New senior appointments at NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has announced two new promotions within its executive team.

Derek Wilson, formerly chief engineer and vice-president construction and projects, has been promoted to the newly created role of chief operating officer.

The former director of engineering, Chris Boyle, will take on the role of vice-president and chief engineer.

“Once the NWMO confirms in 2023 where Canada’s used nuclear fuel repository will be located, we will need to be ready to launch the regulatory decision-making process and begin to mobilize work at the site, while continuing to operate effectively and efficiently,” said Laurie Swami, president and CEO of the NWMO.

“These changes to our executive team will position us for success well into the future.”

Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson, Chief Operating Officer (CNW Group/Nuclear Waste Management Organization)

Wilson has been with the NWMO for over 12 years. In his previous role as vice-president of construction and projects he implemented the Adaptive Phased Management (APM) technical and field assessment programs. He was also instrumental in the NWMO’s past work supporting Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) efforts to obtain regulatory approval for a proposed deep geologic repository to store low- and intermediate-level waste.

Wilson is a mining engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the mining and heavy construction industries, primarily in project and operational management roles. Before joining the NWMO, he worked with the mining division of AMEC and with Holcim Canada.

In his new role, Wilson will focus on preparing the organization for the phases of work that will need to begin after site selection. Some of his many responsibilities will include leading organizational transition, contract and project management, site mobilization, regulatory affairs and environment assessment.

“I look forward to this opportunity to support the organization in a new way in meeting our site selection milestones, while also developing organizational capabilities, systems and processes for or next phase of work,” Wilson said.

“Our work over the next few years will ensure the organization is ready to seamlessly transition into the regulatory decision-making phase, mobilize at the site that is selected and prepare for construction activities.”

Chris Boyle

Chris Boyle, Vice President and Chief Engineer (CNW Group/Nuclear Waste Management Organization)

Boyle joined the NWMO in 2011, as a mechanical design engineer and held since various roles with increasing responsibility in the engineering department, most recently director of engineering and chief engineer.

Before joining the NWMO, Boyle worked in automotive manufacturing, biomechanics, and defence science research and development with a focus on innovation and design optimization.

He earned bachelors and masters degrees in applied science in mechanical and materials engineering from Queen’s University.  

In his new role, Boyle will focus on the technical work needed to support the NWMO’s regulatory and design programs, which include, but are not limited to safety and technical research, engineering, geoscience, and design and innovation.

“I am excited and honoured to lead collaboration on the critical work programs our exceptional and passionate technical team is undertaking. At the same time, we recognize the need to continuously adapt to industry developments quickly with innovative solutions and grow capacity for the construction phase,” Boyle said. “The team is up to the challenge.”