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Global First Power Ltd. (GFP), Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation™ (USNC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have announced the formation of a joint venture – the Global First Power Limited Partnership – which will build, own, and operate the proposed Micro Modular Reactor (MMR™) Project at the Chalk River Laboratories site. The joint venture is owned equally by OPG and USNC-Power, the Canadian subsidiary of USNC, and is based on the project initiated in 2019 by GFP.

Board of Directors

 

Ken Petrunik

Board Chair

Shelley Babin

Director

Mark Mitchell

Director

David Tyndall

Director

Pieter Venter

Director

Leadership Team

Robby Sohi

President & CEO

Rosalie Ahlan

Project Director of Micro Modular Reactor™ Project (MMRP™)

Ritesh Budree

Cheif Financial and Operations Officer

Chris Deir

Commercial Director

Niel Kemp

Technical Director

Eric McGoey

Communications and Engagement Director

David Train

Licensing Director

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Ken Petrunik

Board Chair

Dr. Ken Petrunik is a 45-year veteran of the nuclear industry with broad experience in Canada as well as in leading impressive international new-build nuclear construction projects. He is a highly-regarded industry consultant with a focus on leadership and project management with a range of international clients. Recently, he was a non-executive board member of Horizon Nuclear Power in the U.K. 

 

In 2015, Ken retired from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation as their Chief Program Officer, having led the contracting and oversight of KEPCO for the delivery of the APR 1400 nuclear power plants being constructed in United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Ken was with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) for 35 years. He retired from AECL in 2009 as President of the CANDU Reactor Division responsible for AECL’s commercial CANDU business including marketing and delivery of new build reactors and services to operating stations. He led the international construction and project management of CANDU 6 nuclear power stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China, with China being completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Ken has been recognized with numerous accolades over his distinguished career.

  • He was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an esteemed group of less than 300 Canadians elected based on their distinguished service and contribution to society, to Canada and the engineering profession.

 

  • Ken has been a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association, where he was recognized with a leadership award for the successful completion of Qinshan NPP in China.

 

  • He was awarded the K. Y. Lo medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for his contributions to international engineering.

 

  • Ken was recognized with the Friendship Award from the Chinese government for his technical support to China, the highest award given to a foreign expert.

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Shelley Babin

Director

Shelley Babin is OPG's Senior Vice President, Law & General Counsel and will serve on GFP's Board of Directors.

Shelley provides strategic legal advice to OPG on all aspects of the company’s business and directs its legal team. She is also accountable for the Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary team, the Freedom of Information office and the Ethics & Equity group, and is OPG’s Chief Ethics Officer.

 

Within the company, Shelley formally mentors and helps lead the development of high potential employees, with a focus on visible minorities, and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives. She was recently awarded Tomorrow’s Leader (2018) by the Canadian General Counsel Awards. Prior to joining OPG, Shelley practiced commercial litigation at a large national Bay Street law firm. She is a member of the Quorum Club Advisory Board and a volunteer at the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline.

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Mark Mitchell

Director

Mark has combined his project development, management and technical expertise to become the President of USNC-Power, leading the deployment of the Micro Modular Reactor™ Technology for Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC). He will also hold a position on the GFP Board of Directors.

 

Mark has over 20 years’ experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with a focus on the power generation field (conventional, renewable and nuclear). Mark has worked throughout the asset life cycle from project development to operating plants. He began his career in defense and aerospace before joining the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Whilst at PBMR he gained experience in the design process of nuclear reactor systems, and the importance of the regulatory and industry framework of standards that guides nuclear safety.

 

Mark is a member of the ASME Code and Standards Development Organization – he is chair of the committee developing the Div 5 rules for Graphite and Composite Core Components and serves on the BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (III).

David Tyndall

Director

David Tyndall, P.Eng, is the Director, New Build Engineering at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a role held since its inception in January 2020. He will serve on GFP's Board of Directors.

 

Prior to that, David was the Senior Manager, Plant Design and Design Authority at OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station for nearly four years, and spent the 10 previous years at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in various engineering and management roles of increasing accountability and authority, having spent time in Systems and Components Engineering, as well as many cross-functional teams. David is an energetic leader who has a passion for innovation, driving safety and reliability improvements, and business efficiency. 

 

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Pieter Venter

Director

Pieter is the lead for the development of the MMR™ Unit – USNC’s proprietary Nuclear Heat Supply System. He will serve on the GFP Board of Directors.

