National Research Council

The National Research Council Canada (NRC) works with clients and partners to develop and deploy solutions to meet Canada's current and future industrial and societal needs. In Saskatchewan, NRC provides technical services, technology development support, strategic R&D collaborations, licensing opportunities, credible scientific advice and access to specialized facilities. Areas of specialty include applied genomics, cell technology and tissue culture services, and plant hormone profiling. NRC also provides access to various facilities and specialized equipment for genomic technologies including next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, plant and cell growth and plant hormone profiling. NRC's partners include organizations and individuals from industry, academia, and domestic and foreign government agencies. Together with its partners, NRC helps strengthen Canada's innovations and grows global market share for Canadian industry.

Total Number of Employees: 166

Total Number of Researchers: 54 (21 Research Officers)


  • Genomic Technologies (incl. next-generation sequencing)
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Plant Growth Facilities
  • Plant Hormone Profiling
  • Cell Technologies (including double haploidy and transformation)


  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Plant Natural Products
  • Cell Technologies & Transformation
  • Lipid Biotechnology
  • Plant Hormone Profiling
  • Phenomics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Diverse plant species – e.g. pulse, oilseeds, cereals, horticultural, herbs, spices, nutraceuticals
  • Functional Foods/ Nutraceuticals
  • Biological extracts
  • Bioenergy/ Biofuels
  • Biopolymers
  • Enzymes
  • Fatty Acids
  • Biomass/ Feedstock
  • Abiotic and biotic stress research
  • Microbiome
  • Root imaging
  • Seed development
  • Genome editing for trait discovery and improvement
  • Genomic studies including genome assembly, variant discovery and genotyping, transcriptomics and epigenomics


Name: Kelly Soanes

Job Title: Director, Research & Development

Website: National Research Council

Tel: (306) 975-5569

Address: 110 Gymnasium Place , 
Saskatoon,  SK  S7N 0W9