Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors.
Building on the momentum of increasing interest in partnership in SMR development in Canada, in both governments and the private sector, this International Conference’s theme is about “Meeting the Challenges to Deploy Next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs” in fostering low-carbon energy innovation for Canada and the world. As such, this conference is an international forum for the industry and stakeholders to work together to identify obstacles and opportunities, and seek solutions through dialogue, engagement and collaboration. It will cover the topics of interest to designers, operators, researchers, analysts, policy makers involved in the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors for research and power generation purposes.

Plenary Sessions

  1. Canada’s Nuclear Advantage in Deploying Gen IV & SMR and International Collaborations;
  2. Prominent Showcases in Gen IV Advanced Reactors & SMR Development;
  3. International Landscape in Advanced Reactors Deployment – Challenges, Market and Export Strategies;
  4. Policy Levers to Enable SMR Deployment in Canada

Daniel Gammage Dear Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 6-8, 2018 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel.

I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting conference, whose theme is "Meeting the Challenges to Deploy next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs".

Generation IV and SMRs can play an important role in addressing the energy, health, safety, security and climate-change goals of the world. Generation IV small reactors have advanced passive safety features, are resistant to nuclear proliferation, have no greenhouse gas emissions, and are promoted as being economically competitive by lowering cost from mass production. They are suitable for niche and off-grid applications, as well as a connection to the electric grid as a supply option to provide incremental capacity as needed to match incremental energy demand. The Conference will have distinguished speakers. In addition, there will be exhibits and booths to showcase your reactor design, products or services.

Since George C. Laurence designed one of the world’s first nuclear reactors at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa in 1941, Canada has built a comprehensive, mature, world-renowned nuclear science & technology (S & T) ecosystem in mosaic capabilities serving broad research needs, within both academia and industry, and that span across the country and across Canada’s industrial sectors.

Please join us in this exciting conference to explore Canadian nuclear S & T capabilities and to participate in discussions on international collaborations, and to keep up-to-date with the latest research in tackling the challenges to deploy next generation advanced reactors and SMRs.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel Gammage,
President, Canadian Nuclear Society.

kathy-mccarthy CNL is excited to co-host this, the first, Generation-IV and Small Reactor (G4SR) Conference. We would like to extend an invitation to colleagues, partners, developers and all others interested in the next generation of nuclear technology to join us in Ottawa for the 2018 event. Though it is the first G4SR, it builds off the strength of technical meetings we have supported for the past several years. Like Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, this event is transforming and revisiting the interests and needs of its core customers, and the programming is evolving to address these shifts.

Earlier this year, we declared small modular reactors, commonly referred to as SMRs, as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the specific goal of siting an SMR on one of our sites by 2026. We believe in the commercial viability of SMRs, and it is our vision to serve as a global leader in SMR demonstration, testing and technology development support. Success in achieving this goal requires the critical connections that will be formed through the dialogue at events such as G4SR.

The conference promises an engaging, and productive two-full days exploring topics critical to the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors. It brings together world leaders in technical and non-technical aspects of deployment for discussions relevant not just to Canada but globally. I invite you to join in the conversation.

Dr. Kathy McCarthy
Vice-President, Research & Development, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


chair-wilsonWilson Lam, P.Eng. (Ont), Charter Eng. (UK)
CNS Division Chair – Generation IV and Small Reactor Technology Senior Advisor, Nuclear Technology Ontario Ministry of Energy
chair-bronwynDr. Bronwyn Hyland
Program Manager, Small Modular Reactors
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors. It is our privilege as the Conference Co-Chairs to present to you our exciting Preliminary Conference Program.

The six advanced reactor designs selected for development by the International Generation IV Forum (GIF) are: Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR); Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR); Molten Salt Reactor (MSR); Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR); Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR); and Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR).

Several Small Modular Reactor technology developers (whose designs belong to some of the above Generation IV design categories) have recently established themselves in Canada and initiated dialogue with the regulator, suppliers, utilities, governments and potential customers, for potential development and deployment in Canada. Currently, seven SMR technology developers have applied for pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) process with the regulator, to gain an early assessment of their SMR design.

Building on the momentum of increasing interest in partnership in SMR development in Canada, in both governments and the private sector, the theme of this International Conference is “Meeting the Challenges to Deploy Next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs” in fostering low-carbon energy innovation for Canada and the world. As such, it will cover the topics of interest to designers, operators, researchers, analysts, policy makers involved in the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors for research and power generation purposes.

