15th Annual Women in Nuclear Canada Conference - hosted by WIM/WiN-SK


*Those individuals who have been given a promo code are still able to register.

If you wish to be added to the waiting list for conference registration, please email us at canada-operations@womeninnuclear.org. We will inform you if you have received a spot at the conference on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Women in Nuclear Canada invites you to join us for our 15th Annual National Conference, hosted by Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan Inc. (WIM/WiN-SK). This is the first time the conference will be held outside of Eastern Canada, and we look forward to welcoming WIM/WiN-SK members to this joint conference.

We are pleased to announce that the theme of the conference is “Change Starts with U”, and will focus on the full nuclear cycle, from the mining of uranium to the disposal of nuclear waste, along with how women can make positive changes in their workplaces and communities.


The program for this year’s conference will include dynamic keynote speakers, relevant breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Our Keynote Speaker is renowned nuclear advocate Michael Shellenberger!

Here are some highlights from the preliminary program:

  • Keynote Michael Shellenberger: Why Women are the Breakthrough that Nuclear Needs
  • Lunch Speaker: STEM –Education for the Next Generation of Women Nuclear Leaders
  • Panel: Inclusion - Indigenous Engagement and Public Confidence

Breakout sessions include:

  • Change Starts with U: Inclusion - The Journey Towards Gender Inclusion
  • Project CLEANS (Clean up of Abandoned sites in Northern Saskatchewan), a focus on diversity and inclusivity.
  • A Lifecycle Perspective on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Uranium Mining and Milling in Northern Saskatchewan
  • Small Modular Reactors and the Future of Nuclear Technology
  • Consent and Sexual Harassment and Assault
  • Waste Management
  • Technical Excellence: Canada’s plan for managing used nuclear fuel
  • Nuclear for Everyone
  • Technical Ted Talks

Stay tuned for more details.


Member (Early Bird Rate until Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm EST):
$315.00 + GST
Non-Member (Early Bird Rate until Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm EST):
$370.00 + GST
Member (after Friday, August 31, 2018):
$370.00 + GST
Non-Member (after Friday, August 31, 2018):
$415.00 + GST
$250.00 + GST
NOTE: Flights and accommodations must be booked separately and are not included in the conference fees. Please visit our conference website for details on flights and accommodations for the conference.
*Students, please contact us for more information on the student program for this year's conference. Eligible students participating in the Poster Session may qualify for free conference registration!


Opening Reception (Wednesday, September 26, 2018)
$35.00 + GST
Closing Dinner (Thursday, September 27, 2018)
$50.00 + GST


Cigar Lake Mine/McClean Lake Mill
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bus will leave the Sheraton at 6:00am sharp and will return at 5:00pm

Tour is generously sponsored by Orano Canada and Cameco Corporation


Discover Cameco’s Cigar Lake, the highest grade uranium mine in the world and Orano’s McClean Lake, the only mill capable of processing high-grade uranium ore without dilution.


Your day will start bright and early with a 6:00am departure from the Saskatoon Sheraton Cavalier Hotel lobby to catch a 6:30am flight travelling 700km north to the Cigar Lake mine. There you will tour the site and descend 600m underground into the mine. After touring Cigar Lake, you will board the plane again and travel 80km north to Points North Landing, the closest airport to the McClean Lake mill. Following a short bus ride to the site, you will tour McClean Lake’s facilities and get to see the uranium ore processing circuits. Your day will end back on the plane for the 800km travel south to get you back to the hotel around 5:00pm, in time to attend the WIM Canada annual conference opening reception.

A few details you need to know:

  • You must be 18 years old to participate in this tour.
  • Dress casual, with comfortable clothes and closed-toes shoes. Please wear layers as the weather up north can be quite different than in Saskatoon. It might be a bit cooler or rainy up there even if it isn’t so in Saskatoon. You can check the weather here.
  • All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided at each site. Please bring socks, if you are not already wearing them, as you will be provided with steel-toed mandatory footwear.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible or conducive to the use of wheelchairs. Be prepared to do a lot of walking in the mine and climbing and descending a lot of stairs in the mill.
  • You must have government issued photo ID (driving licence, passport, etc.) to board the plane. Please don’t forget to bring it with you.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided on board the plane and snacks will be provided at the Cigar Lake and McClean Lake sites. If you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free, etc.) please let us know when you register.
  • All participants are required to provide their shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL, etc.) and shoe size (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, etc.) at the time of registration.
  • Due to travel logistics, space is limited to 24 participants for this tour, register early as the seats won’t last!

