Duane Bratt, PhD : Chair, Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University
John C. Luxat, PhD, PEng, FCAE : NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis, McMaster University
Dr. John C. Luxat is Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics and holds the NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis at McMaster University. He currently has a very active research program at McMaster studying many aspects of the safety of current and future reactors and nuclear fuel cycles. He is the Principal Investigator for the Ontario funded “Nuclear Ontario” university research network and for the recently announced Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) project to establish the Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems at McMaster University.
Prior to joining McMaster University in 2004 he had 32 years experience working in many areas of nuclear safety and nuclear engineering in the Canadian nuclear industry, as Vice President, Technical Methods at Nuclear Safety Solutions Limited in Toronto and, prior to that, as Manager of Nuclear Safety Technology at Ontario Power Generation. He consults to numerous Canadian companies on nuclear safety and nuclear engineering issues and has provided advice to government organizations at the international, national and provincial level. In 2008 he was appointed by the Government of Alberta to the Nuclear Power Expert Panel that prepared a report advising Alberta Energy on nuclear power and later that year he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (IASMiRT); a Board member of the American Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (AASMiRT); and a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society, the American Nuclear Society and the Materials Research Society. He served as the 25th President of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) in 2005-2006. In 2009 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Thermalhydraulics Division of the American Nuclear Society and is the Student Advisor for the American Nuclear Society Student Chapter at McMaster University, the first such chapter in Ontario.
In 2004 he was awarded the Canadian Nuclear Society/Canadian Nuclear Association Outstanding Contribution Award for his significant contributions to safety analysis and licensing of CANDU reactors.
He obtained his B.Sc. (Eng.) and M.Sc. (Eng.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1967 and 1969, respectively. In 1972 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario. He has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 1974.