Paul Burgener  

Paul Burgener graduated from Windsor University in 1968 as a Materials Engineer. His initial job was managing a small chemical instrumentation company, which was developing a rapid digital measurement analyzer for carbon in steel. Paul went on and started his first business, Quanta Systems to develop geophysical remote sensing technology, closed circuit television readers for the partially sighted and x-ray fluorescent solutions for mining.He sold the company in 1975.


Paul joined Barringer Research as the commercial product manager, developing magnetometers, heavy water monitors for CANDU reactors, and geophysical sensors. Paul then became a consultant for CIDA in Kenya where he was the Chief Chemist of the Department of Mines and Geology.


He returned to Canada and joined Technical Services Laboratories. With three other employees, he bought the company a few years later and grew it from 30 employees in 1981 to 120 when it was sold in 1990.He provided consulting services to a mine in Ivory Coast, West Africa through to the first gold production and after that started another business Questron Canada, which developed products based on commercializing university technology in the use of microwaves to accelerate chemical reactions. A spin off of this produced a new product using microwaves for pasteurizing citrus juice.


Questron was sold and Paul joined XRAL Laboratories a mineral analysis laboratory in 1996 as operations manager. Over the next three years, the company achieved ISO certification, doubled its revenues and net profits, and won a US Geological Survey contract that has continued up to the present. Paul’s previous work has resulted in 8 other spin-off companies.


In 2000 Paul joined the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and looked after Waterloo until 2006.He then took a special assignment to fill-in for an IRAP person looking after the Kootenay region of BC.Completing that assignment, he went to IRAP Calgary Alberta in 2009.


Paul became a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) through the Southern Interior Chapter of BC in 2009.He is a member of the Kootenay Association of Science and Technology board of directors and past Chair of the CANMET Canadian Certified Reference Materials Program advisory board, and on the advisory board for the Kootenay Manufacturing and Technology Sector (MATS) program in the Kootenay.


Paul has retired from IRAP in Calgary in August 2012.During his time with IRAP he had worked with over 400 companies, universities and colleges and technology accelerator/incubator centers. Paul has returned to live in Nelson BC where he provides business and technical consulting.