Is Nuclear Energy Right for Alberta... or Not?

Over the past year we have heard much of the possibility of nuclear energy in the small town farming country of northern Alberta. To date, public discussion has been dominated by entrepreneurs proposing the construction of nuclear plants to provide energy for oil sands development and Alberta’s general electricity needs, as well as by those adamantly opposing the use of nuclear energy. Is there middle ground?

Eric Williams lived and worked with nuclear energy for 35 years at the Bruce Nuclear Power Generating Station in rural Ontario, some 200km from Toronto on the shores of Lake Huron. The Bruce nuclear power complex is the world’s second biggest consisting of eight reactor units with total generating capacity of 6200 MWe. Recently retired, Eric will present his perspective on the benefits and problems associated with nuclear energy.

What are the lessons for Albertans from past nuclear projects? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead?

Speakers: Eric Williams, President, Canadian Nuclear Society

Eric is a Professional Engineer (Ontario), and holds a Master of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is the President of the Canadian Nuclear Society, which is dedicated to the exchange of information in the field of applied nuclear science and technology. Society members are individuals directly involved in or interested in the use and development of nuclear science and technology.

Eric is also a Lay Reader for the Anglican Church of Canada, an active Scouts Canada leader, and an ardent canoe tripper and past president of Paddle Canada. He and his wife of 40 years continue to live near the Bruce Nuclear site and have two children, now grown up and away.

Moderator: Duane Pendergast

Date/Time: Thursday, 25 October 2007, Noon - 1:30 PM

Location: Ericksen’s Family Restaurant (lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S.

Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch)

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