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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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Un investissement du PDEO dans le Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) a aidé Équipe Canada à se mesurer aux meilleurs du monde lors de l’épreuve de skeleton masculine à Sotchi. Eric Neilson, au centre, et John Fairbairn, à droite, ont utilisé des luges conçues au Sports and Wellness Engineering Technology Institute du SAIT et se sont respectivement classés 13e et 7e. Leur collègue lugeur, le Canadien Dave Greszczyszyn, à gauche, est membre de l’équipe canadienne de la Coupe du monde. Photo : Drew Gregory.Innovation : Consolider l'avenir de l'Ouest canadien
Au sein du marché mondial férocement concurrentiel d'aujourd'hui, l'innovation constitue un facteur essentiel de croissance économique. Dans l'Ouest canadien, l'innovation fait partie de notre ADN. L'Ouest ne se contente pas de « se maintenir dans la course », mais est déterminé à prendre les devants dans le mouvement de croissance et de création de possibilités futures.
Pour réussir, nous devons agir de manière stratégique en nous appuyant sur nos forces, ainsi que préserver notre position de chefs de file dans le champ de l'innovation. C'est pourquoi Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest Canada (DEO) a adopté l'innovation comme l'une de ses plus importantes priorités.
Les organisations sans but lucratif de l’Ouest canadien peuvent obtenir un financement qui les aidera à étendre leurs activités et à développer leurs capacités d’innovation dans le cadre du Programme de diversification de l’économie de l’Ouest (PDEO). Du laboratoire de fabrication aux luges olympiques, DEO a tissé des liens solides avec les innovateurs et les organisations de pointe, aidant l’Ouest à soutenir de façon continue le flux des idées.
L’Initiative d’innovation dans l’Ouest (Initiative InnO) représente un autre moyen utilisé par DEO pour nourrir l’innovation dans l’Ouest canadien. Les propositions de projet reçues au cours de la première période de réception des demandes sont en cours d’évaluation : toute une gamme de nouveaux concepts d’affaires exceptionnels qui pourront être commercialisés, passant du banc d’essai au marché. Cela entraînera des répercussions directes et positives sur la création d’emplois et l’économie.
DEO tient aussi de façon active les rôles d’éclaireur et de facilitateur pour aider les entreprises de l’Ouest canadien à se brancher sur la recherche, le développement et les possibilités de commercialisation. Nous poursuivrons ce dialogue permanent avec nos partenaires. Nous comptons sur notre Forum sur l’innovation, qui aura lieu prochainement, pour consolider notre rôle de facilitateur et éveiller de nouvelles possibilités de collaboration.
En rassemblant les intervenants clés et en investissant dans l’infrastructure de l’innovation, DEO aide les entreprises de l’Ouest canadien à innover dès maintenant.
De nouvelles façons d'innover : établir le fondement de l'innovation
L'honorable Michelle Rempel, ministre d'État chargée de la Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest canadien, a rencontré plus de 150 acteurs de collectivités autochtones, d'entreprises, d'établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire et de gouvernements provinciaux dans 14 collectivités de l'ensemble de l'Ouest canadien et a participé avec eux à une série de tables rondes. Cette activité informelle a permis d'entendre directement de la bouche de nos leaders leurs opinions quant aux défis et aux possibilités qui se présentent à eux.
« Il existe parmi les gens que j’ai rencontrés une incroyable culture de l’innovation, a déclaré la ministre Rempel. Ils apportent dans les discussions toute leur énergie et leur créativité afin de maximiser leurs possibilités. À DEO, notre tâche est de leur dégager la voie afin de nous assurer qu’ils poursuivent leur réussite. »
Ce qu'on entend
La Colombie-Britannique – contribue au développement d'une masse critique et à la croissance des moyennes entreprises par un meilleur accès au capital de risque.
L'Alberta – cible l’amélioration de l’infrastructure de l’innovation pour stimuler l’ensemble du système.