Cameco and Orano look forward to welcoming you at the Cigar Lake and McClean Lake site this fall.

$250.00 + GST
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Friday, September 28, 2018

Bus will leave the Sheraton at 8:20am and will return by 1:00pm

Tour is generously sponsored by Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth)


Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs!

Learn how the Plains Cree traditionally set up their homes with a tipi raising demonstration. This hands-on program discusses the practical purpose of each tipi pole and the associated meanings that each pole represents for each stage of life. We will then join one of their Archaeology Guides and explore the Trail of Discovery.  Learn about the formation of the Opimihaw Valley, the history and science behind Archaeology, see some of the dig sites that have been active in past years, and explore the current Wolf Willow dig site which will be opened up for our group.

The tour continues with a traditional bannock bake.  We will learn about the history of bannock, its Scottish roots, and its place in First Nations communities today. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at cooking bannock over a fire. (Unfortunately this part of the program may be cancelled in the event of a fire ban). After the bannock bake, we will conclude with lunch, featuring a menu that is a mix of traditional First Nations cuisine infused with a contemporary style.

There may be time at the end of the tour to explore on your own or visit the gift shop.

$40.00 + GST (transportation and lunch included)
Canadian Light Source / SRC SLOWPOKE-2 Nuclear Research Reactor / Fedoruk Centre Cyclotron 
Friday, September 28, 2018
The duration of this tour is approximately two hours. The bus will leave the Sheraton at 11:00 am and will return to the hotel around 1:00 pm.


Pictured (left to right): Canadian Light Source Synchotron, SLOWPOKE-2 low-power research reactor, Fedoruk Centre's Advanced Cyclotron Systems TR 24 cyclotron

Note: there will be a fair amount of walking for this tour.  SRC is approximately 10 minutes on foot from Canadian Light Source. The Fedoruk Cyclotron is beside Canadian Light Source. Canadian Light Source is quite large (12,000 m2) so there is a bit of walking inside. Canadian Light Source has an elevator available, but participants typically use the 2 flights of stairs to reach the mezzanine level.

Tour requirements include:

  • Comfortable closed toe walking shoes
  • No bare limbs (i.e,. please wear long pants, combination of long skirt and high boots, long-sleeve shirts, etc.)
  • Safety glasses required at SRC – will be provided
  • Photo ID – SRC will need to keep a copy
$40.00 + GST
Nutrien Cory Potash Mine
Friday, September 28, 2018
The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 - 4 hours (bus departs the Sheraton Hotel at 7:15 am and will return around 1:15 pm).


Nutrien Cory Potash mine has been in operation since 1968 and is one of our six potash mines in Saskatchewan. The underground mine team works 1,021 metres below the surface to bring the important nutrient above ground. They then process the raw potash ore in the mill, turning it into red granular and standard products along with white soluble, chicklets and prill products. Once processed, the products are shipped by rail and water to our customers around the world.

The tour will begin with a 25 minute drive to the site where participants will check in with security and receive their PPE (hard hat, ear plugs, safety glasses and gloves provided). The tour of Nutrien's Cory Potash Mine starts at 8:30 am sharp.

Tour requirements include:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • No shorts/skirts/dresses. Long sleeve pants and shirts required. Tyvek suits will be available if required.
  • No jewelry of any kind may be worn.
  • Long hair should be tied back or worn up.
  • No high heels or open toed shoes. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended
  • This is a rigorous tour with considerable walking and climbing stairs. Those with breathing problems such as asthma, heart problems, severe arthritis, or those who suffer from claustrophobia should reconsider their participation.
  • Participants will be walking on grating where you will be able to see through to the main floor below.
  • You will be exposed to salt dust in the air and the mine temperature is 27 °C.
  • Those who wear contact lenses may have trouble with the salt dust in the atmosphere and may want to wear their glasses.
$40.00 + GST (Transportation included)