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Genève Magnan gives insight into the SMART Energy Conference

At the conference, Genève spoke about the versatility and benefits of advanced gas reactors.

Genève Magnan, a 2024 graduate of the University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Undergraduate Program, attended and spoke at the SMART Energy Conference in Halifax last week. Genève shares her reflections, highlights, and key takeaways from this enriching experience, offering valuable insights into the future of energy and the pivotal role of young leaders in shaping it.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have attended and represented the young generation in nuclear energy at the SMART Energy Conference in Halifax last week.

As of April 5 of this year, Nova Scotia had a moratorium on the construction of nuclear power facilities, reflecting its strong historical exclusion from clean energy conversations. This inclusion at the SMART Energy Conference represents a significant shift in Canada’s energy landscape and attitudes.

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It was an honor to introduce the Advanced Reactor Session, where Will Higgins and Michelle Robichaud presented a compelling case for advanced nuclear reactors in Atlantic Canada. (See below for recording). I appreciated the energetic discussions about energy and challenging questions on nuclear energy at the two-day conference, which was a great success thanks to the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere crafted by Wes Scott, our wonderful conference organizer.

woman posing and smiling with a big ole' carton of poutine (the carton is red and black buffalo plaid)

Some of my personal highlights included learning about the market opportunity of lithium-ion battery recycling, engaging in an impromptu pitch competition with Justine Augustin, a great advocate for solar energy, and indulging in a large poutine.

My involvement was made possible by the Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan and the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN). If you’re passionate about advancing nuclear energy or want to help strengthen relationships in the energy sector across North America, please email me ([email protected]) or NAYGN ([email protected]). I would love to discuss potential collaborations and future conferences like SMART Energy!

—Genève Magnan

Genève introduced the Advanced Reactor Session:

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