Early in its process NWMO conducted a series of Conversations About Expectations with a range of individual Canadians, communities of interest and key stakeholders to introduce itself and to better understand the views and needs of Canadians at large. These informal conversations provided early insight to begin shaping the NWMO study and the engagement process to support it. The report, What We Heard, is attached below.

By April 2003, face-to-face conversations were held with almost 250 individuals and representatives of organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels. These included representatives of aboriginal organizations, nuclear power plant workers, youth, residents of nuclear power plant communities, environmental groups, industry experts, faith communities, government agencies and parliamentarians. In addition, several other dialogues initiatives were conducted.