Annual Conference

2006 WiN Global Annual Conference


The 14th WiN Global Annual Conference

Technical topic: Positioning for Growth

The 14th Annual WiN Global meeting in 2006 saw 346 participants from 37 countries meet in Waterloo, Ontario. The full week meeting enjoyed great financial support from the Canadian nuclear industry. An International Travel Award was provided to 29 delegates from 19 countries. The meeting was held from 30 May to 1 June, and pre and post technical tours were organized on 27-29 May and 2 June. The Canadian organizing committee was led by Susan Brissette and included Cheryl Cottrill, Barbara Goetz, Cheryl McCulloch, Heather Joynt, Rumina Velshi, Janet Donegan, Helen Spencer, Yvette Amor, Tonie Chaltas, Sheryl Fox, Theresa Kirkpatrick, Claudia Lemieux, Sanela Turkanovic, Parva Alavi, Davinder Valeri and Pauline Watson. Linda Keen, CEO and President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, acted as the honourary chair and was instrumental in helping with fundraising and securing international speakers.

Positioning for Growth was the theme of the event, which featured an exciting array of presentations, workshops and discussions on a wide range of topics, such as nuclear safety, operators' best practices, advances in technologies, waste management, policy, public acceptance and communication challenges, recruitment and leadership. The program included 70 speakers and moderators from ail over the globe.

Donna Jacobs, Vice-President, Nuclear Services, PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in southern California was awarded the 2006 WiN Global Award for Outstanding Information on Nuclear Energy. Donna, a member of WiN U.S. accepted the award with her two children from WiN Global President, Junko Ogawa, WiN Japan.

Highlights of the week included the Gala Dinner where delegates, dressed in their traditional dress, were able to pose for a picture with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, dressed in full uniform. The delegates danced the night away entertained by the cappella group "The Essentials." Twice the dancing erupted into very long conga lines. The evening was hailed as the most energy ever seen in the Canadian nuclear industry C. Cultural tours included a visit to Niagara Falls, the CN tower and downtown Toronto and St. Jacobs.

Technical tour: facilities visited
AECL Sheridan Park Laboratories
Babcock and Wilcox Canada Cambridge facility
Bruce Power's Bruce B nuclear station.
Cameco's McArthur River Mine in Saskatchewan
Ontario Power Generation's Sir Adam Beck Hydro-Electric Plant in Niagara Falls
Ontario Power Generation's Pickering Nuclear Station
Ontario Power Generation's Darlington Nuclear Station
Ontario Power Generation's Western Waste Management Facility
Synchrotron Tour in Saskatoon.