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Canadian Nuclear Industries Organization welcomes Bill Walker as new President and CEO

July 7, 2022, Pickering, Ontario – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed former Associate Minister of Energy Bill Walker as President and CEO. The direction. Bill will take office on Monday, July 11, 2022.
“On behalf of the OCNI Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Bill Walker is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of OCNI. The board conducted a rigorous three-month research and interview process. Bill brings to OCNI exceptional government, nuclear industry and NGO experience and I believe he will represent the needs of our members well. We look forward to working closely with Bill to deliver important programs to existing and new members of the supply chain as government, industry and regulators enter the critical phases of realizing the promise of SMR through a pan-Canadian supply chain. We are confident that Bill’s experience will be invaluable in realizing OCNI’s mission and growth as we look to the future,” said Ahab Abdel-Aziz, Chairman of OCNI’s Board of Directors.
Guided by the mission, vision and strategies set out by the Board of Directors, as President and CEO, Bill will be responsible for all operations of OCNI. This includes providing services and support to national laboratory and utility partners and members, member retention and growth, facilities management, financial administration, outreach and relationship building with community and political leaders, and interface with the OCNI Board of Directors. Bill will continue OCNI’s role in connecting members to major domestic and offshore nuclear utilities and helping members adopt new technologies such as advanced manufacturing and digital quality assurance. Bill will also work with members and partners to strengthen the nuclear industry’s Aboriginal engagement program. To facilitate a smooth leadership transfer, former OCNI President and CEO Ron Oberth will continue in a new role as Special Advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors.
Bill Walker is a third term MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. He was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on June 7, 2018, securing 55% of the popular vote to retain his seat in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. From June to November 2018, he served as Chief Government Whip. He was then appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Government and Consumer Services until June 2019, when he became Associate Minister of Energy. In October 2021, he was named Vice President.
Bill also served seven years in opposition as Progressive Conservative critic for seniors, long-term care and accessibility, community and social services, long-term care and well-being, Children and Youth Services, and Deputy Health Critic for Rural and Northern Ontario. . He is also a longtime chair of the PC Caucus Nuclear. In 2020, Bill was awarded the Provincial Stewardship Award for Public Policy by
the Canadian Nuclear Isotopes Council in recognition of his contribution to public policy in the field of medical isotopes.
Prior to his election to Provincial Parliament, Bill worked as Chief Operating Officer at Bruce Power and Executive Director of the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation, where he led a successful campaign to raise $3 million for Lion’s Head and Wiarton Hospitals. He was born and raised in Hepworth, where he developed a strong sense of family values ​​and a deep appreciation for our rural heritage. For this reason, Bill has long been active at Gray and Bruce, devoting his time to social and economic causes. He has served on the popular Wiarton Willie Festival, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Bluewater Education Foundation.
The OCNI Board of Directors is confident that Bill will move the organization forward and inspire and motivate the OCNI team. Bill’s previous experience showcases his leadership, and his track record has helped him build trust around the nuclear industry, political circles and the public. Bill will help create a path for others to follow his leadership while remaining committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and continuing meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities. Please join OCNI in welcoming its new President and CEO, Bill Walker.