What Does Diversity and Inclusion Mean to You?

We asked each member of the NAYGN Board to share what Diversity and Inclusion meant to them.  Check out the video above to hear their thoughts.

We’d love to hear what it means to you as well! Share a video, send us a message, talk about it with a friend, and if you post it on social media, hashtag #DnI2Me.

Let us know how we can continue to improve and email us at diversity@naygn.org.

Maximizing Your Virtual Presence – Collaborating & Leading Remotely Workshop | Nadia Bilchik

In this uncertain environment, the ability to connect and build rapport remotely has become paramount to the success of a team. At the heart of all interpersonal interactions is trust and authenticity, which is far more challenging virtually than it is in person.  In this 90-minute interactive workshop, Nadia Bilchik addresses why interactions that felt organic in a physical office environment require intentional focus when collaborating and leading remotely. Despite the challenges of virtual interaction, handled properly, they do have the potential to motivate and bring out the best in everyone.  Join Nadia as she prepares you to maximize your virtual presence, build online rapport, and, where applicable, lead your team.

Overview: This program is designed to immerse employees in learning about their virtual presence and incorporate these concepts into their team culture. The goal is also to create awareness of what virtual presence is and how to connect with diverse co-workers on a deeper level. This will assist your organization in achieving the goal of creating a synergetic virtual work environment. Participants will learn new ways of collaborating and, where applicable, leading their virtual teams to higher levels of engagement and productivity.


  • Develop confidence in leveraging your virtual presence in a remote work environment
  • Establish rules of engagement to lead and participate effectively in virtual environments
  • Determine ways to tailor your communication style to build trust and bring out the best in each other
  • Foster relationships with colleagues who live and work in different locations both nationally and internationally
  • Formulate new relationships with team members who you may not have met in person

Outcome: As a result of this program, participants will be able to amplify their virtual presence and create an action plan to capitalize on online collaboration tool functions to maximize their interactions in an increasingly virtual world.

Tuesday, September 22 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Register Here

Signing onto EHRC Leadership Accord

The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity is a public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions and governments to promote gender diversity within their organizations. Developed and launched by EHRC in 2017, the Accord proposes united action by employers, educators, unions and governments to:

  • Expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce
  • Ensure that women are informed of the opportunities available in the sector of their choice
  • Once employed, are fully supported and provided with equal opportunities to grow and develop to their full potential

It provides a real opportunity for all stakeholders to actively engage in building a workforce that is truly representative of Canada’s people. 

2020 Drawing Contest: Bringing Nuclear Energy Into Focus Deadline Approaching

Submissions are due by noon on Sunday, September 20th.

  • Theme: 2020 Fission: Bringing Nuclear Energy Into Focus
  • Contestants: 4th and 5th Graders
  • Submission: Email your chapter’s top 10 drawings (in PDF format) with child’s submission form and waiver to: schooloutreach@naygn.org

Students in 4th and 5th grade will use a 8 ½ x 11” to draw how nuclear energy will help with energy and environmental needs of the future.

Winners will receive the following awards:

  • 1st Place – Science Books, KiwiCo 3-month Subscription, NAYGN T-Shirt, Honorary Membership, Award Certificate, Class “Treasure Box
  • 2nd and 3rd Place – KiwiCo 1-month Subscription, NAYGN T-Shirt, Honorary Membership, Award Certificate
  • For Each Winner’s School Library – A collection of books and reference materials about nuclear science and technology with the name of the winning student inside the cover, honoring their accomplishment

Check out resources here: https://naygn.org/committees/public-information/student-education/ 
Send this pre-recorded drawing contest presentation to a 4th or 5th grade teacher:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE3jp-ppk7M


Shaping the Dialogue on Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Deployment

Join Thought Collective on September 9, 2020 for the third installment of the “Nuclear Power in a Global Clean Energy System” series of virtual conference panels: “Shaping the Dialogue on SMR Deployment.” Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) could lead to a new era for the nuclear industry – a paradigm shift in energy economics, markets, environmental footprint and the way nuclear energy is deployed. 

oin Thought Collective on September 9, 2020 for the third installment of the “Nuclear Power in a Global Clean Energy System” series of virtual conference panels: “Shaping the Dialogue on SMR Deployment.” Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) could lead to a new era for the nuclear industry – a paradigm shift in energy economics, markets, environmental footprint and the way nuclear energy is deployed. 

Wednesday, September 9 | 3:30 – 6:00 PM EST

The first 15 NAYGN members can register at a discounted rate!

Nuclear Science Week and Upcoming Activities

Nuclear Science Week starts Monday October 19 and this year, the “Big Event” will be virtual so plan to join! 

Add your #NuclearSciWeek event here for a bigger reach & more advertising!  Please follow this hashtag on all social media platforms for key information.

Mark your calendars for a Nuclear Science Week webinar cohosted by ANS & NAYGN:  September 3 @ 1:00 PM EST  (registration details to be available soon).  You will learn about all the activities planned by NAYGN for Nuclear Science Week and some cool tips about virtual classroom visits.

Details about postcard push day 2020 will be distributed soon!

Q3 Excellence Awards Nominations Open

This award nomination is for NAYGN Excellence awards, for service or activities performed in the third quarter of 2020 (July 1st through September 30, 2020).  This award is given to individuals or groups who have put in significant effort to accomplish NAYGN’s mission.  Nominations for this award are open through October 31, 2020.

Nominate a member of your chapter here!

Next Book Club Meeting, September 1

Mark you calendars for our next Book Club discussion!

The PD Book Club will be meeting to discuss “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)”.

Tuesday, September 1 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Register Here

Medical Isotopes Webinar

Save the date – James Scongack, Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Operational Services at Bruce Power will speak to us on Bruce Power’s Medical Isotope program!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 1200-1300 EST.

Contact Emma Paul – Emma.Paul@brucepower.com – for webinar details!

Call for Committee Members for 2021 National NAYGN PD Conference

Are you interested in being on the planning committee for the 2021 National NAYGN Professional Development Conference? Are you interested in leading or co-leading the planning committee?

If interested, please email pd@naygn.org to get engaged!

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