Role description

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in Canada. The approach it is implementing, known as Adaptive Phased Management (APM), involves developing a centralized underground repository, supported by a robust social and technical research program in collaboration with Canadian universities, consultants and international waste management organizations.

Join a growing team of scientists, engineers and other professionals to work collaboratively with Canadians in implementing our management approach in a manner that safeguards people and respects the environment, now and in the future.

Our client is currently seeking an experienced Manager, Regulatory Affairs to join our Regulatory Affairs & Environmental Assessment team. Based out of either our Toronto Head Office or in the Ottawa region, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the execution of work programs to ensure the NWMO receives and maintains all required permissions and approvals from the Federal and Provincial government departments and ministries.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

Manage the work program to ensure the NWMO receives all required permissions and approvals including completion of required impact assessments and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) licensing. Act as a designate to the Director as required.

Manage the Regulatory and Licensing interface with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission including ongoing assessment of how the interface could be improved.

Work cross functionally with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that required regulatory submissions achieve the regulatory requirements and are submitted in a timely manner.

Establish and maintain positive interfaces with regulators and international organizations, and ensure regulators are kept informed of NWMO siting activities, act as the principal liaison with regulators.

Monitor overall quality of outgoing regulatory correspondence and other communications with regulators.

Provide regulatory assistance and guidance to the NWMO.

Provide direction to departmental staff, establish clear roles and responsibilities and annual performance objectives as well as provide regular performance feedback, coaching and training.

Ensure employee health and safety, supporting a strong safety culture and ensuring employee activities meet or exceed the health, safety and environment requirements as outlined in NWMO policies, procedures and standards.

Establish business plans to meet organizational and departmental objectives. Develop and manage departmental budget and resources. Establish key performance indicators to monitor the performance of the department.

Monitor developments in Canada and internationally on regulatory aspects of long-term waste management and provide timely updates on new developments to senior management.

Implement, monitor and improve procedures that are required to ensure quality in the conduct of the Regulatory Interface and Licensing.

Manage the creation, completion or revision of commitments to regulatory agencies.

Analyze, review, and support the development of proposed regulatory documents prepared by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or prepared by the Industry.

Analyze and interpret the implications and impacts of revised or new regulatory and/or government policies or proposals.

Maintain an understanding of the regulatory requirements for the application to the CNSC and other regulatory agencies, including the requirements for the NWMO Management System, technical documentation, safety assessments, and other documents, and communicate them to the applicable departments within the NWMO.

Manage contractors responsible for supporting the licensing processes.

Prepare and present at public commission hearings on behalf of the NWMO with the CNSC or other regulatory bodies.


  • University degree in Engineering or Science or a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience
  • Ability to understand and describe technical issues pertaining to regulatory matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand licensing process for a nuclear facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the Impact Assessment Act
  • A thorough understanding of the Canadian nuclear regulatory regime, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the associated Regulations.
  • Strong analytical and deductive skills.
  • Strong judgment.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Sound decision-making skills.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. The incumbent will have direct contact with regulatory agencies and must be precise and fluent in what they say and write.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Bilingualism (French and English, both spoken and written) is an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • Able to travel occasionally within Ontario.
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada and must be able to meet security clearance requirements.
  • Must be capable of receiving “Secret” level security clearance referred to in the Standard on Security Screening issued by the Treasury Board of the Government of Canada.

Essential skills

Manage Regulatory Affairs, Impact Assessments, Licensing

As a Senior Recruitment Consultant, I connect local and international professionals to our clients which include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and research organizations.

Priya Shah