News Release

CNL works to strengthen relationships with local businesses

Canada’s national nuclear laboratory renews commitment to supply chain and small business community by adopting industry best practices

Chalk River, September 14, 2017 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, announced today that it continues to make progress in the pursuit of stronger relationships with its supply chain and the local small business community, as set out in the company’s Long-Term Strategy announced earlier this year. CNL is working to establish higher standards in the procurement of goods and services, in a more timely and cost-effective manner, to support external supply chain vendor needs and to better cultivate supplier relationships.

“In response to the changing nature of supply chain demand, and to the feedback of our own supply chain, CNL is making large strides to enact meaningful change in managing relationships with local business and our supply chain,” commented Phil Colwill, CNL’s General Manager of Supply Chain. “Our recent initiatives in this area – including the launch of a new vendor portal – are designed to improve the strategic alignment between CNL and our partners; it is about shared success.”

On Thursday, September 7, CNL hosted the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) Suppliers Day at the Chalk River Laboratories. The event brought representatives from more than 50 vendors from across the Canadian nuclear supply chain to showcase their products and services to CNL, and created an opportunity for these suppliers to learn more about CNL’s in-house capabilities, expertise and future needs. 

In line with CNL’s effort to improve the relationship with small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly those local to the Chalk River Laboratories campus, CNL and OCNI, through the County of Renfrew invited local suppliers to attend the Suppliers Day workshop and tradeshow at the laboratories.  This was an opportunity to foster a better understanding of how local enterprises can grow their business both with CNL and others across the Canadian nuclear sector.  

CNL has also launched a new vendor portal, which provides comprehensive information about upcoming industry events, scheduled procurement activities, recent awards, published framework agreements, and tips on how to do business with CNL. The website offers suppliers useful information about work at CNL, and common reference forms and templates. CNL encourages local suppliers to review the site to ensure they are fully informed on the commercial opportunities that exist for small businesses in the area.

“The new vendor portal is a great platform that provides current and potential CNL suppliers with really useful information about how we carry out procurement activities for goods, services, equipment, decommissioning and construction,” added Colwill. “It also allows businesses to register as potential suppliers, so we’re better aware of the supply chain landscape, including companies that provide niche services or goods. We really hope that businesses will make good use of it.”

For more information about doing business with CNL or to register as a potential supplier, local businesses are encouraged to visit CNL’s vendor portal at

About CNL 

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively involved with industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defence, security and life sciences, we provide solutions to keep these sectors competitive internationally.

With ongoing investments in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced with a strong safety culture underscores every activity.

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About OCNI

Founded in 1979, OCNI is an association of more than 200 leading Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and abroad. Collectively, OCNI members employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized people who manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to the 19 operating CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada, as well as to CANDU and LWR plants in offshore markets. The association works to promote the Canadian nuclear industry and offers services that enable members to be successful in the domestic and global nuclear industry.



Patrick Quinn
Director, Corporate Communications
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