing leadership in safety and cost-effective delivery under changing client needs. She brings experience in successfully managing environmental remediation and waste management programs for DOE contracts, including addressing highly-complex leadership challenges to minimize risk and deliver contract services.
Global Managing Director, CH2M Nuclear Sector.

As Global Managing Director, Dyan’s responsibilities include leadership, management and oversight of CH2M’s nuclear business, ensuring safe and compliant execution. She is highly involved in CH2M’s nuclear programs around the globe, encompassing more than 2,000 employees and totaling $3B of combined gross revenues annually. She sits on the Executive Boards for CHPRC, CNEA and Dounreay. Her active role in nuclear program management includes serving as a client advocate, meeting with local stakeholders and regulators. Dyan understands her responsibility as a steward of public funds and is committed to bringing value for expenditure, working


8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am: Welcome Remarks & Annual Assemby of Members

9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote Session: Achieving a High Performing Organization Fifteen Years After the Last New Build. Presented by Pamela Tume, SNC-Lavalin

Session Description: Nuclear is poised for new growth that will encompass unprecedented levels of CANDU Reactor Refurbishment and Services and New Technology Reactor Builds. Each of these areas will double the original fleet capacity and bring new work to numerous thousands of highly qualified workers in Canada and abroad. Within Ontario alone, the forecast for on-going refurbishments is creating engineering, procurement and construction work at levels never seen before in the province. The life span of CANDU reactors is doubling, which will in turn also bring new understanding and opportunity for research and development.

The first wave of CANDU-designed reactors was built primarily from 1971 to 2014, with the last off-shore unit achieving criticality in Argentina 26 June 2014.  All of these projects were delivered on or ahead of schedule, and on budget, which is unusual in the nuclear industry. The environment created required a shared vision and partnership between different companies, diverse governments and multidisciplinary teams working 24/7 on a global scale.

Looking to our future by understanding this past, means that we will need to embrace the teaching and lessons learned from prior projects in a manner where thinking-compliance is the new norm, where we as leaders embrace and support human performance excellence at every level; new-to nuclear to proficient workers, client and supply chain partnerships and regulatory interfaces. In this sense, we share our practices, our expertise and the new language of human performance and quality to achieve our mutual success. The new era of Nuclear is exciting, dynamic and poised to create our better world. 

Speaker Bio: Pamela Tume is an established leader with more than 20 years of nuclear experience in project, engineering, compliance and corporate roles. Through this period she has learned to enable the power of many through the strengths of collaboration, active listening and support of human performance excellence. She has performed various leadership roles for integrated discipline engineering teams for Candu 6 refurbishments and services, and the sale and transition of the Commercial Reactor division to SNC- Lavalin. In her current capacity, she is provides expertise and consultancy services in the areas of Intellectual Property, Nuclear Security, Human Performance and Operations Experience. She is the technical adviser to patent office and legal counsel to manage the patent portfolio inclusive of the Atomic Energy of Canada Power reactor sector.  As the Company Security Officer for Candu Energy, she is a key enabler of the Government of Canada security policy for New Power sector technologies. Pamela holds a Honors and Masers degrees in Physics and a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering and was the beneficiary of National Defense and NSERC funding and a post-doctoral research fellowship.

10:30am – 10:45am: Coffee Break & Student Poster Sessions

10:45am – 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership. Presented by Gates Cooney, CNSC

Session Description: In this Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Emotional Intelligence presentation, participants will learn about the science of the human brain and how it influences theirs and other’s behavior.  They will take away a strategy to  keep it together during difficult times and in challenging relationships. Participants will gain insights on the impact that emotions have on behavior and the secret that makes leaders exceptional.  Participants will have a better understanding of why Emotional Intelligence is an important contributor (even more than IQ) to personal excellence and exceptional leadership.  

Speaker Bio: Gates Cooney boasts an extensive background in adult learning.  She recently retired from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) after spending sixteen years working as a learning specialist.  During her time at the CNSC, she was introduced to the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and soon developed a passion for sharing this information with all who had an interest.  Gates is passionate about helping others to maximize their potential and strengthen their leadership skills by teaching them to apply proven strategies for being at their best even when working in stressful environments.   She has taught the science of emotional intelligence to hundreds of CNSC employees.  In retirement, she continues to spread the word as a facilitator for the Institute for Health and Human Potential.

