Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Annual Report 2007-08

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is committed to independent regulation of Canada's nuclear sector, helping to ensure that Canadian nuclear facilities are among the safest and most secure in the world.

CNSC is meeting the challenge of the increasing demand for nuclear energy by ensuring that related growth is well managed and regulated. Through rigorous licensing and compliance processes, CNSC carries out its regulatory oversight responsibilities to assure that nuclear facilities throughout Canada are safe and secure and that the health of Canadians and the environment remain a top priority. CNSC also cooperates with domestic and international partners to promote Canada's full participation in establishing and maintaining best practices for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and materials.

CNSC pledges to Canadians that the country's nuclear regulatory processes will remain strong and effective and that their health, safety, security and the environment will be protected.

Letter to the Minister

The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Madam:

I have the honour of presenting you with the Annual Report of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008. The report has been prepared and is submitted in accordance with Section 72 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

Michael Binder
Michael Binder
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Message from the President


Michael Binder

It is with great pleasure that I present the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) 2007-08 annual report, my first since being appointed as the organization's President.

The year saw many significant accomplishments for CNSC. We set out to improve relationships with our stakeholders; streamlined and strengthened the regulatory framework; reallocated resources to address the growing interest in new nuclear power plants; established a working group to improve Aboriginal consultations; and laid new foundations for investing in employee development. These are just a few examples of the excellent work CNSC has undertaken over the past year to enhance the safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

The nuclear sector is forecasting significant growth in the coming years as a result of the continuing rise in global demand for energy and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Combined with the increasing use of nuclear technology in industry, research and medicine, this nuclear renaissance is bringing about a considerable increase in the need for regulatory oversight - especially in areas such as licensing for nuclear fuel mining and processing facilities.

The increase in Canadian energy requirements is occurring at a time when the country's fleet of existing nuclear power plants is aging. It is therefore not surprising that CNSC is receiving a significant number of plans to refurbish and extend the life of existing plants, and to build new nuclear power plants to meet energy demands. CNSC is refocusing its efforts to respond to these developments and the related growth in proposed plans for new uranium mining and processing.

On the international front, CNSC continues to actively participate in the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency. These fora provide opportunities to share best practices in nuclear safety and strengthen Canada's commitments to non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear materials.

In late 2007, the extended shutdown of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River resulted in concerns about the supply of isotopes that are used for medical diagnostics and treatments. As a result, the government has issued a new directive to CNSC to ensure that the health of Canadians is taken into account in CNSC licensing decisions. This incident has led CNSC and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to jointly commission a review by an independent third party. The review identified a number of critical lessons and provided recommendations for improvement, which will be reviewed and implemented by CNSC.

In the short time since my arrival, I have been impressed by the expertise and dedication of CNSC's workforce. Going forward, the recruitment and retention of skilled staff will remain an important priority for CNSC. We will be strengthening our staffing efforts in a highly competitive market to respond to industry growth needs.

In my role as CNSC's President and Chief Executive Officer, I am committed to assuring Canadians that the use of nuclear materials in nuclear facilities is safe and secure.

With respect,

Michael Binder

Michael Binder

Commission Tribunal Members


Michael Binder
Michael Binder
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Ottawa, Ontario
Named as a permanent Commission member on January 15, 2008
Dr. Christopher R. Barnes
Dr. Christopher R. Barnes
Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
Named as a permanent Commission member on January 23, 1996
Dr. Ronald J. Barriault
Dr. Ronald J. Barriault
Physician, Restigouche Regional Health Authority
Charlo, New Brunswick
Named as a permanent Commission member on December 3, 2007
Dr. James A. Dosman
Dr. James A. Dosman
Director, Institute of Agricultural Rural
and Environmental Health, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Served as a permanent Commission member
from May 30, 2002 to December 29, 2003 and from April 23, 2004 to April 22, 2007

Alan R. Graham
Alan R. Graham
Rexton, New Brunswick
Named as a permanent Commission member
on January 1, 1999
André Harvey
André Harvey
Québec, Québec
Named as a permanent Commission member
on June 2, 2006

Linda J. Keen
Linda J. Keen
Ottawa, Ontario
Named as a permanent Commission member
on November 1, 2000

Dr. J. Moyra J. McDill
Dr. J. Moyra J. McDill
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario
Named as a permanent Commission member
on May 30, 2002
Dr. Jean-Guy Paquet
Dr. Jean-Guy Paquet
Chairman, Board of the National Optics Institute
Québec, Québec
Served as a permanent Commission member
from June 2, 2006 to April 30, 2007

Executive Management Team


Michael Binder
Michael Binder
President and Chief Executive Officer
Named as President of CNSC on January 15, 2008
Ramzi Jammal
Ramzi Jammal
Executive Vice-President, Regulatory Operations
and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer
Terry Jamieson
Terry Jamieson
Vice-President, Technical Support
Patricia McDowell
Patricia McDowell
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
Claude Caron
Claude Caron
Vice-President, Corporate Services
and Chief Financial Officer
Jacques Lavoie
Jacques Lavoie
Senior General Counsel and Director of Legal Services

Marc Leblanc
Marc Leblanc
Commission Secretary