The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) and the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further a collaborative relationship for the overall benefit of Saskatchewan-based companies and for OCNI’s Ready4SMR Program, and to enhance communications and information exchange in these common interest areas.
OCNI has engaged SIMSA as the exclusive Saskatchewan-industry-based representative in the Ready4SMR program. Both groups are committed to working collaboratively within their respective mandates within OCNI’s proposed Ready4SMR Program.
The MOU cites that the specific areas to collaborate and exchange information on, may include but are not limited to:
- Education about nuclear energy and the nuclear industry and green energy;
- Skills and knowledge related to working in the nuclear industry;
- Identifying companies that may be interested or suitable for considering a transition to nuclear;
- The development of plans for participating companies to transition to the nuclear industry;
- Support for companies executing a transition to nuclear, such as through training or their application for further funding.
To accomplish the above, SIMSA’s member database will be used and updated. The parties will also conduct in-person and virtual events.
Brian Fehrenbach, the OCNI’s Director of Business Development and SMR Supply Chain Development stated, “The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries is excited to be working with the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association in Saskatchewan to prepare for our upcoming Ready4SMR project. Together with SIMSA we will look to engage as many member companies as possible to determine their interest and requirements for transitioning to nuclear.”
Eric Anderson, Executive Director of SIMSA stated that, “SIMSA is happy to be working with OCNI and leveraging our connection to our more than 300 members to bring knowledge and training about the emerging SMR opportunity in Saskatchewan”
The OCNI’s mission is to promote the Canadian nuclear industry for the benefit of its members and to offer services to its members that enable them to be successful in the domestic and global nuclear industry. The OCNI has as its Directors, representatives from companies such as GE Hitachi and Westinghouse, as well as members such as X-Energy.
SIMSA seeks to connect local member businesses in traditional and emerging industries to nuclear opportunities in Saskatchewan, in order to drive economic growth and job creation while supporting innovation. SIMSA is a non-profit organisation which includes over 300-member companies in Saskatchewan from the manufacturing, construction, engineering, mining, and energy sectors. SIMSA is the only construction related association in the province requiring its members to have a permanent physical presence in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA)
Office (306) 343-0019
Cell (306) 960-7114
811 – 56th Street East