NRU Reactor: Main Floor

Celebrating 60 years of NRU

Share your memories and thoughts on NRU

As NRU enters its final months of operation, CNL is turning to the community for assistance in celebrating the important role that this reactor has played in improving the quality of life of Canadians and people around the world. 

For six decades, NRU has served as the cornerstone of the Canadian nuclear industry and a critical research tool for academics and organizations all across the globe,” said David Cox, CNL’s Vice-President of Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer. “The science and technology carried out in this facility has touched the lives of millions of people around the world, but it holds a special place in the hearts of residents here in the Ottawa Valley.” 

To commemorate this milestone, CNL is asking the community to submit positive stories about NRU and the impact it has had on their lives. The stories can be anything that comes to mind, big or small – the people you worked with as a reactor operator, the experiments you were involved with while working at NRU, the partnerships developed during the vessel repair, or even how isotopes production has impacted somebody you know as a patient.

Once collected, the stories will be compiled into a commemorative book and made available to current and former staff. In addition to the book, CNL has many other activities planned to celebrate NRU’s 60th anniversary. 

Submit online

In addition to the reactor tours and detailed displays at the recent CNL Open House, an NRU Friends and Family Day, a Senior Reactor Shift Engineer Appreciation Day and other commemorative events are also in the works.


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