News Release

Public invited to visit the Chalk River Laboratories on August 12, 2017

Chalk River, Ontario, CANADA, 2017 May 30 — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are throwing a party, and you’re invited! In celebration of the ongoing site revitalization, Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NRU’s 60th anniversary, and in recognition of all the great accomplishments being made by the people – past and present - who work at the laboratories, AECL and CNL are inviting the public to an “Open House” on Saturday, August 12, 2017. 

“It has been five years since our last Open House, which saw over 2,000 people come through the gates of the Chalk River site. The Chalk River Laboratories campus is undergoing an exciting period of revitalization, made possible by a $1.2 billion investment in new facilities and infrastructure. This is a great time to come and see what CNL is up to,” explains Mark Lesinski, President and CEO of CNL. 

The open house will feature demonstrations, tours of laboratories, heavy equipment displays, kids’ entertainment, a variety of food vendors, engaging presentations and lots more. Tours of the NRU and NPD reactor will also be offered. Space is limited on these tours, so early registration is encouraged. 

In addition, to the new buildings and physical changes, CNL has recently introduced an exciting new direction for the organization’s science and technology program with a focus on seven strategic initiatives including the siting of a small modular reactor, and a breakthrough technology in the health care sector. This event will also provide a chance for visitors to learn more about the work in decommissioning and waste management, including the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility and the proposed in situ decommissioning of the NPD reactor. 

“There have been important changes at AECL and CNL over the past few years. We landed on our feet and have an exciting vision for the future of the Chalk River Laboratories. It’s time to celebrate with our host and surrounding communities,” said Richard Sexton, President and CEO of AECL. 

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Patrick Quinn
Director, Corporate Communications
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories