June 5, 2019, London, England
Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a remarkable era – a time when the pace of technological change keeps accelerating. As a result, the status quo is in an almost perpetual state of transformation. Traditional businesses are being disrupted – undermined and overwhelmed by new rivals. Think about the sentences we say now. Sentences that would have made no sense even a decade ago: I’m going to Uber to my Air BnB and binge-watch some Netflix. The way we listen to music – completely reinvented. The way we take photographs and preserve our memories – totally different. The way we get around town. The way we book our vacations. All of it has been transformed. We can’t make the mistake of thinking our industry is immune to these influences. It’s not. All around us, we see changes underway. A societal shift toward clean energy alternatives. Innovative new research and infrastructure development in the nuclear field. A changing world opens the door to ingenuity – and better ways of building and doing things.
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Rumina Velshi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a five-year term beginning August 22, 2018. Ms. Velshi has had a long association with the CNSC. She was appointed as a permanent, part-time Commission member in 2011 and re-appointed for a second five-year term in March 2018. Ms. Velshi has extensive technical, regulatory and adjudication expertise in the area of energy. Throughout her career, she has worked in various capacities at Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation. Ms. Velshi also previously served as a part-time Board member on the Ontario Energy Board, the economic regulator of the province of Ontario’s electricity and natural gas sectors.