A wealth of opportunity

In an industry made up of a little less than 20 percent women and a workforce dominated primarily by men who are reaching the end of their careers, it is sometimes easy for young women and other professionals to overlook the numerous career options open to them in the nuclear industry. Retirements and loss of critical technical knowledge means that there will be a huge gap in the number of people who have the skills and expertise to run the nuclear power stations.  

Women can fill that gap, but we need to ensure that they are obtaining the necessary training and technical skills. It is also important for them to understand that by building a career in nuclear, they are helping to create a clean, safe, reliable, low carbon base load source of power that is an important part of Canada’s clean energy portfolio.

Strong leadership

"Women can fill that gap, but we need to ensure that they are obtaining the necessary training and technical skills."

The good news is that women currently working in the application of radiation and nuclear technology are making a vital contribution as leaders. They are devoting a great deal of their volunteer time working to provide an opportunity for women to succeed in the industry through initiatives such as mentoring, networking and personal development opportunities.

Women are strong opinion leaders in our country and a women’s perspective has played a limited role in the past in nuclear. It is important for our voice to be heard in providing our public support of all aspects of the nuclear industry.