The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has appointed Ken Ellis, currently the Executive Vice President of Strategic Support and former Chief Nuclear Officer of Bruce Power, as Managing Director.

The appointment was made at the organization’s board meeting in London, UK, on Jan. 29. Ken will formally replace George Felgate on April 1.

“I am delighted to be appointed as WANO’s new Managing Director,” Ken said. “There is a lot of work to do, and in particular, I see the further development and execution of the new long term plan and the post-Fukushima project work as important priorities in the coming months.

“WANO is at a decisive point in its history and I am looking forward to working with the board, the regional directors and WANO staff across the world to ensure we take this opportunity to create a stronger and more effective organization for the future.”

Jacques Regaldo, Chairman Elect of WANO, welcomes Ken to WANO.

“His experience and expertise impressed the WANO board and I am sure he will be an immensely capable successor to George Felgate,” Jacques said. “I am looking forward to working with him to strengthen WANO and ensure the organization continues to deliver a first class service to its members for years to come.”

Ken has more than 31 years experience in Operations, Maintenance and Engineering at Bruce Power. Ken was named Executive Vice President, Strategic Support, in August 2012, after having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Bruce B since January 2010.

Ken has held several senior positions at Bruce Power namely Bruce B Station Vice President, Chief Engineer & Vice President Engineering, Vice President Maintenance and Bruce B Operations Production Manager.

Ken’s career has also included a two-year assignment in France as the Ontario Hydro Liaison Engineer to Électricité de France. Ken was previously licensed as a Bruce B Shift Manager in the late-1980s.

Ken was born in Espanola, ON, and graduated from Royal Military College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent four years as an Aerospace Engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces, primarily in Search and Rescue prior to joining Ontario Hydro. Ken is a registered Professional Engineer.

About WANO:

• WANO is a non-profit member association established in 1989 by the world’s nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organisations operating commercial nuclear power reactors.

• WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries around the world.

• WANO works with members in pursuit of its mission: to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practices.

• WANO was modelled on the American organisation, INPO, which was formed after the Three Mile Island accident. INPO is a member of WANO and beyond that, the organisations work together to share programme resources and learnings.