The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation: Advancing Knowledge. Building Partnerships
The purpose of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation aims to place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry, for maximum societal and economic benefit.
The Fedoruk Centre is working to build a network of experts and manage facilities that will enable Saskatchewan people to generate, interpret and apply knowledge, and make positive impacts in four areas:
- Medicine: Advancing nuclear medicine, instruments and methods;
- Materials: Advancing knowledge of materials through nuclear techniques for applications in energy, health, environment, transportation and communication;
- Energy: Improving safety and engineering of nuclear energy systems, including small reactors; and
- Environment: Managing the risks and benefits of nuclear technology for society and our environment.
The Fedoruk Centre engages in three key activities:
- Programs – to establish multi-disciplinary clusters of academic activity in Saskatchewan, within the nuclear domain, by supporting the appointment of new academic leaders and to support the inclusion of nuclear components in existing courses or programs, providing students with opportunities for learning or accreditation in fields related to nuclear science, technology or policy;
- Projects – to support research and development projects that engage partners from academia, industry and other research institutions, with target outcomes including ongoing and new business activity within Saskatchewan, in turn creating a venue for young Canadians to pursue careers at the leading edge of nuclear technology; and
- Facilities – to provide good stewardship of selected nuclear infrastructure, ensuring it is maintained in a competitive state of readiness for access in support of research, development and training, with a new cyclotron as an initial example.
The Fedoruk Centre does not perform its own in-house research, development or training. Rather, we deliver on these impact areas through the work of Saskatchewan-based research leaders, in partnership with other researchers or organizations from throughout Canada or internationally, by supporting their proposals for programs, projects or access to research facilities managed by the Centre.