Saskatchewan Research Council

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Saskatchewan Research Council
TypeCrown Corporation
HeadquartersSaskatoon, Regina & Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Key people
Dr. Laurier Schramm, Chief Executive Officer
Number of employees
SRC Facility

The Saskatchewan Research Council is a provincial treasury board crown corporation (they "receive a small portion of [their] funding from Saskatchewan’s government and [they] are accountable directly to a Cabinet Minister"[1]) conducting research and business on behalf of the provincial government and private industry.[2] It focuses on applied research and development projects that generate profit.[3] Some of its funding comes from government grants, but it generates the balance from selling products and services.[4]


The Province of Saskatchewan established SRC in 1947.[5] SRC carried out its work through grants-in-aid to specific applied research activities at the University of Saskatchewan.[6] SRC's first Director of Research was Dr. T. T. Thorvaldson, head of the university's chemistry department.[7]

In 1954, SRC expanded its mandate to incorporate independent research.[8] Dr. T.E. Warren, director of the Fuels Research Laboratory in Ottawa, was appointed to oversee the construction of a new building and hire employees.[9] Under Warren's direction, SRC opened its own laboratories in 1958 and then expanded in 1963.[10]

With newly appointed SRC President Dr. T.P. Pepper leading, in 1972 SRC changed its structure, then based on academic disciplines, to one based on industry sectors.[11] By 1973, SRC was earning more money from research contracts than it received from the provincial government.[12]

In 1983, J.P. Hutch, a former Deputy Minister of Industry and private sector engineering executive, became SRC's president.[13] In 1986 the research and development branch of SaskOil was transferred to SRC.[14] Hutch guided SRC as it took over operating the heavy oil lab in Regina from Saskatchewan Energy and Mines.[15]

SRC has grown to 370 employees[16] and $41 million in annual revenues.[17] Its five divisions—Agriculture, Biotechnology and Food; Alternative Energy and Manufacturing; Energy; Environment and Forestry; Mining and Minerals—provide applied research and development services.[18]


Since its inception, SRC has published 2,600 research reports that are available to the public.[19] It has produced another 2,700 confidential research reports for clients.[20]

SRC's research history includes developing a residential energy conservation research report that was used in the National Building Code of Canada.[21] SRC also mapped the groundwater resources in Saskatchewan south of the Precambrian Shield.[22] Its scientists evaluated Saskatchewan's extensive lignite (coal) resources. SRC's GenServe Laboratories were involved in testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow disease).[23] SRC is also known for building the Factor 9 home, which uses 90 per cent less energy and 50 per cent less water than a similar home built during the 1970s.[24]

Current research is conducted in a range of laboratories and test facilities.[25] SRC's environmental analytical laboratories provide environmental monitoring and other tests to clients.[26] They house a SLOWPOKE-II nuclear research reactor that performs analytical tests.[27] Its geoanalytical lab provides geochemical analyses for the mineral exploration industry. SRC's GenServe Laboratories carry out DNA-based testing for plants, cattle and other livestock.[28] Its other labs include Petroleum Analytical Laboratories, an Outdoor Testing Facility, a Biofuels Test Centre, a Fermentation Pilot Plant, a Pipe Flow Technology Centre, a 3D Virtual Reality Centre, a diamond testing facility and a natural gas vehicles facility.[29]

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  1. ^ "Our Company". Saskatchewan Research Council. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ SaskBiz Website:
  3. ^ SRC About Us Webpage:
  4. ^ Government of Saskatchewan Webpage:
  5. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  7. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  8. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  9. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  10. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  11. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  12. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  13. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  14. ^ "SASKOIL". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan University of Regina. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  15. ^ SRC History Webpage:
  16. ^ Industry Canada Profile Webpage:
  17. ^ Government of Saskatchewan Webpage:
  18. ^ Industry Canada Profile Webpage:
  19. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  20. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  21. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  22. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  23. ^ Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan:
  24. ^ CBC News Webpage, September 2006:
  25. ^ SRC Lab Facilities Webpage:
  26. ^ SRC Lab Facilities Webpage:
  27. ^ SRC SLOWPOKE FAQ Webpage:
  28. ^ SRC Lab Facilities Webpage:
  29. ^ SRC Lab Facilities Webpage:

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