Dr. Krishna P. Singh
President & Chief Executive Officer, Holtec
Dr. Kris Singh is the Founder, President and CEO of Holtec International which he established in 1986 and nurtured its steady rise into a multi-national company with nine major operations centers in seven countries on five continents.
Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1972), a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics also from Penn (1969), and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University), India (1967). Dr. Singh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his seminal impact in the energy sector of mechanical engineering. He received Edison Foundation’s “Thomas Alva Edison Award” in 2015 for his ecologically and environmentally impactful inventions. Rutgers University named him “South Jerseyan of the year – 2016” for his significant beneficial impact on the South Jersey region. In 2017, the National Academy of Inventers elected him a Fellow and the University City Science Center (Philadelphia) inducted him to its “Walk of Fame.” Dr. Singh was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1987 for his numerous contributions to heat exchange technologies. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania (since 1974) and Michigan (since 1982) and a member of the American Nuclear Society (1979-present).
A widely-published author in scientific journals (some 70 technical papers, one textbook and numerous symposia volumes) and a prolific inventor (85 patents granted, many pending), Dr. Singh has led Holtec International since the company’s inception, building it into a technological powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world with nine major operations centers in three countries. Over 120 nuclear plants around the world employ Holtec’s systems and equipment many based on Dr. Singh’s patents. In recent years, Dr. Singh has been leading Holtec in the global race to develop a “walk away safe” small modular reactor to make nuclear energy an economical green power alternative.
An intrepid entrepreneur and a socially conscious industrialist, Dr. Singh has built a $310 million Technology Campus on the Delaware River in Camden, NJ to create much needed employment in one of America’s poorest cities. Thanks to the steady stream of design innovations, Holtec is widely held to be pre-eminent in management of used nuclear fuel.
In his early career, Dr. Singh taught numerous graduate level and continuing education courses, published 70 technical papers, authored numerous books and monographs, and contributed to the creation of several national codes and standards for equipment and system design.
He is currently an Emeritus member of the University of Pennsylvania’s board of Trustees, where he served from 2009-2017, and a member of the University’s Board of Overseers for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2005-present). In addition, he serves on the Board of the Nuclear Energy Institute (1998-present), and the Cooper Health System (2013-present). He is also a Director of the Washington, DC-based Atlantic Council and a member of the “National Investment Council” that advises the President of Ukraine. He chairs the KPS Foundation (2001-present), a charitable Singh family foundation whose signature contribution to the advancement of science is the completion of the “Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology” at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2013. The KPS Foundation is also active in improving child literacy and public sanitation in India.
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor
President, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s global Nuclear sector, which provides deep expertise across the entire nuclear life cycle including reactor new build support and consultancy, operations and maintenance, life extension, decommissioning and waste management in the company’s many geographies, as well as other non-power related nuclear solutions. Mr. Taylor’s oversight includes the design and delivery of CANDU® reactors, the development of advanced fuel technologies for implementation in international markets and small modular reactor (SMR) support.
Prior to this role, Mr. Taylor was President of SNC-Lavalin’s former Power sector which comprised nuclear as well as hydropower, renewables, conventional power, and transmission & distribution.
Mr. Taylor joined SNC-Lavalin in 2014 after 29 years with ABB. He held a number of senior roles including Senior Group Vice-President of the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals business unit, and President and CEO of ABB Canada. His expertise spans various engineering sectors, with an excellent track record in power projects and in providing services to industrial and utility clients around the world.
Mr. Taylor began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) in 1979, where he contributed to the successful start-up and operation of various CANDU sites.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wajax Corporation.
Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer, Holtec
Mr. Pierre Paul Oneid is the Senior Vice President of Holtec International, and President of Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI). Mr. Oneid earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Canada in 1998 and a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1981. Mr. Oneid is a Professional Engineer with thirty-eight years of experience in the Nuclear Industry, including twelve years in mechanical and structural design, eight years in Business Development, and fourteen years in Executive Positions. He is a member of NEI, Nuclear Strategic Initiative Advisory Committee (NSIAC), and NEI, Suppliers Advisory Committee (SAC).
