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May 14, 2015
Red River College Has Key Role in Preparing Highly Trained Workers to Build
Manitoba's Economy: Premier Selinger
A new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre at Red River College will train up to 1,000 students yearly for good paying jobs and provide industry with the highly trained employees needed to expand and be competitive in a challenging international economy, Premier Greg Selinger and David Rew, interim president and CEO, Red...Read More
PASADENA, CA (May 15, 2015) – Parsons is pleased to announce that it has received an Award of Merit from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, recognizing the corporation’s outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation for its design work on the Vimy Memorial Bridge in Ottawa, Canada.
“Parsons is honored to have received this award for our work on the Vimy Memorial Bridge,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “Designed to honor the historical heritage and environmental sensitivity of the site, the bridge creates a vital commuter link for the citizens of Ottawa.”
Opened in July 2014, the Vimy Memorial Bridge crosses the Rideau River in Ottawa at a location that is part of the Rideau Canal System, a recognized National Historic Site in Canada and a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Featuring triple tubular steel arches supporting a suspended deck using inclined hangers, the bridge is the first of its kind in North America. It carries eight lanes of traffic, including two bus rapid transit lanes, as well as two bicycle lanes and two pedestrian walkways.
The Vimy Memorial Bridge previously received the prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal from the International Bridge Conference and the 2014 Design Award of Excellence for Steel Construction from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Quebec Region.
Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com.
March 2014 Issue
A WDP investment in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) helped Team Canada race against the world’s best in Sochi 2014’s men’s skeleton event. Eric Neilson, centre, and John Fairbairn, right, raced sleds developed at SAIT’s Sports and Wellness Engineering Technology Institute, finishing 13th and 7th respectively. Fellow Canadian sledder Dave Greszczyszyn, left, is a member of Canada’s World Cup team. Photo: Drew Gregory.Innovation: Strengthening Western Canada's Future
In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace, innovation is vital to economic growth. In Western Canada, innovation is in our DNA. The West isn’t just “keeping up”; we’re determined to lead the way for future growth and opportunity.
In order to succeed, we need to act strategically to draw on our strengths and secure our position as leaders in innovation. That’s why WD is focusing on innovation as a top priority.
Not-for-profit organizations in Western Canada can get funding to support their business development and innovation capabilities through the Western Diversification Program (WDP). From makerspace to Olympic sleds, WD has built strong relationships with cutting edge innovators and organizations that make it possible to help the West continue developing ideas flowing.
The Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative is another way WD is fueling an innovative West. With the first round of proposals being reviewed, more great business ideas can be commercialized, moving them from the test bench into the market. This will have a direct and positive impact on job creation and the economy.
WD is also an active pathfinder and facilitator, making it easier for western Canadian businesses to connect with research, development, and commercialization opportunities. We will continue to have an ongoing dialogue with our partners. With our upcoming Innovation Forum, we hope to build on our role as a facilitator and spark opportunities for collaboration.
By bringing together key players and investing in innovation infrastructure, WD is helping western Canadian businesses innovate today.
New Ways to Innovate: Building a Foundation for Innovation
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, met with over 150 stakeholders from Aboriginal communities, businesses, post-secondary education institutions, and provincial officials in 14 communities across Western Canada in a series of round table sessions. It was an informal opportunity to hear first-hand from leaders about their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they face.
“There is a truly impressive culture of innovation among the people I met,” said Minister Rempel. “They’re bringing all their energy and creativity to the table to maximize their opportunities. At WD, our job is to help clear the path to ensure they continue succeeding.”
What We Heard
British Columbia – help medium-sized enterprises grow and build critical mass through better access to risk capital.
Alberta – target large innovation infrastructure improvements to boost the entire system.
Saskatchewan – increase innovation in manufacturing and construction to match competitors in the US and Europe.
Manitoba – establish an Innovation engineering system, creating a reliable, scientific structure for innovation.
Participants recognized the positive impact of WD’s role as a convenor and facilitator of connections between business, academia, and government.
SMEs reported that it would be easier to get their innovations to market with more streamlined access to applicable government funding. WD is working to improve existing programs and try new processes to realize stronger investments in the West.
The momentum generated in the round table meetings will carry forward into future discussions about innovation in the West, starting with April’s Innovation Forum. The Forum, a two-day event in Vancouver hosted by WD in partnership with Mitacs and the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), will focus on innovation and technology commercialization. It will also serve as a platform for western Canadian SMEs to engage with domestic and international innovators in business, government, academic, and key economic sectors.
Collaboration feeds progress. With this in mind, the Innovation Forum is another step in strengthening innovation in the West, and another way WD is helping Western Canada tap into its innovative spirit for a growing and prosperous future.
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We are pleased to invite you to the MEIA’s annual golf tournament in support of The Dream Factory , a Manitoba based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. This tournament brings together a mix of environmental business people from a range of companies to network with colleagues, to build business relationships and to have a lot of fun! This event is open to everyone, no matter what your golfing abilities!
We begin with lunch, followed by 18 holes of golf (Texas Scramble) with a power cart, dinner and prize presentation.
