(2015 July 22) Highly qualified people. We have them here in our offices, labs and shops. We develop them through training, job experience and learning from our peers both with the company and beyond. And, we inspire them by showcasing the opportunities in nuclear to those who are still ‘weighing their options’ having yet to choose their paths beyond secondary school.
Through access to a high quality and highly specialized learning environment within CNL, generations of Canadians have and will continue to benefit from access to our laboratories, facilities and experienced staff. We also recognize that we have a role in inspiring students and youth to “pick up the torch” as Canada’s next generation of nuclear scientists, engineers, operators, tradespeople, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Over the past year, CNL in Chalk River has been working to strengthen the relationships with school boards, largely with within Renfrew County. We have hosted students from Fellowes (Pembroke), Bishop Smith (Pembroke), Opeongo (Douglas), Dawson College (Montreal, QC), John McCrae (Ottawa), St. Josephs (Renfrew), Longfields-Davidson (Ottawa), Canadian Ecology Centre (Mattawa), Earthwalkers / Stewardship Rangers (local), and Renfrew Collegiate Institute (Renfrew).
This is in addition to targeted programming for teachers and administrators from Renfrew County’s public and Catholic school boards, several visits from Algonquin College (Ottawa and Pembroke), and a significant event co-hosted with the Canadian Nuclear Association which attracts roughly 40 university students from across Canada.
As with groups of any age, you see mixed reactions. Some students are thrilled and excited about the facilities and programming, others have trouble keeping their eyes off their iPhones. Student preparation in advance of the visit has been recognized as an area for improvement in the years ahead, and early discussions with teachers are being held.
As the school year draws to a close, we sincerely want to thank all the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories hosts who made time in their schedules and facilities to speak with these students about their work, their careers and their educational paths. These visits are an important component of the Public Information Program, and support our continued efforts to strengthen relationships with our community partners.
For more information on CNL’s involvement in our local communities, please contact Corporate Communications at cnl.ca or 1- 800-364-6989.