Breakout #2: Powerful Presentations. Presented by Sarah Maloney

Speaker Bio: Sarah Maloney is Wavelength’s Senior Relationship Manager. She is responsible for managing our clients and developing new business throughout North America.

Since joining Wavelength (formerly IWCC Training) in 1999, Sarah has trained thousands of people in writing, presentation, interpersonal and facilitation skills. She also conducts one-to-one coaching sessions for Senior Managers plus delivers speaker sessions.  Sarah facilitates workshops for clients such as: Siemens, Hydro One, OPG, Candu, Apotex, Fidelity Investments, Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Irdeto, MD Financial, Joule and Infrastructure Ontario.

Sarah has a MEd from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She holds a BA (Sociology) from Concordia, a diploma in French Immersion from the Sorbonne University and a CTEFLA (Certificate Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) from Cambridge University.  

Breakout #3: Project Management Essentials. Presented by Juliette Sweeney

Speaker Bio: Juliette Sweeney has worked in the project management field for over 20 years.  She has managed projects within the financial services, manufacturing, transportation and hospitality industries in North-America and Europe.  Juliette has been responsible for portfolios of projects involving teams from Asia, Europe and North-America, budgets of over $50 million and teams of over 120 people.  She has held the Project Management Institute PMP designation since 1995.  She is the VP of PMI-GTA Toronto Non-Profit Portfolio and actively involved in the PMI mentoring program.  She has taught project management courses in both the private and the non-profit sector.  Juliette holds an MBA from Dalhousie and is currently enrolled at OISE at University of Toronto in graduate studies researching female persistence in STEM careers.

Breakout #4: Conflict Management. Presented by Carla Carmichael, OPG

Speaker Bio: In her role at Ontario Power Generation, Carla is responsible for the commercial management of major nuclear projects at OPG, including the Darlington Refurbishment Project (DRP) one of Canada’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects.   This includes effective and efficient management of all major contacts, setting commercial strategy, coordinating all major negotiations and managing significant claims.  In addition, she is responsible for oversight of the DRP including responding to independent oversight provided by the Province, OPG’s Board of Directors, internal and external auditors, and nuclear oversight organizations.  She is also a key Nuclear witness at OPG’s rate setting hearing and provides strategic direction in support of rate recovery.  In her previous role as VP, Nuclear Finance she was responsible for the financial oversight of the operating budget ($2 billion/yr) and capital expenditures ($1 billion/yr) for OPG’s 2 nuclear stations and the DRP.  

Carla joined the nuclear industry in 2009 as the Director of Nuclear Business Planning to redesign the nuclear business’ benchmarking, planning and reporting function for which she was awarded the company’s Power Within Award for Corporate Excellence. In 2017 Carla was awarded the President’s Leadership Award for Executive and Inclusive Leadership.

Prior to joining the energy sector, Carla held various positions in the wireless mobile industry at Nokia Canada, where she started as a general ledger accountant and became Head of Finance for the Canadian operations.  In 2005, she took on the interim role as Country Manager where she was responsible for the Canadian sales, marketing, operations and aftermarket services. In 2006, Carla became Director of Marketing and Public Relations, which she successfully held for 3 years until her departure in 2008.

Carla has worked in various other sectors, such as municipalities, public sector, not for profit and public auditing.  Carla is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto.

Breakout #5: Career Planning and Mentoring: Get out of your comfort zone, get a plan and get a mentor! Presented by Lisa Marshall, OPG

Session Description: Participants will learn why setting goals is an important aspect of career planning as well as the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and setting stretch goals will help you realize your full potential.  Participants will also gain an understanding of why mentoring is important to career planning and development, as well as how to find a mentor and how to develop a successful mentoring relationship.

