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Nuclear energy experts

2010-03-19

Billions of Ontario dollars will be spent over the next 20 years to build new nuclear reactors and restore old ones across the province, as recently announced by the McGuinty government. As the debate on this matter unfolds, you might be interested in speaking to various experts on the issue of nuclear energy. Each of our experts has indicated that they will be available in the coming weeks for media inquiries.
Marketing nuclear energy
Ken Wong, Associate Professor of Queen's School of BusinessKen Wong is available to speak on the issue of marketing nuclear energy in Ontario. He acknowledges that due to the marketing efforts behind this issue, it has helped nuclear energy become more prevalent in the media and in everyday discussions. However, whether this changes attitudes and behaviours is not a consequence of marketing, but the integrity of the story that is to be told.
Ken is a frequently cited marketing expert and has worked with hundreds of clients as a marketing and strategic planning consultant, including BC Hydro, Cambrian Chemicals, Dupont, and many more. He has also served on a number of associations, including Canadian Advanced Technology Managers, and Canadian Agricultural Marketing Association, amongst many others. His most recent achievement is as an inductee of the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends for excellence in the Canadian Marketing environment. (613) 533-2367kwong@business.queensu.ca Environmental law and nuclear energy
Bruce Pardy, Associate Professor of Queen's Faculty of LawBruce Pardy approaches the discussion of nuclear energy in Ontario from a broad range of policy perspectives that include environmental, political and legal. Bruce is able to explain the phenomenon as to why nuclear energy was once seen as dangerous and high in cost versus why it is now seen as clean and cheap.His current research explores environmental governance, energy subsides and legislative ethics. Bruce is a frequently cited expert, and has won various teaching awards from Queen’s University, California Western School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, and others. Publications:Pardy, B. In Search of the Holy Grail of Environmental Law: A Rule to Solve the Problem. (2005). International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, 29 (forthcoming).Pardy, B. The Kyoto Protocol: Bad News for the Global Environment. Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, 27. (613) 533-6000 ext. 77570pardyb@post.queensu.ca Safe transportation and disposal of nuclear materials
James Archibald, Professor of Mining EngineeringJames Archibald can speak on various aspects of radiation safety related to mining uranium ores and exposure to hazardous by-products of the mining cycle, as well as the health risks associated with the transport and storage of nuclear materials. As a technical advisor for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, James is involved with the investigation of deep underground storage of high level nuclear fuel waste. He also has five years experience as a panel member with Saskatchewan’s evaluation of the feasibility of permitting six new uranium mines in the province. Publications:DeSouza, E.M, Archibald, J.F., and Dirige,P. (2003). Economics and perspectives of underground backfill practices in Canadian mining. 105th Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petrolium, Montreal, Quebec.(613) 533-2198 ext. 32198archibald@mine.queensu.caDangers of nuclear waste disposal vs. reducing greenhouse emissions
Harry McCaughey, Professor of Geography
Harry McCaughey is available to speak about the trade-offs between reducing greenhouse emissions and the dangers of the inability to dispose of nuclear waste in a safe and secure manner.His research centers on climate, climate change, forest climate, greenhouse gas fluxes, global warming and other environmentally related issues. Harry holds over 30 years experience teaching microclimatology, climate change and data management, and is a member of the scientific review panel on exogenic processes for the Earth Science Committee of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council. Publications: Bartlett, P.A., McCaughey, J.H., LaFleur, P.M. & Verseghy, D.L. (2000). Performance of the Canadian Land Surface Scheme at temperate aspen-birch and mixed forests, and a boreal young jack pine forest: tests involving canopy conductance parameterizations. Atmosphere-Ocean 38: 113-140.McCaughey, J.H., Barr, A., Black, T.A., Goodison, B., Hogg, E.H., Stewart, R.B., Amiro, B., Price, D.T., Stolle, N., Chen, J. and Gower, S.T. (2000). The Boreal Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Sites (BERMS) Initiative: scientific accomplishments. The Role of Boreal Forests and Forestry in the Global Carbon Budget (Edmonton: Natural Resources Canada and Canadian Forest Service, International Science Conference, Edmonton, May 8-12, 2000, Refereed conference proceedings).(613) 533-6035 mccaughe@post.queensu.caTo arrange an interview please contact Molly Kehoe, (613) 533-2877, kehoem@post.queensu.ca, Communications Assistant or Lorinda Peterson, (613) 533-3234, petersn@post.queensu.ca, Communications Officer, News and Media ServicesAttention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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