23-24 February 2011 – OECD/NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri met with officials in Ottawa, Canada to discuss recent developments in nuclear energy from both the Canadian and international perspective. Topics of discussion included the security of supply of medical radioisotopes and the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), the Canadian crown corporation responsible for the advancement and support of Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactor technology. Mr. Echávarri met with senior officials from Natural Resources Canada including Deputy Minister Serge Dupont, Cécile Cléroux, Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of AECL Restructuring, and Sylvana Guindon, Director of the Nuclear Energy Division. Mr. Echávarri also met with Michael Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Hugh MacDiarmid, Chief Executive Officer of the AECL.
On 24 February, Mr. Echávarri was invited by the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) to present the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap to 2050 during the 2011 CNA Nuclear Industry Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa.
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