Medicine, Materials, Energy and Environment



Executive Director: John Root

(306) 966-3375 (Fedoruk Centre); (613) 584-8297 (Canadian Neutron Beam Centre)

John Root

Dr. John Root received his PhD from the University of Guelph in 1986, after developing a way to measure quantum effects in the structure of water and other liquids. He joined Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), where he developed a method to map stresses inside materials using a beam of neutrons from the NRU reactor at Chalk River Laboratories. This method has been copied at neutron-beam laboratories around the world, and is applied to help industries improve their products, and expand their businesses. Dr. Root has published 105 articles in refereed journals, produced 75 protected reports, and delivered over 100 invited presentations.

In 2003, Dr. Root was appointed as Director of the National Research Council’s Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC), which is comprised of six neutron spectrometers, supported by a team of expert researchers and technicians, and managed as an international user facility. Under Dr. Root’s leadership, the specialized facilities and expertise of the CNBC have been shaped to support business innovation and serve as resources for Canadians to train and work at the leading edge of science and technology. Each year, over 200 scientists, engineers and students from universities, government labs and industry participate in research depending on access to the CNBC. Over a five-year period, CNBC research participants typically include more than 700 individuals from over 60 departments in about 30 Canadian universities and from over 100 foreign institutions in over 20 countries. The CNBC enables industrial research in sectors such as nuclear energy, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, defence and primary metal production.

In 2011, Dr. Root established the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and served as the organization's Interim Executive Director until June, 2014. He served as Chair of the Fedoruk Centre's Board of Directors from 2015-2016. Dr. Root was elected as a Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America in 2016.


Senior Executive Assistant, Board Secretary: Niki Schrie

(306) 966-3377 (Fedoruk Centre); (613) 584-8293 (Canadian Neutron Beam Centre)

Niki Schrie is the Operations Manager for the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC), since 1998.    Prior to that, she was employed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) for five years.  Niki reports to the Director of the CNBC and is responsible for human resources, financial and facility operational actions as well as compliance with processes pertaining to the safety and security of Canada’s neutron beam laboratory, encompassing approximately 20 staff and 200 users of the CNBC on an annual basis.  Niki also serves as Secretary-Treasurer to the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) and from 2008-2010 she completed the Human Resources Management Program at Carleton University.


Partnerships Manager: Matthew Dalzell

(306) 966-3379

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, 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

(306) 966-3386

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.


Cyclotron Engineer: Dale Schick-Martin

(306) 966-3388

Dale Schick-Martin


Quality Assurance Manager: Shannon Colbert

(306) 966-3384

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.  


Safety and Compliance Officer: Debbie Frattinger

(306) 966-3395


Senior Production Technologist: Jenelle MacKenzie

(306) 966-3390

Jenelle MacKenzie


Research Wing Coordinator: Jacqueline Cawthray

(306) 966-3389


Production Technologist: Kalum Jayawardhana

(306) 966-3381


Production Technologist: Amber Thomas

(306) 966-3387


Receptionist, Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences: Wendy Quinton

(306) 966-3383