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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...Read More
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird rates apply to first 75 registrants!
Legislation and RegulationDangerous Goods Handling & Transportation Act update - Don Labossiere – Conservation and Water Stewardship Legal perspective on topics including regulatory approaches to renewable energy and on the Law Reform Commission: Brent Kendall/Ian McIvor - D'Arcy & Deacon LLP Sven Hombach - Fillmore Riley LLP Sheryl Rosenberg - Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman LLP
Following the Legislation and Regulation session, there will be 4 panels sessions (2 concurrent in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) covering:The Resource-full North HOST: Rob Penner, University College of the North Shirley Neault, Hudbay Minerals Bill Henderson - Manitoba Hydro Jayne Sheppard, Tolko - Topic: Environmental Issues and Opportunities at Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers Oil and Gas in the Wild West HOST: Jeff McConnell, Mayor of the Town of Virden Stephen Carlyle, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Association - Topic: Habitat Banks Keith Lowdon, Petroleum Branch, MB Mineral Resources Industrial Evolution - Adapting to our Changing Climate HOST: Curt Hull, Climate Change Connection Daniel Lepp Friesen, DLF Consulting -Topic: Biomass Economy Network (BEN) Roger Rempel, Stantec Consulting - Topic: Beyond CHC Mitigation-The Urgent Need for Assessing and Managing Climate Change Impacts to the Built Environment Juliane Schaible, Conservation andWater Stewardship - Topic: Building a Climate Reslient Economy Growing Green under the Southern Sun HOST: Curtis McCrae, Keystone Agricultural Producers Wade Barnes, Farmers Edge Precision Consulting Inc. - Topic: Fertilizer Application Software Chris Anderson, Monsanto - Topic: Enhancement of Environmental Sustainability Andrew MacSkimming, Pitblado - Topic: Carbon Offsets in Agriculture
Keynote speaker: Paul Goudreault, Oil and Gas Sector, AMEC Topic: Shale Gas & Oil Development: Understanding the Benefits and Threats
4:30 to 6:30 RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.
OR call the MEIA office at 204-783-7090
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
The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit 2014: Delivering Meaningful Impact on October 29-30, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto. As a contact of mine, you are able to attend the event at a reduced rate of $995! – use Rebate Code PRM21 when registering to receive your exclusive rate.
Improve your programs and get the most from your corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Join us, as well as hundreds of professionals and practitioners to share ideas, exchange next and best practices, and explore practical business solutions to the challenges you and other Canadian CSR leaders face. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to best engage key stakeholder groups – customers, employees, partners, and communities – to maximize positive impacts on society and corporate reputation.
The speakers will share unique perspectives on how to develop powerful CSR strategies and impactful initiatives that align with your corporate goals. Useful and innovate takeaways will provide you with answers to how you can get your C-suite on board and personally engaged with CSR. You’ll hear from top experts including:Willa E. Black, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Canada Valerie Chort, Partner and National Leader, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Services, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte LLP Paul Forgues, Senior Network Manager, Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility, The Conference Board of Canada Jonathan A. Fowler, Vice-President, Aboriginal Affairs and Sustainability, De Beers Canada Inc. Gérald Gauthier, Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, The Railway Association of Canada Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainable Strategy, Interface David Hoffman, General Manager, Toronto-Dominion Centre, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited Rob Kerr, Vice-President, GlobeScan Incorporated Paul Klein, President, Impakt Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Senior Director, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd. Lauren More, Vice-President, Communications, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited Lynn E. Patterson, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Royal Bank of Canada Sarah Saso, Executive Director, Green Shield Canada Foundation Steve J. Tipman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Canada
This event will attract hundreds of professionals and practitioners in corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, community relations, and volunteerism to share ideas, exchange best practices, and explore practical business solutions to the challenges you and other Canadian CSR leaders face.
Register online today! Don’t forget to use Rebate Code PRM21 to receive your exclusive offer of $995.
For more information or help with your registration, please contact Robyn Mia at the Conference Board at email@example.com or 613-526-3090 ext. 445.
According to its own record-keeping Yes! Winnipeg is on track to hit its target of helping to create 4,200 new jobs in the city.
After about 45 months, the tally is at 2,665 direct jobs, and Bill Morrissey, the leader of Yes! Winnipeg said the organization is optimistic it'll reach its goal.