La Saskatchewan – accroît l'innovation dans les secteurs de la fabrication et de la construction pour faire face à la concurrence américaine et européenne.
Le Manitoba – établit un système d'ingénierie de l'innovation afin de créer une structure d'innovation fiable et scientifique.
Les participants ont reconnu l'impact positif du rôle de rassembleur et de facilitateur de DEO, lequel crée des liens entre les entreprises, le monde universitaire et le gouvernement.
Les PME ont mentionné qu'il serait pour elles plus facile de mettre en marché leurs innovations si elles pouvaient profiter d'un accès simplifié à l'aide gouvernementale disponible. DEO cherche actuellement à améliorer les programmes existants, testant entre autres de nouveaux processus pour renforcer les investissements dans l'Ouest.
L’élan créé par les tables rondes continuera à nous inspirer au cours des discussions futures sur l’innovation dans l’Ouest, en commençant par le Forum sur l’innovation prévu en avril prochain. Ce Forum, un événement de deux jours qui aura lieu à Vancouver, est organisé par DEO en partenariat avec Mitacs et l’Association des industries canadiennes de défense et de sécurité (AICDS). L’accent sera mis sur l’innovation et la commercialisation de la technologie. Le Forum offrira en outre aux PME de l’Ouest canadien une plateforme d’échange avec des innovateurs canadiens et internationaux des milieux des affaires, gouvernemental et universitaire, ainsi que de secteurs économiques clés.
La collaboration nourrit le progrès. Dans cet ordre d'idées, le Forum sur l'innovation représente une nouvelle étape sur le chemin du renforcement de l'innovation dans l'Ouest, ainsi qu'une nouvelle façon pour DEO d'aider l'Ouest canadien à puiser dans son esprit novateur pour bâtir un avenir prospère.
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At this 6th anual Remediation and Prevention Conference, we will be exploring the legal and financial aspects of remediation action. Concurrent sessions will focus on phyto and bio remediation, as well as sustainable waste management.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Gordon Edwards - Fukushima: Environmental and Human Health Concerns and Decontamination Challenges
Connecting Today’s Students with Tomorrow’s Opportunities
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, University Centre Multi-Purpose Room 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Drop in and visit booths from various environmental organizations. Speak with experts in environmental sectors specific to your area of interest. Schedule for keynote and breakout sessions: 11:00 - 11:45 Opening Remarks, Keynote: Our Greener Future: Sustainability in Manitoba 12:00 - 12:45 Water Stewardship : Lake Winnipeg Room 1 - 224A 12:30 - 2:15 Policy and Law Room 224B 1:00 - 2:15 Sustainable Workplaces Room 224A 2:30 - 3:30 Sustainable Fisheries Room 224A 2:30 - 3:30 Climate Change Room 224B
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW! 4:30 - 6:00 at the Hub Pub, 3rd Floor UC
ALS Environmental AMEC Earth & Environmental Canada Green Building Council Manitoba Chapter Canadian Institute of Forestry Climate Change Connection Ducks Unlimited ECO Canada Environment Canada Environment Canada Faculty of Graduate Studies Green Action Centre Green Manitoba Lafarge Canada Inc Living Prairie Museum Manitoba ECO Network Manitoba GIS Users Group Manitoba Hydro Manitoba Parks MEIA Miller Environmental MTS AllStream Oak Hammock Marsh Pinchin Prairie Wildlife Research Centre Stantec Consulting Tervita University of Manitoba Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Volunteer Manitoba The Wildlife Society, Manitoba Chapter
Karlyn McFadyen Karlyn is the current Undergraduate Student Representative of The Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter. She is currently an environmental studies student at the University of Manitoba. She has worked as a lab technician in a marine mammal lab and works seasonally for Manitoba Conservation. Karlyn is interested in wildlife management and enjoys hiking, canoeing, hunting and fishing.
