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The NWMO celebrates leaders at Women in Nuclear Global Conference

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In addition to these NWMO leaders presenting at the conference, the NWMO will share with delegates a video tour of the Oakville Proof Test Facility.

This month, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is showcasing the work of its female employees in leadership roles at the Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Conference.

“I am humbled to be one of the three women leading nuclear organizations in Canada. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in my career, and I think it’s important that we at the NWMO champion diversity in the industry, and work toward seeing more women in positions of leadership. It’s also important we encourage women to pursue STEM careers and to support them to become strong, compassionate leaders,” said Laurie Swami, President and CEO of the NWMO.

The 28th annual WiN Global Conference will be held virtually from October 17-21, 2021. This year’s conference theme is “Positively Charged for Success” and will celebrate and promote gender diversity in the nuclear industry.

Conference participants have the opportunity to hear from the following NWMO female leaders:


Laurie Swami, President and CEO

Laurie Swami was appointed to the role of NWMO’s President and CEO in 2016 and is responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

Ms. Swami will take part in Plenary II: Preparing for the Future = Waste Panel (October 18) to discuss the mounting global imperative to develop safe and effective solutions for used nuclear fuel and the NWMO’s approach to engage the public.

Lise Morton, Vice President of Site Selection

Lise will take part in M3: Radiation & Waste Panel (October 18), to discuss the ongoing process to find a site for a deep geological repository – a permanent solution to safely store Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

Jessica Perritt, Section Manager of Reconciliation & Indigenous Knowledge

Jessica is member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and a proud Anishnaabe-kwe (Ojibway women).

Jessica will be moderating Plenary XI: Indigenous Women Panel (October 20), which will highlight the role of Indigenous women within communities and the importance of women leaning into their inherent gifts.

Karine Glenn, Strategic Project Director

Karine will participate in TH4: Communications & Public Engagement Panel (October 21), highlighting the NWMO’s innovative engagement approaches for developing Canada’s Integrated Strategy for Radioactive Waste. She will highlight how the approach ensures broad meaningful engagement, how the team navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unexpected opportunities it presented.

In addition to these NWMO leaders presenting at the conference, the NWMO will share with delegates a video tour of the Oakville Proof Test Facility. The video showcases the unique approaches developed by the NWMO’s engineers and scientists and displays a full-scale model of an underground emplacement room that mimics the dimensions and textures of those in the deep geological repository that will house the used nuclear fuel.


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