"This notice is for the purpose of notifying industry of an
upcoming Industry Day engagement session to discuss the
procurement for the management and operation of Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited's (AECL's) Nuclear Laboratories. Responding to
this notice is not a prerequisite to participating in any future
solicitation(s) in this regard.
Canada is expected to issue a comprehensive, competitive,
procurement process for the management and operation of AECL's
Nuclear Laboratories pursuant to a Government-owned,
Contractor-operated (GoCo) model.
The Industry Engagement Session will be held on June 20th, 2013
in Ottawa. Preregister by June 17th, 2013.
An Industry Day is planned for June 20, 2013 and preregistration
by June 17, 2013 must be arranged through the designated PWGSC
Contracting Officer below. Canada is seeking to engage with
Industry early, and at certain stages in the procurement
process, in order to solicit industry feedback on the business
requirements and related procurement strategy.
On February 28, 2013, the Minister of Natural Resources
announced that the Government would engage in a competitive
procurement process to restructure the management and operation
of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's Nuclear Laboratories and
that an information session for industry would be held to launch
this process. The Government is seeking to implement a
Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GoCo) model, as is done
in other jurisdictions, such as the United States and the United
This competitive procurement process will follow government best
practices in engagement, oversight, transparency and due
diligence, including the use of third-party advisors.
Recognizing the wealth of expertise and unique facilities at the
Laboratories, the Government is taking this next major step in
restructuring Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to put in place
the conditions for Canada's nuclear industry to succeed in the
future. This is in keeping with the conclusions of the
Government of Canada's Review of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
and draws on input from the industry and other stakeholders
following a Request for Expression of Interest issued last year.
The Government will focus the Nuclear Laboratories on three key
objectives: managing its radioactive waste and decommissioning
responsibilities; performing science and technology activities
to meet core federal responsibilities; and supporting Canada's
nuclear industry through access to science and technology
facilities and expertise on a commercial basis.
The Government is still assessing the value of investing federal
tax dollars in longer-term nuclear innovation. Over the coming
months, the Government will work to understand the potential
business case for a forward-looking, industry-driven nuclear
The announcement can be found here:
Industry will be engaged in a multi-phased consultative process
as a follow on to the Request for Expression of Interest that
concluded in April 2012. Further consultations are expected
throughout the procurement process.
The purpose of this consultation will be to engage Industry to
present an overview of the expected procurement strategy for the
future solicitation(s) for the restructuring of Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited's Nuclear Laboratories, including an overview of
the procurement process and timelines, and to give Industry an
opportunity to comment. Suppliers interested in this process
are encouraged to participate in this engagement process;
however it is not mandatory to do so. Not attending the
Industry Day will not preclude an interested participant from
participating in any future solicitation(s) in this regard.
All substantive and non-proprietary questions and answers
discussed during this engagement will be summarized and made
available to all suppliers participating in the Industry
The Industry Engagement Session will be held on June 20th, 2013.
PREREGISTRATION CLOSING DATE
Participants may attend Industry Day either in person or by web
casting. Registration for Industry Day is limited to a maximum
of three in-person representatives from each Supplier; there is
no limit on the number of participants attending by web cast.
Registration for each participant, both in-person and web cast
participants, is required by June 17th, and only those who have
preregistered may attend.
Registration of each participant is to be submitted in writing
or electronically to the Contracting Authority identified below
indicating their intention to attend the Industry Day either in
person or by teleconference and indicating their language of
choice for the presentation. Any documents distributed at the
Industry Day will be provided in both official languages.
The lndustry Day will be a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
and held at a downtown Ottawa location; details will be provided
in future correspondence to those preregistered.
NOTES TO INTERESTED SUPPLIERS
This Industry Consultation process is not a bid solicitation and
a contract will not result from this Industry Day notice. Any
feedback received by Canada in response to this Industry
Consultation process may or may not be used by Canada in the
development of future competitive solicitation(s) and does not
create any obligation for Canada legally or otherwise, to accept
any suggestions received.
Suppliers are encouraged to continue to monitor the Government
Electronic Tendering Services (GETS) for further information on
the future solicitation(s) for the restructuring of Atomic
Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL's) Nuclear Laboratories.
All enquiries and other communications related to this Industry
Consultation process must be directed exclusively to the