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The province has published a long-awaited and much-needed framework paper on how to support innovation activity in the province.
The Manitoba Innovation Strategy released this week lists six priorities. It is an acknowledgement of the importance of innovation to a healthy economy from the research and startup phase to small business operations to enhancing productivity in established businesses.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said it is something that has been in the wor...Read More
In March, 2013, MEIA facilitated a public stakeholders consultation meeting on behalf of Conservation and Water Stewardship in regards to the amendments to the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act (CSRA) and the Contaminated Sites Remediation Regulation (CSRR). Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship would like to announce that as of April 1, 2014, the new amendments to the CSRA and the CSRR come into effect. For further information on the Act, Regulation, Guidelines and Contact Information, please visit:
While working in the commercial fertilizer industry, self-described "Manitoba farm boy" Wade Barnes saw an incredible amount of waste as farmers frequently applied too much fertilizer to their fields.
But after a trip to nearby Fargo, N.D., he was wowed by the use of satellite imagery to identify high nitrogen areas for growing sugar beets and wanted to do something similar for his customers.
Back at the fertilizer plant where he worked, he started to build a program. The farmers loved it, but as it reduced the amount of fertilizer the company's best customers were buying, it wasn't good for the fertilizer business.
So "pushed by the farmers" to start his own business, Mr. Barnes co-founded Farmers Edge Precision Consulting Inc. in 2005. The Winnipeg-based company specializes in precision agriculture - including variable rate technology (VRT) that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint when and where to plant and how much to fertilize - to help growers increase crop production and become more sustainable. The company has operations in Canada, the United States, Eastern Europe and South America.
"Once I saw the differences in the areas of the field, the variability, it opened my eyes," Mr. Barnes says. "I realized how uninformed we were because we didn't have any information to make decisions. We were just winging it and these farmers were spending millions of dollars on fertilizer. The technology allows farmers to optimize their fertilizers. The whole business of farming has changed."
Fertilizer is a huge issue for farmers and the environment. Since the use of commercial fertilizer correlates directly to increased yield (generally estimated at between 30 to 50 per cent), farmers want to use enough to ensure a good crop.
But if too much fertilizer is used - particularly nitrogen fertilizer and other crop inputs such as pesticides and herbicides - the runoff can go into the groundwater, polluting water supplies and damaging natural habitat. The increased use of nitrogen fertilizer has also resulted in the formation of atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas contributing to stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming.
But changes in how fertilizer is used - when fields are fertilized and how much is used - can reduce N2O emissions, according to research at the University of California, Berkeley.
"When the harvest is done, the goal should be that very little fertilizer is left in the ground," Mr. Barnes says. "The technology essentially allows farmers to be green but, at the end of the day, to be green with a purpose and make a lot more money by doing it."
Recently, Farmers Edge has begun to focus on water, using satellite imagery and real-time information to determine the right amount of irrigation. With droughts occurring in many parts of the world, water is a valuable commodity.
Hortau Inc. has also developed high-tech solutions to irrigation, but with an approach centred on the plants. The company, based in St. Romuald, Que., with offices in California and Colorado, offers wireless, Web-based irrigation management systems to about 1,000 growers throughout North America. Their solar-powered technology reports back to the farmer how plants are doing in real time, before plant stresses such as drought can negatively affect the crop.
Agriculture accounts for about 70 per cent of water used in the world today. Jocelyn Boudreau, an agricultural engineer who co-founded Hortau in 2002, estimates its technology can save roughly 25 to 30 per cent of that water, as well as the same amount of energy used for pumping the water for irrigation.
"Most farmers tend to overwater to be on the safe side," Mr. Boudreau says. "You can hurt the yield just as much by overwatering as underwatering and the excess water can push the fertilizers down to where the crop can't use them. "
That's a huge advantage for the environment, as well as for the farmers. While the cost to use Hortau's technology can be anywhere from $10 to $100 an acre each year, Mr. Boudreau says it's cost effective with the payback usually covered by the first crop. In some areas where there's restricted water, such as Colorado and Nebraska, or drought-stricken California, Mr. Boudreau says their technology is seen as critical. "Depending on the growth stage of the crop, the season, the weather conditions - it's a tricky assessment. You can't do that just by eyeing it. A precision tool comes in very handy."
Source: The Globe and Mail
By DIANE JERMYN
SKILLS CAMP FOR ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESS: MINISTERS
Three Entrepreneurs Receive $8,000 Prizes to Grow Their Companies
Three Manitoba entrepreneurs have secured $8,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to give their startup businesses the tools and expertise needed to reach the next level of success, following a two-day skills camp in Brandon, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
"Manitoba's entrepreneurial spirit is driving economic growth and diversification in Brandon and surrounding rural communities," said Minister Kostyshyn. "We are pleased to support this skills camp, as it helps build a strong foundation for rural development."
The three winning businesses, Shut Ur Pie Hole, Prairie Skyline Ventures and Unwind Massage Therapy and Yoga were selected from 21 participants at Innovate Manitoba's LaunchPad Startup Skills Camp in Brandon yesterday. The winners were chosen based on the strength of their pitches as well as the commercial potential of their businesses.
