Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI)
CINS offers this page to the research community as a collection of information about the CNI. Representatives of government, universities, and other institutions seeking official CNI information are welcome to contact the CNI’s chair, Karen Chad at the University of Saskatchewan.
Neutrons Canada roundtable
Leadership in Materials Research with Neutron Beams: Report on a Roundtable Meeting towards the establishment of “Neutrons Canada” (2020). This report covers the strategic discussion and consensus of VPs of Research from 16 universities regarding the Canadian Neutron Initiative’s proposed new pan-Canadian, university-led framework to manage Canada’s infrastructure, international partnerships, projects, and programs for materials research with neutron beams.
Public record statements by CNI representatives
- Commentary in the National Post
- Testimony at the House of Commons Finance Committee’s consultations for the 2018 budget
- Presentation of the CNI (John Root and Rob Norris) – Oct 3, 2017
- CNI discussed during McMaster University’s presentation (Rob Baker) – October 19, 2017
- Neutrons for Materials Research: An Enabler of Clean Energy Technology. Describes how neutron beams are tools for clean energy research and other Canadian priorities. Submitted to NRCan’s “Generation Energy” consultations by the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre.
Statements by Government
- House of Commons Finance Committee report on its consultations for the 2019 budget. Dec 10, 2018. It recommends the Government of Canada to: “support the pan-Canadian, university-led Canadian Neutron Initiative to ensure that Canada maintains our place among leaders in materials research in priority areas, such as producing and storing clean energy, growing the economy through advanced manufacturing and clean technologies, and promoting health through biomedical and life sciences.”
- House of Commons Finance Committee report on its consultations for the 2018 budget. Dec 8, 2017. It recommends the Government of Canada to: “implement the Canadian Neutron Initiative, upgrade and fully utilize the McMaster nuclear reactor, and facilitate international nuclear research partnerships.”
- Government of Canada response to the House of Commons Natural Resources Committee report on the nuclear sector. Oct 5, 2017. This report outlines a set of options it will examine that is very similar to the CNI’s proposal (page 6-7). In addition, it reports engagement with the CNI: “The Government is engaging with stakeholders in nuclear R&D, the broader user community of neutron beams in Canada, and potential partners to explore the full range of possible options and models for access to high flux neutrons.”