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Welcome Glenn Snell to IR

Great news!  An addition has been made to the IR team.  We are pleased to announce that Glenn Snell has joined us as director of sales.  Glenn’s role will be to provide leadership to the IR sales team.  Under him, we see an already talented group of individuals, who have deep skillsets and broad experiences, not only continue to excel but to thrive.  Glenn will be a key component in helping us to offer the best in NDT solutions to you.  IR is growing, and Glenn will be a key part of that. Continue reading Welcome Glenn Snell to IR

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Digital Radiography Training for NDT

The lineup of industry-related courses that we make available to you continues to grow. Bringing you access to the knowledge and skills shared by industry leaders is a big part of that. Preparing you for the increasing demands and advanced technology now found in NDT is a priority that we share.

We are pleased to introduce the new Digital Radiography Training for NDT course facilitated by Carestream, which will be held at our Edmonton location on April 20 to 24.

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Industrial Radiography RSO Course

We are pleased to introduce a new course that we have added to our lineup for training at IR: the Industrial Radiography RSO Course.

The course, which will be held at our Edmonton location on April 27 to 30, 2020, is for everyone who is or would like to become a radiation safety officer (RSO) for industrial radiography licenses issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). Participants will receive in-depth and
comprehensive instruction on the practical and technical elements required to run an effective radiation protection program.

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Price Increase on QSA Global Products

Not all news is good news, including the news we received last week that prices on QSA Global products are going up. We understand that the decision to make these changes is not made lightly, unfortunately the present-day environment of doing business makes it necessary.

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More than a Source: there’s still time left!

Earlier this year we announced the opening of our Burlington location. To celebrate the expansion we shared a special offer with our source customers for all of 2019. We call it our More than a Source promotion. Here’s how it goes: when you purchase a new Ir-192, Se-75 or Co-60 source from IR, you get a free maintenance on a Sentinel 1075 SCARpro, 880 Series or Sentry Cobalt 330/110 at the time of source swap. That’s right, free!

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Santas Anonymous

Last week we announced on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, news of our support for a special Christmas charity. Just in case you missed it, we are now sharing the message directly with you.

We will once again be making a contribution to Santas Anonymous, and we hope you will join us. IR will match any gift you bring into our Edmonton location between now and December 6, with a second gift. Toys must be new and not yet wrapped. There is a special need for toys suited to children ages 9-10, who often get overlooked. Ideas for toys suited to children of all age groups can be found here.

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Press Release: Freedom Lab

IR Introduces Freedom Lab to NDT Industry

New Design in NDT Labs is Industry Game Changer

Edmonton, Alberta—After months in the making, IR Supplies and Services is unveiling the latest solution in NDT Labs: the Freedom lab.  The Freedom lab takes all the best features from existing labs in the market today, adds innovations developed with client feedback, and combines it all using hard-working materials.  The results are a lab with a design that not only looks great, but has a layout with a work-flow for real-life, in the field, work.

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Brian’s Blog

A Mouse between Two Gorillas

Over the years my blogs on macroeconomics have foreshadowed the show down between the US and China. Canada is now collateral damage and I don’t think anyone could see this coming. The conflict between our two countries is more about China projecting its image of power to its people, but what has come to the surface is the difference in the rule of law, of our nations.

Canada has detained Meng Wanzhou, CFO and daughter of the founder of Huawei, on a New York court ruling that invoked Canada’s extradition treaty with the US.  China has retaliated in response by simply capturing Canadians and using laws to express their displeasure. This is something that Hong Kong has been deathly afraid of and are now responding to with estimates of hundreds of thousands, or as high as over a million, people protesting in the streets.
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About the Artist: Margie Vinkle-Morano

Margie Vinkle-Morano

Margie Vinkle-Morano was born and raised in Orillia, a small waterfront city in Central Ontario that she still calls home.  Margie always had a fond interest in art for as far back as she can remember. In high school her teacher and mentor Jose Salas, helped her to realize her potential and true talent.                                        

Since then, and over the years, she has had a number of pieces to her credit including wall murals as well as commissions of animals and people. To her delight she has had a few portraits of her favourite county music artists signed by celebrities such as Tim McGraw, Johnny Reid and Sugarland.

At an early age, Margie’s main medium was oil.  As time passed she switched to acrylic. Today she still has fun with acrylic and enjoys creating what she calls her “mugshot” pet portraits on small wooden plaques. They are a wonderful tribute to beloved pets, particularly those who have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Dragline Pins

Although Margie has experimented with both oil and acrylic paints, she finds pencil to be the greatest challenge and loves bringing life to its gray tones.  Our commission, an original pencil on paper drawing entitled Dragline Pins, depicts a technician performing phased array NDT.  This true-to-life drawing is available for purchase through silent auction, with the proceeds to go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Limited edition prints are also available.

Margie can be contacted by phone at 705-326-5002, or by email at  A portfolio of her other pieces can be seen on her Facebook page: Pencil & Paint by Margie.