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Fun with Main Group Chemistry: From Fundamental Discoveries to Interesting Applications
Paul Ragogna, A.B.P. Lever, Martin Stillman
Over the last 20 years main group chemistry has moved from high oxidation state, high valent centres to low oxidation state low valent bonding modes, which has led to the discovery of unprecedented structure bonding and reactivity for the s- and p-block elements. Some of the highlights of our discoveries will be presented along with a view on where we hope to go in the future. Without the clear dedication, skill and tenacity of the many undergraduate and graduate students and PDFs that have passed through the Ragogna group labs, none of our discoveries would have come to fruition.
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Main Group Goes Mainstream: New Adventures in Small Molecule Activation Using P/Al Frustrated Lewis Pairs
Gabriel Ménard
Recently, many have showcased the reactions of main group compounds with small molecules in ways reminiscent of transition metals. Frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs), wherein sterically encumbered Lewis acids and bases become reactive, have further pushed these boundaries to include classical transition metal-type reaction pathways, such as hydrogenation and polymerization. While most FLPs comprise B-based Lewis acids (ex. B(C6F5)3) in conjunction with bulky phosphines, here we explore Al Lewis acids and present different reaction outcomes with a variety of small molecules.
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CSChE 2014 Award winners announced
The CSChE confers awards to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions to chemical engineering.
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NSERC offers industrial scholarships
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada offers Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships and Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards.
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When virtual job interviews go horribly wrong
Bloomberg Businessweek
Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype (MSFT) that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat.

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Almost 6 years later, Canadian employment 'very weak' and wages 'subdued'
The Globe and Mail
Almost six years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the Canadian economy remains a troubled place. And so, economists say, the Bank of Canada spent more time than normal in talking about jobs and wages. Canada's unemployment rate now stands at 7.1 per cent, though the country did rebound faster on the jobs front than others did after the recession.

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Innovation challenges open doors for B.C. cleantech companies
Business in Vancouver
The resource industry is a tough nut to crack, according to Neil Huff. The managing director of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre works with nearly 20 early stage companies to help them build their businesses in the green industry. Just one of those companies is involved in the resource sector.

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IT engineering equality laid bare by new figures showing 3 per cent of workforce is female
IT Pro Portal
Women are finding it increasingly difficult to procure engineering jobs in the computing, IT and communications sectors and companies are being urged to address diversity before it's too late. A survey carried out by the Institute of Engineering and Technology [IET] found that just three per cent of computing and IT engineers are female, a number that was less than half the eight per cent across all industries.
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Employers innovating to overcome tight labour markets
Benefits Canada
Employers across Canada are employing innovative methods to combat labour shortages, according to a Fraser Institute study. "While the breadth of Canada's labour shortage is debatable, tight labour markets exist in certain parts of the country, including Western Canada, where employers are taking steps to enhance their existing labour force without hiring new workers," says Philip Cross, author of the study and former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada.
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Canadian job data point toward demographic shifts
The Globe and Mail
Canada's labour participation rate, the amount of people who either have or are looking for employment, is at its lowest point in 13 years and the available data are unclear about what exactly is causing the trend. Most of the attention for monthly jobs data focuses on two numbers: The unemployment rate and the net change in jobs.
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Canadian government adds 10 more jobs to skilled priority list
Expat Forum
Ten more occupations have been added to the priority list of skilled jobs in Canada, and overseas candidates will now have their applications fast tracked. Skilled trades added to the list include electricians, carpenters, welders, heavy duty equipment technicians, heavy duty equipment operators, geo-scientists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, lawyers and midwives.
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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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