Charismatic Scientists Driven to Make the World Safer and Healthier
Sounds a little crazy for a testing lab, right?
We thought so too until we took a step back from the day-to-day and had a good look at what we get to be part of. Whether supporting a client cleaning up a contaminated site to environmental standards, providing water quality data to ensure Canadians have access to clean water, or supporting government testing of fruits and vegetables for potential pesticide exceedances, CARO provides data that is essential to the success of these programs.
Through our passion for science, research and the testing industry, CARO Analytical Service is committed to being an engaged and proactive laboratory partner for our clients, partners and community. Our core values ensure we remain focused on doing great science and maintaining these great relationships:
Where the Science Began
In 1987, the same year that Canada enacted the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines, CARO Analytical Services was founded to help protect drinking water and wastewater systems in BC’s Okanagan Region. Shortly thereafter, provincial contaminated site regulations were rolled out across Canada, dramatically increasing the demand for more testing in soil, water and air. In response to these changes, our scientists rolled up their sleeves and developed an Aquatic Toxicology Division, Organic Contaminated Site Testing Division, Metals Testing Division, and eventually led CARO to becoming one of the first CALA-accredited analytical laboratories in Canada.
With the dream of building a workplace for scientists better than the industry had seen before, a group of managers (all scientists) purchased CARO in 2013. Since then, we have expanded our services to include a National Food Testing Division, Canada’s first Health Canada approved laboratory for Cannabis Testing, and currently operate four laboratory locations in Canada. In 2021, our environmental lab in Edmonton Alberta was the focus of a major expansion project, bringing additional environmental testing capacity and capabilities to Alberta. Keep your eyes on our website and social media for more updates on the exciting progress in our Alberta, environmental lab!
Our Essential Elements
Our team is made up of scientists, leaders and industry experts that are committed to making the World Safer and Healthier. As a flexible, employee-owned laboratory, our employees are committed to the success of the company and in turn, offer our clients an engaging and proactive laboratory experience.
We are always looking for high-performing individuals to help us make the world safer and healthier. If you share our passion for science and the environment, check our Careers page for more information on how to get involved!
Where does the name CARO come from?
People always ask us what our name means, and we get a lot of calls asking for CAROL (funny enough, we have never had a CAROL on staff at CARO!)
The origins of the name are mostly lost in our history, but we saw that as an opportunity to create a tagline that reflects our work, our drive, and our personality: Caring About Results… Obviously!
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