November 22, 2011


SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN  - The Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron is making a strong contribution to the national, provincial and local economy, and has a positive return on investment in terms of academic and industrial research and the training of the next generation of scientists. These are some of the findings of an economic impact study conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. for the CLS.

“We are very pleased with what the study found as it clearly demonstrates that we are contributing to the advancement of Canadian science, the innovation of industry in Canada and abroad, as well as the training of our country’s future researchers and technologists,” says Josef Hormes, Executive Director of the CLS. “The data indicate that we are on the right track as we complete the transition into a mature synchrotron facility.”

 “It is apparent that the contribution of the CLS to the Canadian economy extends beyond economic impact data with the potential for a large impact in the years to come,” says Larry Goodfellow, partner with Insightrix Research who conducted the study. “Although many respondents felt that it was still too early to completely measure results, those that we have seen are very positive.”

The study, conducted between June and August, consisted of surveys and in-depth interviews of the synchrotron’s academic and government users and industrial clients. It focused on the research activities of academic users during the 2010 calendar year and industrial clients during fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Key findings included:


The Canadian Light Source is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and is a global leader and a recognized centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications. Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, the CLS has hosted over 4,600 user visits from academic institutions, government, and industry, and delivered over 15,000 experimental shifts to users from across Canada and 18 countries since 2005. CLS operations are funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.

Note to editors:
A backgrounder with additional findings and highlights is available at

For more information contact:

Matthew Dalzell
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Light Source Inc
Ph: (306) 657-3739 Cell: (306) 227-0978

Larry Goodfellow, MBA
Partner, Insightrix Research Inc.
Ph: (306) 657-5640 ext. 223