Operations Manager: Marci Main
Marci Main became the first Operations Manager of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation on March 20, 2012. Her role includes day-to-day business operations the Fedoruk Centre, the project and program funding cycle, and liaising with administration of partnering institutions.
Marci’s career in research administration began in 1997 at the Institute for Space and Atmospheric Studies where she gained experience in institutional administration within the University of Saskatchewan and preparation of NSERC applications. In 1999, she became the first Administrative Coordinator for the Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR). Marci established CUISR’s operations and granting program and coordinated SSHRC Community University Research Alliances (CURA) applications. Following a brief hiatus to train as a piano technician, Marci returned to the university, first in Purchasing Services for 1 year, and then accepted the position of Programs Specialist with the Institutional Programs Office (IPO) in 2005.
With the IPO for more than 6 years, Marci’s primary responsibility was the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) program which included coordinating internal review processes and implementation of CFI-funded infrastructure projects and facilitation of CFI grant applications. In this role, Marci worked closely with researchers, Colleges and Departments, project steering committees and divisions across the university. Her experience includes coordinating multi-institutional infrastructure projects, working with industry partnerships, and federal and provincial funding agencies.
Marci was born and raised near the Great Sandhills of Saskatchewan at Abbey. With the exception of a year teaching music lessons for Yamaha Canada in Winnipeg and a year attending university in London, Ontario, Marci has spent her life in a number of Saskatchewan communities. She has enjoyed travelling in Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Marci earned a Bachelor of Education (Elementary, Music, French) at the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and a Certificate in Piano Technology from the University of Western Ontario in 2003.
Partnerships Manager: Matthew Dalzell
Matthew joined the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation in 2012 as the inaugural communications officer. His role as Partnerships Manager includes fostering collaborations between Saskatchewan researchers and the broader nuclear science community and industry, strategic communications and media relations, and engaging researchers, partners and the public about issues around nuclear science and technology.
Prior to joining the Fedoruk Centre, Matt spent close to eight years as the Communications Coordinator and science writer at the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron facility in Saskatoon. One of the items of his ‘bucket list’ was fulfilled soon after starting at the Canadian Light Source: appearing on CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks. He was chairman of Lightsources.org, an international collaboration of communications professionals working at synchrotrons, and also was a founding member of a network of science communicators at Canada’s so-called big science facilities. He is currently chair of the Western Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society and is a member of the CNS Education and Communication Committee.
Matt earned a M.Sc. in Geology, specializing in palaeontology, as well as bachelor degrees in Science and Education, all from the University of Saskatchewan. He taught high school in Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan, and spent several years on full-time service with the Royal Canadian Navy as a reserve staff officer and instructor. He is the commanding officer of Saskatoon’s naval reserve division, HMCS Unicorn. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubillee Medal in 2012.
Facility Manager, Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences: Ghislain Boudreault
Ghislain (or Ghilt) comes to the Fedoruk Centre from the firm PMB-Alcen in France where he was an R&D nuclear physicist specialized in cyclotrons and radioisotope production. Prior to that he managed medical cyclotrons at hospitals in Denmark. In his early career he also worked on non-destructive ion beam analysis (RBS, ERDA, NRA, and PIXE) and carried out experiments on heavy ion collisions. Born and raised in Quebec, Ghilt is happy to be back in Canada.
Quality Assurance Manager: Shannon Colbert
Ms. Shannon Colbert started her position in June 2015. She is responsible for the ensuring that the quality standards for sterile positron emitting radiopharmaceutical production meet or exceed Canadian regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Before her role in radiopharmaceutical science, Shannon was the Analytical Services/Quality Control Manager for Prairie Plant Systems Inc., a licensed producer of pharmaceutical (GMP) grade cannabis for almost 7 years.
Ms. Colbert’s education includes a M.Sc. in Physiology, specializing in Cardiovascular Physiology, and a B.Sc. with Honours in Toxicology with a minor in Chemistry, both from the University of Saskatchewan. She has considerable experience developing pharmaceutical quality programs compliant with Federal laws and regulations. Furthermore, she has several years of Canadian clinical trial project management experience leading multidisciplinary teams from drug concept to clinical approval. She is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is currently a Member Leader in the Treasurer position for the Saskatchewan ASQ Section.