The NWMO supports local Women in Nuclear
NWMO staff join others from across the industry at a Women in Nuclear event in Toronto.
On Saturday, March 30, women from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area gathered together with a common purpose – to be inspired by female leaders and show their support for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
This event, hosted by Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada’s Golden Horseshoe West chapter, featured three of the Canadian nuclear industry’s senior leaders: Rumina Velshi, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the NWMO, and Carla Carmichael, Vice-President of Project Assurance and Commercial Management at Ontario Power Generation.
“I was honored to be part of this panel with Rumina and Carla,” said Ms. Swami. “I think it is important for women in the nuclear industry and STEM fields to support and encourage one another in our careers. I have certainly had the experience of being one of only a few women in the room. Events like this one provide opportunities to connect, learn from one another and help inspire the next generation of female leaders.”
Sponsoring this professional development opportunity is just one example of the support the NWMO provides to WiN Canada.
“We really appreciate the support that the NWMO has given WiN Canada,” said Lisa McBride, Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Ontario Power Generation and Vice-President of WiN Canada. “Laurie is an important voice in our industry and a strong advocate for women in STEM. It really makes a difference to have such consistent support from her and from the NWMO.”
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.