RMC Hosts International Conference on CANDU Fuel

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Mr. Chris West and Brigadier-General Al Meinzinger
From September 15- 18 RMC's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department held the 12th International Conference on CANDU Fuel at the Holiday Inn in Kingston. From left to right in the attached photo the individuals are: Dr. Paul Chan (Professor CCE Dept), OCdt Zachary Switzer, OCdt Michael Baskin, OCdt Aaron Brideau, OCdt Kathryn Bowen, Kommy Farahani (Lecturer CCE Dept), Dr. Harry Kowal (Principal RMC)

RMC hosted the 12th International Conference on CANDU Fuel, which was recently held in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Paul Chan, a professor in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE) Department, chaired the conference. The conference was world class and was a resounding success. The excellent organization, quality papers presented by RMC post-graduate students and the manner in which the various events of the conference were conducted were exemplary and showcased RMC.

This conference was presented by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Atomic Energy of Canada. The conference was sponsored by many organizations within the Canadian nuclear industries: AMEC-Nuclear Safety Solutions, Cameco Fuel Manufacturing Inc., Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CANDESCO, CANTECH Associates Inc., CANDU Energy, General Electric-Hitachi, Ontario Power Generation, Power Workers' Union, STERN Laboratories and UniTech Services Group.

The 12th International Conference on CANDU Fuel, held in Kingston from September 15 - 18, brought together international experts of the nuclear fuel industry and academia involved in design, R&D, manufacturing, operation, modeling, safety analysis and regulation. Delegates from eight countries, including India, Romania, Argentina, Korea, United States, Sweden, Austria and, of course, Canada attended the conference. This conference is in fact one of most international conferences within CNS.

The RMC Band and Highland Dancers opened the conference which was held at the Holiday-Inn Waterfront Hotel. The Master of Ceremony for the evening was A/SLt Jae Song, who is pursuing a MASc degree in CCE Department in nuclear engineering. Attendees included The Honourable Mark Gerretsen Mayor of Kingston, the Honourable John Gerretsen (Hon. MPP), Dr. Ted Hsu (Hon. MP), Dr. Harry Kowal (RMC Principal), Dr. Ben Rouben (CNS Executive Director and Past President) and Dr. Paul Chan (Conference Chair). Members/cadets of the RMC Band and Dancers were invited to stay and mingle with guests. Attendees were warmly welcomed and were very impressed with the City of Kingston and of course our community.

The conference banquet was also held on board the Island Star, a 1000 Islands Cruise Boat. The Principal, Dr. Phil Bates (the Dean of Engineering), Dr. Gord Simons (the Dean of Science) and their spouses enjoyed the evening and helped welcome our Canadian and international delegates of researchers and experts on behalf of RMC. An extended invitation was sent to OCdts Aaron Brideau, Kathryn Bowen, Michael Baskin and Zachary Switzer, as they are pursuing fourth-year projects in the nuclear field. OCdt Brideau was the Master of Ceremonies for the cruise. It was a great experience for these cadets to interact with the conference participants.

The quality and the success of the conference reflected positively on RMC and was a testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the organizing committee, our professors, post-graduate students and cadets of the CCE Department.

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