Saskatchewan is home to the brightest light in Canada—­millions of times brighter than the sun.

“We have this most amazing machine, but really it’s all about the people,” says Dr. Robert Blyth, science projects manager at the Canadian Light Source, a national research facility located in Saskatoon.

Dr. Robert Blyth

“The rest of the world is coming to Saskatchewan. You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to find world-class science. It’s right here.”

On Feb. 15 at noon, Blyth will be the featured guest at the Canada150 Future Thinkers Speakers Series, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Festival of Words. The session will be held at Moose Jaw Public Library. It’s free and open to the public.

In keeping with the theme of the series, Blyth will address the history of the CLS including why it was built on the University of Saskatchewan campus more than 10 years ago. He will also talk about the future of the light source and how scientists use it to discover innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in agriculture, health, the environment and advanced materials, such as solar cells. 

“When we first opened in 2006, we relied on international scientists to operate the facility. Now we are growing our own experts,” says Blyth.

Blyth is excited to share a number of world-firsts achieved at the CLS, including identifying the cause of wheat blight resistance and creating a new technique that turns most blood, regardless of type, into a universal type resembling O-type.

The Canadian Light Source is a national research facility, one of the largest science projects in our country’s history, producing the brightest light in Canada—millions of times brighter than even the sun—used by more than 1,000 scientists from around the world every year in ground-breaking health, environmental, materials, and agricultural research.

To arrange for an interview, please contact:
Lana Haight, communications coordinator

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