Dawn Fraser began as one of the founding MEIA student chapter committee members 5 years ago that started and organized the Career Expo in its inaugural few years. She has been working at Lafarge Canada for the past 3 years and is currently the Environmental and Public Affairs Manager for the prairies and northwest US. She also sits on the board of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as the Programs Director and the Canadian Precast- Prestressed Concrete Institute's sustainability committee. Dawn’s previous career in education was spent living abroad for several years before changing tracks and focusing on her passion for the environment.
Jennifer Lusk Jennifer Lusk is a Policy Analyst with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. She works with subject area specialists to develop strategic plans, policies and legislation. Jennifer’s work also includes co-ordinating the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development, an advisory body to the Manitoba government. Jennifer has a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Victoria.
Kristina Hunter Kristina Hunter is an Instructor in the University of Manitoba's Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. She teaches in the fields of Sustainable Development, Environmental Health, Green Buildings and Environmental Issues. In addition, she has taught in the Asper School of Business' MBA Program, the Faculty of Architecture and travel study courses in the Churchill region of Manitoba. Professor Hunter has been involved with research in environment and health, environmental restoration and education for sustainability. Professor Hunter is active in environmental organizations on and off campus; most notably she serves as Vice-chair of the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development advising the provincial government on sustainability policy and legislation. Prior to becoming a full-time University Instructor, Professor Hunter worked as an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager at Wardrop Engineering in Winnipeg.
Mississauga, Ontario. December 23, 2013. Maxxam Analytics is pleased to announce an exciting change in ownership for the company. Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, acquired Maxxam to further strengthen its position in Canada. Maxxam will continue to operate under the Maxxam name as a separate Canadian entity; with no changes to business structure, people or processes.
“This is an important step in the growth of Maxxam and one that enables us to stay focused on our customers, while significantly expanding the range of value-added services we can provide”, explains Jon Hantho, Maxxam’s President & CEO. “Not only is Maxxam a great fit for Bureau Veritas in terms of the industries and geographies we serve, our corporate vision and values are also extremely well aligned.”
“The technical and scientific expertise of the Maxxam team, as well as the company’s solid reputation and performance, are most impressive”, states Didier Michaud-Daniel, CEO of Bureau Veritas. “We are very excited that Maxxam is joining the Bureau Veritas group, a move that will help us establish a strong and strategic presence in North America.”
There will be no operational integration with Bureau Veritas and it will be business as usual for Maxxam’s customers and employees, based on the proven processes and high level of scientific excellence the industry has come to expect from the company. Overtime, the acquisition will allow Maxxam to leverage Bureau Veritas’ global and local networks, to exchange best practices and innovations. By tapping into an expanded suite of testing, inspection and certification services, Maxxam will be able to add value for customers by offering new services and solutions.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, expected in early 2014.
Maxxam Analytics has been committed to contributing to our customers’ success through the application of our knowledge and expertise for over 40 years. Today, Maxxam is the market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries. In 2012, our 2400 employees combined efficiency and customer service with rigorous science and quality management to process over 2.3 million samples and generate 41 million results. Our commitment to success with responsibility was rewarded with a Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ award and a Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration.
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 60,000 employees in around 1,330 offices and laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performances by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
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REMINDER THAT COAL, PETROLEUM COKE HEATING BAN TAKES EFFECT JAN. 1
Ban Designed To Cut Greenhouse-gas Emissions
December 23, 2013
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship reminds Manitobans that, earlier this year, the provincial government introduced North America's first petroleum coke and coal heating ban.
Because coal burning is a significant contributor to climate change, Manitoba is banning the use of coal for space heating. Other fuel, such as locally available biomass or other forms of green heat like geothermal energy, can be substituted for coal to help the environment and the economy.
Petroleum coke is derived from oil refining and, while it has been used as an alternative to coal, it is also a significant contributor to climate change. It is being banned as well. Key elements of the ban include:
* as of Jan. 1, coal and petroleum coke will be prohibited from being used as space-heating fuels;
* North America's first coal heating ban will be phased in beginning Jan. 1, with a grace period up to July 1, 2017, if an approved conversion plan is filed by June 30, 2014;
* anyone who has not submitted conversion plans by June 30, 2014, or does not implement their plans by June 30, 2017, may face a fine; and
* conversion plans must identify the new energy source, provide details on new equipment or modification to existing equipment, set out proposed timelines for conversion and provide details on the amount of coal or petroleum coke used in previous years.
