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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
The MEIA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at thye Norwood Hotel, 112, Marion St. Wpg.. We begin with breakfast followed by the Executive reports and election of officers. View the agenda and the Slate of Candidates. After a chance to network with colleagues the AGM will be followed by the following two presentations:
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SPEAKER: Ron Matheson, B.Sc., M.Sc
Ron is an Advisor with the Concierge Service, NRC-IRAP, providing guidance and recommendations to innovative SMEs in the Prairie Region (AB, SK & MB).
The Concierge Service guides small businesses and start-ups on funding programs and resources
Provide general advice to support growth. Referrals to 75+ federal, regional, provincial and local programs and industry partners are available. No cost or obligations.
Ron is available for one-on-one meetings with companies following the AGM. Please contact MEIA to request a meeting time.
2. Support to Manitoba Businesses
SPEAKER: Jeff McMaster, A/Provincial Manager, Industrial and Environmental Resources
Industry Workforce Development, Jobs and the Economy
Jeff McMaster will provide an overview of funding opportunities and support to Manitoba Business such as the Canada Jobs Grant – a program that could allow for joint Federal and Provincial support up to a maximum of 2/3 of the total eligible training costs.
MEIA Members: $40 Non-members: $60
No charge to attend just the AGM from 8:30 - 9:10.
Register on the MEIA website, or by calling the office at 204-783-7090.
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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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A shoulder-high, pumpkin-round, gleaming white, tightly stretched poly bag filled with grain, more than 200 feet long, is a proven great way to store grain that won’t fit in the bins or sheds. Now, a new made-in-Canada zipper system is ensuring moisture stays out of grain stored in poly bags. The Grain Bag Zipper system was developed by Curry Industries Ltd. in 2010. The family-owned Winnipeg-based business, with only four employees, invented Poly-Fastener zipper strips for sealing greenhouse film in 1971. Nearly 40 years later, Walter Curry and his son Mike worked together to develop a similar product for grain bags. The Currys developed the idea for the Grain Bag Zipper system after attending Manitoba Ag Days at Brandon. Among the grain storage products, Mike Curry noted machines for loading and unloading grain in plastic bags. The company already had a steady business in the silage bag market with its Poly-Fastener system, and Curry reasoned that perhaps the grain bag industry could use a similar product. After Ag Days, he accepted an invitation to join a Manitoba trade mission that took him to Decatur, Illinois. There, a silage bag dealer gave him a compliment and a challenge. “He said, ‘I like your seal. It’s the best out there. But, it’s hard to put together; the parts have to match perfectly’,” recalls Curry. “When they were bagging grain, they didn’t have time to go on hands and knees to roll pieces of plastic together to make them fasten. They wanted a simpler approach.” Curry realized the industry needed a tool to join the two Poly-Fastener sides quickly and easily. They developed the product, and in 15 years, they had sold about a million feet of Poly-Fastener to the silage bag industry. What he had not realized was that a simple tool for joining the two sides quickly and easily could boost their sales for a new grain bag market. In early August 2010, they took their newly designed zipper and tool to a farm with grain bags at Portage la Prairie. They worked out the design kinks at Moran Farms. And by the end of August, they were ready to manufacture for fall sales. Today, several shortline equipment dealers on the Prairies are carrying Curry Industries’ Grain Bag Zipper system. A dealer network is starting to develop in the northern United States. In the 2010 field research, Mike Curry learned some things. “One of the first problems identified by early users was trying to keep the coils straight,” says Curry. “Now, you anchor the channel with butterfly bolts, tighten up both ends, put your material over it, set up the zipper tool at one end and clamp in the insert. Once it’s clamped, it takes less than a minute to slide the zipper closed.” The inventors came up with a sturdy, simple kit for the product. The kit is meant to be reusable for up to 10 years. “We found that when 20 feet of poly film is stretched out in a field, you have a lot of factors to keep it from moving around,” he notes. Today, their kit has five pegs, two anchors, the new zipper tool, a hand roller, a slicer (to cut the bag as it is sealed), a push-pull device and a 20-foot universal piece of Poly-Fastener that accommodates both silage bags and heavier grain bags. The zipper tool can be used with either heavy or light poly. Pins fasten the poly bag end to the ground so it is stabilized for a few minutes. Similarly, anchors are there to tie down the poly channel, so that the coils inside can be stretched out straight and flat. James Valley Colony, at Elie, Manitoba, was one of the first Manitoba farms to bring in a grain bag system as a harvest aid to supplement their conventional steel storage bins and sheds. Six years later, for the 2012 harvest, they put a big portion of their feed grain crop into grain bags. “We use them mostly for barley, wheat, corn and oats,” says Joshua Wurtz, an assistant in the grain division. James Valley Colony worked out an approach to seal the bags and protect them from spring flooding. The bags would sit on dirt pads, side by side, perhaps a foot above the field level and with a drain between each pad. If the field floods in spring and the bags still have grain, they will stay above the water line. For years, they sealed the grain bag ends with pairs of wood 2x4 studs, about 12 feet long. They would sandwich the plastic between the studs, screw the studs together, roll them two or three times and put in more screws so there was no risk of moisture getting through. The system worked pretty well most of time. Sometimes, they would partially unload a bag, close it up, and come back later to finish. “The problem with closing it up after it has been opened is moisture can get in past the 2x4s,” says Wurtz. “If it’s not sealed properly, you can get rain running up the side of the bag and toward the seal, and working its way through the 2x4s.” For the 2012 harvest, James Valley Colony purchased Curry Industries’ Grain Bag Zipper system for each end of each grain bag, and a few spare zippers. Two men now are able to close a bag end in three or four minutes. By January 2013, they had emptied a dozen bags. “There’s pretty much no moisture inside. We maybe lost one or two shovels per bag, so that’s not too bad,” notes Wurtz, who estimates a $39 zipper can be used for several years. The zipper can be cut off with a knife then separated for use on another bag. If they need to open a small part to monitor grain quality in the fall, they can and then reclose it easily. “It’s very quick, a must-have for serious baggers,” says Wurtz. “We really like the water- and air-tight seal the zipper provides.”
