The ESL is the result of a funding partnership between the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund of the province of Manitoba.
Opened in 2008, and upgraded in 2013, the ESL has a regular staff of 4:
- David R. Greenwood Ph.D. — Microscopy Suite
- Terence P. McGonigle Ph.D. — Analytical Suite
- Jen D. Wasko M.Sc. — Analytical Suite technician
- Cathy L. Greenwood B.Sc. — Microscopy Suite technician
A key role for the ESL is offering access to quality analytical and microscopy instrumentation for graduate students from the M.Sc. (Environmental & Life Sciences) program (‘MELS’).
In addition, Doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and other HQP working with Faculty members make use of the ESL facilities.