University of Ottawa policy places the governance of the A. E. Lalonde AMS Lab, including the in-house sample preparation labs, under the Associate Vice President Research (AVPR) of the University of Ottawa. This is communicated through the Vice Dean Research of the Faculty of Science, who is chair of the Board of Directors of the Lalonde AMS Laboratory. Financial control is provided by the Chief Administrative Officer of the Faculty of Science, with regular monitoring exercised by Central Financial Resources. The Director of the Lalonde AMS Laboratory reports to the Vice Dean Research. Accountability and legal oversight is maintained by the Faculty of Science with annual reporting to the AVPR. Contracts for services and non-routine access are arranged through the oversight of the Office of Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise within the Office of the Vice President Research (VPRO).

Governance of the partner sample preparation labs follows similar paths through Université Laval and Dalhousie University.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes representatives of the major internal (Ottawa Carleton Geoscience Centre) AMS users, the Lalonde Lab Director, the Directors of the two partner sample preparation laboratories (Laval and Dalhousie), representatives of major users from across Canada, a representative from our industrial partner Isobarex and world-renowned AMS experts. It is chaired by the Vice Dean Research. The Board is convened bi-annually and is responsible for the long-term direction and vision of the facility. Fiscal management, major funding opportunities, equipment upgrades and expansions are all considered and approved by the Board. The Executive Committee of the Board comprises the Lalonde Director, two Ottawa area Board members who are major users and the directors of the partner sample preparation labs. The Executive Committee works with the Director on a regular basis to oversee QA/QC,  solve local time allocation problems, hiring and managing technical positions, outreach and promotional activities, HQP training, user fees and fiscal management. The composition and operation of the Facility Access Committee sets priorities for the usage of the facility, based on the needs of the Canadian research community and reviews the actual distribution of time on the spectrometer.

Current Membership of the Lalonde Board of Directors:


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Director, 14C Laboratory, Dentre d'études nordiques, Université Laval
Biology, uOttawa
Earth Sciences, uOttawa
Earth Sciences, Chemistry, uOttawa
VP Research, Ionics Mass Spectrometry Group Inc
Sciences de la terre et de l'atmosphère, UQAM
Geography, uOttawa
Earth Sciences, Director, Dalhousie Geochronology Centre
Director, NSF-Arizona AMS Facility, University of Arizona
Chief Geochemist, Cameco Corporation
Physics, Director Emeritus, IsoTrace, University of Toronto
Earth Sciences, Carleton University

ex officio Members:



Associate Vice-President, Research, uOttawa
Vice-Dean Research, Faculty of Science, uOttawa
Chair, Earth Sciences, uOttawa
Physics, Director, Lalonde AMS Lab, uOttawa


The sample (target) preparation laboratories and the spectrometer each have a manager responsible for routine operation, QA/QC and training of technicians and visiting students. Managers work with the Lalonde Director and the Faculty of Science Chief Administrative Officer to ensure that accounts for each unit are updated in a timely manner. Unit managers are also responsible for equipment maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as engagement of part-time workers and interns. At the Laval and Dalhousie sample preparation labs, the technicians operate with high competence under the Director of these laboratories and interact with their counterparts at the Lalonde AMS Lab as required.


Access to the A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory

The Lalonde AMS Laboratory is open to usage by all bona fide researchers in Canada and, if time is available, by international researchers.  The requirements of the Canadian user community for AMS analytical work and instrument research time are reviewed and prioritized on a quarterly basis by the Facility Access Committee of the Board of Directors. This group is responsible for assessing the needs of the research community and reviewing usage distribution in the previous scheduling period.

From the priorities set by this committee, the Director, assisted by the Executive Committee, is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling of the spectrometer to fulfill these priorities and maximize usage of the equipment. Samples are accepted for analysis on a fee-for-service basis; which, if required, can include student training and participation in the analytical work at a reduced price. Preferential research rates are provided to all Canadian researchers.

Access to the spectrometer for specialized research is first assessed by the Facility Access Committee and Executive Committee with respect to need, the proposed experimental design and the feasibility of using the Lalonde equipment for the experiment.  If the proposal can be accommodated, it is prioritized and scheduling follows the usual path through the Director and Executive.  Training of visiting students and researchers is encouraged and includes training in safety, isotope-specific geochemistry, sample preparation, good laboratory practices, error analysis, and data reduction and interpretation/modeling.