Register individually for $195 or register a team of four for $760!
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 a.m.
Tee off at 12:30 p.m.
Besides registering a team, you can support the Dream Factory by sponsoring the tournament! View sponsorship options here. You might also choose to donate items for the baskets or donate a door prize. Contact the MEIA at 204-783-7090 for details
Breezy Bend Country Club
Location and Directions
Dress Code In Effect:
Golf Shirt with collars/ or sleeves, shorts or skirts provided they are no more than 6” above knee.
No caps or hats are permitted in clubhouse
No denim wear is permitted on the golf course
Contact the MEIA at 204-783-7090
CCME is now accepting proposals for the following contract opportunity: Project 573-2016 – Contaminants in Permafrost Zones.
Proposals will be accepted until Friday, May 29, 2015, 2015, 12:00 noon CDT. Please click on the following link for details: What's New
June 9, 2015, Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre
Manitoba's Largest Annual Scientific Conference and Trade Show
Keynote Speaker: Lisa Fernando, Ebola Specialist, National Microbiology Laboratory
Buffet Lunch Technical Presentations Mid-Canada AOAC Annual General Meeting
FREE WORKSHOPS! Global Harmonized System Workshop – Pinchin Environmental Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) prevention and Ergonomics in the Lab and Office – SafeWork Manitoba HPLC Method Development and Method Transfer – Chromatographic Specialties Plumbing, Care, and Maintenance of Your HPLC – Chromatographic Specialties
Who Should Attend? Laboratory technicians, supervisors, scientists, and managers working in the fields of: agrology, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, food science, microbiology, toxicology, veterinary science
Registration fee: $25 (includes lunch) FREE Registration for Students Register Online at: www.midcanadaaoac.org Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grain bags, those long, white, blobs of plastic you see adorning farmers' fields these days, may not be as aesthetically pleasing on the horizon as the rapidly disappearing grain elevators.
But you could argue they are as symbolic of 21st-century grain storage as those Prairie icons were of the past.
Bags have been showing up with increasing frequency as a cost-effective solution to temporary storage needs when the size of the crop exceeds the available bin storage.
Unlike the U.S., where, thanks to government subsidies, about half the grain and oilseed crop can fit into commercial storage, Canada's commercial grain handling has evolved to be all about throughput and "just-in-time" delivery. Only about one-eighth of Canada's crop will fit into commercial storage.
So most storage is on the farm, which means farmers are the ones in charge of keeping it in good condition until it gets pulled forward for delivery.
In a year such as 2014, that's a challenge. Exports of the record-setting 2013 crop were delayed due to a sluggish rail transportation system, which meant farmers went into harvest last fall with more grain still in their bins than usual. It was a scramble to find storage, and the bags do a better job of keeping it from spoiling than piling it outside on the ground.
Provided the grain was dry and in good condition when put into the bag, and the birds or rodents or weather don't break the seal, farmers buy themselves several months to either sell the grain or put it into more permanent storage.
But that creates another problem -- what to do with the single-use bag when the grain is removed? One 76-metre bag contains around 136 kilograms of plastic that can't be left on the field. Grain bags are not the only plastic that's cluttering up Manitoba farmyards and fields. There are silage covers, bale wraps, plastic twine used to bind hay and straw bales, plus all sorts of feed and seed bags.
A 2011 study into agricultural waste by CleanFarms Inc., a manufacturing industry-funded recycling organization, estimated there are 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated on Manitoba farms annually that could be eligible for recycling.
The study found less than 20 per cent of that waste -- most of it packaging -- was taken to landfills. Up to two-thirds was disposed of on the farm through burning.
"It appears that a broadly based, wide-spectrum disposal program is urgently needed," the study concluded.
CleanFarms, which received an environmental sustainability award from the province this year, has made solid progress over the past 25 years getting pesticide containers and obsolete pesticides out of the environment. As a result of its programs, 600,000 empty plastic jugs and pails were delivered to Manitoba landfills in 2013. The most recent obsolete-pesticide collection program in 2012 brought in 75,000 kg of product that was collected and safely disposed.
Now it's turning its attention to other plastics such as the grain bags, twines and silage covers.
Working with Green Manitoba, a provincial government recycling program, the program is operating a pilot project this year to collect agricultural plastics at six sites scattered across the province.
Tammy Myers, a Saskatchewan consultant brought in to help the program here get started, said initial interest among farmers has been high, although efforts to get grain bags off their fields in March was hampered by frozen conditions.
The grain-bag recycling experience in western provinces suggests the recycling option has to be convenient, accessible and affordable. Rolling up the bags is easier with a "grain-bag roller" developed by a Saskatchewan entrepreneur. But those sell for about $8,000 apiece, which doesn't make sense for a farmer dealing with less than 40 bags a year. So some municipalities are buying one and lending it out.
Like with any recycling program, the biggest challenge is getting farmers to embrace the concept -- and that takes lots of encouragement and a little bit of time.
"My biggest competitor is a Bic lighter," she said.
By: Laura Rance
Laura Rance is editor of the Manitoba Co-operator. She can be reached at email@example.com
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
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