"The Startup Skills Camps are designed to help startup entrepreneurs focus on where they are going and what they need to do to get there ? very practical guidance," said Jan Lederman, president of Innovate Manitoba. "With our partners in Brandon we were able to build on that and offer one-on-one mentoring and a pitch competition to help them test their mettle. It was a great two days and some very exciting companies have emerged."
One-day Startup Skills Camps are held three times a year to provide information and mentorship to Manitoba entrepreneurs. Only the Brandon event is an expanded two-day camp, combining practical advice on starting a business with coaching on how to make effective business pitches and one‑on‑one mentoring sessions.
"There are many made-in-Manitoba success stories that grew from an idea to a thriving business and today's entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn from their experience," said Minister Oswald. "Events like the skills camp and organizations like Innovate Manitoba help us build capacity and support Manitobans as they invest in a future here in the province."
The two-day camp in Brandon was presented by Innovate Manitoba, the Manitoba government and a number of other partners, with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as the presenting sponsor. Roy Johnston TDS, RBC Royal Bank, Alternative Landscaping and BDO were prize sponsors.
More information about the resources offered by Innovate Manitoba are available at www.innovatemanitoba.ca.
April 1, 2014
On Manitoba Support: Minister Mackintosh
Manitoba is pleased the governments of Ontario and Canada have reached an agreement to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"This is an important milestone for science and for the protection of our lakes through freshwater research," Minister Mackintosh said. "Manitoba is committed to research and actions that protect our lakes, especially Lake Winnipeg, and this agreement helps that research continue."
In September 2013, Manitoba announced it would provide the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) $6 million through a six-year agreement, as IISD took over operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).
The agreement included $900,000 to be dedicated to funding freshwater research and technology at the ELA.
The agreement between Ontario and Canada helps ensure the world-renowned work of the Winnipeg‑based IISD will continue through independent work and research conducted in partnership with colleges and universities, the minister said, adding this research will continue to help Manitoba understand how to make strategic investments that support the health of Lake Winnipeg and other Manitoba bodies of water. TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan supports the continuation of important freshwater research including the work done at the Experimental Lakes Area.
The IISD is based in Winnipeg and has offices in Ottawa, New York City, Geneva and Bejing. It uses scientific research to create and communicate innovative policy recommendations for decision‑makers in government, business and civil society. It has been internationally recognized for developing a sustainable management strategy for the Lake Winnipeg Basin.
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is transitioning to a Call for Proposals (CFP) under the Western Diversification Program (WDP).
The CFP will open May 1, 2014 and close May 30, 2014, and is targeted to not-for-profit organizations that are eligible for funding under the WDP.
Sessions will be held at the following times at Western Economic Diversification Canada, in the Canada Room, located on the 7th Floor - 240 Graham Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0J7.
Session 1 – Thursday, April 3, 10:00am – 11:00am
Session 2 – Monday, April 7, 2:00pm – 3:00pm (French language Session)
Session 3 – Tuesday, April 8, 10:00am – 11:00am
Session 4 – Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Session 5 –Thursday, April 10, 2:00 pm- 3:00pm
Session 6 – Tuesday, April 15, 2:00 pm – 3:00pm (French language Session)
Session 7 – Wednesday, April 16, 10:00 am – 11:00am
Session 8 – Thursday, April 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Please RSVP by April 10, 2014 for one of the sessions above by contacting Francois Andrieu at 1-204-983-2463.
More detailed information on the CFP application process, including objectives and priorities, will be made available over the coming weeks through our Western Diversification Program website and from our regional offices.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 2, 2014) - WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP) ("WSP Global" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion of the previously announced corporate reorganization ("Reorganization") of GENIVAR Inc. ("GENIVAR") into a global company structure named "WSP Global Inc.", pursuant to a court-approved plan of arrangement, effective as of January 1, 2014 (the "Effective Date"). As part of this Reorganization, the Canadian operating entity was rebranded to WSP Canada Inc. The Company also announced an appointment to its Board of Directors.
By rebranding, the Company clearly positions itself as a key player with a global presence, a global brand and a broader depth of multidisciplinary expertise and experience from which to draw upon, thereby offering more to its clients.
"We are WSP, a home-grown Canadian multinational with a global market leadership position that ranks us in the top 10 in the world. Even more important, we are now active in more than 35 countries and are well-positioned to support our clients no matter how they grow, what they choose to do, or where they move. As we now operate across the world, the decision to rebrand our Canadian operations to WSP came as an obvious one. It will enable us to leverage this highly recognized brand worldwide" said Pierre Shoiry, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSP.
While WSP's professionals are recognized as the engineering experts behind projects such as the Shard building in London; the One World Trade Center building in New York; the MGM Studios resort in Las Vegas; the Crusell Bridge in Finland; the Chenab Bridge in India; the conversion of the coal-fired Västhamnsverket Power Station to biofuel in Sweden; and the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi (UAE), the WSP brand has been firmly established over the years, in and for the communities in which it operates.
