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New chair for the Fedoruk Centre at USask

SASKATOON – Prominent Saskatchewan business leader Tom Kishchuk will serve as the new chair of the board of directors for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

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Tom Kishchuk. (Photo: Submitted)

Kishchuk, vice-president of operational support at Federated Co‑operatives Limited (FCL), was elected chair by the Fedoruk Centre board at its June meeting.

“Saskatchewan has tremendous potential to contribute to the future of nuclear innovation, and Tom’s extensive leadership experience well equips the Fedoruk Centre to advance its goal of strengthening Saskatchewan’s place as a global leader in nuclear research, development, and training,” said USask President Peter Stoicheff. 

The Fedoruk Centre invests in cutting-edge research programs and projects, partners with academia and industry to advance research and development, and manages state-of-the-art nuclear facilities, including the university’s cyclotron facility used for innovative imaging research related to humans, animals and plants. Since 2016, the cyclotron has provided medical isotopes for nuclear imaging scans of more than 5,000 Saskatchewan patients at Royal University Hospital.

Kishchuk earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from USask and is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has extensive national and international leadership experience in business growth and innovation.

Prior to joining FCL, he was president and CEO of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd. In various positions at Mitsubishi, he led teams that established new businesses for thermal, nuclear and renewable power systems, conducting business in many countries, primarily in Asia, Europe and North America.

Kishchuk, who has served as a Fedoruk Centre board member since 2013, has extensive board experience in the corporate, co-operative and not-for-profit sectors.

For the last several years, Kischuk has been active in the start up community as an advisor and angel investor. He is chair of USask’s College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, and serves as a director of Safe Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. 

“Tom’s past and current experience in business, management, and governance will serve the Fedoruk Centre very well as we transition from our start up operation (2012-2019) to a cost-shared mode of operation, based on the Saskatchewan government’s recent commitment of $11.6 million for the next five years,” said Fedoruk Centre Executive Director John Root.

The Fedoruk Centre board also re-elected USask Vice-President Research Karen Chad as vice-chair, a position she has held since 2011. She leads the university’s research and innovation agenda focused on “discovery the world needs”, and sits on numerous national boards including Mitacs.

The Fedoruk Centre is a not-for-profit corporation, with the university as its sole member and an independent board of directors appointed by the USask board of governors. The Fedoruk Centre board is responsible for determining and providing high-level strategic direction to the operations of the centre.

For more information about the Fedoruk Centre, visit: https://fedorukcentre.ca/

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
USask Media Relations
306-966-1851
Jennifer.thoma@usask.ca 

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