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Optimal Robust Approximation for Chance Constrained Optimization Problem
Zukui Li
For optimization under uncertainty, the chance/probabilistic constraint enforces a probabilistic guarantee on constraint satisfaction and provides a compromise towards the uncertainty comparing to the worst-case scenario problem. This presentation addresses the question of what is the optimal (safe and least conservative) robust approximation for chance constrained problem.
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Real-Time Optimization of Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells and Compressed Air Energy Storage for Peaking Power with Zero Emissions
Tom Adams
A promising technology for highly efficient electricity generation from fossil fuels is the solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC). This work investigates a novel system that integrates an SOFC system fuelled by natural gas for base-load power production with a compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant for load-following capabilities.
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Renew your membership for 2014
CIC
If you have not done so already, it is time to renew your CIC membership for 2014. Current members are asked to log in to the member site to complete their renewal. Lapsed and new members are asked to complete the online form.
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Ichikizaki Fund terminated
CIC
The Ichikizaki Fund for Young Chemists has provided financial assistance to young chemists who showed unique achievements in basic research by facilitating their participation in international conferences or symposia. Due to a variety of circumstances, the 2014 funding will not be offered as advertised and the Fund has been terminated. The CSC would like to thank the Ichikizaki Fund Committee for their support for more than 120 recipients over the past 26 years.
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Cisco Canada investment could bring up to $4 billion, 1,700 jobs to Ontario
Global News
Ontario's Liberals are handing $220 million to high-tech giant Cisco Canada over the next decade in an effort to create jobs in the province, amid a rash of pending plant closures by companies that received government subsidies. Both Kellogg and Novartis are shuttering factories in Ontario, which will result in the loss of more than 800 jobs.

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Creating jobs in Ontario's high tech sector
Ontario.ca
Ontario is partnering with Cisco Canada to launch the largest job-creating investment in the history of the province's tech sector. Cisco will make Ontario one of its global research and development hubs for its next-generation technologies. It will create up to 1,700 jobs to expand its current Ontario workforce to 3,000 in the next six years, with up to $190 million in provincial support. Cisco will potentially grow its Ontario workforce to 5,000 within the next 10 years.

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IT employment growth levels off in November; engineering jobs tick up modestly
Digital Journal
The number of IT jobs grew 0.07 per cent sequentially last month to 4,518,200, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 5.17 per cent since November 2012 adding 222,000 IT workers. Engineering jobs grew once again in November, up 0.15 per cent sequentially last month to 2,474,900. On a year-over-year basis, engineering employment has grown by 1.51 per cent since November 2012 adding 36,800 engineering workers.

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Hi-tech industry's future bright in Ottawa
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa's burgeoning high technology sector celebrated an early Christmas last year. Ontario and Cisco Canada announced a 10-year agreement that will see the high-tech giant add 1,700 jobs to its Ontario workforce over the next six years. Under the agreement — which came about with critical strategic support from the Ontario government — Cisco could increase its Ontario workforce to 5,000 employees by 2024.
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Where the new jobs are
Business Spectator
Much has been made of the disappearance of jobs due to the digitisation, automation and networking of many industries, most notably in traditional media. But careful global economic analysis has shown the internet has in fact added more jobs than it has destroyed. According to McKinsey and Company, the internet has created 2.6 new jobs for every one deleted. What's becoming increasingly apparent is that the location and setting for where these new jobs appear is often not the same for those which were lost.
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In-demand jobs in Alberta for 2014 include finance and oil industry occupations
Huffington Post
An ongoing boom in Alberta combined with a labour shortage means the province will see a rising demand for certain types of jobs this year. There will be an increase in demand for five key occupations in 2014, including construction and engineering jobs, according to Collective Technical Recruitment, an Alberta-based recruitment firm.
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Critics complain of qualification inflation as more Canadians hold university degrees — and low-paying jobs
National Post
Canadians often complain that a university education is too expensive, too unattainable and too scarce. But in a country plagued by bloated universities, rising degree-holder unemployment and a credentialism arms race that shows no signs of stopping, Canada's real problem may be too much — not too little — university.
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What's in a job title? More work, it seems
Leader-Post
If you're a tech Guru, Rockstar or Wizard, you're in luck. That's what many of Canada's hottest tech startups are looking for. If you're just a simple programmer or social media marketer, don't worry; these are the same jobs, tarted up with fancier names. In most cases, the inflated job titles compensate for lower salaries and small staffs. Get hired as a Wizard, and you'll probably be making your magic in several areas instead of just one.
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Can't find a job? Then make one, youth told
CBC News
With youth unemployment at 14 per cent, more than double the rate for adult workers, Canada's young people are being encouraged to innovate to create their own jobs. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation provides mentoring, training and help with finding financing for young graduates who hope to be entrepreneurs.
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