From a Canadian perspective, the Company has proudly taken part in numerous projects, such as the renovation of the BC Place Olympic Stadium in Vancouver, BC; the expansion of the Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant in Mississauga, ON; the new terminal building in Ottawa's MacDonald-Cartier International Airport; the Public Private Partnership Highway 25 bridge in Laval, QC; the Gaspé Mine Site Rehabilitation in Murdochville, QC and the project management for the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre in Montreal, QC.
Marc Rivard, President of WSP in Canada commented: "This change will help us drive home the message that we now have resources to respond to all of our clients' needs and expectations. But even more important, though our name has changed, our commitment to providing our clients with the best possible service is unwavering."
As a result of the Reorganization, shareholders of GENIVAR received, for each common share of GENIVAR held, one common share of WSP Global, such that the shareholders of GENIVAR immediately before the Effective Date became shareholders of WSP Global and WSP Global replaced GENIVAR as the publicly held corporation. The common shares of WSP Global will be listed and commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today at the opening of the markets, under the symbol "WSP".
Beneficial shareholders who hold their common shares of GENIVAR through the book-entry system administered by CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. do not need to take any action involving their common shares in order to receive common shares of WSP Global. Registered shareholders of GENIVAR must deposit with CST Trust Company (at one of the addresses specified in the letter of transmittal) a duly completed letter of transmittal together with the certificates representing their common shares of GENIVAR in order to receive their WSP Global shares.
Additional details regarding the Reorganization can be found in the Company's news releases dated April 17, 2013, May 23 and 27, 2013 and December 2, 2013 as well as the Company's Management Information Circular dated April 24, 2013, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Company is also pleased to announce that Ms. Josée Perreault has been appointed to the board of directors of WSP Global.
Josée Perreault is Senior Vice President of World Business at Oakley, Inc., one of the leading sports performance brands in the world. While with Oakley's Canadian division, Josée introduced Oakley retail into the Canadian market, where she successfully built the brand. In 2008, Ms. Perrault was promoted to Regional Vice President EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) in Zurich, where she was responsible for the conglomeration of several of Oakley's European offices into new European headquarters in Zurich. She also integrated the Oakley business with Luxottica in Europe, following the Luxottica acquisition. Josée holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning from UQAM and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.
Commenting on today's announcement, Christopher Cole Chairman of WSP's Board, said, "We are pleased to welcome Josée to the WSP Global Board. Given the depth and breadth of her international and M&A experience, we are confident that her unique insight and international perspective will be valuable resources as WSP continues its transformation into a global professional services firm".
All the other members of the board of directors of GENIVAR immediately prior to the Effective Date remain as directors of WSP Global.
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms, working with governments, businesses, architects and planners and providing integrated solutions across many disciplines. The firm provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and its expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. It has approximately 15,000 employees, mainly engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, other design professionals, as well as various environmental experts, based in more than 300 offices, across 35 countries, on every continent. www.wspgroup.com
Acquisition Broadens Parsons’ Global Footprint in Transportation
PASADENA, CA (April 1, 2014) – Parsons is pleased to announce that it has acquired Delcan, an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a broad range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the transportation market. Delcan is a strategic addition to Parsons and signals the firm’s intent to expand its geographic footprint in transportation, one of the corporation’s four key market areas.
“In addition to increasing our presence in Canada and other key strategic geographies in the world, the acquisition of Delcan continues the progression of our corporate objectives through the expansion of our transportation and infrastructure business lines and our suite of technology offerings,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons Chairman and CEO. “Moreover, the shared heritage of Parsons and Delcan combined with our shared values further strengthens the strategic and cultural fit of the organizations.”
Over its 60-year history, Delcan has been providing high-quality transportation solutions within the rail and transit, road and highway, structures, water, freight, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) markets, developing a reputation for exceeding customer expectations. An acknowledged leader in ITS, Delcan will further strengthen Parsons’ offerings in this area across all markets.
“Delcan has long prided itself on working with the most talented customers and colleagues in the industry. We are passionate about delivering innovative work and believe that this acquisition will allow us to accomplish these worthy goals on an even greater scale,” said Jim Kerr, Delcan Chairman and CEO. “I look forward to working with Parsons to ensure that our customers continue to receive the best service possible.”
Harrington added, “We’re enthusiastic to welcome our new colleagues to the Parsons team. They are innovative and technically savvy, and this combination will enable us to achieve even greater success.”
With revenues of approximately $126 million in 2013, Delcan has 800 employees working from more than 25 locations across the globe, including the United States, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Delcan’s customers include all levels of government, regional network and transit operators, port authorities, and freight and logistics companies.
With revenues of $3 billion in 2013, Parsons is one of the largest transportation planning, engineering, and construction firms in the world, having successfully delivered 10,000+ miles of roads and highways, 4,500+ bridges, and 400+ airports worldwide. The corporation’s extensive portfolio of diverse transportation projects includes rail and transit, road and highway, bridge and tunnel, and aviation infrastructure. Parsons’ expertise encompasses all phases of transportation engineering operations, from the initial planning stage through final design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, and financing.
Parsons, celebrating nearly 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets, with a focus on transportation, environmental/infrastructure, defense/security, and resources. 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.
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