Speaker Bio: Lisa has a passion for Leadership and has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. She has done extensive research on Mentoring Best Practices for Organizations.  Lisa joined Ontario Power Generation in 2003 as member of the Nuclear Security team. Lisa applied her skills and progressed through the front line organization, eventually transitioning to the management team. Along the way Lisa specifically sought opportunities which would diversify her experience, while building her skill set and knowledge of OPG and its business lines. She held a number of roles in the Security and Emergency Services organization, including Security Operations Manager and Senior Manager of Emergency Management. She recently moved into a new role in People and Culture as Manager, Labour Relations. Her leadership qualities, along with her drive to make a difference, have helped her succeed at OPG. She was recently appointed the position of Senior Manager of Organizational Development and Design.  Prior to joining OPG, Lisa had a successful career working with young offenders the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Lisa enjoys getting involved, giving back and working with others to achieve their career goals. She is the current Chair of the Durham Chapter of Women in Nuclear (WiN) and is also on the WiN Canada Executive.  She has been actively involved in gender diversity, taking on roles such as facilitator for the EmPOWERed Women Program, a developmental program for women in the workforce at OPG. More recently she was the project manager for the 2nd annual Women's Leadership Forum at OPG which hosted more than 240 participants who came together to discuss ways to close the gender gap.  Lisa is enthusiastic about getting involved in her community. Over the years, she has devoted extensive time and energy to various volunteer opportunities. She has led countless teams from various organizations at OPG through many volunteer events over the years. Lisa believes that giving back to the community is immensely important and reflects OPG's best attributes.

12:00pm – 1:45pm: Lunch & Presentation: An Engineer's Unorthodox Journey to the Published Land. Presented by Terry Fallis, award winning author

Speaker Bio: A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of six national bestselling novels, including his latest, One Brother Shy, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. It was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down was the winner of the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. His fourth novel, No Relation, was released in May 2014, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. His fifth, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015, was a Globe and Mail bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Leacock Medal. One Brother Shy was released in May 2017 and became an instant bestseller. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year.

1:45pm – 2:20pm: Ideas Worth Speading 

Talk #1: A Complex Project: Port Hope Area Initiative. Presented by Donna Snowden, CNL

Speaker Bio:Donna Snowden has worked in the nuclear industry for over 16 years. She began on the fueling end of operations, working at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Port Hope as the Training Supervisor, and previously as their Communications Officer.

For the past 5 years, Donna has worked for CNL (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories), on the PHAI (Port Hope Area Initiative) as their Training and Compliance Officer.

Donna has been an active member of WiN for over 10 years and sits on the Durham WiN executive board.

Donna is passionate about the nuclear industry and the environment. She lives on a farm in Solina, Ontario and has 2 grown up kids, who she loves to visit often.

Talk #2: Inspection and Maintenance Services at OPG. Presented by Sarah Masih, OPG

Speaker Bio: Sarah holds both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as a master’s degree in engineering physics (Nuclear Engineering) from McMaster University.  Upon her graduation from her B. Eng. in 2002, she began her career in the nuclear industry at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) working in Safety & Licensing.  After a couple years at the head office in Mississauga, Sarah decided to work as a contractor for OPG in the areas of Environmental Qualification, stress analysis and piping design, waste management design and corporate performance assurance through various agencies such as Hatch Acres Inc., SNC Lavalin Inc. and Canadian Power Utility Services (CPUS).  In 2006, Sarah joined Ontario Power Generation (OPG) full time while starting to achieve her master’s degree part time.

Currently, Sarah’s focus at OPG is in the Inspection and Reactor Innovation (IRI) Department.  She is actively in involved with the design/build, test and commissioning of tooling equipment for power plant inspections.  She is leading the implementation of a fuel channel inspection tooling system to replace manual scrape practices at OPG with the use of a semi-automated robotic machine delivered scrape tool.

One of Sarah’s proudest moments include being recognized with a Business Excellence Nuclear Power Within award in 2007 for her contributions to Nuclear Supply Chain and station engineering projects.  She also received a Power Within award nomination for her volunteer efforts with the Pickering Diversity committee in 2012.  Sarah has been involved in the implementation and promotion of many diversity initiatives, including serving as the Corporate Coordinator for The Mentoring Partnership, a program which brings together skilled immigrants and mentors in occupation-specific mentoring partnerships.  She is also an active member of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) Toronto chapter, and Women in Nuclear (WIN).

