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Applications of Organoboron-based Reactions toward the Synthesis of Macrocyclic Depsipeptides and Related Natural Products
Robert A. Batey, Hélène Lebel
Macrocyclic depsipeptides constitute an important class of natural products that display a range of interesting biological activities. Recent progress from our group on the development and applications of synthetic methods using organoboron chemistry and their application toward the synthesis of depsipeptides will be outlined. The total synthesis of targets such as antimycin, kitastatin and the ADEP family of antibiotics will be described.
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Transition Metal-catalyzed Amination Processes
Hélène Lebel
Nitrogen-containing molecules are an important class of compounds to study, as they are ubiquitous components of biologically active molecules. Recently, the use of metal nitrenes to functionalize hydrocarbon chains and other heteroatoms, has emerged as a new tool to streamline the synthesis of nitrogen-containing molecules. A few years ago, my group has introduced N-sulfonyoxycarbamates as a novel class of reagents to access metal nitrene species. The details, the scope and mechanistic studies of these transition metal catalyzed amination processes will be discussed.
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CSC 2015 call for papers now open
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Abstract submission for the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition is now open. Submit your abstract by Feb. 16, 2015 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.
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Canadian Society for Chemistry and American Chemical Society sign cooperative agreement
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The three-year agreement, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, also commits the two organizations to develop a joint action plan for facilitating cooperation among the Americas, and to organize a "next generation" gathering of young scientists at their respective national meetings in 2015 or 2016. It also allows for CSC and ACS members to register for conferences and short-course at member or preferred rates.
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New job opportunity at the CIC
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The Chemical Institute of Canada is looking for a Membership Development Coordinator to join the team.
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The best companies to work for in 2015, according to Glassdoor
Financial Post
Landing a job at Google Inc. is often seen as the ultimate career achievement, so much so that the Internet company was at the centre of the Hollywood comedy The Internship. Now, Google has something else to show why it's a coveted workplace: It's been named the best place to work in 2015. In Glassdoor's seventh annual ranking of the 50 best places to work in the coming year, Google took the No. 1 spot for the first time, dethroning Boston-based consulting giant Bain & Company.
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This one uberskill will always keep you employed
Yahoo! News
Everybody wants a highly rewarding job in a recession-proof field. But the labor market changes constantly and a safe job today can be an endangered one tomorrow. There's one vital skill, however, that transcends many jobs and fields and may be every worker's best shot at financial security. Schools don't usually teach it, and employers don't usually mention it in job postings.
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3 ways to improve your engineering career prospects while you're still at uni
The Engineer
A solid degree is the foundation of most engineers' toolkits, but there are other things you can do while still at university to set yourself up for a life-long rewarding career. Joining an institution such as the IMechE or IET is one of them, according to Jon Prichard, CEO of the Engineering Council (the body that regulates the profession). These organizations may exist primarily for working engineers but they also run student branches that exist to help young people take the right first steps when starting their careers.
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Industry filling shortage of highly skilled engineers
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Oil and gas companies throughout the industry continue to see a shortage for engineers, across the board, even with oil and gas prices fluctuating. "We are seeing a shortage of qualified engineers and geoscientists, mainly in the experience range of eight to 15 years. We focus our searches on individuals that have experience with other E&P operating companies, but for certain disciplines we are able to hire engineers and geoscientists from service companies who are not in the upstream side of the business."

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StatsCan: Less than half of Canadian adults with disabilities have jobs
CBC News
Less than half of working-age Canadians with physical and mental disabilities have a job, a significantly lower percentage than the general population, according to Statistics Canada. A data agency report coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a UN sanctioned day to raise awareness. The report covers data from 2011 and indicates 49 per cent of Canadians between ages 25 and 64 who said they have a disability could find employment.

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Green economy ripe for job growth
Calgary Herald
Canada's green economy is growing so quickly that even in an oil and gas city like Calgary, job seekers with environmental expertise are in demand. That's according to Michael Kerford, president of environmental labour market organization ECO Canada and one of the organizers of the Green Jobs Forum that took place in Calgary. Touted as the first of its kind in Western Canada, the forum featured over 40 speaker sessions and an exhibit hall for job seekers interested in a "green" career path.

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The new west: Money, jobs and a flood of young adults
Huffington Post
Most Canadians likely suspect that economic opportunities are increasingly available in Western Canada. But the hard numbers for young adults (a group I spotlighted in my recent study) reveal stunning, positive facts about the three Western-most provinces. The same data is flashing neon warning signs at Central and Eastern Canada.
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Canada rail safety jobs vacant as budget cuts bite
The Globe and Mail
Budget cuts have left safety-related engineering positions vacant in the Canadian agency responsible for overseeing shipments of dangerous goods, government records show, fuelling worries about trains moving oil across the country. Rail safety is in focus with the boom in oil shipments and a spate of derailments across North America, and the vacancies create a safety risk, industry experts and Canada's public engineers' union say.
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