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Dec 13

The Nuclear Option: Powering Canada’s Energy Needs

Webinar with André Bernier, John Gorman and Lisa McBride

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With the demand for emissions-free power on the rise, Canada’s nuclear industry is key to providing clean, affordable and reliable electricity. The C.D. Howe Institute invites you to join us on Monday, December 13 to hear an expert panel discuss nuclear energy as a way to reduce Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels and meet growing electricity demand.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please contact Tammy Trepanier, Senior Event Planner, to register: ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.

André Bernier, Director General, Electricity Resources Branch, Natural Resources Canada

André Bernier has served as an executive with the Electricity Resources Branch, at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) since October 2016 and Director General of the Branch since August 2021.  His team leads on the development and implementation of programs and policies related to the electricity sector.

André previously served at Canada’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) where he was the Senior Director responsible for aerospace industrial policy.  Prior to working at ISED, André was the analyst responsible for domestic climate change policy at the Privy Council office and worked at NRCan in the Deputy Minister’s Office.

André holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics (University of Waterloo) and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (Princeton University).


John Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Association

John Gorman is President & CEO of Canadian Nuclear Association, past President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and a Director on the board of the Energy Council of Canada (ECC). John served as Canada’s Designate to the International Energy Agency’s Executive Committee (PVPS) and was a Founder of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE). He’s using this experience to secure a leading role for nuclear energy at the heart of Canada’s energy transition.

Before joining CanSIA, he was the Senior Vice President of Empower Energies, an innovative, global integrator of energy systems. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

John has been recognized as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices. He was awarded the designation of Climate Project Ambassador by Nobel Laureate Al Gore in 2008.


Lisa McBride, President, GE Hitachi

Lisa is the Country Leader, GE Hitachi’s SMR Canada business. In her role, Lisa is responsible for leading the collaboration with customers, stakeholders, and suppliers to deploy the BWRX-300 SMR in Canada, targeting to be the world’s first operational grid-scale SMR before 2028.

Lisa has over 18 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, starting her career with Ontario Power Generation. Her drive and commitment have propelled her into several key leadership roles in both nuclear and corporate functions. Lisa’s diverse experiences have positioned her to engage in several critical initiatives, where her experience across the business has resulted in her leadership of several multi-disciplinary teams. Lisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph.

Lisa McBride is also the President of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada. In this role, Lisa provides vision, strategic direction, and oversight of the day-to-day operations of WiN Canada, an organization comprised of over 4,000 members across Canada. In addition to her role with WiN Canada, Lisa holds a seat on the WiN Global Board of Directors. She also holds a seat as a Director for the Canadian Nuclear Association board, the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Women for STEM Council at Ontario Tech University.

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