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OCNI Board of Directors

The OCNI Board of Directors consists of leaders in the Nuclear Supply chain with over a century of combined expertise and experience in the Nuclear Supply Chain sector. Their vision and commitment to the sector defines the strategic direction the Board provides to OCNI staff.

Brian Agnew

Board Chair

Brian is a ‘hands-on’ results orientated sales leader who is well accustomed to competing in developing and highly competitive markets. He has more than 22 years of Sales, Business Development and Marketing experience with some of North American leading Companies.

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Michele Cheng-Newson

Board Vice-Chair

Michele has worked for Lakeside Process Controls for over 7 years and is now the designated Account Manager for OPG.

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Desiree Norwegian

Treasurer

Desiree Norwegian is a member of Liidlii Kue First Nation, she is part of the Dene clan, meaning the land of the people from North West Territories. Desiree graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. With Desiree’s strong determination and drive she next went on to obtain a Certified Management Accountants designation now being called a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

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Elizabeth Buckmaster

Secretary

Beth has worked for Hatch for over seven years and is the client and stakeholder relations manager for Hatch’s power group. As a relationship builder with a marketing and communications background, Beth has fourteen years of experience in developing and managing client, stakeholder, advocacy and marketing plans that result in more informed business strategies.

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Ahab Abdel-Aziz

I have more than 20 years’ experience advising leading members of the Canadian and international nuclear energy sector and government agencies in policy and legislative development, project development and finance, licensing and compliance, and disputes.

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Doug Brophy

Doug Brophy has been part of the Canadian nuclear industry for nearly 27 years, originally starting with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd in 1992, continuing with SNC-Lavalin for 5 years after their acquisition of the commercial division of AECL, and now with AECOM as head of Business Development for the Power sector (nuclear) in Canada.

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James Gandhi

James has over 22 years of experience including 15 years of broad experience dealing with nuclear utilities in Canada.

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Narinder Bains

25 years of extensive experience in the Candu nuclear industry. Involved in all aspects of Candu nuclear new builds, services and refurbishment projects.

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Cameron Nevay

Cameron has worked for Laker Energy Products Ltd for two years in the role of Sales Director where his responsibilities include international sales, business development and marketing. Combining eight years of account management experience to a variety of industries including oil & gas, mining, forestry and clean technology; Cameron leverages strong communication skills and relationship building to drive the success of his organizations.

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Alex Sakuta

Alex graduated at the top of his class with a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. After 30 rewarding years working for OPG Nuclear (including successor companies, Kinectrics and Canadian Nuclear Partners), he then joined the nuclear supplier sector. Alex is currently working at Promation Nuclear as the Director of Research and Development. His responsibilities are to lead strategic research initiatives related to nuclear operations, refurbishment, decontamination, waste handling and decommissioning. He is also heading up the research group’s efforts to integrate automation tooling and remote handling advancements for isotope productions and processing, and investigating novel robotic control technologies for hot cell applications here and abroad.

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Catherine O’Reilly

Catherine currently holds the position of Vice President of Human Resources, which she assumed in 2017 at Babcock Canada, part of the Babcock International Group. She has responsibility for developing and implementing the business’ strategic HR agenda for all sectors of Babcock in Canada: Marine, Aviation and Cavendish Nuclear (the Babcock Nuclear business).

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Domenica Macasevic

I have 20 years of industry experience, 10 of which are as a nuclear supplier. I have actively participated in OCNI trade shows, workshops and various events, which has contributed towards growing relationships and a large trade network, and am a member of WiN (Women in Nuclear). Previously in my career, I spent a month working for OCNI and the STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Pathway) program placing students in apprenticeship positions with OCNI member companies. I believe my perspective and working role with the organization would be a benefit to the Board and its members. I have a large network and great relationships, and I would consider myself a conduit for suggestions and communications. Being entrenched in this industry allows me to encourage member growth, look for opportunities for information sharing and event participation.

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Tanya Bodiroga

Representing a Board with an esteemed association in a volatile industry complements my own experiences with challenge and change over 19 years at Advanced Measurement & Analysis Group Inc. (AMAG). What started in 2000 as an assignment to write a policy manual evolved into a career of strengthening the company’s operating environment and building AMAG into an international brand. Over the past 19 years, I have had the privilege to lead various departments, including HR, Marketing and Operations.

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