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Plasma-functionalized MWCNTs Grown on 316 Stainless Steel as Supercapacitor Electrodes
Sylvain Coulombe
A method for the incorporation of immobile oxygen-containing functional groups onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) rooted in a metallic substrate for supercapacitor (SC) application is presented.
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Best Practices from GreenCentre Canada for Commercializing Sustainable Material Technologies
Andrew Pasternak
GreenCentre Canada is a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization & Research (CECR), focusing on developing early stage green chemistry technologies invented at Canadian academic institutions. We are an all-in-one commercialization "ecosystem", with activities that include technology and market assessment, commercial application development, scale-up, performance testing, and intellectual property management. In this presentation, we will present GreenCentre Canada's current work to commercialize its portfolio of sustainable material technologies and highlight selected examples.
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Process Safety and Lab Safety Courses Offered in Ottawa

Two-day courses on Process Safety and Laboratory Safety will be held in Ottawa, June 17-18.

The Process Safety Course presents technical and working concepts of process safety for engineering, safety and management professionals who are engaged in process design or plant operations. Numerous case studies and class breakout exercises are used to convey the meaning and importance of an integrated approach to process safety in high hazard operations.

The Laboratory Safety Course provides an in-depth look at the fundamentals of lab safety and effective lab safety programs. You will learn to identify and manage common laboratory hazards; many of which you may never have considered.

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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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Investing in first-in-Canada technology, supporting Ontario's vital manufacturing sector
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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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Canadian job security takes a hit after layoff carnage in energy and retail
Financial Post
Canadians who say their employment isn't fully secure rose to 15 per cent, the highest since June 2013, according to a weekly survey by Nanos Research Group. The share who say their jobs are at least somewhat secure has declined to 68.9 per cent, the lowest since early January. High-profile companies have recently announced closings and Canada's unemployment rate is at a five-month high as the country copes with the plunge in oil prices and consolidation in the retail industry.

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Tech jobs plentiful
The Morning Star
More than 6,500 skilled individuals are the driving force of the Okanagan's billion-dollar tech industry but a recent national report forecasts a shortage of the homegrown talent to fill the demand for tech jobs by 2019. It is clear there are opportunities in the Okanagan to take advantage of job openings in the rapidly growing tech sector.

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Top Canadian scientists resign over lack of female nominees
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Two top Canadian scientists have resigned from the selection committee of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame over concerns that, for the second year in a row, there are no female candidates among the finalists. Judy Illes, a professor of neurology and the Canada Research Chair in neuroethics at the University of British Columbia, has been trying to fix the nomination process for the past two years.
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Canada's economy gains 28,700 jobs in March
CBC News
Canada's economy added 28,700 new jobs in March, far more than economists had been expecting. Statistics Canada reported that most of the job gains were in part-time work. The jobless rate was unchanged at 6.8 per cent. Canada's economy lost 28,000 full-time jobs during the month, but that was offset by an increase in 57,000 part-time positions.
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Chemistry departments try to attract more students by retooling the major
The Wall Street Journal
Forget economics. Chemistry might be the real dismal science. Undergraduate programs have been characterized for decades by rigid, yearlong sequences of organic, physical and biochemistry classes that emphasized rote memorization and taught about reactions in isolation. They left little room to pursue side passions — and attracted worrisomely few students, policy makers say.
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Canada's unemployment rate at 6.8 per cent as economy unexpectedly adds jobs
Huffington Post
Canada's labour market surprised in March, churning out 29,000 new jobs, far exceeding economists' expectations of a decline of 10,000. But Statistics Canada said the job gains were largely due to increases in part-time work; the country lost 28,000 full-time jobs. And much of the increase was due to government hiring, with public-sector jobs up 27,000.
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