As Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), Dr.
Mackenzie Denyes is responsible for the team ensuring the organization receives all required approvals,
licenses and permissions to execute Canada’s Plan for the safe long-term management of used nuclear
fuel which includes the construction and operation of a deep geological repository (DGR). Mackenzie
has been with the NWMO since 2021 and previously participated in a number of environmental
assessments, impact assessments, and construction phase permitting portfolios for projects in the
mining and oil and gas industries. Mackenzie has extensive technical experience in human health risk
assessment having specialized in contaminant transport and fate particularly via the inhalation of air and
ingestion of country foods pathways. As part of this meaningful work, she’s been fortunate to engage
with and learn from many First Nations and Métis community members. Mackenzie is passionate about
sustainability and from 2015-2021 held an Adjust Professor position in the Faculty of Engineering at
Queen’s University teaching Sustainability and the Environment, a course she also authored that
focused of how industry has an unprecedented opportunity to positively contribute to the achievement
of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Mackenzie holds Bachelor of Science degrees in
Biochemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Chemistry and
Chemical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. She is a licensed in Ontario as a
Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) and a Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (QPRA).
All Sessions by Mackenzie Denyes
This session is a must-attend for those interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in the Canadian nuclear industry. You will hear exciting updates from non-utility leaders, such as Canadian Nuclear Labs, about progress in isotopes, sustainability, hydrogen and much more! This session is an excellent opportunity to gain new insights and expand your knowledge.