The Southeast Techhub in Estevan hosted Al Shpyth on Sept. 22 to speak about nuclear power development – a key issue since Estevan is considered one of two possible sites for the province’s first nuclear power reactors.

Shpyth noted “I am not a nuclear expert but am experienced, was not speaking for any company or organization, and all opinions were my own.”‘

His biography notes, “Al Shpyth is a pro-nuclear environmentalist with more than 30 years of consulting, government and industry experience related to the minerals and nuclear sectors. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (in 1986), he obtained his masters degrees in environmental studies from York University (in 1991) and in environmental law and policy from the Vermont Law School, where he graduated with highest honours, in 2014.

“As a consultant, Al worked on environmental assessments and feasibility studies for minerals projects in Saskatchewan (potash), British Columbia (copper) and Manitoba (silica sand). While with the Government of Saskatchewan, Al was the lead author of the government’s Position Paper on Proposed Uranium Mining Developments in Northern Saskatchewan in the mid-1990s and helped to set the public policy framework for approvals of the McArthur River, Cigar Lake, and McClean Lake operations. He also conceived of and created the Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat and Environmental Quality Committees to facilitate community involvement in the regulation of the uranium mining industry in northern Saskatchewan. In industry, Al held several progressively more responsible positions within Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd. and Cameco Corporation in areas as diverse as public affairs, human resources, special projects, policy and systems development, government relations, information systems & technology, and business technology services. His work for Cameco was both national and international in scope, having been seconded to the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as director, environmental and regulatory affairs (2001-2003), and represented the company as their first managing director in the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan (2010-2011).

“In Saskatchewan, Al served several years as the chair of the Uranium Section of the Saskatchewan Mining Association, and on the board of directors of the Saskatoon Co-op. He also served as a volunteer board member, President and Past President of the Saskatchewan Environment Industry and Managers Association. Al Shpyth joined the IMII in December 2015 and became executive director on January 1, 2016.”

 

 

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