Message from the President
Michael is a Durham local, holding an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineer and working on his post graduate education at UOIT. He joined Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 2015 working in the Inspection and Maintenance Services (IMS) and now is the Negative Pressure Containment System Responsible Engineer (NPC SRE) in the Performance Engineering department at Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS). He has been a board member of NAYGN since 2015 and is the current Durham Chapter VP. Mike seeks to find joy in all endeavours and is always eager to explore new ventures with friends and family.
Nadia is a Fire Protection Engineer-in-Training, supporting OPG’s entire Nuclear Fleet. During the course of her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, she’s completed a variety of internships in the energy sector, from oil and gas to research in clean electric power generation. She was also an executive member of the Chemical Engineering Student Society and Women in Science and Engineering. By joining NAYGN-Durham as the Community Outreach Chair, she is able to no only give back to the community through initiative like Operation Clean Sweep, but also advocate for the nuclear industry as a clean, and reliable source of power generation. In her free time, Nadia enjoys reading, being physically active and exploring Toronto with friends and family.
Veeshesh works for the Darlington Refurbishment Chemistry group as an Assistant Technical Engineer. He is originally from Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, and enjoys challenging himself. This is why when he finished high school, he decided to go an pursue his Bachelor in Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Fun fact: The city where he is from is the 4th furthest city in the world from Edmonton.
Veeshesh is the current Vice President of NAYGN Durham. He joined NAYGN as an executive this year because he believes that NAYGN has a lot to offer to the community of young professionals. Outside of work, he goes regularly to a Toastmasters Club where he gets to develop his public speaking skills and he started playing tennis and golfing this year. He also enjoys going to the gym, camping, travelling and playing soccer.
Owen got his start in the nuclear industry after working for B.C. Hydro's research division on electric vehicles, renewable power, and grid modernization.
In 2016 he transitioned to the NRU reactor at Chalk River, where he worked as a components and maintenance specialist for two years. There he learned from industry pioneers and veterans and developed a deep appreciation for the lesser known facets of nuclear energy (nuclear medicine, isotope production, and material research to name a few). He also moonlighted on a small team of scientists and engineers dedicated to vetting siting one or more SMRs at Chalk River–work which continues there to this day.
Following the shutdown of NRU, Owen transitioned once again: this time to his current role on the Darlington refurbishment project as a series lead.
When he's not working on nuclear reactors or raising awareness about nuclear power, you can find him on his motorcycle in search of craft coffee and beer.
Natalia is a Procurement Specialist at Ontario Power Generation supporting Nuclear Projects at Pickering, Darlington, and Western Waste. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto (UofT). Over the past few years, Natalia has been an active member with NAYGN. This is her first year on the executive committee as the Membership & Networking Chair. Natalia’s mission it encourage and provide opportunities for young nuclear professionals to expand their network by organizing social events throughout the year. In her spare time, Natalia enjoys exercising, traveling, learning new languages, and cooking.
Communications Committee Chair
"Nuclear is a key industry in Ontario, providing safe clean reliable electricity to consumers at home and at work, and I wanted to be a part of that. There’s lots of technology here, its interesting how electricity is produced through the Turbine/Generator, and how this energy comes from the atom. It’s easy to take electricity for granted, which powers hospitals / stores / gas stations / computers / cell phones, and it all originates here."
Danil graduated from the University of Ottawa - Department of Engineering, specializing in Power Generation and Nuclear Engineering.
In his spare time, he enjoys attending Industry Conferences and reading Engineering Journal Articles, to learn about new technologies.
Aditionally, Danil enjoys volunteering with a variety of organizations, to try and make a small difference.
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