[News-releases] TRIUMF's Nigel Lockyer to Continue as Visionary Leader

Tim Meyer tmeyer at triumf.ca
Wed Nov 23 05:44:37 PST 2011

News Release | For Immediate Release | November 23, 2011, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

Board of Management Confirms Second Term as Director

(Vancouver, BC) – At its recent meeting in Victoria and with unanimous
enthusiasm, the TRIUMF Board of Management announced that Nigel S. Lockyer
will continue as the laboratory’s director for a second term starting May
2012.  Lockyer came to TRIUMF in 2007 after a prestigious career at the
University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory.  During his tenure, TRIUMF solidified its reputation as a global
centre of excellence for particle and nuclear physics and secured more than
$300 million of multi-year funding. 

“In the era of global mobility for the world’s top talent, retaining Nigel
at TRIUMF’s helm is a significant accomplishment.  It underscores TRIUMF’s
excellence and it affirms Canada’s place as one of the most attractive
research destinations for today’s visionary leaders,” said Professor Paul
Young, Chair of the TRIUMF Board and Vice-President, Research, at the
University of Toronto. 

Lockyer came to TRIUMF just as it was formulating a new vision for its
future; he brought with him a deep commitment to research excellence—and
relevance.  For instance, the laboratory formed Advanced Applied Physics
Solutions (AAPS), Inc. with support from the federal Centres of Excellence
for Commercialization and Research program.  The Nuclear-Medicine Division
was established as TRIUMF took on a leading role in examining and developing
alternative isotope technologies as the Chalk River medical-isotope crisis

“Canada is upgrading its reputation as a serious player in key areas of
science and technology.  TRIUMF is part of that success—and so is Nigel
Lockyer.  I am delighted with this news,” said Danial Wayner,
Vice-President, Frontier Science, at National Research Council Canada. 

Under Lockyer’s leadership, TRIUMF’s Five-Year Plan 2010-2015 was prepared
with a broad team that included leaders from outside the laboratory.  Not
only did the report win first place from the Association of Canadian Editors
for clarity and presentation, but it also introduced a bold new vision for
TRIUMF as a world leader in isotopes for science and medicine with continued
strength in particle physics.  The Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL)
was conceived of as the flagship for that vision and it promised to enhance
Canada’s capabilities for isotope production with a new linear accelerator
using electrons rather than the traditional cyclotron accelerators using
beams of protons.  In March 2010, the Government of Canada announced its
support for the core operations of TRIUMF.  In June 2010, the Government of
British Columbia together with the federal government and the Canada
Foundation for Innovation launched the first phase of ARIEL.  

“The people at TRIUMF are worth working for—and superb to work with,” said
Nigel S. Lockyer.  “Canada is lucky to have assembled such a great team, and
I look forward to this next phase of progress.  We have a lot to offer to
offer this country and its research community.”

In the next five years, Lockyer will be faced with fulfilling on the
promises of the first five-year plan as well as negotiating new levels of
bilateral partnership in science and technology with India, Japan, and
China.  He is also committed to extending TRIUMF’s commercialization

Lockyer lives in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver with his wife
Ellen and is the proud father of three children.  Born in Scotland and
raised in Ontario, he graduated from York University and earned his Ph.D. in
experimental particle physics from the Ohio State University.  Before coming
to TRIUMF, he was a professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania
where he led key international experiments at SLAC and Fermilab.  In 2006,
he received the highest honour of the American Physical Society for particle
physics, the W.K.H. Panofsky Prize.


Timothy I. Meyer, Ph.D.
Head, Strategic Planning & Communications
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