To start off on Nov. 6, 2018, there will be two timely workshops on hot topics: Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology for SMRs, and Canadian Regulatory Challenges of Gen IV and SMRs,
delivered by domain experts. The conference (Nov. 7 – 8, 2018) will have four important plenary sessions delivered in sequence by distinguished Canadian and international speakers, plus 12 Technical Program Tracks conducted in parallel over the two days, covering wide spectrum of advanced SMR research and policy topics.

A technical tour of the Chalk River Laboratories, hosted by CNL, will be offered to interested attendees on Friday November 9, 2018.

Advanced SMRs are potential game changing technological innovations which can meet the goals for Generation IV nuclear energy systems on sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistant and physical protection. For the benefits of the society at large, the SMR innovations can lead to potential large-scale production of hydrogen, a potential future low-carbon energy source that can provide energy sustainability for the world in replacing gasoline for transportation or natural gas for heating or industrial processes. Just as importantly, Generation IV advanced reactors can potentially lead to technological innovations on reprocessing or recycling of used nuclear fuel or the use of thorium to power nuclear reactors. As SMR vendors and the industry stakeholders work to advance the SMR technologies from the design concept to laboratory testing, licensing and on through to deployment, there will be challenges; G4SR-1 is an international forum for the industry and stakeholders to work together to identify obstacles and opportunities, and seek solutions through dialogue, engagement and collaboration.

The exciting moment to explore the SMR technological innovations has come. We invite you to submit your research papers, join the important discussion with your peers at the conference, and explore the international collaborations in meeting the challenges for future SMR deployments.

Information For Authors

Please submit your Abstracts to: Abstracts should follow the attached Abstract Template.

KEY DATES for Paper Submission

Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018, due to some abstract submissions requiring longer lead time for approval. The Revised key dates are :
Abstract Submission extended March 23, 2018
Acceptance of Abstractsextended April 6, 2018
Draft Paper Submission May 18, 2018
Final Paper Submission July 20, 2018


Conference Registration Fees include:
  • 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST);
  • Participation in 4 Plenary Sessions and all 12 Technical Program Tracks;
  • Participation in all networking and social events: 2 receptions, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, coffee breaks and Banquet;
  • Access to the online Conference Proceedings.
Click here to access the online registration form and to pay the Conference Registration fee.
 Early BirdRegular (after Sept. 3, 2018)
CNS Member $780 $880
Non CNS Member $885 $985
CNS Retiree Member $330 $380
Full-Time Student (CNS Member) $340 $390

*To qualify for the student registration rate you must be a CNS Student Member in good standing. CNS membership is complimentary for students in full-time attendance at recognized Canadian institutions. Visit the CNS membership page for details on how to become a CNS Student Member.

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to the Conference Registrar no later than September 30, 2018. Refunds, less a $150 processing fee will be issued after the Conference. No refunds will be provided for cancellation of paid registrations after September 30, 2018.


If you are not already a member of the CNS, consider joining in order to obtain the reduced conference registration rate as well as the many other membership benefits. For details about membership, go to the CNS membership page.

Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Tour hosted by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories:

Date: Nov 9 (Friday), 2018 Fees: A fee of $30 will be charged to cover transportation costs for the tour, you can select the CRL tour option here in the online registration form.


room meeting entrance Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5R7, Canada
Phone:+1 613-238-1122

A block of rooms at CAD$209 per night (+ tax) is available in the Conference hotel, the Ottawa Marriott. Space is limited and the deadline for reserving within the block is 2018 Oct. 7. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment! Click here to reserve your room.

Paper Topics:


  • Graded Approach in SMR Technical Requirements;
  • Application of GIF’s Integrated Safety Assessment Methodologies (ISAM);
  • Scientific Basis and Tools for Quantifying Safety Risks & Uncertainties;
  • Licensing Framework of Prototypes and Demonstration SMRs;
  • Application and Benchmarking of OPEX from past Design/Operating Data for Safety Assessment for SMR.
  • Graded Approach for Beyond Design Basis Accidents (BDBA) Requirements for SMRs;
  • Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Advanced (Non Water-Cooled) Reactors and SMRs.
  • Framework to expand and advance Probabilistic Risk Assessment to support SMRs.


