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European Manufacturer Comes to Canada

Posted on October 19, 2010
Jaga Climate Systems, a European manufacturer of heating technology, has started manufacturing its energy-efficient radiators at a facility in Saint Laurent, Quebec. “Producing the elements for our radiators in Canada helps reduce the overall environmental impact of our products,” said Bert Kriekels, president of Jaga Climate Systems, in a release. The first Canadian-manufactured products were produced in September to Evergreen at the Brickworks in Toronto. [...]

Canadians to Have a Strong Presence at North American Leadership Forum

Posted on September 25, 2010
David Livingston, president & CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, will be delivering a keynote address on day two of the 2nd Annual North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum (Washington, DC | September 29 – October 1).  The Forum will bring together more than 500 key players involved in infrastructure development in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to spur the continent’s most important projects. Livingston will round out the picture of a North American infrastructure with a view from Canada. With the Obama administration's announcement [...]

Live from WEC

Posted on September 13, 2010
Day two of the World Energy Congress in Montreal and we've uncovered exclusive info about tidal power in the Bay of Fundy, the Atlantic Provinces' deal with Siemens to track energy inefficiencies in transmission and delivery systems, shale gas extraction, and more (be sure to follow the website for more details and look for our extensive coverage in our November/December issue. Smart grid and smart tech is definitely the star this year, with companies like Siemens, IBM, ABB, and GE showing off with high-tech booths. But the old stand-bys are still making [...]

Canadian Innovator Tops WEF's Annual List

Posted on September 8, 2010
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has put Canadian company Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies in its 2011 class of Technology Pioneers. Ostara is the only Canadian company to receive this prestigious global award this year, and one of only three water-related companies to be honored. According to the WEF, this year’s Technology Pioneers represent 31 of the most innovative technology start-ups from around the world who provide cutting-edge innovation and are poised to have a critical impact on the future of business, industry and society. The entire [...]

Canadian Pension Plans Eye British Assets

Posted on August 5, 2010
The British government announced in June that it would sell its high-speed rail line that runs between London with the Channel Tunnel. Media reports speculate that both the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Borealis Infrastructure, a unit of Canadian pension plan Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), will make bids. The high-speed rail line, which was completed in 2007 at a cost of US$8-billion, was taken over by the government in early 2009 after the original consortium ran into financial difficulties. More on this in our upcoming [...]

Atlantic Premiers Partner with Each Other, New England

Posted on July 13, 2010
The Atlantic premiers have reaffirmed their commitment to the creation of a collaborative strategy for clean and renewable energy across the region. But they have yet to actually create said strategy. All four Atlantic provinces have been working together on a range of energy issues through the Council of Atlantic Premiers, and are building on that work in conjunction with the federal government through the Atlantic Energy Gateway Initiative. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said yesterday, "We all share a vision of an integrated and collaborative [...]

Steeling Against the Spill

Posted on July 8, 2010
The Corrugated Steel Pipe Institute (CSPI) is weighing in on the debate over how to cap the BP oil spill. CSPI’s Dave Penny says, “Our industry can make up to four-metre-diameter spiral corrugated steel pipe CSP. We can even make it using a Canadian-manufactured portable mill situated on a barge. We can make very long lengths (100 metre), couple them into a 1500 metre long length, float it over the well head and then sink it while it hangs on vertical cables.” Similar rigs have worked for water intakes on power plants. Penny envisions lowering [...]

GRHC Releases Annual Top Ten Cities List

Posted on May 27, 2010
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has announced that, despite the economic downturn last year, the green roof industry grew by 16.1 per cent over the course of 2009. Montreal and Quebec City have both ranked in the Top Ten Cities list at number eight and nine, respectively, each with over 48,000 square feet installed. The Green Roofs and Walls Conference and Training will be held in Washington DC this June. Panel discussions at the conference will focus on moving toward a target of 20 per cent roof coverage by 2020, says Steven W. Peck, founder and [...]

New Report Puts Global Infrastructure Deficit at US$2 Trillion

Posted on May 20, 2010
The World Economic Forum’s report, Positive Infrastructure, released today, finds that world faces a global infrastructure deficit of US$ 2 trillion per year over the next 20 years. The report, authored by Norman Anderson, chief executive officer of CG/LA Infrastructure; Fred Moavenzadeh, James Mason, crafts professor of systems at MIT; Victor Chen, University of Melbourne; and Ritu Anand, chief economist with the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation of India, analyses the four largest infrastructure markets—Brazil, China, India and the United [...]

Crossing Construction

Posted on May 3, 2010
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced last Friday that the Province will commit $1.6 billion to the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)—a project that the Sierra Club argues continues to advance “despite the steady and persistent decline in cross-border traffic in the Windsor-Detroit corridor dating back to 1999.” McGuinty said, “Improving the flow of traffic at the Windsor border is the number one economic infrastructure priority for the Government of Ontario.” Sierra Club feels that the DRIC project is” unnecessary and environmentally [...]
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