Organization: Univ of Alberta

Air Canada to participate in NRC biofuels contrail and emissions project

Air Canada is teaming with the National Research Council to undertake a project examining the benefits of biofuel use on contrails —clouds formed when water vapor condenses and freezes around small particles in aircraft exhaust. The project involves five biofuel flights operated by Air Canada and followed by a 1960s-era T-33 Canadair research jet equipped…

APEC mental health hub pitched for Canada

The Univ of British Columbia and the Univ of Alberta have joined the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to request $5 million over five years in start-up funding from the federal government for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Hub to promote mental wellness in Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The request was contained…

TRTECH (TRLabs) folds after 30-year run

TRTech, formerly TRLabs, is ceasing operations after 30 years following withdrawal of support from backing provinces. The decision to close the pan-prairie information and communications technology innovation organization comes just three years after a name change. The Edmonton-based TRTech expanded to Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg in the 1990s, becoming one of the largest R&D…

CAIP awards $6 million to Alberta organizations

The Univ of Alberta and two partners have been awarded $6 million over five years for the delivery of incubator and accelerator services for firms in the health and energy sectors. The funding comes from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) which is providing $100 million in funding to 15 organizations across Canada (R$,…

CSA awards $6.2 million for space weather research

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded $6.2 million for 10 projects at five universities to study how space weather affects the ionosphere and its impacts on technology. The awards were made to the Univ of Alberta, Univ of Saskatchewan, Univ of New Brunswick, Univ of Calgary and Athabasca Univ. Funding comes from the CSA’s…

Funding pooled to combat listeria bacteria in food

A group of federal, provincial and industry players have banded together to provide $1.4 million for a genomics research project to combat the listeria bacteria in food. The project is led by Dr Linda Chui, a researcher at the Univ of Alberta and will sequence and map the genomes of many listeria strains to identify…

Helmholtz centre pulls out of U of A initiative

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig Germany, has pulled out of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative, a collaborative venture with the Univ of Alberta launched in 2011 with $25 million in provincial funding. The upcoming German election, controversy over Canada’s environmental record and its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol led to the decision to declare a…

iNovia invests $8.6 million in Mitre Media

Edmonton-based Mitre Media has raised $8.6-million from a group of investors led by iNovia Capital. The firm — formed in January/12 — will use the proceeds to establish an on-line financial service for high net worth investors financial advisors, and financial decision makers. The company will grow through acquisitions, with two already completed earlier this…