Katherine Moshonas Cole
General Manager, Candesco
Katherine Moshonas Cole is General Manager of the Candesco Division of Kinectrics Inc. She also serves as an Executive Board member of the Canadian Nuclear Association, and Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee for the Canadian Nuclear Association. She is an active member of the IAEA International Decommissioning Network (IDN) Steering Committee and chairs an international IAEA project in support of worldwide research reactor decommissioning knowledge sharing.
Katherine entered the nuclear industry after earning a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. She began her career in pursuit of fusion energy at the Canadian Fusion Fuels Technology Program before moving on to specialize in nuclear materials management and operational health physics at Ontario Hydro.
With an interest in applying her knowledge to other parts of the industry, Katherine went on to work as an independent consultant in regulatory affairs, health physics, radiation protection, waste management, decommissioning, and operational and design safety assessment. She applied this knowledge to a wide variety of existing and prospective nuclear facilities, including among others, isotope production, nuclear power production and fusion research. For the latter, Katherine developed the radiation safety program for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design during the Engineering Design Activities (EDA) phase of this multi-billion dollar international project, working from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany. Katherine then returned to Canada to serve as Managing Director of ITER Canada, and Director of Regulatory Affairs for the ITER International Fusion Energy Institute.
In the years between her work on ITER and Kinectrics, she served as Managing Director and Vice President of Business Development for Candesco Corporation where she played a leading role in developing and implementing corporate strategy for the establishment and growth of Candesco into a leader in safety and regulatory affairs for the nuclear industry in Canada.