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Fusion Day 2024

Join an interconnected ecosystem of private companies, public organizations, research institutions, and international partners to help shape fusion in Canada and highlight the opportunity and benefits towards accelerating fusion commercialization
Fusion Day 2024

Fusion Day 2024 is made possible through the support of the following organizations:

Participation in Fusion Day 2024 is by invitation only.  Due to space limitations, advance registration is required.

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Join your colleagues for an engaging visit to the Chalk River Laboratories, Canada’s national nuclear science and technology organization. The Chalk River campus served as the birthplace of nuclear technology in Canada, and with over 110 unique science facilities, is the cornerstone of nuclear research domestically. The tour will provide an overview of the campus, and an opportunity to visit laboratories dedicated to CNL’s clean energy research including programs in hydrogen, tritium and fusion.

The bus will depart Ottawa at 8:00 a.m. and arrive back in Ottawa at 5:30 p.m. following the tours.


Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, 15th Floor

Master of Ceremonies: Amy Gottschling, Vice-President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

OPENING REMARKS (8:30 – 9:15)

Fusion in Canada
NRCan, TBD (Minister level or delegate)

AECL and CNL Enabling the Fusion Ecosystem

Fred Dermarkar, President & CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Jack Craig Jr. President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Fusion Energy for Canada: A Forward-looking Vision and Call for Action
Dr. Ian Castillo, Head of Hydrogen and Tritium Directorate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

SESSION 1: Industry Perspective on Fusion (9:30 am – 11:00 am)

This conversation will focus on the strong capabilities and established operations in fusion energy development across various countries, including a wide network of industry stakeholders and the necessary services, infrastructure, and capabilities crucial for success in the global fusion ecosystem. This session will delve into the advantages and requirements of different nations for a thriving fusion industry, including the role Canada could play in the global ecosystem.

Moderator: David Harris, President and CEO, Kinectrics

• Greg Twinney, CEO, General Fusion
• Kiyoshi Seko, COO, Kyoto Fusioneering
• Dr. Michael Zarnstorff, Chief Technology Officer, Stellarex
• David Tyndall, Senior Director, Ontario Power Generation
• Pascal Dumont, Senior Director Regulatory Affairs & Licensing, Type One Energy
• Nathan Tedford, Director of Nuclear Technologies, Hatch

SESSION 2: International View of Country Programs (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

International governments have set strong policy directives to develop and grow domestic fusion programs, prioritizing research, technology commercialization, and supply chain development. This session will delve into global advancements, spotlighting progress within the UK, U.S., Germany, and Japan.

Moderator: Frédéric Beauregard-Tellier, Director General, NRCan

• Sir Ian Chapman, CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority
• Dr. Klaus Hesch, Head of EUROfusion Research Unit, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
• Dr. Satoshi Konishi, Japan Fusion Ecosystem

LUNCHEON (12:30 pm – 1:30 pm)

SESSION 3: National labs, Research Organizations, and Academia (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

National labs, research organizations, and academia play a pivotal role in advancing the fusion industry by spearheading groundbreaking research, developing innovative technologies, and training the next generation of scientists and engineers. Their collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approach foster the creation of knowledge and technological breakthroughs, paving the way for sustainable and efficient fusion energy solutions.

Moderator: Karen Huynh, Director of Strategic Programs and Partnerships, AECL

• Dr. Stephen Bushby, VP Science & Technology, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
• Kathryn Hayashi, President & CEO, TRIUMF Innovations
• Dr. Andrew Higgins, Professor, McGill University
• Dr. Robert Fedosejevs, Professor, University of Alberta

SESSION 4: Government/Policy (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

Discover the latest insights into fusion policy, future opportunities, and international synergies. Explore how government organizations, like NRCan, NRC, and ISED, are approaching fusion from diverse perspectives.

Moderator: Dr. Genevieve Tanguay, Vice-Chief Science Advisor, Office of the Chief Science Advisor

• Frédéric Beauregard-Tellier, Director General, NRCan
• Dr. Shannon Quinn, Secretary General, National Research Council
• Charles Vincent, ADM, Industry Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (INVITED)
• Nadia Petseva, Director of Class 2 and Accelerators, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
• David Sandford, Deputy Director, UK Department Energy Security and Net Zero

Closing Remarks (4:30 pm – 4:50 pm)

This session will focus on the future of Canada’s fusion industry and take stock of what a national fusion program that engages an interconnected ecosystem of private companies, public organizations, research institutions, and international partners can look like. Closing remarks will underscore the importance of sustained commitment and investment in advancing Canada’s position in the global fusion landscape.

Dr. Axel Meisen, President, Fusion Energy Council of Canada

RECEPTION (5:00 pm – 6:30 pm)