Toronto – November 1 2023 – In a step towards promoting the importance of nuclear isotopes to modern medicine, industrial applications, research, and more, the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC) and the World Council on Isotopes (WCI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to enhance their partnership. The MoC is mutual commitment to leveraging international connections and developing opportunities for collaboration on common objectives between the two organizations.
The WCI was founded to promote international cooperation to raise awareness of the uses of isotope technologies for global wellbeing and encourage the spread of information between isotope communities around the world. As an advocate for Canada’s isotope community, the CNIC is pleased to enact this MoC with WCI to provide a strong voice for Canada’s industry on an international scale.
Under the agreement, the MoC will facilitate the exchange of communications and publications of interest between the organizations to increase information-sharing across the international isotope community. This will also include interchanging information on events and workshops of interest and considering future opportunities to collaborate to deliver future networking opportunities.
As the market for isotopes grows rapidly in the coming years in the face of rising demand, it will be important to establish international partnerships to overcome global challenges. In the spirit of enabling future international collaboration, the MoC endeavours to encourage global perspectives in CNIC initiatives while increasing Canadian participation at WCI events. The MoC will provide a preferential rate for CNIC members to attend the International Conference on Isotopes held by the WCI, in addition to participation or speaking opportunities for WCI members at CNIC events such as the annual Leaders’ Summit.
“As a Not-for-Profit organization, the CNIC has a long history of supporting partnerships that aim to promote information-sharing on the benefits of isotopes and nuclear medicine,” said James Scongack, Chair of the CNIC. “Addressing global challenges will require Canada’s isotope industry to cooperate actively with other international organizations. This agreement will help us achieve that by strengthening and formalizing our international ties to the global isotope community.”
“No modern society can thrive economically or protect the health of its citizen without access to isotopes.” said Paul Dickman, President of WCI. “WCI and CNIC shared goals are to promote access to medical and industrial isotopes and advance the technology needed make them available. Canada is already a leader in isotope technology and the opportunity to collaborate with CNIC strengthens our efforts to promote the peaceful and beneficial uses of isotopes.”
About the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council
The CNIC is a coalition of science, healthcare and nuclear-sector organizations to ensure Canada remains a world leader in the production of life-saving isotopes by bringing awareness and supporting long-term policies at the domestic and international level that will save countless lives and support health-care innovation for decades to come.
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