When not working, Sarah exercises her belief in living a healthy and active lifestyle by working out at the gym, playing volleyball, and doing swimming, yoga and biking.  She has a passion for travelling, so Sarah will often find herself on a distant continent immersed within a foreign culture, living with the locals and learning about their traditions and language.  Sarah looks forward to growing in her career by continually expanding her work experience, developing her leadership skills and looking for new opportunities and challenges.

Talk #3: Nuclear Science and Sustainable Development. Presented by Michelle Leslie, CNA

Talk Description: January 2017 was the third warmest in over 100 years. As our planet warms and our oceans become more acidic, our weather is becoming more extreme. Climate change also impacts development. However, thanks to an atom we can provide the necessary power to help lift people out of energy poverty, provide clean drinking water and help protect the environment: bettering the lives of billions of people around the world. Nuclear science meets NINE of the seventeen sustainable development goals. 

Speaker Bio: Michelle has a dual educational background in atmospheric science and journalism and brings extensive experience in media relations, communications and environmental journalism to the CNA.

A senior communications professional, her career spans national and international media outlets, the non-profit and academic sector. She has used her background in meteorology and journalism to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Reuters, Eni, CBC and others. Her experience includes developing and executing communications plans, advising executives on communications issues and challenges and developing content for various audiences. An extensive background in research and analysis of complex, technical information, her communications experience includes developing public communications materials on science and innovation. She also has experience in social media and advertising campaign development.

A passion for energy and the environment, as part of the CNA, Michelle has been able to participate in several climate related events including Climate Week in New York City, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Meetings in Charlottetown and a week-long discussion on science communications and international development at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to name a few.

Prior to joining the CNA, Michelle completed a fellowship at the Munk School of Global Affairs focusing on the environmental impacts of energy development. She also holds educational certifications from Mississippi State University in Meteorology and from the University of Toronto (B.A.). She was awarded Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence.

She is currently working on her French language proficiency and you can find her at a yoga studio or with her family in her spare time.

2:20pm – 3:00pm: Panel Discussion - The Next Big Ideas- how Nuclear Science can Solve Big Problems 

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Coffee Break & Student Poster Sessions

3:30pm – 4:15pm: Closing Presentation - Creating the Career – and Life – that You Want! Presented by Esther Zdolec, CNL

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Wrap Up & 2018 Conference Announcement

6:00pm – 10:00pm: Closing Dinner & Brief Presentation - What I Would Tell My 22 Year Old Self. Presented by Tracy Primeau, Bruce Power


8:30am – 12:00pm: CNSC Labratory Tour

8:30am – 12:00pm: Canada Science and Technology Museum Tour

8:00am – 5:00pm: CNL Tour


WiN-Canada has reserved a block of rooms at the host venue, the Brookstreet Hotel, on October 22nd and October 23rd, 2017. The hotel accommodation costs are not included in the conference registration fees. 

The negotiated WiN-Canada preferential room rate is $179.00 per night. 

Hotel rates do not include tax. Breakfast is not included in the above rates.  

If you need any assistance booking online, please contact the Brookstreet Hotel directly at (613) 271-1800



To learn more about sponsorship for the 14th Annual WiN-Canada Conference, please click here


Women in Nuclear – Canada will support 10 students to attend this conference. Students are selected based upon their demonstrated interest in improving their knowledge of the nuclear industry, developing leadership skills and their involvement with college/university activities.  The registration fees for this conference will be waived for the students selected to participate.  Students will be responsible for their own travel costs. Click here to download the 2017 Student Application Form      application form


WiN-Canada Student Pioneer Scholarship 2017 

WiN-Canada wishes to recognize those young women who act as pioneers of the nuclear industry, and play a pivotal role in highlighting the role of women in the nuclear industry in their studies and in their communities. The Student Pioneer Scholarship will be awarded to two deserving applicants who will receive a financial contribution of $3,000 each, to be put towards their continued pursuit of a career in the nuclear industry. Submissions for the Pioneer Scholarship are now closed.  





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