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Symposium on Catalysis for Sustainable Resources: Fuels, Energy and Chemicals
Ajay Dalai
The heavy gas oils derived from oil sands contain high levels of sulfur (~4.0 wt.%) and nitrogen (~0.4 wt.%). The most widely used upgrading process is hydrotreating. The improvement of hydrotreating catalyst is mandatory in view of stringent environment regulations. Therefore, in this work, several mesoporous support materials such as modified SBA-15, mesoporous mixed metal oxides (TiO2-Al2O3, ZrO2-Al2O3) and large pore mesoporous metal oxides (ZrO2, Al2O3) were synthesized and utilized as a support material for NiMo hydrotreating catalyst.
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Symposium on Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Xingcheng Xiao
Diffusion induced stress is believed to be one of the major driving forces responsible for the mechanical degradation especially for Si based electrode materials with high capacity in lithium ion batteries. In this talk, we will first introduce how to characterize in situ diffusion induced stress, combining the in-situ optical observation of crack generation and propagation in a Si thin film electrode.
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Abstract Submission for Pacifichem closes April 3

Join the CSC in Honolulu, Hawaii this December by submitting your abstract to Pacifichem 2015. Before submitting an abstract, review the Topic Area Schedule and the Technical Program and note the symposium's Topic Area, Title, and Symposium ID #.
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Professional Development Courses in Ottawa, June 17-18

Continue to develop your career by attending the Process Safety or Laboratory Safety courses in Ottawa, June 17-18. These courses will also be offered in Calgary and Toronto this fall.
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Canada's looming tech employment problem
Tech Vibes
A 1 per cent increase in labour productivity as the result of adopting advanced technologies would yield $8 billion to the Canadian economy, a new report suggests. However, ICTC's 2015 Labour Market Outlook also revealed that, despite the compelling argument for greater technology adoption, Canadian enterprises, particularly small and medium-size enterprises, are slow to adopt new technologies. "This contributes to Canada's well-known and persistent productivity gap relative to the U.S., our largest trading partner," the outlook reads.
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Google's HR boss explains the key to preparing for an interview
Business Insider
Landing a job interview is an accomplishment in itself, but it's only half the battle. Once you secure the interview, you want to nail it. Practice and preparation are key, according to Laszlo Bock, the SVP of People Operations at Google. He offers his best advice to job candidates in a recent LinkedIn post. Since you can anticipate 90 per cent of the interview questions you're going to face, Bock suggests writing down 20 potential questions, and then answering them.
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Snapshot of monthly job numbers misses big picture
The Globe and Mail
One thing we often overlook when talking about Canada's monthly employment report is that it's very much a snapshot in time. A series of these snapshots strung together can show a trend, just as many snapshots strung together can make a film. But an individual snapshot is susceptible to blurring of the details. Case in point: The recent Labour Force Survey for February, courtesy of Statistics Canada.
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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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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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University of Toronto joins U.S. engineering education initiative announced at White House
U of T Engineering News
University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has joined more than 120 U.S. engineering schools leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House — the only Canadian engineering school to do so. In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, the University of Toronto and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve "Grand Challenges" — complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century.
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69,000 state job vacancies expected in tech field by '18
Herald Guide
Anticipating growing competition for skilled workers, Dow stepped up efforts with a program called STEM — science, technology, engineering and math education — to literally create a K-12 pipeline to fill these highly sought jobs. "The worker of today and tomorrow has to become a more skilled worker as Dow steps up the need," said Jordan Tremblay, Dow's public affairs manager in Hahnville. "We hire a lot from Louisiana and education is trying to step up to meet that need."
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If your interviewer has a negative attitude, don't copy it
In business and in life, copying someone's behavior can build a rapport. In an interview setting, that might work against you if the interviewer is annoyed. The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology explains how an interviewer's mood can change the mood of the applicant.
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Business reviews now available on the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide
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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