Canadian Centre For Electron Microscopy
The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy was established to provide Canadian and international researchers world-class facilities to study materials at unprecedented spatial and energy resolution. The concept of the Centre was developed in late 2002 and a proposal to the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Government was submitted in 2003 based on the interests of over 100 researchers from 24 Canadian Universities from coast to coast. Following a positive review of the proposal in the national round competition in 2004, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, McMaster and the Company FEI established a partnership to create the Centre.
The mandate of the centre is to provide unique electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to researchers working on a broad range of materials research. The CCEM's vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research and for promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally while being one of the premier facilities for training researchers. The Centre is operated by the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research-BIMR of McMaster University. The centre's long-term direction is overseen by a separate advisory board and a scientific director who reports to this board.