Dr. Kenneth Petrunick is the chief program officer for the Emirates Nuclear Power Corporation (ENEC). He is responsible for managing the engineering and construction of each nuclear power plant, including the units and any adjoining infrastructure.
With 37 years of nuclear industry experience, Ken presided over the CANDU Reactor Division at the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) prior to joining ENEC in May 2009. There he was responsible for AECL’s commercial CANDU business including building new reactors and providing new services to operating stations.
Ken served as the project manager of CANDU stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China. He introduced open-top construction and modularization technology to CANDU power plants and led the first use of authorized electronic documentation in Canada. This became the model for all future AECL projects.
Currently, Ken is a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society, the Canadian Nuclear Association and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He received a leadership award from the Ontario CANDU Industry for the successful completion of Qinshan in China. The Engineering Institute of Canada gave Petrunik the K. Y. Lo award for contributions to international engineering. He accepted the Friendship Award from the Chinese government for technical support to China, the highest award given to a foreign expert.
Ken graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the University of Windsor.