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    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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    Following the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) by the House of Commons today, Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement: "Counterfeit goods that enter the Canadian market not only harm our economy and businesses but also can be a dangerous threat to our consumers and families. That is why our government introduced the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which will give our border guards the tools they need to work with Canadian rights holders to stop...
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    • October 28, 2014

      GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal.

      The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine f...

    • December 10, 2014

      An ambitious agreement with the Ontario Power Authority requires Hydro Ottawa to help its customers reduce electricity usage in the nation's capital by 394 million kilowatt hours (kWh) by the end of 2020. This reduction supports Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan to lessen the need for new electricity generation sources through conservation.

      Hydro Ottawa is taking on the challenge to decrease electricity usage equivalent to removing 47,000 homes from the grid over the next six years. The aggressive target is nearly double what was previously expected from the province during the last four years of conservation programming. Leveraging existing provincial saveONenergy programs, the utility will be looking for new and innovative grass-roots conservation programs and incentives to engag...

    • December 9, 2014

      Industry Minister James Moore announced the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) into law.

      Counterfeit and pirated goods are a growing threat to the Canadian and global economy. They undermine innovation, diminish brand integrity and threaten economic growth as well as the health and safety of Canadians.

      Under this new law, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be able to take action to prevent illegal counterfeit goods from entering Canada's economy. CBSA will be able to work with businesses and rights holders to identify counterfeit goods at the border and will have the power to search for and detain these illegal goods, preventing them from entering the Canadian marketplace.

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    • December 12, 2014

      ELECTRO-FEDERATION CANADA, Vice President, Sustainability and Electrical Safety, Wayne Edwards, was honoured by family, friends and the industry at a retirement reception on December 2nd. As an electrical industry veteran, Wayne joined EFC in 2005 as VP, Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC), a council of EFC. He also worked at GE Apparatus Division, Hubbell Lighting...

    • December 10, 2014

      GREENLEE Canadian National Sales Manager, Neil Burns, announces new Territory Managers in Ontario and British Columbia.

      Andrew Ames will be responsible for the increased sales performance and profitability of Greenlee Textron products with new and established distributor partners within his assigned Ontario territory (Hwy #27 - East and Northern Ontario inclusive). Andrew will work with our distribution partners to develop and execute successful sales strategies for Greenlee products. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Guelph, Ontario and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology from Durham College, Ontario. Andrew worked as a Sales Rep for Mosaic Sales Solutions where he did...

    • December 5, 2014

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      For more information about IMARK Canada, please contact Ken Nagel of IMARK Canada at 301.281.8109 or e-mail ken@imarkgroup.com.

    • December 4, 2014

      TORBRAM ELECTRIC SUPPLY announces the relocation of its Brampton branch, effective September 29, 2014. “This new location has allowed us to expand our product offering, and to better service our industrial, commercial and residential contractors.” Brian Sargeson, Branch Manager, Brampton. The expanded product offering includes: Generac, Milwaukee, Wiha, MCG, Deluce, Siemens, Legrand and Ouellet

      New Address:

      158 Kennedy Road South
      Units 8-9
      Brampton, ON
      L6W 3H7
      Phone: (905) 452-7752
      Fax: (905) 452-7414
      E-mail: sales.brampton@torbramelectric.com

      Hours of Operation:

      Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
      ...

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