  • R & D for the Verification of Safety Claims of Innovative Features (passive and inherent safety), and how it is managed in the SMR Deployment Project Management Life Cycle;
  • Challenges in Materials and Structural Issues for Advanced Reactor; would new metal alloys improve the performance and durability of advanced reactors?
  • Identification of the high level safety, safeguards and security features, in particular for remote applications, that should be incorporated into the initial SMR reactor designs; R & D Effort to ensure Safety Compliance of SMRs for Proliferation Resistance and Physical Security;
  • Development of key Safety Enabling Technologies (e.g. Passive Safety) and Instrumentation and Controls common to SMR deployment of various types, e.g., monitoring for fitness for service for integral SMR, autonomous control and operation for remote applications.
  • There is a view that for SMR to reach its full commercial potential in the global market, SMR should be “tested” and “certified” in an approach similar to a process of testing and certifying an aircraft engine, in order to minimize the licensing cost. What R & D Framework, Standardization Process, Manufacturing Q & A that are applicable to aircraft engine design and manufacturing can be applicable to SMRs?
  • SMR Modelling & Simulation/Advanced Code development (e.g., coupled neutronics – thermalhydraulic safety analysis codes), dynamic system modelling (simulators) for SMR for initial proof of concept.
  • Research on innovative reactor design concepts, reactor physics, thermalhydraulics; advanced fuel; instrumentation and controls.


  • Challenges and Implementation Strategies for SMR Prototype Testing for multiple SMR designs;
  • Lessons learned to cope with challenges in establishing a fast turn-around innovative management approach in engaging regulator, utilities, vendors, and supporting R & D organizations, during SMR FOAK prototype testing, where timely resolution of technical and safety issues is of utmost importance.
  • Some SMR vendors claim their SMR design can be used for electricity generation or as a research reactor or for water desalination. Can an SMR prototype upon completion for power generation testing be modified and used to provide a source of neutrons, serving the role of a research reactor?


  • Non-Water-Cooled SMRs may generate waste streams that are very different from those of LWRs, what steps are taken by vendors to identify the waste streams that may be generated by their SMR designs to provide early identification of any unique issues, and to consider both front-end and back-end of the fuel cycle for their designs?
  • Requirement issues, and approaches to include future waste streams from new technologies such as SMR deployment under the current long term nuclear waste management policy.
  • Decommissioning and waste management strategies for advanced reactors.


  • Acceleration of SMR Final Design to Standardization and Licenses for factory Manufacturing;
  • Would additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology cut lead times for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) factory production and offer a competitive advantage for low-volume components and material performance analysis?
  • What is the capabilities landscape in the Canadian nuclear supplier chain in preparation for advanced manufacturing of SMR in Canada?
  • Innovative approaches and challenges to modular manufacturing.


  • Financial Framework Modelling – how will SMRs become cost-competitive in “economic of multiples”?
  • Cost Estimates: for SMRs, fabrication facilities, and/or centralized operation & maintenance facilities;
  • Economic estimates for non-electrical applications of SMRs;
  • Integration of SMRs with variable renewable energy sources (i.e., wind and solar);
  • Economic Impact for local, provincial and national: construction, staffing, etc;
  • Large NPPs and SMRs choices – economic drivers to define an optimal portfolio for energy planning;
  • Economic benefits for the North re: SMR deployment -GHG reduction, quality/impact of life – northern communities, jobs in mining, etc.


  • Differences in risk perception in the North for vSMR Deployment.
  • Where is public education needed and how should it be done?
  • Social engagement of Emergency Planning for vSMR deployment in off-grid remote location.
  • Who needs to run the facilities and how many staff are needed?
  • Security of power supply (if the reactor has to shut down….then what is the backup?)
  • Integrating renewables with vSMR.
  • Cultural considerations and how they may vary from community to community.
  • Long term waste management (and disposal) – how to implement consultation?
  • Necessary infrastructure that needs to be available (roads/hospitals).


  • Evaluation of Skills Needs for SMR Technology Deployment;
  • Recommended Skills, Training and Research Program Enhancement to Affect those Changes;
  • Recommendations to Initiate Educational Training Activities Related to Advanced Reactors and SMR: training on SMR operations; training on use of CAE computational tools for design evaluation and optimization of SMR designs; training to perform validation activities for new technologies required to support SMR design and operation; training to apply extension of SMR technology beyond power generation – e.g., Hydrogen, energy for industrial processes: (oil sand, desalination, synthetic fuel production, etc.)


  • Innovative Public/Private partnership business models in enabling SMR investments;
  • Innovative Financing and Investment Mechanisms that match new electricity marketplace.


  • Materials Scientists involved in theoretical and experimental aspects of research on structure and properties of Accident Tolerant Fuel are invited to submit abstracts.


