The Decommissioning Advisory Board consists of recognized industry leaders with experience in areas relevant to our decommissioning sites. The Board provides HDI executive leadership with insight and feedback to support improved performance. The Board’s dedication to safety, excellence and strong industry experience is invaluable to our growth and development as a worldwide decommissioning leader.
Chris Bakken, Chair
Executive Vice President of Nuclear Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer, Entergy Nuclear
Christopher “Chris” Bakken III is executive vice president of nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer at Entergy Nuclear, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. He is responsible for Entergy’s nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as the company’s management services to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the Nebraska Public Power District. Bakken is also responsible for building and strengthening relationships with external stakeholders, while becoming an engaged company representative to the industry.
Prior to this role, Bakken served as executive director, EDF Energy Nuclear New Build and project director for Hinkley Point C based in London. He was responsible for leading the design, licensing, procurement, construction and commissioning of the dual unit EPR at Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear new-build project in the United Kingdom in 20 years. He joined the company in 2009 as director of operations, safety and licensing.
Bakken’s 30-year career began in 1982 as a test engineer at Duquesne Light Company, where he spent nine years in the control room as a licensed senior reactor operator. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations leadership for both domestic and global companies including American Electric Power, Public Service Enterprise Group and British Energy.
From 2003-2005, Bakken held positions at PSEG as senior vice president, site operations, president and chief nuclear officer, and senior vice president, power transition. From 1995-1999, he worked for PSEG as a manager and director of operations, before becoming a plant manager for Salem Generating Station. Under his leadership, the plant achieved maximum regulatory score in operations and support, and set a new record for continuous operation for Salem Unit 1.
Bakken has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in industrial administration with distinction from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society. He earned a senior reactor operator’s license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1986 for Beaver Valley Unit 1.
Vice President of Nuclear Projects, OPG
Chris Cunningham is Vice President of Nuclear Projects for OPG, where he is responsible for the oversight and delivery of a large and complex portfolio of approximately 250 projects that have a combined value of circa $8B.
Prior to joining OPG in 2018, Chris worked for Jacobs where he delivered Major EPC Projects and Portfolios and led various Joint Ventures and Engineering consultancies in the United Kingdom.
He has been involved with Nuclear Decommissioning since the mid 1990’s and has been involved with some of the most complex and challenging nuclear decommissioning projects in the world.
He started his career aged 16 as an Instrument Mechanic Apprentice at the Sellafield nuclear site in the North of England. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and holds an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Salford, and has over 20 year experience in major project delivery.
Chief Strategic Officer, Ontario Power Generation
Dominique Minière is Ontario Power Generation’s Chief Strategic Officer and is responsible for developing, planning, executing and managing the strategy for the business to achieve mid to long-term growth opportunities including new electricity generation, decommissioning strategies and provision of other services in the nuclear industry. He previously was President – Nuclear, where he focused on growing OPG’s nuclear business and oversaw all of OPG’s nuclear operations. He is a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience.
Prior to his appointment at OPG, Dominique was Chief Operating Officer of Électricité de France (EDF), one of the world’s largest nuclear and thermal fleets. With nearly 40 years of experience with EDF, Dominique has substantial experience constructing, operating and refurbishing nuclear plants and has been directly engaged in spent fuel management and nuclear waste.
He also has extensive international experience, having served on the board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.
Victor M. McCree
Owner and Principal Operating Officer – NucLeader Consulting, LLC
Victor M. McCree is the Owner and Principal Operating Officer of NucLeader Consulting, LLC. He provides high level consultation to clients regarding regulatory and technical requirements, strategies, and techniques to successfully lead people and nuclear operations. Mr. McCree served for over three decades at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including as the Executive Director for Operations (EDO). In this role, he was the chief operating officer of the Commission, directing the day-to-day operational and administrative functions of the agency.
While at NRC, Mr. McCree held a number of leadership positions, including: Senior Regional Coordinator, Office of the Executive Director for Operations; Chief of Staff for the EDO; Deputy Director for Policy Development and Technical Suport, Office of Chairman Shirley Ann Jackson; Director, Division of Reactor Safety, Region II; Director, Divison of Reactor Projects, Region II; Deputy Regional Administrator for Operations, Region II; and Regional Administrator, Region II.
Mr. McCree also served extensively in international roles representing both the NRC and the US government, including as the Team Leader for the International Regulatory Review Service Missions to Germany Spain and South Africa, under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He also served as Chair of the Nuclear Energy Agency Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA).
Mr. McCree is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2007.
Prior to joining the NRC, McCree was a nuclear-trained submarine officer and completed Nuclear Engineer Officer certification. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Xcel Energy
Tim O’Connor is Executive Vice President and Chief Generation Officer for Xcel Energy in 2020. He is responsible for all generation assets within Xcel and its jurisdictions nuclear, fossil, hydro and renewables. Responsible for enterprise supply chain and commercial operations which include fuels and energy markets.
Mr. O’Connor was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer for Xcel Energy in 2012. He was responsible for the Xcel nuclear strategic direction, business plans, finance, and operations for the company. That includes corporate, the operations of the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants, and the decommissioning and nuclear fuel storage. In June 2012, he was appointed Vice President of Corporate Engineering/Nuclear Regulatory Compliance and Licensing for the nuclear fleet after 5 years as Monticello site vice president.
Mr. O’Connor joined Xcel Energy in 2007 as Site Vice President at the Monticello plant. He has over 38 years of commercial nuclear experience with both boiling water and pressurized water reactors. During that period of time, Mr. O’Connor has held a variety of senior leadership and executive leadership positions in several utilities and sites and variety of complex situations. This also included a position with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) as a Nuclear Plant Evaluation Team Manager on a reverse loaned assignment. Mr. O’Connor received his mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and has completed several executive business programs with the Chicago Kellogg School of Business and with GAP International.
He serves on the executive advisor group for the DOE/INL Nuclear Science and Technology areas, the Holtec Decommissioning Industry Advisory Group, NEI coalition of the Nuclear Strategic Industry Advisory Committee, NEI Chairman of the Industry High Level Waste Committee, USA Board of Directors and Terrestrial Energy Industry Advisory Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Minneapolis St. Paul Jeremiah charitable organization for single mothers.
Pierre Paul Oneid
Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Pierre Paul Oneid is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of Holtec International. Mr. Oneid is also the corporate executive responsible for the Nuclear Power Division and the Heat Transfer Division. He also serves as the Chairman of the Holtec International’s Executive Committee.
Kris Singh, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer, Holtec International
Chairman of the Board, Holtec International
Chairman of the Board, Holtec Asia
Since 1986, Dr. Singh has led Holtec International, building the company into a technological powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world with nine major operations centers in three countries and an active business presence on four continents.
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor
President, Global Nuclear Sector, 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.
President, Holtec Decommissioning International
Kelly Trice is president of Holtec Decommissioning (HDI). In this role, Trice has the ultimate responsibility of ensuring safe, regulatory compliant and efficient decommissioning of Holtec’s shutdown nuclear power plants. Current projects include the decommissioning of Oyster Creek Generating Station (BWR), Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (BWR), Indian Point Energy Center (three PWRs), and Palisades Power Plant (PWR). The ongoing decommissioning at these sites is setting a new bar for environmental protection, worker safety, regulatory compliance and rapid threat reduction.