CNL hosts crowds at open house

Open the doors and they will come…

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories did just that Saturday, throwing open the doors to the Chalk River Laboratories in its first open house on site since 2012. 

The event was both a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and an opportunity to showcase the work going on at the site and future plans for Chalk River since the changeover to the GoCo (government owned, contractor operated) management model at CNL.

The invitation to the open house was clearly welcome, as more than 2,000 people signed up to take part in the day.

CNL president and CEO Mark Lesinski welcomed the visitors during a brief ceremony at midday and thanked people for coming out.

“We have so much to be proud of with the history here but what we’re really excited and proud about is where we are heading,” he said.

“We have tons of great stuff that’s in the works, as you can see, and we’re going to continue with what we’ve done in the past and we’re going to do a whole lot more, so we’re excited about that.”

In addition to visitors to the site, Lesinski also thanked all the staff who volunteered to help out for the day.

“A lot of work was put into this today and I really hope you’re enjoying it, because I know my family is, and I hope yours is too.”

Lesinski said he also wanted to thank the families and friends of CNL employees for their support.

“Because what it takes (for CNL to succeed) is dedicated work by the people who come here every day,” he said.

“Every single person who comes here has to be supported by their friends and family in order for them to be able to do what they do.

“So I want to thank you, the moms, the wives, the husbands, the children that make sure that mom and dad are able to get to work every day and do their thing and that they have a reason for what they’re doing here to help not only their families but also our communities, Canada and the world, because the stuff we’re doing here changes the world.

“It has for 60 years and it will for another 60,” he said.

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