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With 2013 coming to a close, CCTT would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Innovation Weekly subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 10, 2014.
10. 2 million active geocaches and counting
Mar. 8, 2013: In a steady climb, emphasizing quality and not quantity, Geocaching reached a major milestone. We published the two millionth active geocache. The milestone geocache is hidden near Alice Springs, Australia. To celebrate this milestone, more than two dozen Geocaching souvenirs from regions and countries around the world are being released.
9. Your kids should consider petroleum engineering
Sept. 6, 2013: Encouraged by some of the highest starting salaries available in any industry, record numbers of students are enrolling in petroleum engineering courses at U.S. universities. It is part of a broader renaissance in engineering education, which should eventually ease severe skill shortages in the oil and gas sector.
8. NASA inventing 3D pizza printing technology you can use in space
May 24, 2013: The next big thing in technology, according to the technophiles, is 3D printing. The ability to design something in a computer and have a machine print it out has already reached the personal level, with 3D printers that print in plastic being utilized by hobbyists. But NASA may have upped the game entirely, as it was revealed that the agency has funded research towards a 3D printer that prints food.
7. The Canadian mobile phone service you can't get here
Aug. 2, 2013: A Canadian wireless provider is making a name for itself with a mix-and-match approach that charges cellphone customers only for what they use, but there's a catch for Canadians hoping for a deal — the company based in Toronto isn't able to operate in this country. Ting doesn't have contracts and uses a month-to-month system that is winning over smartphone users in the U.S.
6. Provinces hungry for skilled workers not available in Canada
The Globe and Mail
Nov. 22, 2013: The temporary foreign workers controversy could be on the agenda as provincial and territorial leaders gather in Toronto, ON, months after Ottawa tightened the rules to quell fears of foreigners swiping jobs from Canadians. Provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta have been quietly urging the government to ease up on the restrictions, with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall even making a recent face-to-face appeal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the issue.
5. Study: Skilled worker shortage no myth
Nov. 8, 2013: A recent TD Bank economic report on labour trends is being challenged, specifically the claim that within the next decade Canada should not expect a significant deficit in terms of labour force to jobs. For many sectors, this is a reality, but some feel it over looks the construction sector. Rosemary Sparks, executive director of Build Force Canada, says that the report takes the current and increasingly poor state of labour shortages far too lightly.
4. Engineering Month: Booming demand for civil engineers
Mar. 15, 2013: Whether you talk to universities, consulting engineering firms or industry associations, the consensus is that Canada, and the world for that matter, are always in dire need of civil engineers. As chair of the civil engineering and environmental and engineering department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Roger Cheng will tell you that when it comes to graduates, "They all get hired. It's is one of the most in-demand disciplines and there is certainly a shortage right now."
3. Tech Toys: Samsung's newest tablets, plus a gadget that lets you dodge sky-high U.S. roaming charges
Mar. 15, 2013: I had an early look at Samsung's newest tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, and while we still don't know details on pricing, this looks to be an interesting contender in the fast-growing mini-tablet market. With an eight-inch screen, the Note 8.0 is very close in size to Apple's iPad Mini.
2. CCTT grants new International Designation to 11 Certified Engineering Technologists in Canada
Nov. 1, 2013: The Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists is pleased to announce the granting of the new international designation to 11 certified engineering technologists in Canada. The new designation, IntET (Canada) is being awarded under the terms and conditions of the International Engineering Technologist Agreement. According to CCTT Chair, Louis LeBel "the Canadian Registry of engineering technologists will be an asset to Canadian companies competing globally."
1. CCTT grants new International Designation to Certified Engineering Technologists
Foreign Credentials Referral Office
June 14, 2013: The Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists is pleased to announce the granting of a new international designation for certified engineering technologists in Canada. The new designation, IntET(Canada) is being awarded under the terms and conditions of the International Engineering Technologist Agreement of which CCTT is a founding member.
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