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Implication of Electrokinetics in Channel Flow and Porous Media
Jacob Masliyah
Liquid flow problems of industrial significance in channels and porous media have been studied for over several decades. The presentation will deal with the basic laws governing electrokinetics, examples of channel flows, dispersion in capillary tubes, movement of DNA in porous media and deposition of particles on flat surfaces.
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The Effect of Dilute Acid Pretreatment on Forage Sorghum and Sunn Hemp Biomasses in the Production of Bio-Fuels and Value Added Chemicals through Bio-Chemical Conversion
Yun Ji
Forage sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench], Brown Mid-Rib (SBMR) and non-BMR (SNBMR) types, and sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.) are primarily used as forage and fiber crops, respectively. In this study, these crops were evaluated as feedstocks for biofuels and value added chemicals. Overall, the results indicate that SBMR and SNBMR have better potential for biofuel production compared with sunn hemp biomass.
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SCI Award winners announced
CIC
Congratulations to the 2014 SCI Award winners: Richard Paton of Chemistry Industry Association of Canada; Robert Graham of Ensyn Corporation; Grant Allen of University of Toronto; Jean-Francois Huc of BioAmber; Franco Berruti of Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) and Western University; and Gregory Penner of NeoVentures Biotechnology Inc. Awards will be presented at the CIC/SCI Canada Awards Banquet.
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CSC 2014 call for papers now open
CIC
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C. The conference "Chemistry from Sea to Sky" will broadly cover all disciplines of chemistry.
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Canada facing engineer shortage
St. Albert Leader
With our increasingly complex technical, social and environmental challenges, Canada is facing a critical shortage of engineers, particularly those who go beyond the undergraduate designation. Canada will fall behind without engineering leaders commanding the charge: "Canada lacks the highly trained talent to drive innovation and sustain competitiveness," says Dr. Steven Dew, associate dean of the faculty of engineering at the University of Alberta.

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Report: Corporate Canada losing top talent to public sector, non-profits
Financial Post
Corporate Canada could be losing its most promising professionals to the public sector and non-profit organizations. The report, compiled by Catalyst, a group advocating for the advancement of women in business, shows 11 per cent of Canada's high-potential employees (those with an MBA) are choosing to begin their careers in the non-corporate sector, compared with four per cent in the U.S., three per cent in Asia and five per cent in Europe.

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Market Challenges for Canadian Heavy Oil
John Heida
With the supply of heavy crude from Western Canada forecast to reach 5.1 million barrels per day by 2025, the Canadian petroleum industry faces many market challenges. Overcoming these challenges will be important to ensuring oil sands projects remain economically viable and production forecasts come to fruition. This presentation will look at how these drivers play a part in the future of the Canadian oil sand development.

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Canadian job growth In 2013 worst in a decade, outside recession
Huffington Post
Job creation in Canada this year has been the weakest in a non-recession year in more than a decade, and the low quality of the jobs being created is causing some economists to raise concerns about the country's economy. Looking at StatsCan's latest job numbers, released last week, BMO economist Benjamin Reitzes notes that Canada created fewer than 175,000 net jobs in the year to date.
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Creating jobs in Ontario's high tech sector
Ontario.ca
Ontario is partnering with Cisco Canada to launch the largest job-creating investment in the history of the province's tech sector. Cisco will make Ontario one of its global research and development hubs for its next-generation technologies. It will create up to 1,700 jobs to expand its current Ontario workforce to 3,000 in the next six years, with up to $190 million in provincial support. Cisco will potentially grow its Ontario workforce to 5,000 within the next 10 years.
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Cisco Canada investment could bring up to $4 billion, 1,700 jobs to Ontario
Global News
Ontario's Liberals are handing $220 million to high-tech giant Cisco Canada over the next decade in an effort to create jobs in the province, amid a rash of pending plant closures by companies that received government subsidies. Both Kellogg and Novartis are shuttering factories in Ontario, which will result in the loss of more than 800 jobs.
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Trudeau: More jobs lost under Harper
Simcoe.com
In his Speech from the Throne this fall, (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper said he wanted to put the needs of consumers first by ensuring they receive better and more competitive costs and by creating more jobs for Canadians. Recently, his government quietly announced that consumers will pay more in order to get fewer services from Canada Post, and that thousands of people will lose their jobs.
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New GM CEO Barra adds to ranks of science-minded women in top jobs
Financial Post
The decision of General Motors to name Mary Barra — trained as an engineer — as chief executive officer extends the ranks of women with prowess in science and technology at the highest levels of corporate America. Barra, 51, joins about 20 women, a third with science backgrounds, who now run U.S. companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
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IT employment growth levels off in November; engineering jobs tick up modestly
Digital Journal
The number of IT jobs grew 0.07 per cent sequentially last month to 4,518,200, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 5.17 per cent since November 2012 adding 222,000 IT workers. Engineering jobs grew once again in November, up 0.15 per cent sequentially last month to 2,474,900. On a year-over-year basis, engineering employment has grown by 1.51 per cent since November 2012 adding 36,800 engineering workers.
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Federal youth employment project places 125 graduates in new biotech jobs
CNW
BioTalent Canada announced that due to the high demand for skills in Canada's bio-economy, they have successfully placed over 125 young people in new biotech jobs. This influx of new talent and fresh minds is thanks in part to the federal Career Focus program, funded by the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) of Employment and Social Development Canada.
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