Small and Advanced Reactors

How can SMRs contribute to meeting net zero goals? What are the business models and financing options? What are the barriers to deployment and how can they be overcome?

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Why attend?

There is increasing interest in small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactors (ARs) around the world, with more than 50 designs at various development stages. SMRs can help address the need for flexible power generation for a wide range of users and applications, with the global market estimated to be worth £250-400bn by 2035. Demonstration projects are planned in major markets, including Britain, Canada, Russia and the United States – all backed by government funding

Small and Advanced Reactors 2022 is a must attend event for utilities, governments and developers considering small and advanced reactors to discover what solutions and technologies are currently available and learn from trailblazing projects.

This virtual event – the third hosted by Nuclear Engineering International – will provide updates on development of SMRs and advanced reactors, with case studies highlighting progress with licensing, demonstration, and manufacturing/fuel cycle innovations. How can SMRs contribute to meeting net zero goals? What are the business models and financing options? What are the barriers to deployment and how can they be overcome?

With guest speakers offering insight and expertise, as well as peer to peer networking, this is an event not to be missed. 

Key Topics:

  • Small reactors: Why, When, Where and How?
  • SMR Financing and Economics
  • SMR Manufacturing and Construction Techniques
  • Fuel Cycle Considerations for SMRS/AMRS
  • Siting, Licensing and Deployment
  • SMRS in Future Energy Systems

Date: 13th September 2022
Time: 1PM - 5PM BST
Location: Virtual



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Ian McKinley
Executive Consultant at McKinley Consulting.

Ian has a PhD in nuclear geochemistry and over 4 decades of experience covering all aspects of the multi-disciplinary science underpinning radioactive waste management. He has been particularly involved in the UK, Swiss and Japanese geological disposal programmes, at a range of technical and management levels, with recent work covering safety case development, advanced knowledge management and tailoring repository concepts to volunteer sites. For novel / advanced nuclear power concepts, he is currently assessing holistic management of all resulting wastes (“cradle to grave”).

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Jacquie Hoornweg
Executive Director, Brilliant Energy Institute, Ontario Tech University

Jacquie Hoornweg is Executive Director of Ontario Tech University’s Brilliant Energy Institute (BEI). The Institute builds upon the clean energy technology research and expertise at Ontario Tech University, as well as pan-Canadian and international partnerships, to meaningfully contribute to Canada’s leadership in an effective, people-centred transition to net zero.

Jacquie came to BEI with two decades of energy sector experience with deep roots in Canada’s nuclear sector, and several years prior writing about energy, environment and politics. Her career includes more than a decade at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), including several years on OPG’s Executive Leadership Team. More recently, she co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Querencia Partners Canada Ltd., working with energy sector leadership and clients on policy, strategy, engagement and communications.

In 2021, Jacquie received the Howard A. Smith Outstanding Contribution award from the Canadian Nuclear Society. She is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and is a long-standing contributor to Nuclear Engineering International magazine.

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Gary Rose
VP, New Nuclear Growth | New Nuclear Domestic and International Strategy Ontario Power Generation

Gary is currently the Vice President of Planning and Project Controls for the Nuclear Projects organization including the Darlington Refurbishment Program. Gary has been involved in this program since 2008 at which time he was on the team that prepared the initial feasibility estimate and business case to refurbish Darlington. Since that time, he has led the planning effort that culminated in provincial approval to proceed with the project earlier this year. Gary has worked for OPG for over 28 years. He started his career in Finance and held a number of positions in Corporate Accounting until 2003.In 2003 Gary joined Nuclear and worked on the Pickering A Return to Service project in a Finance and Project Controls capacity. He has been involved in project planning, project controls, and related strategic initiatives and activities in Nuclear since that time. Gary is a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant), holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Project Management Professional designation. Gary is also the Vice-Chair of the Construction Industry Institute’s “Product Review Board”. Gary lives in Whitby with his wife and three boys. When not working, he is likely at a hockey rink with one of his boys.

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Andy Hayward
Director of Advanced Reactor Development, NB Power

Andy Hayward Director of Advanced Reactor Development for NB Power. He has been with Point Lepreau for 14 years in various managerial capacities including Chief Nuclear Engineer. Prior to that Andy worked in the specialty cellulose industry up to and including general management of a mill complex in northern Quebec and was involved in construction and commissioning of two conventional power generation facilities.

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Dr. Thomas Steenberg
CEO and Co-founder of Copenhagen Atomics

Dr. Thomas Steenberg is CEO and co-founder of Copenhagen Atomics. He has a background as a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. in electrochemistry and materials science, and has 25 years experience with industrial development within energy. Copenhagen Atomics was founded back in 2015 with the ambition of developing a modular and scalable thorium molten salt reactor. The team at Copenhagen Atomics is currently constructing a prototype of their thorium molten salt reactor, which will be ready for testing later in 2022. 

