About the Conference



This conference will allow for the presentation of how individuals and groups have overcome recent challenges in the nuclear industry by implementing innovative technologies and methodologies. The conference has a focus on implementing Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data to obtain new insight, perform analysis more efficiently and more accurately, be more sustainable and improve safety.


Conference topics include:

  • Innovation in both

    • Technologies (including advance rector concepts)

    • Methodologies and algorithms

  • Data Analysis, innovative approaches toward data and analysis

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Big Data



The central objective of this conference is to provide a forum for exchanging views, ideas and information relating to “Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Data analysis, and Big Data”. There is a considerable recognition that through collaboration, the nuclear industry needs to move forward and deal with the challenges it faces as it enters the 21st century. Influence of AI and ML on our daily lives is more than ever, industries are adopting AI to their benefits and the nuclear industry in Canada is not exempted from this. Innovation is what kept our industry so strong for the past 40 years and it will keep us strong in the future.


Keeping this vision, and to help direct the development of conference program, it is proposed that the theme of the conference be:


“Innovation and AI for a brighter future of Nuclear Industry”


Moe Fadaee, Symposium Chair 


Registration & Login


Registration Fees : 

To register as a CNS member, your membership must be in good standing for 2020

Note: All fees in CAD & do NOT include HST



In order to login to the Symposium platform on 6 & 7 of October please click login 

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Guest Speakers

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Gary Newman,

M.A.Sc., P. Eng

Chief Engineer, Senior Vice President of Engineering- Bruce Power

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Sean Donnelly P.Eng.

Director of Innovation Kinectrics


Akira Tokuhiro

Dean, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Ontario Tech University

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Stephanie Smith

President & CEO- COG

Jeffrey Griffin


Science & Technology- CNL

Mark Knutson

Senior Vice President of Enterprise Engineering and Chief Nuclear Engineer

Ontario Power Generation

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Dominique Lachance 

M.A.Sc., P. Eng

Senior Strategist - Bruce Power

Liette Lemieux

Director of R&D - COG

Peter Elder, M.Sc. , B.Sc. 
Vice-President and Chief Science Officer

Technical Support Branch, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

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Bala Bratap

Vice President – Business Development, Strategy & Marketing (Nuclear)
Candu Energy Inc, Member of the SNC Lavalin Group

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Andy Hayward

Chief Nuclear Engineer-Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

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Nick Farrant,

Senior Director – Digital Partnerships Westinghouse

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Daniel Foster - Roman

Section Manager 

Monitoring & Diagnostic Centre, Ontario Power Generation



October 6

09:00- 11:30

Plenary Session

11:30 -12:50

Technical Session 1: Outage Management & Maintenance Schedule Reduction

12:50 - 13:20

Lunch Break

13:20 - 14:40

Technical Session 2: New technologies for Nearly Autonomous Reactor Control, Operations

14:45 - 16:05

Technical Session 3: Regularity Challenges

16:10 - 17:30

Technical Session 4: Cyber Security, Training


October 7

09:00- 11:00

Plenary Session

11:00 -12:40

Technical Session 1: Engineering and Scientific Data Analysis

Lunch Break

12:40 - 13:20

13:20 - 14:40

Technical Session 2: Reactor Safety and Security

14:45 - 16:05

Technical Session 2: Waste Management, Decomissoning and Health Application

16:10 - 17:30

Technical Session 2: System and Component Health Monitoring


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Abstract Submission

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presentations via 


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Important Dates: 

Abstract submission: August 25, 2020
Acceptance of abstracts: September 4, 2020
Pre-recorded presentation video or slides submission: September 25, 2020

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Our unique virtual platform for this conference have several sponsorship opportunities. The platform will also let you exhibit your services and products. Please download the Sponsorship and Exhibition package for more details. 




If you need extra assistance please contact Willy Cook or Mohinder Grover, Sponsorships and Exhibits Co-Chairs at wcook@unb.ca or msgrover@rogers.com 

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Organization Committee

Conference Honorary Chair

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Gary Newman

M.A.Sc., P. Eng, Chief Engineer, Senior Vice President of Engineering - Bruce Power

Mr. Newman was appointed to his current position in June 2008. He is the Design
Authority for Bruce Power and carries responsibility for all Engineering activity at the Bruce Power L.P. site and is the current Bruce Power representative on the CANDU Owners Group, Nuclear Safety Solutions and University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering Board of DirectorsMr. Newman joined Bruce Power in 2004 as
the Department Manager of Equipment Life Cycle Engineering and prior to that was
employed by AMEC - Nuclear Safety Solutions Ltd., Ontario Power Generation and
originally joined Ontario Hydro in 1990.

Conference General Chair

Moe Fadaee

Ph.D, P. Eng - Scientist/Engineer Kinectrics

Moe is a licensed engineer and has published several research papers in nonlinear dynamics, mechanical vibration and CFD, including works on CANDU fuel bundle dynamic behavior. Moe is a leader in Machine Learning at Kinectrics and has successfully implemented machine learning algorithms in several projects in the nuclear industry. He has several years of experience in Parallel Programming, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He developed a Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence program for George Brown college and has been teaching Machine Learning for 4 years.

CNS President

Aman Osmani

Ph.D, P. Eng., SCE, FCSME

Principal Consultant -Kinectrics

Dr. Usmaniis a longtime member of CNS council, past Co-chair of Nuclear Operations and Maintenance division, organized and served as Chair of the very successful 2017 CANDU Nuclear and Major Components conference. Aman was 2nd Vice President(2018-2019), 1st Vice President(2019-2020)and currently is the President (2020-2021)of CNS.

