Iqaluit ASU (IASU)
Iqaluit Analytical Services Unit 2011-2013
2013 is the sixth year that the ASU has had a laboratory presence in Iqaluit. This is the second year which the Iqaluit ASU (IASU) is operating from our new facillities in the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) building. The laboratory is being staffed for the summer season in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The laboratory will continue to be accredited by CALA (formerly CAEAL) for specific tests listed in the scope of accreditation - including metals in soil. Accreditation was maintained for the summer of 2011 by successfully performing proficiency testing samples and an on site CALA visit is scheduled for later this summer. This year there was also a strong focus on Inuit training and Drs Allison Rutter, Graham Cairns and Bubby Kettlewell were each on site for a one week period as part of the NRI Environmental Technology course.
Where is Iqaluit?
"Iqaluit is the territorial capital and the largest community of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Iqaluit is located on the south coast of Baffin Island at the head of Frobisher Bay".
NRI and IASU in the News
Dr Allison Rutter and Dr Bubby Kettlewell were at the IASU in August 2011 to prepare for the laboratory CALA accreditation process.
This coincided with a visit from the current Governor General of Canada, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Loyd Johnson. Dr Rutter met with the Governor General and showed him the new IASU facility.
Analytical Services Unit Oct 2014
IASU and the NRI
In March 2012, staff from the IASU were at the NRI building to teach a 3 week Environmental Technology Course.
"The Nunavut Research Institute is a gateway to the many exciting research and technology development initiatives underway in the territory" - Nunavut Arctic College
The laboratory was equipped with a Varian AA280FS (fast sequential atomic absorption spectrometer), a gas chromatograph and a Panalytical Minipal-4 energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence instrument (EDXRF). In addition to the improved testing capabilities, this new venture will allow ASU to increase training opportunities.
Setting up the IASU March 2011
The Environmental Technology Program at Nunavut Arctic College is housed in the same facility as the IASU laboratory. In March 2011, three ASU staff spent a full day teaching the first and second year Environmental Technology students. Lectures on remediation at Arctic field sites and a hands on laboratory in which the students analysed soils for petroleum hydrocarbons and metals were very well received by the Arctic college staff and students. A full course at Nunavut Arctic College was taught in March 2012 and the course will be given again in the summer of 2014.
Above: IASU mobile lab trailer before the move