Optech’s Founder, Dr. Allan Carswell, appointed to the Order of Canada

Toronto, Ontario, September 1, 2005 – Optech Incorporated, the global leader in the development and manufacture of laser-based survey instruments, is pleased to announce that Dr. Allan Carswell, Founder and Chairman of Optech Incorporated, has been awarded the Order of Canada for his continuing contributions to Science in Canada.

The Order of Canada is the highest civilian award a Canadian can receive and is given only to those who have made outstanding contributions in their field of endeavor.   Dr. Carswell’s appointment to the Order of Canada took effect June 29 and he will receive his medal at an induction ceremony at the Governor-General’s residence in Ottawa, Ontario.  Dr. Allan Carswell is professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in York University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Dr. Carswell is an internationally recognized leader in laser radar (lidar) applications, a field in which he has been working since its very beginnings in the early 1960s. He founded Optech Incorporated in 1974 to develop commercial systems based on lidar technology. He has led and managed the growth of Optech, expanding it from its base in atmospheric lidar 31 years ago to its current position as a leading developer and manufacturer of commercial lidar systems for a wide and growing range of applications.

“We are delighted for Dr. Carswell, and it is with pride that we see how his work has been recognized and rewarded,” says Don Carswell, President of Optech.  “Allan remains a cornerstone of Optech and his continued involvement in all aspects of the business ensures that we will remain pioneers in cutting-edge lidar technology for many years to come.”

About Optech
Optech is the world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of advanced laser-based survey instruments. The company offers client-driven solutions in airborne terrestrial mapping, airborne laser bathymetry, laser imaging, space-based atmospheric monitors and spaceborne landing/docking systems, mine cavity monitoring systems and industrial process control.

For further information, please contact:
Phil Arsenault
Vice President Business Development
Optech Incorporated
100 Wildcat Road
Toronto, ON M3J 2Z9
(416) 661-5904