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TRIUMF - Who We Are

TRIUMF was founded in 1968 by Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victo- ria to meet research needs that no single university could provide. The University of Alberta joined the TRIUMF consortium almost immediately. There are currently seven full members and seven associate members from across Canada in the consortium that governs TRIUMF.

Since its inception as a local university facility, TRIUMF has evolved into a national laboratory while still maintaining strong ties to the research programs of the Canadian universities. The science program has expanded from nuclear physics to include particle physics, molecular and materials science, and nuclear medicine. TRIUMF provides research infrastructure and tools that are too large and complex for a single university to build, operate, or maintain. Since its opening in 1969, the laboratory has received more than $1 billion of federal investment and $40 million from the Province of British Columbia. The provincial contributions fund the buildings, which are owned by UBC and located on an 11-acre site in the south campus of UBC. There are over 350 scientists, engineers, and staff performing research on the TRIUMF site. It attracts over 500 national and international researchers every year and provides advanced research facilities and opportunities to 150 students and post-doctoral fellows each year.

TRIUMF’s mission is:

  • To make discoveries that address the most compelling ques- tions in particle physics, nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, and materials science;

  • To act as Canada’s steward for the advancement of particle accelerators and detection technologies; and

  • To transfer knowledge, train highly skilled personnel, and com- mercialize research for the economic, social, environmental, and health benefit of all Canadians.


Strategic Planning and Communications Tim Meyer

Vancouver BC, May 4 - 8


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