Led by Stephanie Smith and Saloni Sabharwal, Pickering Nuclear
The nuclear sector has a unique outlook in the Canadian and world market in terms of electricity generation. The global inclination towards nuclear energy generation is due to its ability to deliver surplus production with close to zero carbon emissions to the environment. In Ontario itself, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is the largest and lowest-cost clean energy provider, producing upwards of 50% of Ontario’s electricity demand. OPG also contributed extensively towards Ontario government’s Climate Change Initiative, through its efforts to achieve the milestone of no fossil fuel electricity production in 2014. This move off coal was North America’s single largest climate change initiative and the equivalent of taking seven million cars off the road. This made Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. OPG’s current portfolio includes 2 owned nuclear generating stations, 2 leased nuclear generating stations, 3 thermal stations (now converted to biomass), and 66 hydro electric stations.
To address some frequently asked questions regarding nuclear generation in Ontario, we will be delivering valuable content related to OPG’s Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating stations, the safety culture prevalent in nuclear, regulatory oversight and stringent licensing conditions for this industry, as well as career and professional development opportunities in this sector.
Stephanie Smith - Director - Operations and Maintenance, Pickering Nuclear
Stephanie Smith is the Director – Operations and Maintenance at Pickering Nuclear. In her current position, Stephanie reports to the Senior Vice President.
Smith started her career with Ontario Hydro in 1990 at Darlington Nuclear as a Graduate Engineer in Training and spent eight years working in engineering before moving to the chemistry lab at Pickering. In 2003, she enrolled in the shift supervisor training program. Three years later, she became the first female licensed Shift Manager at the plant, responsible for the safe operation of four nuclear reactors.
Then, in 2014, Smith moved to be the Maintenance Manager, responsible for 800 maintenance staff and 200 contractors. And in 2016, she became OPG’s Pickering Director of Operations and Maintenance, overseeing all operations at the plant, from fuel handling to safety systems.
Smith currently resides in Newcastle, Ontario.
Saloni Sabharwal - Engineering Trainee – Projects and Modifications, Pickering Nuclear
Saloni Sabharwal is an Engineering Trainee working with Ontario Power Generation. She has been working in the Projects and Modifications department at Pickering Nuclear since October 2017. Previously, within OPG, she has worked in the Decommissioning and Safe Storage, as well as Performance Engineering divisions at Pickering Nuclear.
Sabharwal has a BASc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto – Class of 1T7, and has been a recipient of various academic and non-academic awards and scholarships. During her undergraduate studies, she also completed a minor in Environmental Engineering, and a diploma in Engineering Business. She is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in Nuclear Engineering from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT).
In her professional and academic career, she has been an active part of organizations such as North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), and You’re Next Career Network (YNCN), to name a few.