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.


“World-class research and innovation require large, national-scale science facilities that are accessible and maintained at the state-of-the-art. Neutron beam facilities are critical tools for materials research and technology development in areas such as clean energy, clean transportation, heath, and food security. The Canadian Neutron Initiative proposes a single program for orderly stewardship of Canadian access to neutron-beam facilities for a decade beyond the imminent closure of Canada’s primary source of neutron beams – the NRU reactor”
– Prof. Art McDonald, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2015), Queen’s University

CNI working group executive leadership

  • University of Saskatchewan
  • McMaster University
  • Canadian Nuclear Association
  • Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering

CNI working group participants

  • Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
  • Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
  • Canadian Light Source
  • Innovation Saskatchewan
  • National Research Council of Canada

More Supporting Institutions

  • Nemak Canada Corp.
  • Brock University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Guelph
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • University of Windsor
  • University of Winnipeg

… and more to be added soon!

Industry Testimony

“Neutron beams are essential and unique tools for evaluating the reliability of critical components for the automotive industry.”
Glenn Byczynski, R&D and Engineering Manager for USA and Canada, Nemak

“Research using neutron beams provided critical knowledge needed to understand the phenomenon of  cracking in feeder pipes which was impacting some of Canada’s nuclear power plants. This understanding allowed inspections of feeders across the industry to be targeted to areas of vulnerability. As a result, radiation dose received by plant inspection staff significantly reduced, and plant downtime was also decreased.”
– Paul Spekkens, (Retired) Vice-president of Science and Technology Development, Ontario Power Generation (2004-2016)

International Testimony

“We would welcome a Canadian partnership, because attracting strong communities facilitates our mission as the world’s flagship centre for neutron science. The Canadian research community has an excellent record of applying neutrons for materials research and innovation, and many Canadian companies are experienced in supplying nuclear facilities.” – Dr. Helmut Schober, Director of the world’s leading neutron source, the Institut Laue-Langevin, based in France.

“Canada, centred around the Chalk River reactor, has been pioneering in the techniques and applications of neutron scattering for over 50 years from the early development of triple axis spectroscopy to the later industrial exploitation in engineering problems. Although the reactor is closing in 2018 the ongoing value of the skills base in institutes and universities that has grown up over that period, for both basic research and industrial applications, should not be underestimated.” – Robert McGreevy, Director of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (United Kingdom)