OPG’s Fred Dermarkar recipient of Nuclear Excellence Award
By Anthony Capkun
June 16, 2013 – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says its commitment to nuclear safety and emergency preparedness was recently recognized by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) as Fred Dermarkar, OPG VP of engineering strategy, was named the recipient of the Nuclear Excellence Award for OPG’s contributions to the overall WANO Post-Fukushima Response.
“I consider myself very fortunate to be part of a great team at OPG—a team that places an overriding priority on nuclear safety, both in words and actions,” said Dermarkar.
The OPG Fukushima Response Project was established in 2011 to ensure adequate safety and accident management processes were in place, and to share industry lessons learned. The award recognizes OPG’s work in risk and safety management in the Canadian and international nuclear programs.
“The nuclear industry is constantly learning and adapting to enhance safety. Fred embodies this behaviour and works every day to make us better,” said Tom Mitchell, OPG president and CEO. “I congratulate him and thank the entire OPG Fukushima response team, who immediately launched a thorough assessment of our own systems and operations to confirm their safety in extraordinary event situations.”