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Engineers Canada Launches Newcomers Website

Posted on February 4, 2013
Engineers Canada has launched a new website that provides international engineering graduates with a single, comprehensive online platform about how to become a licensed engineer in Canada. The website, funded by funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, was created to help international engineering graduates overcome common obstacles to integration quickly, efficiently and accessibly. Written in clear, plain language for those whose first language may not be English or French, the website aims to help users to make informed career decisions. Practical information on licensing, suitable employment, the immigration process [...]

Canada Water Act 2012 Annual Report Findings Released

Posted on February 4, 2013
The Canada Water Act’s annual report from April 2011 to March 2012 was released with intentions to highlight collaborations between federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Key items: National Hydrometric Program Environment Canada’s Water Survey of Canada reported that the federal partner in the National Hydrometric Program (NHP) continued to operate around 2,300 hydrometric stations in Canada, with 1,000 federal stations in operation. Work continued with a focus on outreach, technology development, and maintaining NHP’s International Organization for Standardization certificate. The department implemented the [...]

Golder Acquires Vancouver's NovaTec

Posted on February 4, 2013
Golder Associates has acquired Vancouver-based NovaTec Consultants, a specialized process engineering firm, focused on industrial and municipal advanced water and wastewater treatment plant design, operations, process optimization, and technology. The merger advances Golder’s water and wastewater treatment capabilities across Canada and internationally, presenting greater opportunities for mining, oil and gas clients and capitalizing on Golder and Novatec in the government and infrastructure project streams. NovaTec will operate within the mining division of Golder Associates' Greater Vancouver office in Burnaby, where Novatec [...]

WEPGN Call for Proposals

Posted on January 15, 2013
Steven Renzetti leads the WEPGN. The Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) at Brock University has issued a call for proposals for research projects. WEPGN is a SSHRC-supported network that carries out research that contributes to the vitality and sustainability of the Canadian economy through enhanced management and governance of Canada's waters. The current call for proposals is solicited in collaboration with the Canadian Water Network (CWN) and will consider proposals for research projects with budgets up to a maximum of $25,000 annually. Project duration may be between 12 to 24 months. Proposals are due on [...]

Feds Announce Plan for $300M for Water and Wastewater on Reserves

Posted on January 15, 2013
The federal government has announced the plans for a $330.8-million investment over two years for First Nation water and wastewater systems on reserve. The funds were earmarked in Budget 2012. Year one of this funding will be allocated by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in 2012-2013 in three areas of planned expenditures: $47.7 million for operations and maintenance, $32.1 million for training for First Nations and $47.3 million for capital investments. Health Canada will support First Nations with an investment of $27.4 million each year to build capacity, enhance drinking water quality monitoring, maintain [...]

Community Funding Announced for Lake Simcoe Clean-Up

Posted on January 8, 2013
A map of the Lake Simcoe South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund boundary. Image: ec.gc.ca Community-based clean-up projects in Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay can now access financing through the federal Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund. The five-year plan allots $29 million to remedy the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, improving water quality for residents and wildlife. Applicable projects will aim to restore aquatic wildlife habitat or populations, reduce phosphorus inputs from urban and rural sources, or address nearshore toxic and nuisance algae growth. The new fund will compliment the [...]

COF Announces Water Stewardship Awards

Posted on January 7, 2013
The Council of the Federation (COF) Water Stewardship Council has announced the creation of the Excellence in Water Stewardship Awards.  These awards will recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship.  The award will be presented to organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, and community groups to recognize their outstanding contributions to the improvement of water stewardship and conservation. The award builds on the COF Water Charter, which was endorsed by Premiers in 2010. There will be one recipient in each province and territory. Award recipients will be [...]

RBC Blue Water Project Announces New Focus

Posted on December 7, 2012
The RBC Blue Water Project has announced a new focus for its 2013-14 grants, and will now support initiatives that help protect and preserve water in towns, cities, and urbanized areas. "Since 2007 we have supported more than 500 charitable organizations in Canada and around the world that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water," said Gordon M. Nixon, RBC's president and CEO. "We are proud of having supported so many organizations with our funding to date and are enthusiastic about now turning our attention to support a focused, urgent issue that is relevant to many of our clients and employees right where they [...]

Axine Water Technologies Receives Federal Funding

Posted on December 4, 2012
Axine Water Technologies announced that it received a financial contribution of up to $240,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). The Vancouver-based company has developed a low-cost solution for treating toxic organic pollutants in wastewater. The funds will be directed towards development and commercialization of Axine’s technology and solutions including durability testing and lab-scale process optimization. Axine’s electrolytic oxidation technology is a one-step proprietary designed to treat high concentrations of toxic and biodegradable organics, as well as ammonia [...]

Real Tech's CEO Named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted on December 2, 2012
Jodi Glover, CEO and co-founder of Whitby, Ontario's Real Tech Inc., was named the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the year for the TPH Sustainability Award. The 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is presented by Women of Influence Inc. Over 3,500 women entrepreneurs were nominated for the awards, highlighting the extraordinary number of accomplished, successful and influential women in Canada. Following the due diligence process carried out by Deloitte's Private Client Services, the winners were selected by the judges. Real Tech has developed a product line of real-time water quality monitoring solutions that [...]
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