By: John Dietz
Source: Ag Annex http://www.agannex.com/energy/big-zippers-seal-out-grain-bag-troubles
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August 21 & September 18, 2014
Discussion on: Manitoba’s Revised Recycling Strategy
The MEIA acted on behalf of Green Manitoba and Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship to facilitate a consultation regarding a waste and recycling strategy.
As part of “TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan”, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship developed a waste and recycling strategy. The strategy outlines new, more aggressive targets for waste diversion with a strong focus on Organic waste diversion and Construction, Renovation, and Demolition waste diversion.
These sessions offered an opportunity for discussion and input to be considered in developing the strategy. A copy of the presentation, along with summaries of the August 21 and September 8th discussions are included here.
Recycling and Waste Reduction: A Discussion Paper was released in December 2014.
For further details or enquiries, please contact:
Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Programs & Strategies Branch
1007 Century Street, Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4
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Consultation Seeks to Make Manitoba a Recycling Leader,Create Green Jobs, Reduce Emissions: Minister Mackintosh
Manitobans are being asked for their input on ways to make the province a leader in recycling and waste reduction, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"We have made impressive gains through increased recycling options for Manitobans provincewide. As of 2013, the average Manitoban had increased the amount of blue box recycling by 11.7 per cent to more than 75 kilograms per year," said Minister Mackintosh. "In TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, our government committed to working with Manitobans to become a waste reduction leader and we're seeking input on how we can best succeed."
In support of that commitment, the minister today released a discussion paper, which proposes a goal of cutting the amount of waste going to landfills in half by 2020. That means a reduction to about 400 kilograms a year per person from the current 800 kilograms, which should in turn create an estimated 450 green jobs and cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an amount equal to taking more than 71,000 cars off the road.
"This discussion paper recognizes that industry organizations in Manitoba have made great strides in improving recycling rates", said Ken Friesen, executive director, the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association(CBCRA) and its Recycle Everywhere program. "For example, in response to the 75 per cent beverage container recovery target established by the Manitoba government, CBCRA has increased this recycling rate extraordinarily in a very short period of time."
Minister Mackintosh said Manitobans are being asked to comment on proposed actions to achieve the target such as:
* improving organic waste diversion through composting;
* establishing targets for recycling of various consumer products;
* banning the disposal and burning of reusable and recyclable materials; and
* increasing diversion of construction, renovation and demolition waste.
Other suggested actions focus on improving recycling of commercial and institutional waste, further reducing the distribution of carry-out retail plastic bags and taking action on hard-to-recycle products such as styrofoam containers, the minister added.
"I've seen how much citizens care about our environment and about making this province the most sustainable place to live," said Tom Ethans, executive director, Take Pride Winnipeg. "We look forward to working with the Manitoba government to help make that happen."
The Manitoba government previously set a target of diverting 100,000 tonnes of organic waste a year from landfills, which is equal to 15,000 garbage trucks. Feedback from Manitobans is requested on options such as provincewide municipal pickup, expanding composting operations with financial incentives and a ban on dumping organic waste at landfills by 2020, Minister Mackintosh said.
"We are pleased the Manitoba government is moving ahead with this strategy and we look forward to continuing to work with them on organics diversion and other waste reduction initiatives," said Tracy Hucul, executive director, Green Action Centre. "It's through a combination of strong policies and programs, government leadership and actions at the industry as well as individual level that meaningful change happens. We're excited to see this type of multi-pronged approach to address the various issues of waste outlined in this document."
The consultation paper is online at
The deadline for feedback is March 20, 2015.
This initiative supports TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, an eight-year plan that supports environmental protection while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.
Interlake Power Line Contractors Ltd is a leading force in the power line construction industry with two offices in Manitoba. Our head office is located in Lundar, and we have an office located in Winnipeg. Founded in 2002, we are proud of our accomplishments as a local Aboriginal business. With a workforce of over 150 people and a fleet in excess of 100 peices of equipment, we are the largest power line contracting company in the province.
To support operational growth and its Zero incident culture Interlake Power line is looking for a Project Environmental Specialist to join their HS & E team!
Reporting to the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Director, and working daily with Operations and Project Management - the successful candidate will be reponsible for ensuring that project operational activities, undertaken or proposed by Interlake, are aligned with the project construction environmental management/protection plans, regulations and all other relevant environmental documents and commitments.
For more information on Accountabilities and Requirements please see:
To submit a resume, please send to Jolene Mclaughlin - email@example.com
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