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Coca-Cola Canada Partners with WWF-C on Water Projects

Posted on September 1, 2017
Projects to uncover lost rivers, reclaim a golf course, and undo damage caused by old industrial logging practices are the inaugural recipients of the new WWF-Canada Restoration Fund, made possible through a partnership with Coca-Cola Canada. The new fund will provide grants totalling $210,000 to improve freshwater health. The projects funded as part of the initiative will directly contribute to Coca-Cola’s commitment to be water-neutral both globally and in Canada, specifically through investing in watershed conservation projects. The first projects funded through the Restoration Fund include: Daylighting lost rivers in Saint [...]

EMAGIN Hires a New Director of Business Operations and Strategy

Posted on August 31, 2017
Jon Grant has accepted a new position as director of business operations and strategy at EMAGIN, an artificial intelligence company in the water sector. Grant, formerly a research manager at Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP), said, “Over the past 5 years, I had the best job in the water sector. I got to connect people to solutions that helped improve water situations and grow the water sector.” Grant’s past work includes new product forecasting and analysis at BASES, a service of Nielsen, market analysis and development for a startup healthcare company, and advising an early stage water analytics company. He holds [...]

EDC Issues First Green Bond in Canadian Dollars

Posted on August 30, 2017
Canadian export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has priced its first Green Bond in Canadian dollars in response to global interest in climate financing. Priced at CAD 500 million, the 1.80% Fixed Rate Green Bond is due September 1, 2022. The lead underwriters were B of A Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, and TD Securities Inc. This offering is scheduled to settle on September 5, 2017. This is EDC's first Green Bond being issued in CAD and its fourth Green Bond in recent years, with previous bonds of USD 500 million in May 2017, USD 300 million in December 2015 and USD 300 million in January 2014 [...]

Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results

Posted on August 29, 2017
The federal government has an announced the creation of an expert panel to address adaptation to climate change. Today, Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the launch of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results. “Acting now to deal with current and future climate change impacts will help protect Canadians from climate change risks and reduce their costs from climate-related damage. By developing made-in-Canada adaptation expertise and technology to deal with the effects of climate change,” said Minister McKenna. “The work of the Expert Panel will help us [...]

DFO to Test Algae Detecting Submersible Microscope

Posted on August 25, 2017
Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in a Canadian made submersible microscope to monitor algae outbreaks. The investment is part of the government’s commitment to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth across Canada. Today, Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation that monitors the quality of bodies of water, the FluoroSea Imager. A submersible fluorescence microscope, the device can quickly and accurately detect and identify harmful algae species to help prevent and manage [...]

WSP Canada Acquires Two New Water Players

Posted on August 24, 2017
In July, WSP bolstered its water and wastewater consulting team by adding two new specialists. WSP senior vice president of Infrastructure Joe Sframeli said, “From implementing net zero wastewater treatment solutions to providing innovative water treatment approaches, WSP integrates creativity and technology to navigate communities through their water and wastewater treatment challenges. We’re delighted to have Gary Thorne and Dr. David Lycon join our team.” Formerly with WSP in Australia, Gary Thorne will assume the role of water and wastewater technical lead, specializing in the design and construction of water and wastewater [...]

Development Bank Continues to Accelerate Canadian (Water) Tech Growth

Posted on August 23, 2017
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is supporting more Canadian entrepreneurs than ever before, with 49,000 business owners receiving its services, up 17 per cent from the year before, according to BDC's 2016–17 annual report. "Helping entrepreneurs thrive is our greatest ambition. BDC remains committed to a clear and unique purpose: to create prosperity for Canada by providing the advisory services and financial support entrepreneurs need to achieve their goals," said BDC president and CEO Michael Denham. "We are reaching more entrepreneurs and having a greater impact on their businesses. And we continue to be profitable [...]

CatIQ Announces Agreement with Aon Impact Forecasting

Posted on August 14, 2017
CatIQ and Aon Impact Forecasting have entered into an agreement whereby Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints will be made available as a layer on CatIQ’s CatHUB module for the benefit of CatIQ’s users effective immediately. “Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints for events which hit Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia during May 2017 are now available on CatIQ’s CatHUB module,” said Adam Podlaha, head of Aon Impact Forecasting. “This will enable CatIQ’s users to more accurately analyze their risk exposure and prepare for future floods.” “The addition of Impact Forecasting’s [...]

U.S. Exchange Program to Study the Blue Economy

Posted on August 11, 2017
Canadian experts in environmental policy and conservation will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from August 14 to 23 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the oceans and their economic viability. The participants will explore the challenge of sustainably growing the “blue economy.” They will engage with American experts and innovators in the field. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Participants will explore the role of government and non-governmental organizations in water conservation and management, and will [...]

New Head Research Scientist for IISD ELA

Posted on August 8, 2017
The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) has announced its new Head Research Scientist, Vince Palace. Palace is an aquatic toxicologist with 25 years of experience in determining exposure, evaluating potential impacts and developing mitigation strategies related to chemical and non-chemical aquatic stressors. Working with industry, government and community stakeholders, he has led projects on the impacts of agriculture, hydroelectric power, the oil and gas industry, and mining on aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, Palace has extensive project experience with multi-level examinations [...]
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