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    Groundbreaking Research Collaboration Creates a New Economic Cornerstone for Canada

  • Apr 09, 2012

    The Governments of Canada and Ontario, with IBM and a consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University announced they are collaborating to establish a new Ontario-based $210 million dollar research and development initiative that will create 145 new highly skilled jobs in Ontario and a new economic cornerstone for the country.

    IBM will invest up to $175 million through December 2014 in the project, forming the "IBM Canada Research and Development Centre" to serve as a foundation for the research initiative. The Government of Ontario is investing $15 million towards the creation of this Centre; ensuring that the skills needed for developing future information and communications technology products and services are fostered in Ontario, new and existing Ontario companies are leaders in their fields, and innovation efficiencies and cost-savings are created across multiple sectors.

    The Government of Canada will contribute $20 million to allow a consortium of seven southern Ontario post-secondary institutions and its lead industry partner, IBM, to install two high-performance IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputers and develop a cloud computing and agile computing platform to underpin the initiative's research collaboration. The university consortium will have access to a new Barrie-based IBM data centre once it is fully operational in the fall of 2012. Other Canadian researchers and small to medium-sized enterprises will also be invited to join the consortium.

    This collaborative model will help university and industry researchers use high performance and cloud computing infrastructure to better manage and analyze massive data sets to solve critical world challenges. Areas of focus for the research collaboration will include:

    • Problems facing cities, including rapid urbanization and aging infrastructure.
    • Healthcare challenges associated with rising healthcare costs due to chronic diseases, including afflictions of the brain, and the lengthy development cycle for new medicines.
    • Water conservation and management within cities and across watersheds including wild areas, industrial and agricultural use.
    • Efficient energy conservation and management through the application of advanced weather modeling and smart grid technologies.
    • Software innovation in high performance computing platforms.

    The unique virtual structure of the network will allow IBM research staff to work side-by-side with many of Canada's world-renowned, top scientists. This collaborative model and close day-to-day interaction is expected to accelerate commercialization opportunities and strengthen Canada's digital infrastructure. We expect to add additional partners to this world-class collaboration as the project becomes fully operational.

    IBM had the third largest corporate R&D investment in Canada last year*. For IBM, the Centre represents its first formal research and development lab in Canada. It will serve as a robust extension to IBM's more than $6 billion investment in worldwide research and development, which helped generate over $1.7 billion in exports for Canada.

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  • Industry News

    Arlington Industries, Inc. and Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement that settles all litigation currently pending between the companies. In connection with this settlement, Arlington has received payment of $1.37 million for the judgment in case No. 3:06-cv-1105 in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Bridgeport’s 3838ASP and 3838SP Whipper-Snap Duplex connectors. Bridgeport has dismissed its appeal from that judgment and Arlington has dismissed its cross-appeal seeking attorney’s fees.

    FortWhyte Alive is unveiling the largest solar installation in the City of Winnipeg. The 60 kilowatt (kW) installation is made possible thanks to support from Bullfrog Power, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro's Solar Energy Program.

  • Keeping Current

    MAGIC LITE LTD., an innovator and leader in architectural and specialty lighting products, welcomes the following employees: Allan Langvee has taken on the Sales & Customer Service Manager position; Shelley Hussey is the new Assistant Bookkeeper; Samantha Bortolotti appointed to the Customer Service Representative/Order Entry position; and Adrian Andronic the new Product Manager. Kara Wenner will assume the role of Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Representative.

    RITTAL SYSTEMS LTD., a world leading manufacturer of enclosure solutions, welcomes Franklin Empire to its distribution/partner network in Canada. With a rich family history dating back to the 1940’s and an extensive distribution network in Ontario and Quebec, Franklin Empire Inc. is the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada.

    Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., said, “Franklin Empire is known for their expertise in the electrical distribution industry, as well as in manufacturing and processing automation. Rittal Systems is confident that partnering with Franklin will expand our reach to new areas and industries, and will be a win-win for our customers.”

    BROCKWAY ENTERPRISES Owner and President, Thomas Brockway, annnounces the appointment of Troy Sampson as its New Brunswick Sales Representative. Troy has spent the past several years in various capacities with Siemens Canada in Moncton. He has an Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma from NSCC, NSIT in 1999 and is a member of the NB Society of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists.

    "We look forward to Troy working as an integral part of Team Brockway and contributing to our continuous efforts in growing our sales and market share for you, our Manufacturers," said Thomas.

    Troy can be reached at 506.850.9192 or e-mail troy.sampson@brockway.ca.

  • Product Showcase

    BENDER LifeGuard series ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) extend the capabilities of standard GFCIs to the detection of ground leakage currents in all stages of power conversion equipment, from simple rectifiers to sophisticated variable frequency drives. LifeGuard series GFCIs can detect both AC and DC ground leakage current. A wide range of voltages, load amperages, and options are available. LifeGuard GFCIs are simple to install and require a minimal amount of connections.

    Magic Lite 2013 Ltd. announces its new selection of decorative lighting options for a multitude of applications, providing designer quality light solutions while maintaining tremendous energy saving. The ever expanding selection of LED lighting solutions now includes brand-new Vanity Lights, Wall Sconces and Ceiling lights for a variety of uses including residential, commercial and the hospitality industry.

    LSI Industries will proudly unveil its newest gas station canopy fixture in the Scottsdale® family – the Scottsdale® Vertex™ – at the upcoming NACS/PEI tradeshow from October 18th - 20th. LSI established its reputation over 40 years ago based largely on the strengths of its lighting innovations for gas stations and convenience stores. The new, best-in-class Scottsdale Vertex LED canopy fixture further demonstrates how LSI continues to pioneer innovations for gas stations to this day. It features advanced silicone optics, multiple lumen packages, and an attractive, low-profile design.

    The new WAGO smartCUTTER automates cutting of marking material on the WAGO smartPRINTER. WAGO’s thermal transfer printer, already the fastest terminal block labeling system in the industry, is now even faster with automatic cutting.

    The compact smartPRINTER (Version 1.1) prints and cuts a wide range of marking materials for terminal blocks, cables or conductors and devices. Download the smartDATA brochure for information, and for more on the latest from WAGO, visit www.wago.us/news.

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