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New Executive Director for Fedoruk Centre

SASKATOON, SASK – The Board of Directors of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the University of Saskatchewan are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Alexander as Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre effective July 1, 2014.

“The Fedoruk Centre is an important part of Saskatchewan’s innovation agenda, forging partnerships between the research community and industry for the benefit of the people of Saskatchewan” said the Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan. “We congratulate Dr. Alexander on his appointment and welcome him to the province.”

“Dr. Alexander’s experience as a leader in Canada’s nuclear sector makes him ideally suited to head the Fedoruk Centre as it works to place Saskatchewan’s nuclear research community on par with the best in the world,” said Fedoruk Centre Board Chair George Bereznai.

“The Fedoruk Centre is building the province’s research capacities in the nuclear field, including nuclear medicine, environmental and social research, as well as preparing to operate Saskatchewan’s cyclotron here on our campus,” said Karen Chad, University of Saskatchewan Vice President of Research and vice-chair of the Fedoruk Centre Board. “Dr. Alexander will no doubt excel in guiding the Fedoruk Centre to achieve its ambitious goals.”

Alexander comes to the Fedoruk Centre from Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada, where he has been President and General Manager since 2011. Prior to that, he served in a number of senior executive roles in the Canadian nuclear industry, including as president of the Organization of CANDU Industries and as vice-president of business development with SNC-Lavalin Nuclear. With a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Birmingham (UK), he has extensive management experience in the design and manufacture of equipment used in radioisotope production, nuclear power plants, and the safe handling of spent nuclear fuel.

“The Fedoruk Centre is already making its mark in Canada’s nuclear science and technology community and generating a lot of interest in what is happening in Saskatchewan,” said Alexander. “I am looking forward to being part of what the Fedoruk Centre is building. I also want to acknowledge and thank my predecessor, John Root, for his dedicated leadership as the Fedoruk Centre’s founding director.”

Alexander’s appointment comes after a 12-month international search for a permanent executive director to succeed John Root, who has served as the Fedoruk Centre’s interim executive director since its establishment as the Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation in December 2011.