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Renewable Energy to Chemical Feedstock Via Electrolysis: Sustainable Carbon Sequestration
Brant Peppley
The current level of research effort and political pressure for carbon capture is substantial. A number of large-scale demonstrations are underway around the world and the subterranean storage of the captured carbon dioxide in its supercritical state appears to be successful. This presentation will examine the possibility of using renewable power to power electrolysers that can generate not only hydrogen and oxygen from water but can also be used to reduce CO2 directly to produce synthesis gas and pure oxygen.
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Symposium on Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Dong Un Lee
The advanced air breathing electrode based on 3-dimensional Co3O4 nanowire (NW) arrays directly grown on stainless steel mesh current collector is developed for extremely durable rechargeable zinc-air battery applications. Individual Co3O4 NW consisting of smaller crystallites are mesoporous in nature and are highly active towards both the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER).
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Submissions for SNC-Lavalin Plant Design Competition due May 15

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the SNC-Lavalin Undergraduate Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities. All entries will be evaluated in 2 stages by a panel of 3 judges drawn from industry, government and academia. The best 3 entries will be chosen in preliminary judging and these teams will be invited to present their projects during a PowerPoint presentation to be held at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference where the judges will make their final decision.
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CSChE Chemical Engineering Local Section Scholarships

The CSChE offers two CSChE Chemical Engineering Local Section Scholarships annually to undergraduate students in chemical engineering at a Canadian university. Applications are due April 30, 2015.
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Google's HR boss explains the key to preparing for an interview
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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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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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If your interviewer has a negative attitude, don't copy it
LifeHacker
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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How much do references matter in a job interview?
Fortune
Job interviews go both ways. Employers certainly need to probe, but exceptional candidates know how to manage the overall interview process themselves. Kabam has beefed up its studio management team over the past year and I had the opportunity of interviewing many of the top candidates. Three of them — Nick Earl (president) and Aaron Loeb and Mike Verdu (senior vice presidents) — gave the best interviews imaginable. Why? Because they managed the discussion rather than settling on a question-and-answer session led by me. Here's how.
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Investing in first-in-Canada technology, supporting Ontario's vital manufacturing sector
Marketwired
Fibracast, a Hamilton-based manufacturer of advanced membrane technologies used in water treatment, will receive a $10 million repayable contribution under FedDev Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF). The Harper Government's investment will lead to the development of transformative products and first-in-Canada technologies to help Ontario manufacturers create high-quality, highly-skilled jobs and compete globally.
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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.


Why Canada has an 182,000 IT talent shortage while lots of tech professionals are out of work
IT World Canada
ICTC, which is a government-funded labour market intelligence and industry skills standard body, also projected that "homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient" to meet these upcoming hiring requirements. Naturally, the feedback we go was: Where are all these jobs? ICTC's report identifies skills mismatch, demand and supply imbalances and aging workforce as some of the reasons behind the talent gap.
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Report: Transit plan will add 44,000 years of employment to economy
Metro News
Approving the transit plebiscite would result in 43,800 person years of employment, $2.96 billion in wages and would contribute almost $4.5 billion to the economy, says a new study. The report, co-published by Green Jobs BC and Blue Green Canada, found that each dollar invested in transit would have a multiplier effect of creating $1.48 in economic benefits.
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Aspiring engineers take flight at the University of Windsor
CBC News
Windsor-Essex high students had the chance to turn household items into model airplanes at an event held by the University of Windsor's Engineering Students' Society. The aspiring engineers used a little bit of creativity to turn a wooden fuselage — an aircraft's main body section &madsh; and everyday household items like Popsicle sticks, elastic bands and aluminum foil into miniature aircraft.
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UBC approves 8 new Master's of Engineering specializations for 2016
The Ubyssey
With over 500 courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and more than 40 degree programs allowing students to focus on sustainability and the environment, UBC is widely known as a sustainable campus. The two most recent Senate meetings have seen developments in this area. Eight new Master's of Engineering programs, focused on leadership, sustainability and industry and a Master of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care have all been approved for January 2016.
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