Daniela Heimlich receives Harriet Brooks Award at Women in Nuclear Canada conference
Daniela Heimlich, Senior Estimating Specialist with the NWMO’s Project Controls team, accepts the 2019 Harriet Brooks Award for her contribution to the success of WiN Canada, her work helping to raise awareness about nuclear technologies, and her commitment to inspiring interest in STEM professions and trades among women and young people.
On Sept. 23, 2019, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) Daniela Heimlich was the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Harriet Brooks Award from Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada.
Ms. Heimlich, Senior Estimating Specialist with the NWMO’s Project Controls team, accepted the award in a room full of her industry peers at the annual WiN Canada conference taking place this year in Port Elgin, Ont.
Ms. Heimlich was recognized for her enthusiastic contribution to the success of WiN Canada, her work helping to raise awareness about nuclear technologies, and her commitment to inspiring interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professions and trades among women and young people.
“I am very honoured to receive this award,” said Ms. Heimlich. “It was a huge surprise! I have had such a rewarding career in the nuclear industry, and I am passionate about sharing the great work that WiN Canada is doing, both with my colleagues at the NWMO and across the region.”
Ms. Heimlich is a University of Toronto graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Applied Science degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers of Ontario, is currently a member of the Leading Group for the WiN Golden Horseshoe West chapter representing downtown Toronto, and is on the board of the Toronto section of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International.
“I am really proud of the work that Daniela is doing to promote the nuclear industry and support women. She is an incredible ambassador for the NWMO and for women in the nuclear sector,” said NWMO President and CEO Laurie Swami, who won the WiN Canada award in 2016.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.