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Louis LeBel appointed CCTT Chair
The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Louis LeBel, FEC (Hon), CET, IntET (Canada) as its 26th Chair for a two-year term.
"We are delighted to have someone with Mr. LeBel's knowledge and experience take over as Chair of CCTT at this time in our history" said Isidore J. LeBlond, President and CEO, of CCTT.
At the 41st Annual General Meeting held September 28, 2013 the CCTT positions on innovation and leadership have been further strengthened by the following decisions:
• New CCTT Bylaws approved under the new Canada NFPC Act (2009)
• Business Associate Member category unveiled
• New partnerships created with CareerJoy, Let's Talk Science and MultiView
• Affinity Agreement signed with Meloche Monnex Inc.
• Eleven new IntET(Canada) designations granted
"Building on last week's highly successful National Technology Conference held in Winnipeg, MB, these new partnerships will help build momentum going forward and should be of benefit to all applied science and engineering technicians/technologists in Canada" said Mr. LeBel.
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National Applied Research contest winners
The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 National Applied Research Contest. They are:
1st Place $1,000 – Mark Watson
"The Design and Analysis of an Open-Return Subsonic Wind Tunnel"
Mechanical Engineering Technology
New Brunswick Community College
Saint John, NB
2nd Place $500 – Cory Bernard, Ryan Fernando, Matthew Reid
"Design of an Interval Gearbox for a Downhill Mountain Bike"
Mechanical Engineering Technology –Mechanical Design
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
3rd Place $250 – Ted Diener
"Classification of Sulfur Standards Using X-Ray Diffraction Analysis
at the Canadian Light Source"
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)
Congratulations to the winners and to all those who submitted entries. The quality of the submissions received this year was outstanding. CTAB will be releasing details shortly on the 2014 Contest.
Ottawa high-tech company launches second apprenticeship program for workers
Alvin Canlas is being paid to learn new skills that could help him get a better job someday. The 37-year-old Ottawa man is one of 140 full-time employees enrolled in a new, on-the-job apprenticeship program launched by Abbott Point of Care, in partnership with Algonquin College.
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Durham College welcomes more than 10,900 full-time, post-secondary and apprenticeship students to campus
Durham College announced that it has welcomed more than 10,900 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students to its Oshawa, ON, and Whitby, ON, campuses and Pickering Learning Site. An overall enrolment increase of nine per cent. This includes more than 5,700 new students as well as 346 international students.
Labour shortage looms, warns immigration minister
Chris Alexander, Ottawa's newly minted immigration minister, made a quick stop in Vancouver last week. As one would expect with a city so intertwined with immigration issues, "quick" in this case did not mean "uncomplicated." Alexander spoke at a National Bank of Canada event at the Pan Pacific Hotel, mainly to outline the progress on various immigration reforms spearheaded by the Harper Government.
Forestry group CEO to oversee reengineering
The Prince George Citizen
Nobody in the forest industry has a firm handle on where the seminal B.C. industry is going in the next 10 years. It is general consensus around the Council of Forest Industries table that the tree business is about to grow in directions no one could have imagined even a decade ago, which is exactly why they hired James Gorman to be their new president and CEO.
NASA to launch 3-D printer into space
NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools. Doctors use them to make replacement joints and artists use them to build exquisite jewellery.
What defines a laboratory quality system?
Food Safety Magazine
Quality is hard to define in a way that is appropriate for all situations. The term is usually used with products and services. As an objective characteristic, quality is not measurable but interpretable. In the testing laboratory, quality is interpreted as compliance with specifications. Therefore, quality means that the laboratory results meet the customer’s expectations and are accurate and defensible.
Taiwan ranks world's fourth-largest nanotechnology patent holder
Want China Times
With the opening of the 2013 Taiwan Nano Week and Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center, an industry expert said Taiwan is ranked fourth in the world in terms of the number and share of granted nanotechnology patents.
Wu Chung-yu, head of the National Program on Nanotechnology (NPNT), said that nanotechnology is expected to be a main driver for the technology industry. Wu said that currently, the European Union, the United States, Germany, Japan and South Korea are mapping out plans for the development of nanotechnology by 2020.
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