Chalk River Labs

Chalk River Laboratories

The Future of Chalk River Labs

The process of modernization at the Chalk River Laboratories is moving forward to a Government-owned, Contractor operator (GoCo) governance model. A Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model of governance, following the U.S. and British practice, provides for a proven, cost effective, high accountability approach to management and operations of a national laboratory. A GOCO partnership shares the risk between government and the private sector. It allows each partner to perform duties for which it is uniquely suited: the government establishes mission areas and sets performance targets; and the private sector implements the missions using best business practices that ensure simultaneous excellence—excellent technology solutions delivered by the best scientists, engineers and managers; excellent operations, protecting employees, the public and the environment; and excellent community involvement, contributing to important economic needs.

A comprehensive program of technology transfer and commercialization implemented by the Chalk River National Nuclear Laboratory would sustain, attract and/or create companies and employment in the upper Ottawa Valley as a technology research and development hub. Innovation Valley North in the upper Ottawa valley is a partnership, taking advantage of the AECL platform of knowledge, assisted by many initiatives announced in Budget 2013.


As Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology (S&T) organization AECL serves an important public policy role in nuclear matters, providing advice, counsel and service as an agent of the federal government. We serve the nation as an enabler of business innovation and technology transfer. And, we foster the development of highly-qualified people for the knowledge economy to come.

Chalk River, ON, Canada

News On Chalk River Labs

MP Cheryl Gallant Joins Canadian Nuclear Laboratories President Mark Lesinski for Update

January 14, 2016

I was pleased to join Canadian Nuclear Laboratories President Mark Lesinski to receive an update on the AECL transition to a Government-owned, contractor operated (GoCo) facility. It was the previous Conservative government that concluded the GoCo process, bringing certainty to local workers and their families. Ontario needs more nuclear to lower electricity prices. As a ...

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Cheryl Gallant Leads Nuclear Caucus Tour

June 2, 2015

Southern Ontario, Canada… Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Chair of the Conservative Nuclear Caucus, led a delegation from the nuclear caucus, in co-operation with the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, in a tour of OCI member industries. “The tour was an excellent success. Canadians have much to be proud of. The future is nuclear,” remarked Cheryl ...

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Cheryl Gallant Voted Chair of the Conservative Nuclear Industry Caucus

February 24, 2015

Photo: (L to R) Cheryl Gallant, MP meeting this week with George Christidis, Director Federal Affairs Ontario Power Generation; Dr. John Barrett, President & CEO Canadian Nuclear Association; Cheryl Gallant, MP; Steve Copeland, Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs Bruce Power Ottawa, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, was pleased to be voted unanimously as Chair of the Conservative Nuclear ...

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Cheryl Gallant Introduces AECL Pension Motion

October 6, 2014

Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is pleased to confirm her introduction of a Parliamentary Motion regarding pension rights for existing Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) Employees. “AECL employees can be re-assured that I have been actively involved with all issues regarding the operation and management of AECL since I was first elected. The current re-structuring ...

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Cheryl Gallant Hails Science as the Big Winner in 2014 Budget

February 19, 2014

Pembroke, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, is pleased that Science and Technology was the big winner of the 2014 Federal Budget through the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund, increased funding to colleges, universities and granting councils, and renewed funding for Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL). “I am very pleased with Budget 2014’s ...

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Cheryl Gallant Presents Dr. John Hilborn with Diamond Jubilee Medal

November 15, 2013

Deep River, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, was pleased to present Dr. John Hilborn of Deep River with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Hilborn began a career in the nuclear industry in 1949 when he joined the Port Radium uranium mine in the Northwest Territories. Following the completion of a ...

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Cheryl Gallant Encourages Local “CREATE” Committee in New Task

November 7, 2013

Chalk River, Ontario – MP Cheryl Gallant, (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) recently met with members of “CREATE” (Chalk River Employees Ad hoc TaskforcE for a National Laboratory) to encourage participation in Canada’s Plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. “This is an excellent opportunity to use Canadian expertise to solve a national and international concern,” stated ...

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Cheryl Gallant Welcomes Babcock and Wilcox Canada Ltd. to the Ottawa Valley

August 29, 2013

Deep River, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, MP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke is pleased to welcome Babcock and Wilcox Canada Ltd. to Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. “As one of the companies that have expressed an interest in a public/private partnership with the Chalk River National Laboratory, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Babcock and Wilcox Canada Ltd. to the Upper Ottawa ...

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Cheryl Gallant Welcomes Fiscally Responsible Federal Budget

March 22, 2013

Cheryl Gallant, MP with Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Ottawa, Ontario  – Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant welcomes the new federal budget – Economic Action Plan 2013 – and its continued focus on job creation, economic growth, and long-term prosperity as good news for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. The Plan, which will see Canada return to balanced budgets in ...

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AECL’s Open House at Chalk River Laboratories

July 11, 2012

Chalk River, 2012 July 10 — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is pleased to announce that it will open its doors to the public for the first time in over a decade this summer, when it hosts an Open House for the general public. Held at the Chalk River Laboratories on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30 ...

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