President

Michael Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michael Binder is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CNSC. He was appointed to this position in January 2008 and reappointed for a second five-year term, effective May 2013.

As CNSC President, Dr. Binder leads and manages the Commission in order to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public. His avowed mission is to ensure that Canadian nuclear facilities and activities are the safest and most secure in the world.

Throughout an extensive career in the federal public service, Dr. Binder has held senior positions at Industry Canada, the Department of Communications, the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs and the Defence Research Board.

During his tenure as Industry Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, Dr. Binder oversaw Canada’s transition to a network economy. He also managed the regulation of telecommunication industries, promotion of electronic commerce, and development and use of world-class information and communications technologies for the economic, social and cultural benefit of Canadians.

Dr. Binder holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alberta.