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50th anniversary of nuclear power in Canada observed at UOIT

First delivery of electricity from NPD to the Ontario grid on June 4, 1962. From left: Bill Lawson, shift supervisor; Lorne McConnell, station superintendent; and Alan McCarthy, first operator.  (photo courtesy AECL and the collection of Les R. Haywood, system designer, NPD).
First delivery of electricity from NPD to the Ontario grid on June 4, 1962. From left: Bill Lawson, shift supervisor; Lorne McConnell, station superintendent; and Alan McCarthy, first operator. (photo courtesy AECL and the collection of Les R. Haywood, system designer, NPD).

The Canadian Nuclear Society’s branch at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) recently marked the half-century anniversary of nuclear power in Canada by holding a special event with UOIT’s Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS).

Nearly 100 people, including UOIT faculty and students, attended the event, which featured eight of the original employees from Canada’s first nuclear power plant. Attendees heard presentations by Jon Jennekens of Ottawa, who was part of the original Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) plant in Rolphton, Ontario 1962 and Peter Mason, president and chief executive officer, General Electric (GE) Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Alliance. Jennekens’ presentation can be viewed on UOIT’s mediasite. The video retrospective The NPD Story, provided courtesy of Ontario Power Generation, was also shown.

Prior to the presentations, anniversary participants toured the university’s recently opened Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC). The 9,290 square-metre facility is the premier training ground for future energy scientists and nuclear engineers and houses UOIT’s unique-in-Canada engineering programs and research in geothermal, hydraulic, hydrogen, natural gas, nuclear, solar and wind energy technologies.

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