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Sustainable and Bio-based Polymers
Marc Dubé
Polymers are found in almost every manufactured product in the world. Not surprisingly, economic indicators for the polymer industry predict a significant global increase in production for the foreseeable future. Most synthetic polymers are derived from petroleum feedstocks and we have reached a critical point in our dependence on these feedstocks due to supply limitations and negative environmental consequences.
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Symposium on Catalysis for Sustainable Resources: Fuels, Energy and Chemicals (In Honour of Garry Rempel, University of Waterloo)
Robert Hayes
The concept investigated in this work is the Multi-Chamber Catalytic Converter (MCCC) (product name Cleanalytic). MCCC is a modification to the current catalytic converter design in which thin layers of insulating material are introduced into the ceramic honeycomb in a concentric fashion.
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Develop Your Career at CSC 2015

Join us on Saturday, June 13 in Ottawa for "Building Your Value for an Aspirational Career as a Chemist." This event will include workshops designed to enhance chemists' technical and soft skills.
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CIC/SCI Canada FREE Student Networking Event

Join us on March 26 in Calgary for the CIC/SCI Canada Business Innovation Seminar: Where Science Meets Business. Student members can attend this event for FREE! Onsite registration available.
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Canada's unemployment rate hits 5-month high, but jobs loss less than feared
Financial Post
Canada managed to hold on to most of its workers last month, even as the plunge in oil prices cut deeper into natural resources-dependent regions of the country — Alberta in particular. Just 1,000 nets jobs were lost in February, following a strong gain of 35,000 the previous month, but the negligible decline helped push the unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent from 6.6 per cent in January, Statistics Canada said.
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More jobs coming to Calgary and Edmonton in 2015 despite oil price fears
Huffington Post
What a difference a few months make. Throughout 2014, Calgary and Edmonton were ranked as the top two Canadian 'Markets to Watch', both ranking high for investment, development and housing prospects. That ranking would likely be different today: Low oil prices have thrown a monkey wrench into developers' 2015 plans. But don't despair — while low oil prices will never be good for Alberta, the news isn't all bad, and there is hope on the horizon.
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Northeast B.C.'s top 5 in-demand jobs
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It's no secret that the labour market is tight in the Peace. This past fall, WorkBC client services co-ordinator Jeanette Karasiuk said that in her 10 years working there, she'd never seen such a high demand for workers. According to Statistics Canada, as of September 2014, the unemployment rate for northeastern B.C. was 4 per cent, a stark contrast to the nationwide rate of 6.6 per cent, and much lower than the provincial rate of 5.4 per cent.

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Engineering a bright future: 10 female students to watch
U of T Engineering News
Whether it's combatting climate change, enhancing biomedical technologies or improving urban infrastructure, engineers are solving global challenges and making a positive impact on our world. Approaching these problems often requires diverse perspectives and multidisciplinary collaborations. And yet, as of 2013, women accounted for just 11.7 per cent of all professional engineers in Canada.

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Thinking about changing careers? Go where the jobs are
Financial Post
If you're thinking about going back to school to train for a new career, considering where the jobs are is at least as important as considering how you'd like to spend your workday. Doing some research can help you secure a good job in a high-growth sector — the holy grail of the job search. To get you started, here are two hot industries — both by demand and salary — worth considering.

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This engineer won a top job with Tata just two weeks after his exclusive internship
The Engineer
Rally car enthusiast Matthew Jackson scored a first-class motorsport engineering degree from Coventry University in the summer of 2014. It probably helped that he hadn't spent the previous few months worrying about his future career, having secured his first job way before exams started. Key to his early career success was an internship scheme unique to Coventry University that sends successful applicants into paid, one-year placements with companies that include GE Aviation, BMW Mini and Tata Technologies, a company that provides engineering services to aerospace and automotive manufacturers around the world.
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Engineering at Dalhousie: Making things happen
Dalhousie University
March is National Engineering Month. The month-long celebration recognizes the tremendous work that engineers do to continuously improve the world we live in, which, in turn, makes it a more efficient and comfortable place to live. Engineers have designed and influenced a multitude of resources that we rely on daily, many of which we might take for granted because we've become so accustomed to them.
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Job quality in Canada is low
Business Review Canada
According to CIBC, the quality of Canadian employment is at a 25-year low. What does this exactly mean? For starters, more and more people are working part-time or at temp jobs instead of having full-time employment. As well, more individuals are self-employed and don't have a secure job. As of now, there are more low-wage jobs than there have ever been in Canada during the past 25 years.
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