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Canadian Regional Lead / Speaker Co-Chair
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 to Darlington: first on the refurbishment project as a series lead, and later on the ESMSA team as a project coordinator.
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.
Yousef is the conference logistics co-chair and is the Kinectrics NA-YGN chapter lead. At Kinectrics, Yousef is an engineer and project manager in the thermal hydraulic analysis group with prior experience in fuel engineering, design engineering, refurbishment planning, project management, and field/construction interface.
Veeshesh currently works for the Energy Market department for OPG as an Engineer in Training. Prior to joining the Energy Market department in July 2020, he worked 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 also the current Vice President of NAYGN Durham. He joined NAYGN as an executive in 2019 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 camping, travelling and playing soccer.
Natalia Slowikowski is a Senior Procurement Specialist at OPG, supporting Nuclear Project including the Darlington New Nuclear Project which involves advancing engineering and design work with three grid-scale SMR developers. During her spare time she volunteers with NAYGN – Durham as the Membership & Networking Chair. Natalia is very excited to be a part of the NAYGN Regional Conference as the Social Chair and is looking forward to seeing it come to life.
Matthew Przybylowski is in his fourth year of Engineering Physics and Management, studying at McMaster University with an expected graduation year of 2023. He has a strong passion for the Nuclear Industry. In the past he has worked as an Innovation Catalyst for NPX and most recently as a Junior Reactor Core Physicist with Candu Energy.
Along with his studies he is also a member of the Varsity Men's Rugby Program serving as the Vice Captain. He has also served as the President of the McMaster NAYGN Chapter for the last two years aiding in its continued growth since its conception in 2018.
Utilizing the business components of his degree, Matthew is serving as the treasurer of the NAYGN Canadian Regional Conference.
Channa began her nuclear career at Bruce Power in 2016 after having graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BASc in Chemical Engineering. For the past 4 years, she has been an Engineering Trainee in the Computer Engineering section as the responsible engineer for the overall unit control programs at Bruce A. She usually spends her free time baking cakes, spending time with her dog, and (pre-COVID) planning her next vacation abroad.
Denys Elliot graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Political Economics in 2015. In 2016 he joined Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as a member of the Business Development team. In early 2020, Denys took over the role of Commercial Lead for CNL’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Program. In this role, Denys serves as the primary point of contact between CNL and SMR vendors for the establishment of commercial research and development contracts that advance SMR technologies towards deployment. Denys is also responsible for the administration of CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative - a CNL program to support collaborative Advanced Reactor (AR) research projects with third-party proponents in Canada. The goal of the program is to accelerate the deployment of safe, secure, clean, and cost effective ARs in Canada.
Denys is a long-time supporter of nuclear energy, and was a founding committee member of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Chalk River Chapter. Denys currently serves as the Advocacy and Education Chair for NAYGN Chalk River, organizing social events, webinars, and conferences on a variety of topics within the nuclear energy industry.