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[cdn-nucl-l] Fw: CNS President's comments at CNA 2004 Winter Seminar
CNS President's comments at CNA 2004 Winter SeminarFYI - a transcript of my
words at the start of the CNA Winter Seminar last week:
Good Morning. We're living in interesting times in the nuclear industry.
That's almost a redundant thing to say in this industry, but for the first
time in a long time, at least that I can remember, the reasons for the times
being "interesting" are actually looking more and more positive, as we go
along. For the first time in a long time, nuclear is looking not as a
pariah, not as a panacea, but as - lo and behold - exactly what it is: a
strategic, baseload energy supply option for the future - one that should be
kept in the portfolio, as we heard Dr. Prince talk about this morning.
On behalf of the Canadian Nuclear Society, I would like to welcome you all
to today's very interesting and exciting events. This is "Nuclear Day in
Canada". This is where you're going to hear about the future of effective
and reliable baseload energy supply. The Canadian Nuclear Society is 25
years old this year. We started out as the Technical Society of the
Canadian Nuclear Association. We've been associated with the CNA through
events like this ever since then, and it's our pleasure to co-host this.
The agenda today is full of - as the theme says - "a hard look at the
future" of nuclear power and energy in Canada, and as you're learning about
these hard issues, I would like you also to keep in mind some other hard
challenges that remain out there. Things like getting the youth involved in
nuclear science and technology - and science and technology in general,
getting young women involved in the industry as well, communication issues
with the public, and communication issues amongst ourselves - amongst the
people who work in the industry, who work in your companies.
This is where the CNS comes in. We represent the people on the floor, who
talk to each other and with the public, and get these ACRs rolling down the
conveyer belt, and out there into the public. So, the Annual Conference of
the CNS is coming up in June, and I invite you all to attend that, and get
people in your companies to attend that. This is where we will discuss some
of the hard issues that you will see discussed here today, and also these
collateral issues on the side that are determining the future of the
industry, 20 and 30 years down the road: the people that will be putting
out the products that underpin the energy supply you see at the far right
end of the graphs that you're going to see today. Those are the people that
are doing it - the young people that are entering high-school today and
deciding whether they want to go into science and technology, or not.
So with that, please enjoy your day today. Learn, speak with each other,
take back to your companies, your people back home - wherever you are in
Canada - what you learned today. Spread the word to the public. And please
enjoy "Nuclear Day in Canada".