Mr. Oneid is the corporate executive responsible for the Nuclear Power Division, and the Heat Transfer Division. Mr. Oneid views himself as Holtec’s transformation executive with the mission to imbue the company with a “Customer First Customer Foremost” ethos through which he seeks to deepen the company’s relationships with its clients using a core group of the company’s personnel dedicated to strengthening service and responsiveness. He also serves as the Chairman of the Holtec International’s Executive Committee.
Senior Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Finance, Commercial & Risk
Joël Taché is Senior Vice-President, Finance, Commercial & Risk for SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear sector. He is responsible for the entire Finance function across all BUs and oversees all commercial affairs including deal structuring, proposal review/approval, major project reviews and also leads the sector Risk Management Program.
Joël was Senior Vice-President, Finance for SNC-Lavalin’s former Power sector, which included SNC-Lavalin’s legacy Nuclear business, Thermal operations and Hydro & Power Delivery (including renewables) business units. Joel also serves as a Director on the Board of Candu Energy Inc.
Prior to this, Joël was Vice-President, Corporate Risk Management and served as Chairman of the Risk Evaluation Committee and Secretary of the Bid and Investment Approval Committee. He was also responsible for the company’s Enterprise Risk Management Program. Joël has accumulated 25 years of experience with worldwide leaders in the energy, construction and water & waste industries.
Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin in 2012, Joël worked for over 10 years at Suez Environment, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Planning, Risks and Investments for a major subsidiary of the Suez group in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he led key acquisitions and investments. Before joining the Suez group, Joël worked at Cegelec/Alstom where he started his career in 1993, and then joined Vinci/GTM where he held the dual role of Assistant Vice-President, Construction Operations, and Director of Global Project Development and Structured Finance, Concessions Operations.
Joël holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the École des hautes études commerciales in Montreal, Canada, as well as a master’s degree in Finance from the Lincoln International Business School in Paris, France. He also holds a Business Law certificate and a public accounting diploma from the National Institute of Economics and Accounting Techniques in Paris.
Chief Operating Officer, HDI
Pam Cowan is the Senior Vice President of Finance & Regulatory Affairs of Holtec International and a member of Holtec International’s Executive Committee. She is also the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) and a member of the Board of Directors of Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI), a decommissioning general contractor, jointly owned by Holtec and SNC-Lavalin.
Pam has over 25 years of commercial nuclear power experience and came to Holtec from the Nuclear Energy Institute, where she was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear Generation. Most of her career has been spent at commercial nuclear power plants, where she has held senior leadership roles in decommissioning, nuclear fuels, licensing, work management, engineering and nuclear oversight. Prior to these roles, Pam held a senior reactor operator (SRO) license and was on-shift as a supervisor in the Salem Nuclear Power Plant control room. She started her career as an engineer at Westinghouse performing thermal hydraulic analyses for nuclear power reactors.
In the areas of Decommissioning and Spent Fuel Management specifically, Pam previously held roles as Senior Director of Decommissioning and Director of Used Fuel and Decommissioning for the Exelon fleet, where she led development of the Exelon management model for decommissioning used in preparation for the Oyster Creek decommissioning. Additional responsibilities included oversight of the Zion decommissioning in accordance with the Asset Sale Agreement between Exelon and Energy Solutions, decommissioning activities of Peach Bottom Unit 1 and Dresden Unit 1, decommissioning trust fund NRC reporting and DOE used fuel settlement agreement annual reporting for reimbursement. In support of broader industry initiatives, Pam led the NEI Decommissioning Rulemaking effort, was a steering committee member of the Decommissioning Plant Coalition and served as Vice-Chair of the EPRI Spent Fuel and High-Level Waste Technical Advisory Committee.
Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University and completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Manager Course.