Laurie Swami is the President and CEO of the NWMO. She was appointed to the role in 2016 and is responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Ms. Swami previously served as Senior Vice-President of Decommissioning and Nuclear Waste Management at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Her responsibilities included overseeing operation of OPG’s nuclear waste management facilities, as well as implementing OPG’s low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste deep geologic repository. She began her career at OPG in 1986 and held various roles with increasing responsibility in the Nuclear Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel is the Vice-President of Site Selection at the NWMO. He has been with the NWMO for 10 years, as a leader in both technical assessment and community engagement. Dr. Ben Belfadhel has 30 years of academic, regulatory and industrial experience in areas related to geotechnical engineering and radioactive waste management. Prior to joining the NWMO, he was with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission where he was involved in safety assessment and licensing for all radioactive waste management facilities across Canada, including uranium mining and milling waste facilities. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the École Polytechnique of Algiers, and a master’s degree and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke, Que. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.
Lisa Frizzell is the Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations at the NWMO. Before joining the organization as Director of Corporate Affairs in 2012, Ms. Frizzell worked in communications for a number of corporate, academic and government organizations in Canada and the United States. Her focus is in strategic communications, and she brings extensive experience as a communications leader, primarily in the energy sector. Ms. Frizzell holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.
Jennifer Spragge is the Vice-President of People and Technology, and Chief Ethics Officer at the NWMO. Prior to joining the NWMO, she held the positions of Vice-President of Human Resources and Strategic Planning at Certified General Accountants of Ontario, and Senior Director of Human Resources and Strategic Planning for Sales and Marketing at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Ms. Spragge has a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and is a Certified Human Resources and Compensation Committee Director.
Bob Watts is the Vice-President of Indigenous Relations at the NWMO. He has worked on a broad range of Indigenous issues at the regional and national levels for many years, including working to establish the historic Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mr. Watts is also an adjunct professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.
Derek Wilson is the Chief Engineer and Vice-President of Contract Management at the NWMO. He is responsible for the implementation of the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) technical program. He is also the NWMO Project Manager for our work in support of Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) efforts to obtain regulatory approval for a proposed deep geologic repository to store low- and intermediate-level waste. The NWMO's work, on behalf of OPG, recognizes our unique technical expertise in long-term nuclear waste management. It is separate from our mandate to implement APM. Mr. Wilson is a mining engineer with over 20 years experience in the mining and heavy construction industries, primarily in project and operational management roles. Prior to joining the NWMO, he worked with the mining division of AMEC and with Holcim Canada.