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SUBJECT: C-CORE president to speak in Ottawa about the challenges and extraordinary opportunities of Canada’s North
DATE: Oct. 7, 2011

                Dr. Charles Randell will provide the keynote address at the 11th Annual Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner in Ottawa on Nov. 3.
Dr. Randell, president and CEO of C-CORE, will discuss how Newfoundland and Labrador-based research and technology is helping to unlock the rich resource potential of Canada’s North by mitigating the challenges of its vast, diverse geography and its harsh, sensitive and dynamic environments.   
            C-CORE is a separately incorporated research and development (R&D) corporation of Memorial University, with facilities in St. John’s and Ottawa. Established in 1975 as the Centre for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering to address challenges of resource development offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and other ice-prone regions, C-CORE now boasts unparalleled harsh environment expertise and world-leading capability in remote sensing, ice engineering and geotechnical engineering.
It also provides research-based advisory services and technology solutions to clients in the natural resource, energy, security and transportation sectors worldwide.
              “Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore has been the proving ground for people and technology for more 500 years,” said Dr. Randell. “It is a real-life lab, where people, equipment and operations are tested in real time and real situations every day. We are beginning to take what we’ve learned about exploration and production in the North and exporting it to the world. The very real and realizable opportunity before us is to consolidate provincial and national harsh, cold-environment expertise and increase our export to all Arctic and Antarctic plays.”
Dr. Randell was appointed CEO in 2006. A professional engineer with a PhD in electrical and computer engineering, his technical expertise lies principally in remote sensing. His leadership at C-CORE has generated numerous international collaborations and multi-partner programs with budgets of up to $20 million dollars.
            The North is of critical importance for Canada; its vast and challenging landscape contains substantial resource potential. To unlock that potential, the challenges of the operating environment must be understood and addressed. Newfoundland and Labrador has developed exceptional R&D and technology capability to support safe, responsible development of its offshore oil and gas resources. The province’s R&D and technology community is deploying that capability in other northern regions and helping to position Canada at the forefront of Arctic development around the globe.
                        Tom Bursey is the chair of the Ottawa Affinity Dinner organizing committee and he is enthusiastic about the keynote address planned for the upcoming event.
            “I am really excited about the potential for this year’s event because we are being provided with very special insight,” said Mr. Bursey. “As president and CEO of C-CORE, Charles Randell is uniquely positioned to address the challenges and opportunities that accompany Newfoundland and Labrador’s position as a gateway to the Arctic. This is very current and has broad appeal in terms of where the issue rests in a larger Canadian and international context.”
            The Ottawa Affinity Dinner is an annual event organized by alumni and friends of Memorial University in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development. Proceeds from the event support the Ottawa Affinity Scholarship Fund. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets by calling 1-877-700-4081 or by emailing rsvp@munalum.ca.

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