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New head of Canada’s nuclear association comes from clean energy background

April 15, 2019  

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The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has announced the appointment of John Gorman as president and CEO, effective May 13.

“Following an exhaustive search with a deep field of strong candidates, I’m delighted to have someone with John’s connection to the technologies and trends that are transforming electricity systems around the world,” said Frank Saunders, chair of the CNA and president of the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute. “John is the ideal champion of nuclear power as the enabler of a clean and modernized grid.”

Gorman is currently president & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the national trade association for Canada’s solar energy industries. He oversees all of CanSIA’s activities including government affairs, research, communications and industry leadership. Immediately prior to joining CanSIA, he was senior vice president of Empower Energies – an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.

Gorman serves as Canada’s designate to the International Energy Agency (Executive Committee – PVPS). He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.


He has been recognized as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices. He was awarded the designation of Climate Project Ambassador by Nobel Laureate Al Gore in 2008.

“Nuclear power has an indispensable role to play in decarbonizing global economies through clean electrification,” said Gorman. “Canada’s leading expertise in nuclear means that CNA’s innovative member companies will be at the forefront of this exciting transformation. I’m pleased to be part of the nuclear industry and to serve our members during this pivotal time.”

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