Users are strongly encouraged to contact the UEC or the individual members, as appropriate, with any concerns or inquiries regarding opportunities to improve the user experience and enhance scientific capabilities, or any of the following:

  • disputes involving allocation of beam time,
  • Beam Teams and potential membership,
  • concerns over CLS policies and procedures (including health and safety),
  • suggestions for targeted workshops, user training, seminars, summer schools, and the CLS education program, or
  • nominations for recipients for UEC Awards.

Contact the UEC


Members are elected for a three-year term, renewable for no more than one term. Membership is intended to represent the scientific spectrum with an effort to achieve a balanced representation from the user communities in alignment with the key strategic research sectors of the CLS. Committee members are assigned one or more special interest groups to represent (i.e. Graduate Students, Advanced Materials, Health, Agriculture, Environment, Industry, Simulations, and Instrumentation). Users that fall within one of these groups should contact the relevant UEC member directly with any concerns specific to their interest group. Members are appointed by the UEC with input from the Science Director, and nominations from the user community. 

Meet the UEC



Robert Green University of Saskatchewan

UEC Chair

Advanced Materials

Robert Green is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia. He studies quantum materials using various x-ray spectroscopy and scattering techniques at the CLS.



Fardausi (Shathi) Akhter Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Shathi Akhter is a Research Scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She leads an agro-ecosystems program based in AAFCs Indian Head Research Farm, Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on developing farm-level management practices that support natural climate solutions in agricultural lands and help producers increase (i) crop yield & quality and (ii) biodiversity & other ecosystem services. The primary synchrotron techniques she uses are X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS).



Janna Andronowski Memorial University of Newfoundland


Janna Andronowski is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy in the Division of BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research focuses on the high-resolution 3D imaging of bone microarchitecture and the study of bone adaptation, quality, and fragility associated with substance abuse. She is a regular CLS user (BMIT-BM and BMIT-ID) and primarily makes use of computed tomography.



Ian Burgess University of Saskatchewan

Past Chair

Advanced Materials

Ian Burgess is a member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include spectroelectrochemistry using synchrotron radiation. He is the Beamteam Leader of the CLS Mid-IR beamline, past Users' Executive Committee Chair, was a member of the former User Advisory Committee, and is currently the Scientific Advisory Committee member on the UEC. 



Mark Daymond Queen's University

Advanced Materials

Mark Daymond is a Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mechanics of Materials and the NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Materials.   His research looks at how structural materials, particularly metals, deform and fail.  He uses high energy x-rays as a probe to study internal stresses, dislocation structure evolution, phase transformations as well as the impact of irradiation fields.   As well as more than two decades of synchrotron user experience, he worked as a beamline scientist at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron facility in the UK.



Matthew Lindsay University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Lindsay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Mine Closure Geochemistry. His research examines mass-transfer and mass-transport processes with implications for water security and responsible resource development. His group uses synchrotron techniques (i.e., XAS, XRF, XRD) to study molecular-scale processes with larger-scale environmental implications.



Lijia Liu University of Western Ontario

Advanced Materials

Lijia Liu is an assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on the study of advanced light-emitting materials, which are used in various fields such as optoelectronics, bioimaging, and sensing. The primary synchrotron techniques she uses are X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL).



Mery Mendoza University of Saskatchewan

Graduate Student Member


Mery Mendoza is a graduate student in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on selenoproteins and their interactions with heavy metals. She worked with X-ray diffraction of macromolecules and currently uses X-ray absorption spectroscopy as the main technique for her research. She is a former president of the Graduate Students' Association and was member/chair of different committees and governing bodies of her university.



Shuhui Sun Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Advanced Materials

Dr. Shuhui Sun is a full professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), center for Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications (Montreal, Canada). He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Vice President of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES). His research interests focus on advanced nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and their applications for next-generation clean energy and environmental devices, including fuel cells, batteries, green H2, CO2 reduction, and water treatment. He primarily uses XAS, XRF, XES and imaging facilities at CLS. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed journal articles, edited 3 books and 15 book chapters. He serves as the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Electrochemical Energy Reviews, and the editorial board member of 10 journals related to nanotechnology and sustainable energy.



Karen Tanino University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Karen Tanino is a full professor at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). She completed her B.Sc. (General Biology) in 1981 and M.Sc. (Crop Science) in 1983 at the University of Guelph, graduating with her Ph.D. (Horticulture Science) at Oregon State University in 1990. Since 1989, she has been a faculty member of the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, USask. In 2006-2007 she was Acting Associate Dean (Academic). Throughout her career, her area of research has focussed on plant abiotic stress physiology and she was one of the first plant scientists to have used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron. She has written over 122 refereed publications and several books. She has been active in promoting local food security through several conferences which she chaired. She also initiated and founded the Prairie Horticulture Certificate Program, a home study based program across a consortium of four prairie universities and colleges with an enrolment of over 4500 students since its inception. She was the second person to have been designated Global Fellow of Iwate University (Japan), was invited to be Adjunct Professor in the Dept. Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences (GKVK), Bangalore, India (currently ranked #1 in India), was President of the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science 2016-2018, and recently was honoured to receive the W.J. White Professorship 2021-2023.



Jeff Warner Canadian Light Source


Jeff Warner is the Industrial Science Manager at the CLS. Dr. Warner was previously an environmental geochemist at Cameco Corporation and the 2016 CLS User's Advisory Committee chair. He informs the committee on industrial activities at the CLS and acts as an information conduit between the committee and CLS management.