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Chemical Reaction Engineering International Symposium
Benito Serrano
At EcoSynthetix we thrive on lessons from both synthetic polymer chemistry and Nature. We have developed a Biopolymer Nanoparticle Platform and a Reactive Biobased Macromer Platform, among others. The technology has broad applicability for use in many different latex polymers, functional polyesters, polyurethanes, and epoxies.
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Conductive and Light-responsive Polymers
Uttandaraman (U.T.) Sundararaj
Polymer nanocomposites have unique multifunctional properties resulting from the size and shape of the fillers and display superior electrical, thermal and mechanical properties to conventional polymer composites due to the nanoscale size of the filler. We have synthesized Copper and Silver nanowires using an aluminum oxide template based electro-deposition technique, and the nanowires were melt-mixed with polymers via solution mixing and in miniature mixers, and electrical and mechanical properties were tested. The electrical, mechanical and rheological properties of these new materials were studied and evaluated for industrial applications such as personal electronics enclosures, shielding for aerospace, batteries and anti-static packaging.
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It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube Contest winners announced
CIC
The It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube Contest challenges students in high schools across the country to communicate chemistry concepts in a fun and creative way. Suggested topics include the benefits of chemistry in everyday life, contributions of a recognized chemist and busting a commonly held myth about chemistry. Submissions are judged on educational value, accuracy of content, quality of information, ability to effectively communicate ideas, creativity, relevance to the theme and production value. The winners receive prize money to put toward further education. View the 2014 contents winners.
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Call for papers extended for the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology
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The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) encourages you to submit an abstract for the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, taking place July 19-22, 2015 in Montreal, QC. The Call for papers has been extended to January 28, 2015.
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9 mistakes job hunters make
Financial Post
You have a killer resumé. You send out thank you notes after every interview. You attend career fairs whenever they come to town. But somehow you're still unemployed. It's frustrating. It's stressful. You feel like you're doing all the right things, yet there's this nagging suspicion that maybe you're doing something wrong.
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8 ways to encourage more students to study engineering
The Guardian
There have been numerous warnings over recent years that the U.K. faces a shortage of engineers. But despite reports on the problem, it is far from solved. Many universities have struggled to drive up the number of students starting undergraduate engineering courses — in 2012-13, the most recent year for which data is available, the enrollment rate actually fell by just under 1 per cent.
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Canada's labour force participation rate hits 13-year low
Huffington Post
The number of Canadians who have a job or are actively looking for work has reached a 13-year low. Canada's labour participation rate fell to 65.9 per cent in December, according to the latest jobs report. That's the lowest level of participation since October, 2001, just after the tech bubble burst.

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1 million job openings expected in BC by 2022
Caboodle
In 2014 the Province invested $6.8 million to fund an additional 1,424 critical trades seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout BC. In 2015, these new critical trades seats will be coming online, making it even easier for individuals to get the training for in-demand jobs. Careers in construction and other trades offer good wages, benefits and job satisfaction. The additional trades seats have significantly reduced wait lists.

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Survey: Canadian employers expect to grow business without adding more jobs in 2015
Financial Post
Canadian employers are predicting increased growth, but not necessarily more jobs. An annual survey released by recruiting company Hays Canada says 70 per cent of Canadian employers and companies expect to grow their business in 2015. By comparison only 38 per cent of companies expect to add full-time employees.

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Who will get Linamar's 1,200 new Guelph jobs?
Inside Halton
Linamar's announcement that it would create 1,200 jobs in Guelph over the next 10 years with help from the provincial and federal government was greeted with much fanfare. Former Guelph Chamber of Commerce president Lloyd Longfield was, perhaps, one of the only people who did not greet the auto-parts manufacturer's news with glee. "When I heard the announcement my first reaction was, 'Oh, no,'" he said.
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Facebook claims it created 4.5 million jobs
CNN
A Facebook-sponsored study found that the social network has created 4.5 million jobs around the world and added $227 billion to the global economy in 2014. The study, conducted by Deloitte, suggests that the jobs Facebook (FB, Tech30) added are widespread, reaching countries such as India, Brazil and Australia.
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Business reviews now available on the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the chemical industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.


 
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