Author: Mark Mann

TRIUMF to build new Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week federal investments for TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, to create a new life sciences facility called the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI). Of the total $31.8 million required for construction, Ottawa will provide $10.2 million, British Columbia $12.2, TRIUMF $5.4 million, and the BC Cancer Foundation and…

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Guy Levesque

The University of Ottawa’s Administration Committee has announced the appointment of Guy Levesque as Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure, beginning November 19. Mr. Levesque currently serves as Vice-President, Programs and Performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), where he previously held the position of Director of Programs from 2010 to 2015. He has…

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada funds Quebec lithium-ion battery recycling project for $3.8 million

The Quebec consortium Lithion Recycling Inc. has received $3.8 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to implement a novel process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. The process was developed by Seneca, a Montreal-based consulting firm that specializes in industrial materials process engineering. Lithium-ion batteries are used in electric vehicles, a growing market that so far…

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General Fusion wins $49.3 million SIF funding for clean tech development project

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) will invest $49.3 million from its Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to support technology development at General Fusion, a Burnaby, B.C.-based company seeking to commercialize fusion energy. Fusion energy is generated from reactions released by superheated hydrogen gas. The process is safe and produces no emissions or…

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Alberta offers new incentives to cut industrial methane emissions

The Alberta government’s new Methane Emissions Reduction Program will provide small and medium-sized oil and gas companies with incentives of up to $250,000 per year, per facility for energy-efficiency upgrades to reduce global-warming methane emissions. Administered by Energy Efficiency Alberta, the program is designed for facilities in Alberta that don’t exceed more than 40,000 barrels…

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Medical cannabis entrepreneur donates $1 million to CETAC-WEST

Medical marijuana pioneer Brent Zettl has donated $1 million to Calgary-based Canadian Environmental Technology Advancement Corporation (CETAC)-WEST, a private, not-for-profit corporation that helped the Saskatoon businessman co-found the plant biotechnology firm Prairie Plant Systems in 1999. Prairie Plant Systems was later awarded Canada’s first contract to produce medical cannabis. Zettl also served as CEO of…

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University of Alberta opens venture space for commercializing health innovation

The University of Alberta has opened a $2.3 million venture hub called TEC Centre Labs that aims to help scientists and researchers commercialize their discoveries. Located in downtown Edmonton, the facility encompasses 8,000 square feet of wet lab and collaboration space, and houses two accelerator programs: the UAlberta Health Accelerator, which concentrates on assisting researchers…

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New SIF funding for steel producer ArcelorMittal to support 6,400 Canadian jobs

In response to American tariffs on Canadian steel, economic development minister Navdeep Bains announced a $49.9 million Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) investment to support an undertaking by steel company ArcelorMittal to modernize its facilities. The $205 million project aims to improve efficiency, sustainability, and productivity across its operations. With this investment, ArcelorMittal expects to reduce…

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Over half of Canadian assets under management use responsible investment criteria: report

A new report by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) reveals that Canadians increasingly favour investments that incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria. The 2018 Canadian Responsible Investment Trends Report shows that responsible investment (RI) has increased by 41.6% since 2015, accounting for just over half of Canadian assets under management. Responsible investments reached…

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Federal and Yukon governments invest $1.3M in climate change adaptation research

Transport Canada and the Government of Yukon are collaborating to invest $1.3 million in two climate change adaptation research projects in the North. The investments fall under the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative and seek to make northern transportation more resilient to the effects of climate change. The first project will focus on stabilizing permafrost thaw…

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