The founding stakeholders of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation are the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. The initial base‐line funding for the the Fedoruk Centre was committed by the Government of Saskatchewan in March 2011 and is intended to support operation over the first seven years. The Fedoruk Centre is governed as a not-for-profit, incorporated subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan.
The Province of Saskatchewan expects the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation to foster investment in nuclear research, development and training in the nuclear sector, as one part of its innovation agenda. The province expects the Fedoruk Centre to focus on value-added nuclear technologies, whereas uranium mining and refining are beyond its scope.
Examples of activities include education to qualify people locally for nuclear operations; research activities that involve public and private partners developing nuclear technologies as a basis for in‐province businesses in the sector; as well as building or operating some nuclear infrastructure for education, research and development.
The Fedoruk Centre is intended to be a conduit into the University of Saskatchewan and other research institutions for efficient access to knowledge about nuclear engineering and safety; nuclear medicine and related sciences; nuclear methods for materials research and development; as well as the impacts of nuclear technologies on the environment and society. For example, the province expects nuclear power to be considered in the range of energy options available for base‐load generation capacity in the medium and long term after 2020, and that the Fedoruk Centre will be able to serve as a source of expertise to inform decisions in this area.
The province expects to refer third parties to the Fedoruk Centre as an informed point of contact to receive ideas for innovation in nuclear technologies.
The University of Saskatchewan expects the Fedoruk Centre, which reports to the Board of Governors, to build on the university’s current and historic strengths in medical sciences, materials science, engineering, environmental science and public policy, thus enlarging its footprint among Canadian universities with nuclear science and engineering programs.
The Fedoruk Centre will stimulate the quantity and quality of faculty and students, through challenges and opportunities in the domain of nuclear research, development, and training, through its selected impact areas.
The University of Saskatchewan expects the Fedoruk Centre to value both applied and curiosity‐driven research for innovation and development, leveraging its impact through partnerships with industry, other academic institutions, and government R&D organizations from across Canada and abroad.