Research Park gets new executive director

Dr. Katherine Albion replaces retiring incumbent, effective immediately

Katherine Albion has been appointed the new executive director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

Dr. Katherine Albion is certainly no stranger to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, an organization that continues to deliver on dividends to the local community since it was founded in 2003 as a joint initiative between the County of Lambton, the City of Sarnia, and Western University.

But Albion, who joined the staff in 2008, is now taking on the job of Executive Director, essentially replacing her now-former boss, Tom Strifler, whose retirement had been previously announced.

Tuesday’s promotion for Albion takes effect immediately, with Strifler serving through a short transitional period.

Most recently the Director of Commercialization for the Park, Albion joined the organization in 2008, a year after earning her doctorate in engineering from Western University.

Initially hired as a Commercialization and Research Engineer, Albion took on a one-year role as Manager of the Bowman Centre in 2013.

She has received numerous awards over her career, including the Award of Excellence from The Canadian Academy of Engineering Energy Pathways Task Force in 2010 and the Western Engineering Award of Recognition from the Faculty of Engineering in 2015.

“The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is fortunate to be able to transition from one highly effective and visionary leader to the next,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, who chairs the Research Park board. The Research Park manages and operates the property owned by the County of Lambton Community Development Corporation.

In addition to its labs and research space, the Research Park, which has 270,000 square feet of leasable area, is home to a number of high profile tenants including Nova Chemicals, Enbridge, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, and WorleyParsons.

In April 2017, Albion was a guest on Spotlight with Lambton Shield editor J.D. Booth. Below is the link to that podcast.

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