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A/Director, Richard Turle

Tel.: (613) 991-9550
Fax: (613) 998-1365
E-mail: [email protected]


A Message from the Director

Since the mid-1970s, the Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) has dedicated itself to advancing science and using technology for the protection of the environment. Much of the Research and Development (R&D;) and some of the specialised scientific support are undertaken through collaborative arrangements with the private, public, and academic sectors.

Close to 170 people work at the Centre, including more than 90 staff members, approximately 70 contractors, and about 10 research associates, post-doctoral fellows, and students. In a typical year, the base scientific operating budget received from the Department is between $6 and $7 million, with up to an additional $5 to $7 million received from joint-project agreements, intellectual property revenues, or other special funding arrangements. Another $10 to $15 million is invested by collaborators through work-sharing and in-kind arrangements.

Our Centre provides scientific support and R&D; services to Environment Canada’s programs, specialising in:
  • technologies for measuring air pollutants in ambient air and from mobile and stationary sources;
  • analysis of a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds in diverse samples;
  • assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites;
  • prevention of and response to environmental emergencies such as oil and chemical spills; and
  • development and assessment of environmentally friendly technologies.
The R&D; and technology transfer often involve international partners. My colleagues and I host hundreds of visitors each year from all parts of the globe, providing direct technology transfer and marketing opportunities for Canadian R&D; and technology to decision-makers and R&D; managers from around the world.

Innovative technologies for chemical extraction invented by some of the Centre’s scientists have had a beneficial impact on the environment. In a laboratory setting, these technologies have dramatically reduced energy/solvent consumption, processing time, and waste production, as well as increased extraction yields and purity.

In closing, all of us at ETC carry out our mandate through hard work and dedication. We share a strong sense of responsibility for preserving a better future for generations to come and we will continue to focus our efforts in this direction. We are committed to working together to advance science and use technology to protect the rich diversity and breathtaking beauty of our environment.


Richard Turle

Office of the Director
Environmental Technology Centre
Environmental Technology Advancement Directorate
Environmental Protection Service
Environment Canada
335 River Road South
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H3


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