While my day job is Vice-President at Delphi, I also act (on behalf of Delphi) as the Secretariat for the EXCEL Partnership, a peer learning forum for major Canadian corporations that are committed to sustainability leadership through continual improvement of environmental and social performance.
I was asked by EXCEL Partnership member, Cameco, to participate as a judge in their annual Cameco Environmental Leadership Awards (CELA). Cameco is one of the world’s largest uranium producers and a leading provider of nuclear fuel processing services. The company believes strongly in the sustainability benefits of nuclear energy, including the carbon reduction benefits relative to other thermal sources of electricity. They also believe that their environmental performance in sourcing uranium is an important piece of the puzzle to demonstrate the sustainability of the fuel source.
Sustainable development and safety are key tenets at Cameco, and the awards program is one of the ways in which they engage their employees on issues of safety, health and the environment.. Cameco employees submit initiatives and describe how they:
The submissions had a fantastic variety to them – covering engineering improvements to Cameco’s industrial processes, mining-related environmental impact reductions, employee engagement change management concepts, and legacy waste reduction initiatives. The pride shown by employees was energizing. The most impressive feature of the awards overall was the feeling that you were witnessing progress on sustainability in real time.
On the judging panel I was joined by Neil McMillan, Chair of the Board for Cameco, and Dr. John Barrett, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association. There were a lot of great projects to choose from but there were two winners that stood out:
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For more information on the EXCEL Partnership, visit the website www.excelpartnership.ca or contact Ted Ferguson.