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Sustainable Development: The technical challenges
Richard Darton
The human population faces a huge challenge in satisfying its need for development in a way that is sustainable in the long term. Chemistry and Chemical engineering expertise will be vital to finding and deploying technical solutions to this challenge, but there will be a need for significant social adaptation as well. The move towards greater sustainability will be a major driver of change in the course of this century.
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Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Research: A Personal View
Adriaan van Heiningen
Lignocellulosics are considered as feed stock for transportation fuels, commodity chemicals, and biomaterials because they are abundant, can be grown on relatively poor soil using low energy and nutrient inputs, and do not compete with food production. Different past and present biorefinery research efforts by the author and his collaborators will be presented, and the opportunities and challenges for industrial implementation reviewed.
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Aspects of Changing the Safety Culture in Today's Universities
Graeme Norval
This presentation provides a historical perspective on the conflict engineering programs face between the desire to impart knowledge and the need to introduce students to industrially relevant aspects of the profession, reviews the attempts to improve the situation and proposes improvements to address it.
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CIC/SCI Canada Seminar and Awards Dinner on April 3, 2014
CIC
Last minute registrants for the 4th Annual CIC Green, Clean and Sustainable Chemistry Seminar and SCI Canada Awards Dinner are still welcome. This annual event consists of a business-focused afternoon seminar featuring leaders from industry who highlight current developments along with forecasts for the future of green chemistry and engineering in Canada, followed by a dinner to honour the SCI Canada award winners.
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BIO World Congress early registration closes March 31
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The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is a proud supporter of the 2014 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. CIC members will receive the BIO member registration rate. In addition to the CIC discount, register before March 31 to receive the early registration discount.
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Ontario's job market undergoing 'seismic shift' from full- to part-time jobs
Toronto Star
Ontario's labour market is in tumult as the province slides from a workforce of steady full-time jobs to shaky part-time posts, warns a new study. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives notes the troubling trend predates the recent global recession that has left the economy sputtering for years.

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Canadian clean technology is going for gold
Toronto Star
With the right policies, clean technology could become a $50 billion industry and employ 100,000 Canadians by 2022. Analytica Advisors, an Ottawa-based company, has monitored Canada's expanding clean technology sector for five years. In its 2014 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, Analytica Advisors has confirmed that not only is this industry broader and deeper than previously thought, it is steadily growing.

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Where the hot jobs are for graduates
The Globe and Mail
A growing interest in entrepreneurship means some graduates will forego a high salary now for potentially-high remuneration later if a start-up hits the jackpot. Meanwhile, employers increasingly look to connect with MBA students earlier in the recruitment cycle to identify prospective hires long before graduation day. More companies are choosing to come on campus, with real estate and mining companies now jostling with the big-three MBA recruiters.

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STEM@PSC Program gives chemistry student opportunity to thrive
eNews Park Forest
Prairie State College (PSC) student Daniel Eichler tried the traditional path to higher education. The 2007 Marian Catholic Academy graduate actually spent one year enrolled at Eastern Illinois University studying chemistry right after high school. The computer enthusiast, who builds computers as a hobby, started pursing a computer science degree when he first started at PSC. "It was then that I met Professor Medhat Shaibat, and he rekindled my passion for chemistry," he said, which is why he decided to return to his original plan and study chemistry.
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Program aims to keep Nova Scotia job seekers in the province
Global News
A new program in Halifax wants to keep job seeking Nova Scotians in the province by teaching them how to find the hidden job market. The Launch program at Job Junction equips job applicants with tools such as how to better network, improve their resume and make cold calls to prospective employers.
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Waiting times for background checks frustrate some job-seekers
CBC News
Waiting times are getting longer for criminal background checks as more companies and groups require them from prospective employees and volunteers. A Saint John man complains the waits are now such that they are causing people to lose out on job offers and other opportunities. Brian Marr says he nearly lost his maintenance jobs because it's taking so long to get his criminal background clearance.
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Employers must help to fill void in essential skills
The StarPhoenix
There's been a lot of talk lately in government and business about Canada's skilled worker shortage, but much of it misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers with adequate essential skills. Essential skills are those we all must have to thrive in our work.
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Forget the flashy office, millennials want jobs with security
Huffington Post
While millenials are known for being the generation of "job-hoppers," switching jobs year-to-year, data from our most recent study shows that the threat posed by high unemployment rates is starting to impact our career goals. While a good salary remains a top priority for this generation, results show they are prioritizing job security.
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12 ways to get a job interview — and a way not to
LinkedIn: Lou Adler
Job hunting tip #1: Don't apply directly to any job posting. The only exception to this rule is if you're a perfect fit based on the skills, experiences and titles listed on the job description. If you're not a perfect fit, you shouldn't spend more than 20 per cent of your time applying to jobs. However, if you think you can do the job, even if you're not a perfect match on the requirements listed, there are many things you can do to get an interview.
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