New president to lead CNSC participation at the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency

News release

September 17, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

From September 17 to 21, 2018, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), led by its new president, Rumina Velshi, will participate as part of the Canadian delegation to the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

Participation in the General Conference contributes to the CNSC’s mandate to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

During the General Conference, the CNSC will attend bilateral meetings with representatives from a number of national nuclear regulators in order to share information and best practices to further enhance nuclear safety and security in Canada and abroad. Key topics for these discussions include the regulation of small modular reactors, nuclear waste and medical isotopes, further enhancing regulatory cooperation, emergency preparedness and response, safeguards and security, and non-proliferation.

Ms. Velshi, along with Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer Ramzi Jammal, and staff will also participate in several side events, including the 43rd International Nuclear Regulators Association Meeting, the Senior Regulators’ Meeting, and the IAEA Scientific Forum Programme 2018 on Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation.

Quick facts

  • The IAEA has 170 Member States from around the globe, including all major nuclear powers.

  • The General Conference is the IAEA’s highest policy-making body. It addresses important issues – including nuclear safety, security and safeguards – that pertain to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and substances by all Member States, as well as the IAEA's budget and mandate.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
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