Office of the Registrar
General Information (2019/2020)
11.2 C-CORE

  • President & CEO
  • Griffin, P., President & CEO, C-CORE

C-CORE is a separately incorporated corporation of Memorial University of Newfoundland that creates value in the private and public sectors by undertaking applied research and development, generating knowledge, developing technology solutions and driving innovation.

Established in 1975 to address challenges facing oil & gas development offshore Newfoundland & Labrador and other ice-prone regions, C-CORE is now a multi-disciplinary R&D organization with world-leading capability in:

  1. Remote Sensing

  2. Ice Engineering

  3. Geotechnical Engineering

With unparalleled harsh environment expertise, C-CORE is active on every continent, providing research-based advisory services and technology solutions to national and international clients in the natural resource, energy, security and transportation sectors.

C-CORE focuses on long-term value by investing in research, equipment and competence development, and continuously growing capability and capacity. Throughout the past generation, C-CORE has supported over 1000 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students on their path to become the highly qualified personnel needed to drive global innovation, and has served as an incubator for 18 new technology companies.

Headquartered in St John's, NL, with offices in Ottawa and Halifax, C-CORE maintains a close collaborative relationship with Memorial University of Newfoundland, sharing and augmenting its extensive facilities, diverse academic expertise and research portfolio.

From a staff of some 75 scientists, engineers and other professionals, project teams are assembled based on client need, drawing on internal expertise across disciplines, as well as national/international academic, institutional and corporate partnerships, in order to support increasingly safe and sustainable operations in challenging environments around the globe.

C-CORE's in-house facilities include mechanical, electrical and soils laboratories; high-security high-capacity computing facilities; and a 5.5m-radius, 200G payload capacity Actidyn centrifuge (the largest in Canada and the only one in North America designed to model cold region phenomena), with adjoining model preparation laboratory and earthquake simulator; mechanical, electrical and soils laboratories.

C-CORE also hosts LOOKNorth (Leading Operational Observations and Knowledge for the North), a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) dedicated to validating and commercializing monitoring technologies that support safe and sustainable development of Canada's northern resources.