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University of Saskatchewan and Canadian Light Source Welcome U.S. Ambassador

Press Release Number: 
Thursday, June 21, 2007

The University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Light Source showcased some of Canada's leading investments in innovation during a visit by His Excellency, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins to campus Thursday, June 21. The visit reflects the increasing international interest in Saskatoon’s place in the global knowledge economy.

"This is an important opportunity, not only for the University of Saskatchewan, but for the greater Saskatoon community," says University of Saskatchewan President Peter MacKinnon. "This visit informed Ambassador Wilkins about the evolution of our campus, some of our centres of excellence and our enhanced profile in North America and around the world."

During his visit, the ambassador toured both the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. He also met with graduate students in the School of Business and attended a reception with the Board of Governors. The campus visit was preceded by a luncheon at TCU Place, co-hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and the University of Saskatchewan.

"The Canadian Light Source is a key tool for discovery and innovation in our country," says CLS Executive Director William Thomlinson. "The CLS is developing capabilities that are unique in North America and complement the research activities being done at synchrotrons in the U.S. We wanted to ensure that the Ambassador is aware of ongoing cooperation within the North American synchrotron community."

"This visit reinforces that senior stakeholders from around the world are learning about the University of Saskatchewan. As we continue to evolve, our campus community is growing more distinctive and distinguished," said Rob Norris, University of Saskatchewan Global Relations Coordinator. "The University embodies the province's best traditions and our bright future, including a spirit of innovation and inclusion as well as vital connections to our community."

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is Canada's national centre for synchrotron research. Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, the CLS is a powerful tool for academic and industrial research in a wide variety of areas including environmental science, natural resources and energy, health and life sciences, and information and communications technology.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of the leading medical doctoral universities in Canada. With 58 degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 100 areas of study, the University is uniquely positioned in the areas of human, animal and plant studies. World-class research facilities, renowned faculty and award winning students make the University of Saskatchewan a leader in post-secondary education.