Montreal: June 6, 2024 – AtkinsRéalis, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, welcomes ATS Industrial Automation as a new ambassador in support of the Canadians for CANDU campaign. 

The Canadians for CANDU campaign was launched on February 28, 2024. Spearheaded by Co-Chairs the Right Honourable Jean Chretien and former Ontario Premier Mike Harris, the campaign promotes the deployment of CANDU® nuclear technology at home and abroad in support of Canadian and global efforts to reach net-zero emissions. 

“I would like to thank ATS Industrial Automation for their leadership in Canada’s world class nuclear sector, and their support for CANDU technology,” said Joe St. Julian, President, Nuclear, AtkinsRéalis. “This growing movement can position Canada as a global clean energy champion, while promoting a domestic nuclear industry that Canadians can be proud of.”

“ATS Industrial Automation has been supplying the nuclear industry with automated tooling and equipment since 2008. Our beginnings were based in providing tooling for CANDU refurbishment projects and we continue to work with our partners on delivering innovative solutions for this segment,” said Narinder Bains, VP Sales for ATS Industrial Automation “It’s an exciting time in the nuclear industry and we’re strong supporters of CANDU. If we’re going to positively affect climate change and meet the goal of net zero by 2050, then nuclear will need to play an important role.”

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Canada enjoys world-leading expertise in the design, construction, operations, maintenance, and overall program management of nuclear reactors, supported by a highly qualified supply chain. CANDU technology is one of Canada’s most important innovations and remains the nation’s only domestically developed and licensed nuclear technology. 

CANDU technology—which uses natural uranium—renowned for its safety, efficiency, and versatility, stands as a source of pride for Canadians and remains a leading force in nuclear innovation worldwide. Six decades after it was first developed, it stands as the linchpin of a vibrant Canadian nuclear ecosystem that supports over 76,000 stable and well-remunerated jobs across a wide variety of professional and skilled trades fields, not to mention researchers at our world-class universities and research institutions.[1]

CANDU technology remains the only nuclear power technology that coproduces the medical isotopes that are used in cancer-fighting treatments and the sterilization of medical devices. The current CANDU fleet in Ontario produces 50% of the world’s supply of Cobalt-60, which is used for medical device sterilization.[2]

CANDU intellectual property is owned by the federal government. It is a national strategic asset critical to the energy transition, supporting significant economic opportunities for Canadians.

The Canadians for CANDU campaign calls on the federal and provincial governments to support the only made-in-Canada nuclear technology on the market to help the country reach net-zero and support a thriving domestic nuclear ecosystem.

The choice is clear. It’s time to choose CANDU.


Canadians for CANDU includes industry leaders, members of the domestic supply-chain, academics, and citizens who believe Canadian expertise and innovation has a leading role to play in the deployment of nuclear energy solutions at home and abroad.

About ATS Industrial Automation

ATS Industrial Automation, part of ATS Corporation (TSX: ATS, NYSE:ATS), delivers end-to-end automated assembly and test solutions across a variety of markets including E-mobility, nuclear, energy, and specialized new product innovations requiring deep expertise. ATS Industrial Automation uses its extensive knowledge base and global capabilities in custom-designed automation and digitalization to address the sophisticated manufacturing systems and service needs of regional and multinational customers. Learn more by visiting the ATS Industrial Automation website at


About AtkinsRéalis   

Created by the integration of long-standing organizations dating back to 1911, AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people. We create sustainable solutions that connect people, data and technology to transform the world’s infrastructure and energy systems. We deploy global capabilities locally to our clients and deliver unique end-to-end services across the whole life cycle of an asset including consulting, advisory & environmental services, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and capital. The breadth and depth of our capabilities are delivered to clients in strategic sectors such as Engineering Services, Nuclear and Capital. News and information are available at or follow us on LinkedIn.   

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Daniela Pizzuto

Director, External Communications or

[1] Government of Canada

[2] OPG