Research builds my local community

1980 to present
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Saskatoon cab drivers introduce visitors to their city’s pride and joy: the Canadian Light Source.

The Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, Sask., provides scientists with a brilliant light that reveals information about the structural and chemical properties of materials at the molecular level. This kind of knowledge can be used in numerous ways, such as building smaller, more effective computer chips, designing new drugs, creating better materials for safer medical implants or helping clean up mining waste. With such fascinating research being conducted right in the heart of the city, Bill Baker, a certified tour guide and cab driver with United Cabs Saskatoon, saw an opportunity. Now, through an unexpected partnership between the taxi industry and the University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Light Source, newcomers and community members alike can learn about and take pride in the research that takes place there.

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Find more stories of research in action on, the website of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.