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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

    Toyota Canada today took an important step towards the future of sustainable mobility in Canada, announcing that the Toyota Mirai – powered by hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain technology – is coming to

    With its sustainable development strategy and diverse natural resources, Canada is today the 4th leading country in the world for clean energy adoption with two thirds of its electricity generated by renewable resources[1]. To help meet Canadian federal regulations requiring a 50% reduction in coal emissions by 2030 and Nova Scotia regulations requiring 40% renewable energy by 2020, Nexans has installed North America’s longest submarine electricity cables as part of the Maritime Link Project conducted by NSP Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML), an indirect subsidiary of Emera Inc.

  • Keeping Current

    BJ TAKE Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson, announces that they have partnered with A.M. Agency in Alberta and Next Inc., headquartered in the maritime provinces, to bring its LED lighting products to the Canadian market.

    Doug explains “the significance of these partnerships is that prospective customers in Alberta and the maritime provinces can enjoy the energy-efficient lighting solutions offered by BJ Take while experiencing some of the best customer service in the industry”. He continued, “Canadian manufactured LED lighting products are important to both our environment and our economy. By buying a Canadian made product you are bolstering our economy while having access to local manufacturing that is both flexible and offers short lead times”.

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    STANDARD PRODUCTS announces the addition of two new Account Managers to its Montreal Sales Team.

    Stella Cammalleri joins STANDARD with more than 12 years experience in customer service, and a year in the lighting industry. "The addition of Stella will be a great addition to the Montreal Sales Team and will help the company maintain a high level of customer satisfaction," said STANDARD.

    STANDARD also welcomes Céleste Tremblay to its Montréal Sales Team. With more than 15 years of experience in customer service, Céleste will be a great help in building and maintaining relationships with existing and future customers.

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    BJ TAKE recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory. Vice President of Sales, Doug Wilson explained “the Toronto market represents a major portion of the Ontario marketplace and as such needed to have local customer service that specializes in distributor and specifier relations”. In addition to Central Ontario, Upper Canada Industries will focus on capturing a larger marketshare of the energy-efficient lighting industry in Toronto.

  • Product Showcase

    Industry 4.0 scenarios such as Predictive Maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communication. For this to happen, IoT-compatible devices equipped with the necessary communication options are required. With its new IoT interface, Rittal is now laying the foundation for the optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industry 4.0 applications. This makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible, as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

    BlockMaster Electronics, Inc., a leading supplier of terminal blocks for electrical and electronic distribution, announces a new extension to its existing line of High Output Power modular feed-through terminal blocks, designed specifically for DIN Rail or panel mounting. The new 3-pole high-power block is rated at 90 Amps and 600 Volts for electrical applications in power panel distribution.

    Emerson launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering more operational reliability than competitors' modules, and ensuring additional protection against critical power failures in hazardous locations and harsh industrial environments.

    Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., a global leader in lighting and a member of the Panasonic Group, is expanding its continuum of LED retrofit solutions with its EVERLINE® LED Professional Retrofit Kit (PRK). The pan-style fixture retrofit kit is designed to replace existing fluorescent solutions including prismatic troffers, direct/indirect luminaires, volumetric luminaires and parabolic luminaires.

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