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UNB joins forces with global nuclear energy provider

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jan 25, 2024

Category: Press Releases

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kinectrics Inc, a global provider of nuclear lifecycle management services, to help drive innovation in the nuclear energy sector.

Leveraging the collective expertise of UNB and Kinectrics, this collaboration creates a framework for engagement in several innovation areas, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, small modular reactors and advanced reactors, as well as hydrogen applications and smart grid technologies.

“This partnership will enable new, exciting possibilities for our research community to bring the breadth and depth of their expertise to the challenging task of building our energy future,” said Dr. David MaGee, vice-president of research at UNB. “I hope that, together, we will be able to create new opportunities for research, for training and for positive impact.”

This new agreement represents a shared desire to strengthen the relationship between UNB and Kinectrics and to further explore mutually beneficial strategic initiatives.

Ultimately, it will strengthen the nuclear sector and play an integral part in nurturing top talent within the industry, fostering knowledge exchange and providing access to specialized infrastructure.

“With UNB, we have the opportunity to develop nuclear talent and advancements in Atlantic Canada and across the globe.” said Julie West, Senior Vice President Kinectrics and UNB alum (BScE 1995). “This relationship will help us develop innovative technologies and nuclear solutions that power our clean energy future.”

About Kinectrics

Kinectrics is the category leader in providing lifecycle management services for the electricity industry. Trusted by clients worldwide, its expertise in engineering, testing, inspection and certification is backed by its independent laboratory and testing facilities, a diverse fleet of field inspection equipment and an award-winning team of over 1,300 engineers and technical experts. From initial design and type testing to operational deployment and maintenance services, Kinectrics collaborates closely with customers to ensure that utility assets perform safely, reliably, and efficiently throughout their entire lifecycle.

About UNB

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada's oldest English-language university, and New Brunswick’s only national comprehensive university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history as well as a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. UNB has more than 9,500 students from nearly 75 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

Photo caption (left to right): Dr. Dan Pun Quach, Dean Taylor, Mina Shinouda, Julie West, Dr. Dave McGee, Dr. Olga Palazhchenko, Dr. Willy Cook and Brad McPherson.

Media contact: Media Relations Strategist, Kathleen McLaughlin, talktous@unb.ca.