Decommissioning Advisory Board

The Decommissioning Advisory Board consists of recognized industry leaders with experience in areas relevant to our decommissioning sites. The Board provides HDI and CDI 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

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.

Chris Cunningham

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.

Dominique Minière

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.

Tim O’Connor

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. 


Pamela B. Cowan

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Holtec Decommissioning International
Senior Vice President of Decommissioning and Regulatory Affairs, Holtec International

Pam Cowan is the Chief Operating Officer of Holtec Decommissioning International (HDI) and on the Board of Directors of Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI), a decommissioning general contractor, jointly owned by Holtec and SNC-Lavalin. Pam is also Senior Vice President of Decommissioning & Regulatory Affairs for Holtec International and a member of Holtec International’s Executive Committee.

Pam has over 25 years of commercial nuclear power experience and came to Holtec from the Nuclear Energy Institute, where she was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear Generation. Most of her career has been spent at commercial nuclear power plants, where she has held senior leadership roles in decommissioning, nuclear fuels, licensing, work management, engineering and nuclear oversight. Prior to these roles, Pam held a senior reactor operator (SRO) license and was on-shift as a supervisor in the Salem Nuclear Power Plant control room. She started her career as an engineer at Westinghouse performing thermal hydraulic analyses for nuclear power reactors.

In the areas of Decommissioning and Spent Fuel Management specifically, Pam previously held roles as Senior Director of Decommissioning and Director of Used Fuel and Decommissioning for the Exelon fleet, where she led development of the Exelon management model for decommissioning used in preparation for the Oyster Creek decommissioning. Additional responsibilities included oversight of the Zion decommissioning in accordance with the Asset Sale Agreement between Exelon and Energy Solutions, decommissioning activities of Peach Bottom Unit 1 and Dresden Unit 1, decommissioning trust fund NRC reporting and DOE used fuel settlement agreement annual reporting for reimbursement. In support of broader industry initiatives, Pam led the NEI Decommissioning Rulemaking effort, was a steering committee member of the Decommissioning Plant Coalition and served as Vice-Chair of the EPRI Spent Fuel and High-Level Waste Technical Advisory Committee.

Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University and completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Manager Course.

Pierre Paul Oneid

Senior Vice President, Holtec International

Pierre Paul Oneid is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of Holtec International. He earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Canada in 1998 and a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1981. He is a Professional Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience in the Nuclear Industry, including twelve years in mechanical and structural design, eight years in Business Development, and fourteen years in Executive Positions. He is a member of NEI, Nuclear Strategic Initiative Advisory Committee (NSIAC), and NEI, Suppliers Advisory Committee (SAC).

Pierre is the corporate executive responsible for the Nuclear Power Division and the Heat Transfer Division. He views himself as Holtec’s transformation executive with the mission to imbue the company with a “Customer First Customer Foremost” ethos through which he seeks to deepen the company’s relationships with its clients using a core group of the company’s personnel dedicated to strengthening service and responsiveness. He also serves as the Chairman of the Holtec International’s Executive Committee.

Kris Singh, PhD

President and CEO, Holtec International

Dr. Kris Singh is the Founder, President and CEO of Holtec International which he established in 1986 and nurtured its steady rise into a multi-national company with its business footprint in 18 countries on five continents.

Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1972), a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics also from Penn (1969), and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University), India (1967). Dr. Singh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his seminal impact in the energy sector of mechanical engineering. He received Edison Foundation’s “Thomas Alva Edison Award” in 2015 for his ecologically and environmentally impactful inventions. Rutgers University named him “South Jerseyan of the year – 2016” for his significant beneficial impact on the South Jersey region. In 2015, he received the George Washington medal from the Engineer’s Club of Philadelphia. In 2017, the National Academy of Inventers elected him a Fellow and the University City Science Center (Philadelphia) inducted him to its “Walk of Fame.” The Pan American Academy of Engineering, the Americas institution of leading engineering thought leaders, elected Dr. Singh to its Academy in 2020. He was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1987 for his numerous contributions to heat exchange technologies. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania (since 1974) and Michigan (since 1982) and a member of the American Nuclear Society (1979-present).

A widely-published author in scientific journals (some 70 technical papers, one textbook and numerous symposia volumes) and a prolific inventor (121 patents granted, many pending), Dr. Singh has led Holtec International since the company’s inception, building it into a technological powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world with nine major operations centers around the world. Over 120 nuclear plants around the world employ Holtec’s systems and equipment many based on Dr. Singh’s patents. In recent years, Dr. Singh has been leading Holtec in the global race to develop a “walk away safe” small modular reactor to make nuclear energy an economical green power alternative.

An intrepid entrepreneur and a socially conscious industrialist, Dr. Singh has built a $310 million Technology Campus on the Delaware River in Camden, NJ to create much needed employment in one of America’s poorest cities. Thanks to the steady stream of design innovations, Holtec is widely held to be pre-eminent in management of used nuclear fuel. In his early career, Dr. Singh taught numerous graduate level and continuing education courses, published 70 technical papers, authored numerous books and monographs, and contributed to the creation of several national codes and standards for equipment and system design.

He is currently an Emeritus member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees, where he served from 2009-2017, and a member of the University’s Board of Overseers for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2005-present). In addition, he serves on the Board of the Nuclear Energy Institute (1998-present), Eos Energy Storage, LLC (2020-), and the Cooper Health System (2013-present). He is also a Director of the Washington, DC-based Atlantic Council, and a member of the “National Investment Council” that advises the President of Ukraine. He chairs the KPS Foundation (2001-present), a charitable Singh family foundation whose signature contribution to the advancement of science is the completion of the “Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology” at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2013.

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.

Kelly Trice

President, CDI

Kelly Trice is the President of CDI. Mr. Trice has thirty years of experience including executive management oversight for multibillion-dollar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects that span both power generation and nuclear decommissioning.  Mr. Trice has extensive experience including leadership responsibility for the decommissioning of several test reactors, one power reactor, and over 1000 nuclear production and ancillary facilities.  Mr. Trice has also managed teams responsible for the termination five NRC licenses. As CDI’s president, Mr. Trice has the ultimate responsibility to ensure safe, compliant and efficient decommissioning. Mr. Trice is a graduate of the US Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program, he has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.