"It has been a privilege to lead this facility and work with amazing colleagues," said Lamb, who performed duties of chief executive officer. "I have no doubt the future is incredibly bright for CLS and for light source science in Canada."
Lamb began his tenure in late 2014, and leaves a legacy of accomplishment that placed the CLS at the leading edge of global synchrotron science, including: establishing the CLS as a world leader in agricultural research; laying the groundwork for a next-generation light source facility for Canada; and founding a spin-off company — Canadian Isotope Innovations Corporation (CIIC) — that produces lifesaving medical isotopes using the power and precision of light, instead of conventional nuclear reactor methods. A world-first, CIIC will improve health outcomes for Canadians and represents a significant environmental advancement.
"We're very grateful for Rob's leadership, particularly during these very challenging last few years," said Isabelle Blain, chair of the CLS Board of Directors. "From completing the last array of beamlines, to launching CLS's first spin-off company, and tripling industrial revenue, Rob's accomplishments are world-leading. We wish him all the best in retirement.
During his tenure, Lamb successfully introduced a new management system and a client-focused "Solution Provider" business model, oversaw the completion of the last phase of beamlines — adding many new techniques — and strengthened ties with facilities in Europe, the Americas, Japan and the Middle East. The “brightest light in CanadaTM” main building now illuminated in blue has become an iconic feature of the Saskatoon evening skyline.
"Since his arrival, Dr. Lamb has accomplished much. Within the facility, he oversaw the construction and completion of seven new beamlines. Globally, he ensured that the CLS is now recognized as the world's leading synchrotron for agricultural and agri-food research — a sector vital for the economies of both Saskatchewan and Canada in the post-pandemic recovery," said Dr. Baljit Singh, USask vice-president, research. "In keeping with the University of Saskatchewan's commitment to supporting reconciliation and Indigenization, Dr. Lamb established the world's first dedicated Indigenous education program at a synchrotron. I thank him very much for his service and wish him all the best in his retirement."
In the coming weeks a transition process will be established, and a committee will be set up to begin a worldwide search for a new executive director.
The CLS is a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan.