Medicine, Materials, Energy and Environment

Advisory Committee


Duane Bratt, PhD : Chair, Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University

Duane Bratt, PhD
Duane Bratt is Chair and Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D 1996). He teaches in the area of international relations and Canadian public policy, with specialty in the sub-field of Canadian foreign policy. His primary research interest is in the area of Canadian nuclear policy. Recent publications include: co-editor, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas 2nd edition (Oxford University Press: Toronto, 2011). Prairie Atoms: The Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Power in Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada West Foundation, 2008), and The Politics of CANDU Exports (University of Toronto Press: Toronto, 2006). His most recent book is Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival which is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press and will be available in Fall 2012. Duane is also a regular commentator on political events.


John C. Luxat, PhD, PEng, FCAE : NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis, McMaster University

John C. Luxat, PhD, PEng, FCAE

John Luxat is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics and holds the NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis at McMaster University. 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 the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1974. 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.


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. In 2011 he received the Technical Achievement Award of the American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulics Division, a national award of the Society. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


John is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (IASMiRT); and a Board member of the American Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (AASMiRT).  He is a member of the Advisory Board of Terrestrial Energy Inc. a private company developing the IMSR molten salt reactor concept.  In 2012 he was elected a member of the International Nuclear Energy Academy  and currently serves as chair of the Academy. He is the 2018/2019 President of the Canadian Nuclear Society, a position he previously held in 2005/2006. 


Katherine Zukotynski, MD : Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Radiology, McMaster University

Katherine Zukotynski, MD

Katherine Zukotynski is an Associate Professor in the Departments fo Medicine and Radiology at McMaster University. After completing an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, Dr. Zukotynski completed medical training followed by residency in radiology, also at the University of Toronto. She completed nuclear medicine training through the Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine at Harvard in 2009. She is board certified in nuclear cardiology as well as in nuclear medicine and radiology in both the United States and Canada.

Dr. Zukotynski is Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), President of the SNMMI PET Center of Excellence, President of the SNMMI Eastern Great Lakes Chapter, Chair of the Nuclear Medicine Section Instructional Courses at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) as well as Chair of the RSNA Research and Education Public Relations Committee. She is actively involved with Nuclear Medicine outreach programs.

Dr. Zukotynski’s main areas of research are in PET/CT, particularly as it relates to oncology and neurodegenerative disease. She received the RSNA Research and Education Foundation Roentgen Resident/ Fellow Research Award first as a radiology resident and then as a nuclear medicine resident. She held an RSNA Research Scholar Grant from 2012-2014 and currently holds research grants for molecular imaging and therapy in prostate cancer of over $5 million. She has published 67 papers, 18 book chapters and is co-editor  for a book on SPECT/CT.