Pieter has more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear and power generation industry. Pieter was the Reactor Unit Systems Engineer developing the PBMR-400 high temperature gas cooled reactor, and later the overall Plant Lead Engineer for the PBMR DPP-200 indirect cycle design. He worked for Hatch as Engineering Manager in developing large-scale renewable energy projects in South Africa. Pieter was the Manager of Engineering and part of the senior management team for Fluor in Sub-Sahara Africa where he oversaw the execution of large EPC projects in the oil & gas, mining & metals and power sectors. He is the Chairman of the Energy Forum, American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Leadership Team

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Robby Sohi

President and CEO

Robby is GFP’s President and CEO. Concurrent to this role, he will maintain his position as Chief Supply Officer at OPG, where he is responsible for leading a team of approximately 270 skilled and dedicated employees who provide Supply Chain services to OPG’s generation fleet as well as support services.  He brings decades of experience from his work in the energy industry, having led corporate supply chain and procurement, engineering, and technical support services for the generation, transmission, and distribution system sectors of the company.

 

Robby joined Ontario Hydro, OPG’s predecessor company, in 1991. Since that time, he has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility in technical functions, asset management, and hydroelectric plant and high voltage substation operation and maintenance.

 

He was also a council member of the Generation Sector Council at Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) and a member of Thermal Generation Interest Group (TGIG) at Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI). 

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Rosalie Ahlan

Project Director of MMRP

Rosalie began her career at OPG in 2004 with the Public Affairs group, specializing in Darlington Nuclear's station communications. In 2009 she took a role in the corporate Brand Management group working on OPG's corporate water safety and biodiversity programs, corporate advertising, and supporting government and media relations.

 

In 2011 Rosalie took an advisory role in the then Hydroelectric Development business unit. This is where she gained extensive business development experience working with First Nation communities, particularly in remote locations. For the past several years she has been the project manager for OPG's first distribution-scale solar and battery storage project located on reserve in the Gull Bay First Nation remote community. Rosalie is excited to now work on SMR opportunities for remote applications.

 

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Ritesh Budree

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Ritesh is a CIMA accredited accountant (CGMA/ACMA) with 20 years’ experience in Internal Auditing, Financial Planning and Management, Commercial Management, and Business Management. Ritesh has held senior financial management positions in the Engineering, Financial, and Manufacturing sectors. He completed his articles whilst working at PWC, where he gained significant audit experience.

 

He was the Commercial Manager for the Manufacturing Division of SABMiller, during that time he led the implementation of revised costing and reporting systems for the company and was part of a global initiative investigating variable cost reporting and management. Ritesh was first CFO and then Acting MD of a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specialising in engineering, information technology, and management consulting.

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Christopher Deir

Commercial Director

With almost 25 years in the Canadian nuclear power industry, Chris brings a wide range of experiences in the development, deployment, and operation of nuclear facilities. His current role at OPG encompasses many of these elements, support to OPG's long term vision in innovation most notably the potential production of fuel to power NASA deep space missions, managing key elements of OPG's engagements with customers related to the deployment of SMR's and developing peer utility relationships between OPG and other nuclear utilities within Canada and globally.

 

Chris worked as a member of the Generation mPower team for the advancement of then B&W's mPower SMR design for deployment into Canada as well as leading Hitachi's business development activities in the Canadian nuclear market. Chris joined AECL as a design engineer for the CANDU product line which led to increasing roles of responsibility as part of the restart efforts of nuclear reactors at both Pickering and Bruce Power. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries.

 

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Niel Kemp

Technical Director

Niel has 20 years of experience in physics and engineering. He moved into the nuclear field after joining the PBMR project in 1999. While working at PBMR, he established the control philosophy of the plant, led the controller design team, established systems engineering processes, and took the technical lead for the plant design and integration as the PBMR Plant Systems Engineer. This involvement in PBMR provided him with exposure to the design process of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor systems, from the conceptual design of the plant to the detailed design of individual components and controllers. Niel is also highly experienced in the financial modelling of energy projects.

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Eric McGoey

Communications and Engagement Director

Eric worked in the Ontario government for over a decade, as both a civil servant and senior political advisor, and then in the resource sector focusing on sustainable resources and community economic development, energy, land-use planning, and Indigenous partnerships. Eric joined OPG in 2014 as Director of Provincial Relations, and has also served as (Acting) Director of Indigenous Relations, and Director of Stakeholder Relations for Renewable Generation before joining the New Nuclear Development team.

 

In addition to serving as GFP’s Director of Engagement and Communications, Eric coordinates OPG’s work on a pan-Canadian deployment strategy for SMRs, working with SaskPower, Bruce Power, and New Brunswick Power, as well as Ministries of Energy and Environment in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick, under the terms of the Interprovincial Collaboration MOU signed by the three provinces in December of 2019.

 

David Train

Licensing Director

David has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian nuclear industry having held a variety of positions in the areas of nuclear safety, operations, maintenance, engineering, projects and regulatory affairs. He has extensive knowledge of the Canadian nuclear regulatory licensing program, in particular, with the licensing framework for small modular reactors (SMRs). He has an in-depth understanding of nuclear power plant (NPP) designs, operation and maintenance; and a comprehensive understanding of NPP safety analysis. David is currently managing the oversight of the licensing processes for both OPG’s Darlington New Nuclear Project as well as the GFP MMR at Chalk River project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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