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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.

    www.ibm.com/ca/en/

  • Industry News

    ACCEO Solutions Inc. (ACCEO) and Sonepar Canada, are partnering to better serve electricians and builders across Canada. The integration of Sonepar Canada member company products into the ACCEO Estimation software (formerly Expert Estimator) comprises significant benefits for these contractors.

    Connecting Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario's power grid will provide clean energy while making an important contribution to the health and safety of community members and boosting the First Nation's economic development opportunities.

  • Keeping Current

    ZEKELMAN INDUSTRIES announces that American Tube Manufacturing has been officially renamed Atlas Tube – Birmingham. The change reflects the ownership position from the acquisition of American Tube Manufacturing in February 2017 and integration of the Birmingham plant into the Atlas Tube operating system.

    Atlas Tube – Birmingham now stocks an expanded size range of HSS products ready for next-day delivery in the southeastern United States — from .5x.5 up through 8x8. Operations will continue out of its current location led by Tom Muth, president of HSS and piling at Zekelman Industries. "With a larger variety of HSS sizes available for faster delivery in the Southeast, and improved customer service, Atlas Tube – Birmingham complements our long-term strategy of continued growth in the HSS market," said Muth.

    HAMMOND POWER SOLUTIONS (HPS) announced Rick Fassbinder as the new HPS West Regional Sales Manager as of August 14, 2017. Rick resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been in the electrical industry for a number of years, most recently as the West Regional Manager for Meltric. In his career, Rick has worked for electrical equipment manufacturers, an electrical rep, and an electrical distributor. Rick is also a licensed electrical contractor.

    "This is an exciting time as we continue to build the HPS team and position ourselves for long term growth. Rick will be a great addition to HPS and we would like to welcome him to the team," said Hammond Power Solutions.

    www.hammondpowersolutions.com

    HAMMOND POWER SOLUTIONS (HPS), a North American leader for the design and manufacture of dry-type standard and custom electrical engineered magnetics, electrical dry-type and cast resin transformers, announced the appointment of Jay Tucker as Business Development Manager, as of Monday July 31st.

    Jay has a Degree in Electrical Engineering and he will transition from his current role with HPS as the Western Regional Sales Manager. Jay has several years of experience working for electrical manufacturers and a deep knowledge of building demand for HPS products. His previous skills will be an asset to the HPS Marketing team.

    www.hammondpowersolutions.com

  • Product Showcase

    Brady, a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, announced today the launch of the new Ultra Compact Lock Box. This new lock box is ideal for group lockout situations with multiple isolation points and employees performing maintenance activities on industrial equipment.

    Etech Instruments, a world leader in test and measurement tools, announced today the launch of the Extech MG320, a robust CAT IV 20GΩ/1000V insulation tester with integrated True RMS multimeter. The new MG320 is ideal for industrial predictive maintenance programs that include routine insulation testing of electrical and electronic equipment and cables.

    Greenlee Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company announces the addition of ITU-T Y.1564, multi-stream BERT and advanced loopback capability to its award-winning DataScout 10G line. The new advanced Ethernet test option enables certifying up to 16 unique Ethernet services per the ITU-T Y.1564 standard or in express multi-stream BERT mode. The new release also supports up to eight stacked VLAN and MPLS tags for each service plus an advanced loopback feature which can detect and control up to six remote devices simultaneously.
     

    Nora Lighting expands its low profile, surface-mounted Opal LED Series with the new AC Opal. The AC Opal does not require a driver and mounts easily over a standard J-Box, even pancake-type fixture boxes in retrofits or new construction.

    AC Opal measures just 7/8” deep by 7 ¼” wide. The low profile is ideal for bathrooms, laundries, utility areas, pantries, closets, showers and more. The fixture is dimmable and produces even illumination with 1050 lumen (15W) at 90+CRI.  A white polymer lens diffuser eliminates LED diode images.

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