Director of Business Development and Planning for C-FER Technologies, Brian Wagg was the guest speaker at the Leduc/Nisku EDA's November breakfast.
A roomful of people braved the snowy November weather to get a great start to their day with a fabulous breakfast put on by the Nisku Inn and a whole bunch of information from Mr. Brian Wagg, the Director of Business Development and Planning for C-FER Technologies. C-FER is a Not-For-Profit organization that assists companies with their engineering, applied research and development, and testing services.
In introducing C-FER Brian admitted that despite the fact they have been around for 25 years, they are a "well kept secret" but working hard to become known in the marketplace. In spite of not yet being a household name they already have 100 employees at three different locations in Edmonton and do over $19 million in annual revenue.
"We work by developing things here and then taking these developments around the world." said Brian. He stated that while C-FER has developed new solutions for oil and gas, pipelines and other industries, "We are the experts in heavy oil extraction. The biggest challenge is getting the 'black goop' out of the ground but our extraction technology was developed right here in Nisku."
Brian explained that one of the newer challenges the industry is facing has to do with pipelines. "When Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah talk about pipelines people listen. We can't deny that serious leaks have happened and we need to pay attention to these important issues. Integrity Management, Leak Detection and Spill Response are three main subjects that we are focusing on right now. We are partnering with several Universities and the government to coordinate this research."
One of the unique things about C- FER, Brian said with a chuckle, is that "We have nothing to sell. What we do have is a bunch of really smart guys and really cool tools to help other industry businesses solve their problems."
After his presentation Brian fielded several questions from the audience who were very interested in finding out a little more about C-FER Technologies. One gentleman in the audience agreed that C-FER was a very well kept secret but with a few more presentations like this one the secret will definitely be out!