Partnership formed to support STEM and promote nuclear in Canada

May 11, 2021, 6:59AMNuclear News

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) last week announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) to work together to advocate for initiatives that support STEM and the promotion of nuclear science, energy, and technology. Signed earlier this year by CNA president and chief executive officer John Gorman and NAYGN president Amber Von Ruden, the MOU also calls for collaboration on initiatives to recruit and attract students to nuclear.

Looking forward: “We are excited to sign this memorandum of understanding with NAYGN,” Gorman said. “With more than 40 percent of jobs in Canada’s nuclear sector being held by those under the age of 40, young people will play an important part in the industry’s future. We need their support not only to fill these jobs, but to advocate for small modular reactors, nuclear refurbishment, and to help us connect to the next generation.”

According to Von Ruden, the MOU continues NAYGN’s strategy of partnering with industry groups to further its primary mission—the development of “leaders to energize the future of nuclear.” She added, “This partnership will create new, exciting opportunities and initiatives to help our organizations materialize the scale of this impact."

Commitments: Under the MOU, the two organizations agree to do the following:

  • Support and champion the continued safe and reliable use of nuclear power for clean energy generation to meet climate objectives.
  • Collaborate on public education initiatives, specifically on how nuclear can meet climate goals in partnership with renewables.
  • Support efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within the nuclear sector and collaborate on special projects as they relate to diversity and inclusion.
  • Facilitate opportunities for cross-organizational mentoring and knowledge transfer to enhance technical, professional, and leadership skills.

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