To help people move from coal to other heating sources, Manitoba has introduced the Biomass Energy Support Program. The program provides financial assistance to coal users and biomass processors as they transition towards bio-based energy systems and supply chains. Manitoba has three to five million tonnes of biomass available annually.
Since the emissions tax on coal was announced in 2011 and the pending ban on coal heating was introduced, many small coal users have already made the switch to alternatives or have plans to do so. It is expected that the ban will reduce emissions by 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking between 10,000 and 20,000 cars off the road.
For more information, the Coal and Petroleum Coke Ban for Space Heating Regulation can be viewed at http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/2013/183.pdf.
This initiative is part of Tomorrow Now - Manitoba's Green Plan, designed to build a green economy while protecting the environment. More information on Tomorrow Now is available at:
NEW PROGRAM SUPPORTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-PRODUCT SECTORS
Growing Adaptation Program to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects, Water Management Studies in Rural Areas
December 20, 2013
Under Growing Forward 2, Canada and Manitoba are partnering to fund a new program, Growing Adaptation, which will help farmers and food processors build water infrastructure and prepare for situations where water storage will directly impact their businesses. The announcement of $2.4 million in annual funding for five years was made today by Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn.
"Water is a vital resource for the agricultural industry," said Minister Ritz. "These initiatives will help farmers and rural processors develop efficient water management strategies to support the environment and generate opportunities for economic growth."
"A stable water supply underpins the continued growth in Manitoba's agriculture and food sector," said Minister Kostyshyn. "Upgraded water infrastructure is fundamental to new businesses and encourages existing businesses to grow. This program will drive economic growth and help create good jobs, which in turn results in strong, viable rural communities."
The Growing Adaptation Program will fund strategic water infrastructure projects, as well as studies on water management. Examples of projects that will be supported under this new program are:
* Projects that support strategic rural mainline water pipeline and multi-user potable water storage infrastructure. For example, assisting a food-processing facility expansion get access to a mainline pipeline or increase local potable water storage.
* Well projects for multiple users. For example, helping a municipality that wants to build a well to provide non-potable water for agriculture producers during a drought.
* Studies on how to source potable water in rural Manitoba. For example, supporting a group of municipalities wanting to study how best to ensure there is enough water for livestock producers in the region.
* Studies on how to manage non-potable water, such as protecting farmland from regular flooding.
For potable water infrastructure projects and rural water sourcing studies, rural municipalities and incorporated water co-operatives are required to contact the Manitoba Water Services Board, which will apply for Growing Adaptation funding on their behalf. Proposals must demonstrate how the project will directly increase or sustain agriculture development or agri-product processing. Projects will be assessed on criteria such as the amount of water provided to agricultural users, the number of users impacted, estimated value of agricultural products sustained and economic indicators such as number of rural jobs created or maintained.
For non-potable water management studies, agricultural organizations, including associations, co-operatives, corporations, not for profit, commissions or boards that are actively engaged in representing agriculture producers, agri-product processors or agribusiness members are eligible to apply directly for funding. These proposals must identify water management strategies that will assist in capturing market opportunities or address risks associated with extremes of water availability and climate change. As an example, a potato growers' association would like to conduct a study on the feasibility of sourcing water for irrigation in a specific region of Manitoba, however water supplies may be unreliable. Applications by agricultural organizations can be made online.
Further detailed information on the Growing Adaptation Program can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/agriculture or by contacting the nearest Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development GO office. In Manitoba, the federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million over five years in the Growing Forward 2 program.
Growing Forward 2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial policy framework that is investing $3 billion nationally to advance the agriculture industry, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets. For more information on Growing Forward 2, visit www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward2.
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