Nana Kwamena plays a critical role in protecting Canada’s environment. As the CNSC’s Director of the Environmental Assessment Division, she leads a team that is responsible for determining whether an environmental review is needed before a proposed project or activity can proceed any further in the licensing process. If an environmental review is required, Nana and her team lead the process, working with various staff across the CNSC, including staff in the licensing and Indigenous relations divisions and other federal departments, to review the submissions.
“The work I do helps ensure that the environmental effects of any new nuclear projects or activities are properly assessed and that the public and Indigenous groups have the opportunity to present their views before the project proceeds. This is an important step in the regulatory process; it ensures that the proper measures are in place to protect people and the environment.”
For the past 10 years, Nana has worked in the Directorate for Environmental and Radiation Protection and Assessment (DERPA). In her work, Nana ensures that not only are members of the public and Indigenous groups protected from nuclear activities in Canada, but they also have the opportunity to have their voices heard.
Nana received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric and environmental chemistry. Before coming to the CNSC, Nana completed two post-doctoral fellowships in physical chemistry.
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