Happy 150th Canada: The Institutions

-June 29, 2017

For this penultimate sesquicentennial blog, here are some of the institutions that dot the Canadian technical & scientific landscape, from universities to institutes to museums. 


  (source: NRC)
The National Research Council (NRC) is a multi-armed organization. Like NIST, they assist industry with calibration services, and also provide grants to help cover commercially-oriented research. They also perform research in areas like infrastructure, telecoms, and biotech.



The Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario is a theoretical physics institute associated with the University of Waterloo. It was funded largely through the philanthropy of RIM/Blackberry founder and past CEO, engineer Mike Lazaridis, and is already considered one of the top places in the world to do theoretical physics. Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the latest building wing.

(source: Perimeter Institute)


IQC interior (source: author)

The Institute for Quantum Computing’s (IQC) founding was also assisted through the largesse of Mike Lazaridis and is a significant research centre for this young science. Will QC breakthroughs come from academia or commercial research? We may know soon.



(source: TRIUMF)

TRIUMF in Vancouver, BC, is a national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science.



Chalk River Labs is a nuclear R&D facility in Chalk River, Ontario. It is also the world’s key producer of medical radioisotopes.

Chalk River Labs (source: By National Research Council Canada, Link)


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