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Programme at a Glance

September 30, 2012: Opening Reception at the Rooftop Salon of the Park Hyatt Hotel
October 1-2, 2012: Conference Sessions at the Royal Conservatory of Music TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
October 1, 2012: Conference Dinner at Corus Quay
October 3, 2012: Study Tour (optional) at Kincardine, Ontario (site for deep geological repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste)

The conference theme, National Commitment – Local and Regional Involvement, recognises that a successful repository programme is anchored in a framework that is reflective of societal expectations that are articulated through a national commitment as well as local and regional involvement. The conference sessions are focused on exploring the range of approaches and practices that are being implemented in countries and providing an opportunity to advance mutual learning.

The two-day conference (October 1 & 2, 2012, from 08:30 to 17:00 hours) is structured to include a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and participation from audience members. Each session provides a platform for both a formal and informal exchange of views and ideas among senior decision-makers - ministers, parliamentarians, regulators, ministry officials, and implementing organisations – as well as local community representatives engaged in this programme. An opening reception will be held on September 30, 2012.

Following a review of the international context, a series of sessions will focus on the relationships among various stakeholders, covering the following issues:

Safety of geological repositories
Meeting societal expectations and adapting to change
Approaches of implementing organisations
The experience of local communities and regions
Learning from Indigenous peoples

In addition, on October 3, 2012, from 06:00 to 18:00 hours, a study tour will be available to an existing interim used fuel storage facility and the proposed low- and intermediate-level waste deep geological repository site. The study tour will take place at Kincardine, Ontario, which is a 3-hour drive from Toronto.

A bus will transport participants at 06:00 hours from their hotel to Kincardine. A boxed breakfast will be provided on the bus, and a lunch will be provided at the site. Participants will return to Toronto at 18:00 hours the same day. This tour is optional and available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee of $50 (Canadian).

The map below outlines the distance between Toronto and Kincardine, Ontario.

Please visit the detailed programme of the conference for all the information.

Learn more about how countries are advancing programmes for the safe long-term management of long-lived high-level radioactive waste in deep geological repositories.

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