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C-CORE president named one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEOs

By Deirdre Greene | May 10, 2012

Dr. Charles Randell, president and CEO of C-CORE, has been chosen as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs for 2012.

The Top 50 CEO awards recognize Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished corporate leaders – individuals who are dedicated to growing their companies, advancing their industry and improving the region’s socio-economic environment. The annual selection is run by Atlantic Business Magazine, with a panel of senior industry and business people reviewing the nominations. 

“It is a real honour to be in such distinguished company,” said Dr. Randell, “and be recognized by my peers. Above all, it is an honour to represent the work of nearly 100 colleagues at C-CORE who have created the astonishing growth we have accomplished together over the past decade and the countless innovations that improve safety, environmental responsibility and cost-effectiveness for the sectors we support. The C-CORE team, including me, is incredibly proud to have contributed to our region’s reputation for innovation and excellence in ocean technology.”

Since Dr. Randell became president in 2006, C-CORE has realized 100 per cent revenue growth, 50 per cent personnel growth and expansion virtually across the country -- including offices in Nova Scotia, Ottawa and most recently in Calgary.

In 2011, under his leadership, C-CORE has established two Centres of Excellence: LOOKNorth, the only national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research in Atlantic Canada, and CARD, the Centre for Arctic Resource Development, sponsored by the Hibernia and Terra Nova projects and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland & Labrador.

A professional engineer who holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Lakehead University , as well as master's and doctoral degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Victoria, Dr. Randell began his career in 1981 with the offshore oil and gas industry. He then worked in telecommunications and ultimately in engineering technology development. His technical expertise spans a broad spectrum of remote sensing including synthetic aperture radar, satellite remote sensing and terrestrial radar systems, and underwater optical and acoustic sensing.

Dr. Randell has a substantial record of success in initiating, negotiating and stewarding multimillion dollar multinational collaborations for industry and government, comprising more than 30 international partners and with values exceeding $20 million.

Dr. Randell received the honour at an awards dinner in Halifax, N.S., on May 9.

C-CORE is a Canadian not-for-profit R&D corporation headquartered at Memorial University in St. John’s, with offices in Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary. Established in 1975 as the Centre for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering to address challenges facing oil and gas development offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and other ice-prone regions, C-CORE is now a multidisciplinary R&D organization with world-leading capability in remote sensing, ice engineering and geotechnical engineering. With unparalleled harsh environment expertise, C-CORE is active on every continent, providing research-based advisory services and technology solutions to national and international clients in the natural resource, energy, security and transportation sectors.