Annual General Meeting: Oct 13, 2021

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Deep River Public Library. We will be holding elections for several important seats on the Board of Directors. Please come in person or tune in virtually via YouTube or Zoom (links below). Votes will be accepted virtually via the YouTube discussion feature.

Link to Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 883 3995 9400
Passcode: 062912
You may also call in by telephone at (647) 374-4685

Link to YouTube broadcast.

SPCNH Open House!

We are hosting an open house at our facility at 51 Poplar Ave in Deep River, ON between 1-4 PM. Please come by to see our collection and get caught up on our activities.

Please note: face masks are required.

Michael Edwin Stephens (1948-2021)

Michael Stephens

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Society announces the passing, on June 23rd 2021, of our President, Dr. Michael Stephens, following a heart attack. Michael was our  founding SPCNHI president, and his substantial efforts with our nuclear heritage  movement go back several years, to well before our incorporation in 2017.

He was  absolutely instrumental in getting the ad hoc group off the ground, getting us  incorporated, and keeping us moving forward. And that is saying nothing of his huge  involvement in many aspects of Deep River (e.g., Seniors Friendship Club, Community  Foundation, National Association of Federal Retirees). 

Michael was a very thoughtful, engaging man, with many interests. One of those included railways and several years ago he headed a local effort attempting to save the  railway connections for the Ottawa Valley. Unfortunately, his effort did not achieve its  goal. 

Michael’s experience with building models and Meccano served him well in the  restoration of a number of artifacts the Society has received over the past several years.  Recently, he put a substantial effort into the restoration of a large model of NRX and its Rod Bays that CNL/AECL loaned to the Society for display at 51 Poplar Street. It has been an honour for those of us who have worked closely with Michael on various  Society projects. We shall deeply miss his leadership, dedication and work ethic, and  friendship.

SPCNH Presentation to PEO

SPCNH had a chance to participate in the Get to Know Deep River event led by the Algonquin Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Renfrew County Science Fair. This event was held virtually on March 24, 2021.

Happy New Year!

The Society for the Preservation of Canada’s Nuclear Heritage wishes you a safe and joyous new year! Despite the limitations imposed in 2020, we had our busiest year yet. We plan to be even busier in 2021, and continue growing our activities (hopefully eventually in person).

Our 2021 membership form is also now available.

AECL and CNL Leadership Visit to SPCNH

On Monday June 29th, the Society was happy to receive several members of the leadership teams from AECL and CNL for a (masked and socially distanced) tour of our interim storage facility in Deep River. This visit represented an important milestone in relationship between the labs and SPCNH and is hopefully the beginning of greater collaborations to come.

Left to right: M. Brown (SPCNH), S. Quinn (AECL), G. Yarashavitch (CNL), M. Stephens (SPCNH), J. Ungrin (SPCNH), J. McBrearty (CNL), R. Sexton (AECL), P. Quinn (CNL), D. Cox (SPCNH)
Left to right: D. Cox (SPCNH), J. Ungrin (SPCNH), J. McBrearty (CNL), R. Sexton (AECL), M. Stephens (SPCNH)

ZEEP Anniversary Stamp Now on Sale

This year, 2020, both the Town of Deep River and the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) are celebrating 75th anniversaries.  Many events are planned to celebrate the town’s creation in 1945. To commemorate the September 5, 1945 start-up of the ZEEP reactor at CRL, the Society for the Preservation of Canada’s Nuclear Heritage Inc (SPCNHI) has produced a commemorative stamp.

ZEEP (Zero Energy Experimental Pile) was the first reactor in the world outside of the USA to go into operation.  The Society issued an invitation to the nuclear and local communities last July to provide a suitable design for a stamp and two recent arrivals at CNL from Alberta, Herbert Mueller and Abra O’Leary, took on the challenge.  Their design is based on a photo from the top of ZEEP from the mid 1950’s with two researchers making adjustments to the hanging strings of fuel in the reactor.  (The researchers in the original photo were Bill Dickerson and Dave Hone.)  Sourena Golesorkhi provided the physics calculations seen in the background.  The stamps are recognized by Canada Post as official Canadian “permanent stamps” and can be used as such. In addition to the stamps, Morgan Brown has designed a companion commemorative ZEEP envelope.

Both the stamp, in booklets of twelve (for $25), and the envelope with the commemorative stamp (for $5), are available to the public.  They will be on sale at the SPCNHI events throughout the year, or by contacting Jim Ungrin at ungrinjr(at)  Mail orders should be addressed to SPCNHI, PO Box 441, Deep River ON, K0J 1P0.