  • Business Model in enabling an Operating Fleet Model;
  • Policy considerations for Nuclear Liability of vSMR Operation;
  • Operational Management Models to be used for Outage Management and Maintenance.


  • SMR projects currently under construction
  • Ongoing activities at international organizations (e.g. IAEA, NEA, GIF, etc.)
  • Status of SMR programs and research and development in other countries


Dr. Nithy Thambiayah, Manager, Nuclear Safety Experiments Branch, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

The Generation IV Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG) developed an Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) [1] to support the concept that safety is “built-in” the Gen IV reactor design processes rather than “added on”. ISAM accomplishes this by assimilating safety requirements as reactor systems are conceptualised and designed. The methodology is useful not only for the Gen IV technology development cycle but also for the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) concept and design development.

There are five main tools in ISAM, namely, (1) Qualitative Safety Features Review (QSR), (2) Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT), (3) Objective Provision Tree (OPT), (4) Deterministic and Phenomenological Analyses (DPA), and (5) Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Each tool is intended to be used in answering specific safety-related questions in diverse degrees of detail and during different stages of design maturity. The ISAM tools is expected to be used throughout the concept development and design phases to derive insights to influence the course of the design evolution. The application of these tools would yield an objective understanding of risk contributors, effectiveness of safety-related design provisions, sources and impacts of uncertainties, and other safety-related issues that are important for a successful design. The tools also present a measure of design maturity, in terms of the level of safety and risk associated with the conceptual design relative to safety objectives.

The workshop on Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology will introduce ISAM concept, provide examples of applications, and list some relevant literature for further reading.

Reference: 1. An Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) for Generation IV Nuclear Systems, Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG), GIF/RSGW/ISAM Report Version 1, 18 June 2010.

Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Discussions are well underway surrounding the appropriateness of Canada’s current regulatory framework and regulatory program and changes that might be required due to differences relating to Generation IV and SMR technology. Licensing uncertainties exist including: whether a gap analysis must be performed for foreign codes/standards and Canadian, if special licensing will be needed for a demonstration reactor, and what a ‘phased in’ or step wise approach might look like in relation to licensing approvals. Outstanding legal issues include transportation and waste storage in relation to sealed cores or modules, liability issues, safety and emergency response requirements, human, machine interfaces, and site security. Perhaps one of the biggest looming regulatory challenges is the degree of stakeholder support from nearby communities, aboriginal groups and other stakeholders. Consultations will be required and there is uncertainty how this will coincide with regulatory approval. This workshop will focus on adequately identifying uncertainties, building strategies and opportunities to reduce uncertainty, how uncertainty interfaces with public acceptance and approval and how this can all occur while protecting the environment, maintaining safety, and building on public engagement.

This workshop will engage with regulatory approval issues, uncertainty, and public engagement providing examples of novel communications, engagement mechanisms, and public interface models.

References: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – DIS-16-04 Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - What we Heard Report – DIS-16-04 Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Perspectives on Canada’s SMR Opportunity, Summary Report

Workshop Fees:

  • Each workshop will be approximately 3 hours, with one in the morning, and one in the afternoon of Nov. 6, 2018.
  • Workshop fees of $220 (HST included) for each session are not included in the conference registration.
  • Sandwich lunch and coffee breaks are included. Spaces are limited, please click here to register for a workshop.




Opening Evening Reception $3,000
Conference Banquet $5,000
Breakfast Sponsor (2 available) $2,000
Luncheon Sponsor (2 available) $4,000
Refreshment Breaks (4 available) $1,000
Exhibits – Table top $2,000
Booth / Display Space Please enquire

Sponsorship and EOpportunities Package is available here
Sponsorships of less than the full suggested amount, or joint sponsorships may be considered; at the full discretion on of the organizing committee.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors Click on the logos to link to the sponsors' web sites

Host Sponsor:

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Banquet Sponsor:

Bruce Power

Patron Sponsor:


Stay In Touch - Our Committees

Sponsorship Questions and Information

Ben Rouben

CNS Office Administrator

Bob O’Sullivan
Tel: (1) 416-977-7620


Wilson Lam, CNS Division Chair – Genera on IV and Small Reactor Technology Senior Advisor, Nuclear Technology, Ontario Ministry of Energy

Dr. Metin Yetisir, Senior Research Scientist , Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Dr. Benjamin Rouben CNS Executive Director, CNS President 1997-98

Philip Kompass, Corporate Communications, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Elmir Lekovic, CNS Webmaster

Bob O’Sullivan, CNS


If you are not receiving newsletter emails from CNS you can subscribe below.