There may not be any new megaprojects on the books, but that was never really much of a realistic prospect when it raised $4 million from the public and private sectors in 2010 to create the organization.
By diligently grinding out cold calls, arranging strategic meetings at industry conferences and spearheading what's become a well-oiled collaborative effort, the arm of Economic Development Winnipeg has raised the city's profile.
The goal was to make it easier for local companies to decide on Winnipeg when planning to expand and to get the city into the conversation with external companies who are looking for a place to grow.
And it seems to be working.
"We do feel it is the right thing to be doing," said Morrissey. "Just on its own, Winnipeg by itself -- a city of less than 800,000 in a big world -- does not naturally percolate to the top of the consideration pile for the executives of most companies."
Of the close to 60 successful projects it's been involved in, many are like the $2-million expansion Melet Plastics currently has underway.
Bill Fenton, Melet's general manager, said the company decided it needed about 15,000 square feet of additional capacity either at its St. Boniface plant or its recently acquired Fargo, N.D., facility.
"We were wrestling over whether we should expand in Winnipeg or Fargo," Fenton said. "Fargo has a very aggressive economic development arm. But we reached out to Bill and his group, and they jumped through hoops and made connections for us."
Melet has been operating in the city for a long time, but Fenton said a Hydro transformer on its Winnipeg property was going to be a problem if it expanded here. He said Yes! Winnipeg got the right Manitoba Hydro people involved to make it work as efficiently as possible.
Just about all of the largest companies Yes! Winnipeg has played a role in expanding could have gone elsewhere.
In the last couple of years, including Melet, Yes! Winnipeg has played some role in expansions at Cargill, Price Industries, New Flyer, Winpak and Buhler. All those companies have other operations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world and could easily have decided to invest elsewhere.
Morrissey is likely the most thoroughly briefed -- and enthusiastic -- promoter of what he says is Winnipeg's "very compelling value proposition," which includes more than the cheapest hydro rates in North America, a quick drive to work and a stable and reliable workforce.
Even Morrissey knows it's not the brightest blip on anyone's radar.
A recent deal that could eventually produce 45 new jobs in the city involves a group of investors -- only one of whom is based in Winnipeg -- with operations across Western Canada.
Called Santorini Dairy Inc., it is taking over the former Whiteshell Dairy on Dufferin Street in the North End, a brand-new dairy facility whose original owners went bankrupt before it could be fully commissioned.
Paul Kostas, the Winnipeg partner of Santorini, said it was too early to discuss the plans for the facility.
"But I will say that Yes! Winnipeg went way above and beyond to help me out in every respect," he said.
Morrissey said Yes! Winnipeg has got more focused in its targeting of potential prospects. He and his staff now regularly attend a host of industry conferences with meetings pre-arranged.
A blitz of meetings in New York in May already yielded two return trips to Winnipeg by New York companies now interested in Winnipeg.
By: Martin Cash
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
On September 30, 2014, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will be launching the 2nd call for proposals for the Western Innovation Initiative (WINN). The objective of WINN is to assist SMEs in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services.
WINN is a $100 million, five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada. WINN complements our existing programs and supports an environment where local businesses can thrive and innovate.
Western Economic Diversification (WD) will deliver 8 WINN information sessions in Winnipeg on the following dates:
Session 1 - Wednesday, September 17 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (English)
Session 2 - Thursday, September 18 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (French)
Session 3 - Tuesday, September 30 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (English)
Session 4 - Thursday, October 9 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (English)
Session 5 - Tuesday, October 14 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (English)
Session 6 - Wednesday, October 15 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (English)
Session 7 - Wednesday, October 15 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (French)
Session 8 - Thursday, October 16 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am (English)
Western Economic Diversification
Canada Room – 7th floor of the Cargill Building
240 Graham Ave
A presentation will be delivered on the WINN initiative, followed by a question and answer period. For further information on WINN and WD, please refer to the WD website:
If you would like to register for one of the sessions listed above, please e-mail François Andrieu at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 204-983-2463 if you have any questions.
WINN seeks to enhance Canada’s business advantages and encourage the private sector to bring new ideas to market. I encourage you to review the information available about WINN and how to apply for funding on the WD website, http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp.
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