Dr. Usmaniis immediate past chair of the CSA N289 Technical Committee on seismic design, and member of its subcommittees. Dr. Usmani won several awards and honours that include the AECL President's Discovery and Distinguished Merit Awards, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers (CSME) 2002 Robert W. Angus Medal and the Fellow of CSME (2017). 


Daniel Gammage

P. Eng - Director, Kinectrics

Daniel has worked in the nuclear industry since 2008, starting in the Life Cycle Engineering Group at B&W Canada (BWXT). His experience includes performing fitness-for-service assessments and component condition assessments, providing support to CANDU, PWR, and BWR utilities, and supporting R&D and OEM initiatives. . Daniel currently holds the position of 1st Vice President and Chair of the Design & Materials Division for the Canadian Nuclear Society and has also been a Council member since 2012 for the society.


B. Eng, MSc, Action Manager Computational Techniques Branch, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Her employment with AECL started on the physics design team for the ACR-1000, with a focus on modelling reactivity control devices and performing calculations to obtain confidence in the calculated value for full core coolant void reactivity.

She then transferred to Chalk River in 2008 to work with the Reactor and Radiation Physics Branch in the R&D wing of AECL, to assist in completing the ACR-1000 validation effort.In 2009, she became the section head of the Modelling and Uncertainty Quantification section and lead the physics team for the Canadian supercritical water cooled reactor (SCWR).As AECL became a smaller organization in 2014, she stayed with newly formed CNL (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories) and became the physics task lead for the ‘Enablers of Thorium Fuel in Advanced Reactors’ project and completed a masters at UOIT in modelling and computational science (M.Sc.).

Ashlea Colton

Technical Committee Co-Chair

Ph.D., M. Eng.,Principal Scientist 

Advanced Reactor Technologies Section,

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

He has since worked at AECL (now CNL) at various capacities on steam generators, feeder cracking, fatigue of Class I piping, heat transfer degradation of CANDU primary heat transport system, small modular reactors (SMR) and advanced reactors. More recently, Dr. Yetisir played a key role in developing Canada’s Generation IV supercritical water-cooled reactor concept and holds three patents on the core design of the Canadian SCWR.  He was the technical lead of CNL’s Small Modular Reactors program from 2013 to 2017, acted as the Advanced Reactors Program Manager, provided input in developing CNL’s S&T programs on small modular reactors (SMR), authored the book chapter “SMRs: The Case of Canada” in the 2nd edition of Handbook of Small Modular Reactors, and represented Canada in international (IAEA and GIF) meetings on advanced reactors and SMRs.

Metin Yetisir

Technical Committee Co-Chair

Paul Spekkens

BSc, PhD President, Buckley Bay Technology Solutions Inc. (BBTSI)

Prior to his retirement, Paul was Vice President, Science & Technology Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). From 2014 until his retirement, he was responsible for providing advice to the OPG Chief Nuclear Engineer, and for engineering aspects of the services being provided by OPG’s subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners. He was also responsible for the leadership of OPG’s nuclear R&D ProgramPrior to this role, Paul was responsible for the management of all components and
component engineering programs in OPG nuclear, including major component
programs on fuel channels, feeders, steam generators and reactor components.

Technical Committee Co-Chair

S&E Committee Co-Chair

S&E Committee Co-Chair

Plenary Session


Ph.D, P. Eng., Faculty of UNB - Director of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (CNER)

Dr. Cook has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick since 2004. Dr. Cook has established expertise supporting plant chemistry control, corrosion mitigation and prevention for nuclear power plant systems.  Research interests include use of high temperature and pressure test systems that simulate the operational conditions in conventional nuclear power reactors, Generation IV supercritical water-cooled reactors, and advanced SMR technologies.  Through the NB SMR R&D Cluster that was launched in 2018, Dr. Cook is leading the UNB efforts in supporting the targeted research and training required to bring the next generation of reactor technology online

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Ph.D, P. Eng., FEC, FEIC - M. S. Grover & Associates

Dr. Mohinder Grover is an electrical engineer specializing in Reliability Engineering and Quality Assurance. In his >40 years in the nuclear industry, he has worked at OPG, AECL/Candu Energy. Mohinder’s leadership and innovative abilities were recognized by AECL with the AECL President’s Distinguished Merit Award. Mohinder was awarded the 2009 PEO/OSPE Citizenship award, 2010 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, 2011, 2017 and 2019 Ontario Government Volunteer Service awards, 2013 Engineers Canada Meritorious Community Service award, 2015 Standards Council of Canada 25 years volunteer service certificate, and 2017 PEO Order of Honour.

Mohinder Grover

Ph.D, P. Eng - Project Manager, OPG


Mohammad joined the Nuclear Industry in 2007 after working in the Steelmaking and Casting
Industries for a few years. He is currently the OPG project manager and steering committee
member for fuel channel life confirmation projects and provides technical oversight for COG
fuel channel R&D, Joint Projects and Strategic R&D. Mohammad is the CNS Division Chair
for Materials, Chemistry and Fitness-for-service Division, CSA N285.8 TSC – working group
chair on assessment of reactor core and holds the position of Adjunct Professor with the
Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. He has many
years of R&D experience in the areas of Nuclear Engineering, Nanocrystalline Materials,
Tribology & Surface Engineering, Thermal Spray Coatings, Vibratory Surface Finishing and
Metallurgical Engineering.

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Our Sponsors & Exhibitors


Host Sponsor


Major Sponsor

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Platinium Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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