CNL Announces 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

CNL employees recognized for excellence in nuclear research, commercial projects, environmental remediation and workplace safety at annual awards ceremony


CNL employees recognized for excellence in nuclear research, commercial projects, environmental remediation and workplace safety at annual awards ceremony

CNL employees recognized for excellence in nuclear research, commercial projects, environmental remediation and workplace safety at annual awards ceremony

CHALK RIVER, Ontario, July 04 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, is pleased to announce that more than 200 CNL employees have been recognized for their outstanding organizational achievements at the 2022 Company Awards Excellence Ceremony, held last week at Festival Hall in Pembroke. An annual program that recognizes employee excellence, the CNL Awards of Excellence were created to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams whose hard work, determination and accomplishments have helped CNL implement its scientific and technological programs and its major projects.

As Canada’s national nuclear laboratory, CNL provides nuclear science and technology products and services to federal and commercial customers, works to safely address Canada’s nuclear liabilities, and manages the revitalization of the Laboratories campus. of Chalk River. This year’s winners were recognized for their achievements, including technical advances in clean energy technologies and health sciences, progress on major decommissioning and environment, organizational health and safety achievements, and achievement of business milestones, to name a few.

“The work of CNL is critically important to the future of this country, and it would not be possible without the hard work, innovation and commitment shown by the employees we are honoring here tonight,” said CNL President and CEO Joe McBrearty at the ceremony. “These employees went above and beyond what is expected of them; they found solutions where others could not, demonstrated unwavering integrity in their work, and helped make our company a safer, more productive, and more commercially successful organization. »

DF Torgerson Discovery Award
The CNL Awards of Excellence are organized into two categories. The first, known as the DF Torgerson Discovery Award, is named after former CNL Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Dave Torgerson, and recognizes employees for generating ideas and new or innovative solutions, significant research or technical achievements, and new business initiatives. This year’s awards were presented to 12 employees from three groups for their achievements, including:

  • Research and technical excellence in advancing CNL’s actinium-225 production program

  • Development of a hybrid energy optimization tool (HESO)

  • Development of remote monitoring of nuclear reactors with neutron detectors for safeguards and non-proliferation applications

Distinguished Merit Award

The Distinguished Merit Award is given to employees who have made an outstanding contribution to improving productivity, increasing revenue, decreasing operating costs, safety innovation or environmental initiatives , the development or strengthening of new or existing partnerships and the exploitation of these results. This year’s awards were presented to 205 employees from ten groups for their achievements, including:

  • Implementation of CNL Employee Crowdfunding Program 2020-2021

  • Irradiation and oxidation testing and fuel evaluation for advanced next-generation reactors and small modular reactors

  • Support for the project to repatriate target residual materials (TRM)

  • Demonstrate excellence in the conduct of the annual electrical shutdown of the entire CNL site

  • Design of combined pressure tube and calandria tube dismantling tools

  • Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) Environmental Impact Statement Work and Clearance Document Submission

  • Ongoing work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Running the Digital Workplace Remote Work Program

  • Performing SLOWPOKE Reactor Refueling at Royal Military College (RMC)

  • Working on the CANDU® Pressure tube sample analysis

“On behalf of everyone at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and the many customers who have benefited from the hard work, commitment and character shown by these employees, I would like to express my thanks and congratulations to the 2022 LNC Awards for Recipients of Excellence,” added Mr. McBrearty.

For a complete list of 2022 CNL Awards of Excellence winners, including winning team profiles and videos, please visit To learn more about CNL, please visit

About CNL

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively participating in industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defense, security and life sciences, we provide solutions for maintain the competitiveness of these sectors on an international scale.

With continued investment in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced by a strong safety culture underpins every activity.

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