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Remembering Dr. Fergal Nolan – a Dedication Ceremony of the RSIC National Laboratories

Chair Tim Armstrong, Board of Directors and Steve Horvath, President of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada are pleased to announce the upcoming event of the dedication of the Institute’s National Laboratories in Saskatoon in honor of its late President and CEO, Dr. Fergal Nolan.

Photo from family archive: Dr Fergal Nolan awarded with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Left to right: Hon Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation; Dr Fergal Nolan, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Photo from family archive: Dr. Fergal Nolan awarded with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Left to right: Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation; Dr. Fergal Nolan, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Dr. Fergal Nolan served the Institute with complete dedication, vision and energy for more than 30 years. He was not only instrumental in making the dream of the first national laboratory providing Personal Alpha Dosimetry Service a reality, but he was also a true champion of health and safety in Canada. In 2012, the Premier of Ontario awarded him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Radiation Safety in Canada and abroad. Dr. Nolan lost his battle to cancer in January of this year.

Dr Nolan’s passion for the Institute’s mission played a defining role in making it the unique national organization it is today. It is the only independent of industry and government non-profit institution in Canada that is solely dedicated to radiation safety. The Institute has been serving Canadians for over 35 years. Emerging from the human tragedy of the Ontario Elliot Lake mines, where more than 220 workers lost their life due to radiation exposure, it carries a legacy and purpose of promoting radiation safety and awareness through sharing science and best practice.

Our National Laboratories were established in Saskatoon in 1989, with the generous financial support from the Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan. Today the Laboratories provide an array of key radiation safety services to the Canadian industry and the public. The Laboratories are the only licensee in North America approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to offer personal radiation monitoring program for underground uranium mines.

The Dedication Ceremony will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday September 16, 2016 at the RSIC National Laboratories, located at 102-110 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK.  The Ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception with stakeholders, government representatives, honored guests and clients.




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