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When Ontarians Sunit Mohindroo and Ahmed Badruddin met in Seattle while working at Microsoft five years ago, little did they know the impact they would have on the water industry back home. As their friendship developed, so did their idea for WatrHub. “We wanted to do something more impactful to social issues,” says Badruddin, “so we came back to Ontario and spoke with water industry leaders and policy makers.” The general consensus was that decades-old data, isolation of water professionals, and archaic research processes were slowing down [...]

Municipal Risk Assessment Tool

For the insurance industry, knowledge isn’t just power—it’s also what keeps it solvent. Its business model depends on being able to build accurate risk models and price out policies accordingly. But, as recent extreme weather events like last fall’s Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated, those models may not be able to rely on the past in order to predict the future the way they once did. “The losses in the past, which is normally what we use as an industry, were no longer a good indicator of losses in the future,” says Robert Tremblay, the director [...]

Axine Water Technologies

Axine’s journey began when Colleen Legzdins, a materials engineer working on fuel cell technology at Ballard Power Systems, decided to apply her knowledge of electrochemistry to environmental challenges. She soon settled on wastewater treatment, and focused specifically on the problem of recalcitrant organics. In industrial applications, these compounds can be resistant to conventional processes. They create operational bottlenecks, prevent water reuse, and are increasingly subject to tougher discharge regulations. These difficulties can have a significant [...]
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