Bill Matiko will become the executive director, effective immediately, for a period of five years. (Photo: Submitted)

Canadian Light Source at USask announces appointment of new executive director

Today, the Canadian Light Source (CLS) Board of Directors at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is announcing the appointment of a new CLS executive director.

Bill Matiko, current chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the CLS, will become the executive director, effective immediately, for a period of five years. 

“After an extensive search, the best candidate turned out to be right here, and we’re extremely pleased that he’s accepted our offer,” said Pierre Lapointe, chair of the CLS Board of Directors. “Bill has proven he has the leadership skills to guide the CLS through the important next phase of the facilities, to ensure the CLS remains a major contributor to Canadian science, innovation, and the economy.”

As COO, Matiko has effectively led the CLS since September 2021, with full operational oversight and authority. 

“As the CLS enters this next critical phase, with the major linear accelerator upgrade that will ensure its continued leadership in the global synchrotron community, we believe Bill is in the best position to ensure the continuity of leadership and excellent management of this important University of Saskatchewan national resource,” said Dr. Baljit Singh, USask vice-president, research. 

Prior to joining the CLS as CFO in 2019, Matiko was the COO and CFO at Suncorp Valuations, a global provider of appraisal, business valuation and risk management services. Approximately 30 years of his career was spent at Deloitte, where he eventually became a partner, serving clients in the public, private, government and not-for-profit sectors across Canada, the United States and Mexico. 

The CLS is a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan.