April 04, 2019

Saskatchewan Research Council Announces New CEO

Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) Jeremy Harrison is pleased to announce that Mike Crabtree has assumed responsibility as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Research Council on April 1, 2019.  He replaces Dr. Laurier Schramm, who stepped down from the position at the end of March.

Crabtree joined SRC in 2013 as Vice-President of Energy, working to advance technology research and development for the oil and gas industry in Saskatchewan, Canada and worldwide.  Crabtree has more than 35 years of research and development experience spanning a range of industrial sectors, and has held numerous senior positions in corporate, government and international organizations throughout his career.  In addition to technology innovation and leadership, he has proven international experience in converting research and development into commercial technology.

Crabtree is recognized for driving business growth for both global leaders and start-ups in the oil and gas, renewable energy and environmental sectors.

“Mike’s breadth of experience, both in Saskatchewan and overseas, will bode well as he continues to make this province a leader in research and innovation in Canada,” Harrison said.  “I wish Laurier the best and thank him for his service and commitment to growing and strengthening the Saskatchewan economy through the responsible application of science and technology.”

Dr. Laurier Schramm served as SRC’s President and CEO since September 2001.  During his tenure, Dr. Schramm led SRC to become one of Canada’s premier innovation-enabling organizations with strong revenue growth and a solid track-record of more than $8 billion worth of demonstrable economic impacts in Saskatchewan alone.  He has also been a strong voice in encouraging a culture of safety amongst employees and conducting business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.  Dr. Schramm will continue to advance SRC’s mission and vision in the role of Chief Scientist.

“On behalf of the SRC Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Laurier for his years of service as he helped lead SRC through some very difficult times and helped grow and evolve the organization to what it has become today,” SRC Board of Directors Chair Dennis Fitzpatrick said.  “We are confident that Mike will take on his new role with SRC with great dedication and help lead SRC in its next evolution and strategy.”

SRC is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D), and technology commercialization.  With more than 350 employees, $70 million in annual revenue and 72 years of RD&D experience, SRC provides services and products to its 1,500 clients in 20 countries around the world.