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James Wiseman
Senior Strategic and Economic Adviser at the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO), Jacobs

As part of global energy resilience, decarbonisation and affordability James currently supports international governments and the private sector in their energy transition challenges and ambitions. He has spent a large portion of his 20-year career leading and delivering legacy nuclear programmes, infrastructure and enablers for new nuclear, as well as cross-sector transformational change programmes.

He has recently returned to Jacobs from a seconded role with the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO) as a Senior Strategic and Economic Advisor to the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As part of his advisory position, he had a key role in supporting BEIS with the case for Large, Small and Advanced Nuclear. This included early work for Great British Nuclear, investment cases for new nuclear programmes and the potential integration between nuclear and energy end users.

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George Burnett
Strategy and Security Advisor, Nuclear Transport Solutions

George Burnett is a Strategy and Security Advisor at Nuclear Transport Solutions, focused on the domestic and international transport of nuclear material from across the nuclear fuel cycle.

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Dr. Jeremy Whitlock
Section Head | Concepts & Approaches Section | Division of Concepts and Planning | Department of Safeguards |

Dr. Jeremy Whitlock has over 27 years’ experience as a scientist and manager in the Canadian and international nuclear community. Since January 2017 he has worked in the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, helping to ensure that States meet their obligations under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Prior to that he worked at Chalk River Laboratories as a reactor physicist and later a manager of nuclear non-proliferations and safeguards R&D (since 2015 Chalk River Laboratories has been operated by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories). ​

Dr. Whitlock received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (1988), and an M.Eng. and PhD in ​

Engineering Physics (reactor physics) from McMaster University (1995). ​

Dr. Whitlock is a Past President and Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society. He is also a public speaker and ​
author on nuclear issues, including a The Canadian Nuclear FAQ (, a personal website of ​
frequently-asked questions (FAQs) on Canadian nuclear technology. ​

Dr. Whitlock lives in Vienna, Austria, and feels that canoes are the closest humans have come to inventing a ​
perfect machine.

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Lewis Carter
Senior Environmental Engineer, Atkins

Lewis is a Senior Environmental Engineer at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, working in the power new build market. Over the past 5 years, he has supported projects across the nuclear build, decommissioning and waste management sectors. His background includes permissioning/permitting, BAT/BPM, radioactive waste management and siting of fusion facilities. He leads a team of over 15 Atkins and UKAEA subject matter experts, to deliver the siting assessment of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion plant. Other major infrastructure projects he has worked on include permitting support for Wylfa Newydd and decommissioning planning for EDF Energy’s AGR fleet.

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Michael Valore
Senior Director, Advanced Reactor Commercialization Westinghouse Electric Company

Michael Valore has 15 years of combined experience in the energy sector, where he’s held varying roles of increasing responsibility. Michael is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization at Westinghouse. Prior to this, he served in another seniorposition as the Westinghouse Americas Procurement Officer, where he was responsible forprocurement of direct materials for North America and major overseas projects. In his current role, he leads business development efforts within the eVinci micro-reactor commercial market segment. Mr. Valore also supports the advancement of Westinghouse SMR efforts and directs operational activities to drive new business, as part of the Energy Systems division.
Mr. Valore also collaborates with other Westinghouse leaders in collaboration for business matters relating to the eVinci North American market, including, market forecasting and competitive intelligence; adjacent market activity and forecasting; and eVinci business case development. Michael joined Westinghouse in 2009 as a Mechanical Engineer within the AP1000 mechanical modules engineering organization role.
Mr. Valore also held roles managing First-Of-A-Kind (FOAK) projects for AP1000 in both the US and China, and was responsible for all material and equipment delivery for AP1000 sites. Prior to joining Westinghouse, Michael started his career at FirstEnergy, working as a Mechanical Engineer in a large, coal-fired power plant and then advanced into a Unit Engineer position. Mr. Valore holds both a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Valore, his wife and their two children reside in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, region.

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Denys Elliot
Director, Business Development – Advanced Reactors, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Denys Elliot graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Political Science in 2015. In 2016 Denys joined Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as a member of the Business Development team. In early 2020, Denys took over the role of Commercial Lead for CNL’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Program. In 2022, Denys was promoted to Director, Business Development – Advanced Reactors (AR), which incorporated Fusion and other AR’s into his portfolio. In this role, Denys serves as the primary point of contact between CNL and AR vendors for the establishment of commercial contracts that advance AR technologies towards deployment. Denys is also responsible for the administration of CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative - a program to support collaborative AR research projects with third-party proponents in Canada. The goal of the program is to accelerate the deployment of safe, secure, clean, and cost effective ARs in Canada.

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Björn Peters
CFO, Dual Fluid

Dr. Björn Peters is a physicist and started his career as a consultant at McKinsey&Comp. In the 20+ years of his career, he worked with top management at Deutsche Börse and Deutsche Bank AG, responsible for commodity and energy markets. He is the founder of a number of closed-end funds investing into power stations. In 2016, he founded the private research and consultancy firm Peters Coll., specializing in commodity, energy and storage business. Since 2020, he has served Dual Fluid as CFO.

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