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Atomic Energy of Canada Limited / Énergie atomique du Canada limitée

Vice President, Capital Program, Operations & Security Oversight

Canada-Ontario-Chalk River


Company Information

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is a Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources.  Since 2015, AECL’s sites have been managed by a private-sector operator under a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) model, which is overseen by AECL. While AECL retains ownership of the facilities, assets, intellectual property and liabilities, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), a private-sector organization, manages AECL’s sites and facilities on a day-to-day basis.

Part of this important transformation at AECL has led to a reaffirmation by the federal government of the importance of the nuclear science and technology activities that take place at the Chalk River Laboratories, in Ontario, as well as the need to address AECL’s decommissioning and radioactive waste management responsibilities at its sites across Canada. Through the work of CNL, AECL facilitates important nuclear science and technology work with applications in health, energy, safety, security and the environment. This is enabled by a $1.2B investment over ten years for the renewal and revitalization of the Chalk River site which will lead to new and renewed science facilities as well as site support infrastructure.

Job Description

Reporting to the President & CEO of AECL, the Vice-President, Capital Program, Operations & Security Oversight will be accountable for providing oversight of all contractor activities related to the execution of the capital program and site operations, including security, as per AECL’s contractual agreements which defines CNL’s responsibilities with respect to the management of AECL’s sites.  This includes providing oversight to ensure that appropriate investments are being made to support sustainable nuclear science and technology development and bring value for money for Canada, more broadly.

The Vice-President will provide the strategic direction and leadership in developing performance incentives, developing and monitoring performance metrics, and assisting in the assessment of performance for the execution of the capital program and ongoing site operations.  The successful candidate will focus on the successful delivery of AECL’s mandate through the GoCo model.

As the ideal candidate, you bring a significant amount of experience in operations and construction/commissioning in the high hazard, highly regulated environments such as the nuclear industry.  With an Engineering or Applied Science degree, you possess experience at the senior management level responsible for overseeing large-scale highly technical operations.   A seasoned and respected leader, you bring experience in team and capacity development, have overseen contractors in performing work scope, and are known for your ability to partner effectively with them.   Strong self-discipline, excellent organizational and negotiation skills, strong written and verbal communications skills and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction are critical to success in this role.  In addition, the successful candidate must have significant management and leadership skills to guide and develop the oversight team.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Trevor Smith of Odgers Berndtson at 416-366-1990 or via email at

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and AECL throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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Atomic Energy of Canada Limited / Énergie atomique du Canada limitée
Posting Date: 25-Aug-2017Engineering Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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