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CanWEA Announces National Award Winners

Posted on November 4, 2010
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals who have worked to advance the Canadian wind energy industry at its annual conference and exhibition in Montreal this week. Awards were presented in four categories: Individual Leadership, Group Leadership, the R.J. Templin Award for scientific, technical, engineering work and the Friend of Wind award. CanWEA award winners for 2010 are: Individual Leadership Award: John and Ross Keating John Keating is the former CEO of Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc., a company [...]

CUI Brownie Awards Announced

Posted on November 3, 2010
The 11th annual Canadian Urban Institute’s  2010 CUI Brownie Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), was held last night at the Westin Prince in Toronto. In addition to recognizing Canada’s commitment to remediation and redevelopment in our own communities, the night also recognized international efforts being made towards a sustainable future. The International Recognition CUI Brownie was awarded to the City of Zwolle, Netherlands for its creation of an area-based approach to groundwater remediation and a [...]

Unique Bifurcation Helps Win Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence

Posted on October 27, 2010
A jury of professional engineers from business, government and academia have awarded Canadian engineering firm, Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB), the 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence for their work on the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project (NT2) in Laos. The NT2 project is a long-term collaborative effort between Laos and Thailand to develop up to 3000 megawatts (MW) of hydropower in Laos for export to Thailand. KCB worked as the designer for the two main civil works packages comprising the hydro facilities. The Nam Theun River, a major [...]

Auditor General Finds Stimulus Funding Well Managed

Posted on October 27, 2010
The Auditor General’s (AG’s) fall report for 2010 was tabled yesterday, with some insight into how effective Canada’s Economic Action Plan has been. The Economic Action Plan included a series of programs managed by various federal entities, all designed to inject funds into the Canadian economy. Total investment was about $47 billion, which represents about 2.9 per cent of GDP. The AG audited the plan as it was being delivered, examining how programs were designed and delivered and what steps were taken to ensure that only eligible projects [...]

Alberta Power Generator Dominates in Wind Market

Posted on October 25, 2010
According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Canada currently has 3,549 MW of installed wind energy capacity, with production in every province. By the end of 2010, power generator TransAlta Corporation will be first company to own and operate more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity in Canada. In less than 10 years, TransAlta has gone from zero to 1,000 MW and, with 18 commercial wind facilities across Canada in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, produces 30 per cent of Canada’s total wind power. The bulk [...]

SNC-Lavalin Invests in Nuclear

Posted on October 25, 2010
Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has acquired safety consulting firm Nucleonex. Nucleonex will be integrated into SNC’s nuclear division, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.The move isn't surprising, given the recent bid SNC made for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (exporter of the CANDU reactor). Considering the fact that Anne Lauvergeon, president of the executive board of nuclear power giant AREVA, said at the recent World Energy Congress in Montreal that AREVA is absolutely not interested in buying AECL, this move could be one step towards a winning [...]

Brownie Awards Finalists Announced

Posted on October 19, 2010
The finalists for the 2010 CUI Brownie Awards, sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), have been announced. Winners in six categories will be announced at a gala dinner on November 2 at the Canadian Brownfields conference in Toronto. Now in its tenth year, the CUI Brownie Awards program recognizes leadership and innovation in a number of key categories, including sustainable remediation technologies and excellence in project development at the neighbourhood scale. “The awards jury was impressed not only with the increasing [...]

Stimulus Funding: Deadline Still Firm

Posted on September 27, 2010
This morning, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty gave the sixth update on his government’s two-year stimulus program. While most media outlets are reporting that he said the feds would absolutely not extend the funding beyond the strict March 2011 deadline, that’s not exactly what he said. Flaherty said, "In the short term, the government is focused on finishing the job of implementing the Economic Action Plan. We will also continue to monitor economic development closely and will take action as necessary to protect the economic recovery.” Earlier [...]

VIDEO: Escalator Interview: Christian Paradis (WEC)

Posted on September 20, 2010
Paradis participated in a lively ministers panel on the last day of the World Energy Congress in Montreal. When the subject turned to the possibility of a national energy policy in Canada, the mostly provincial panel of ministers had some conflicting opinions. Alberta Energy Minister, Ron Liepert, hasn’t forgotten about Canada’s last failed attempt at a unified energy strategy. He said, "Wherever we can, we should work toward co-operative development of strategies and goals, but the last thing we need is a federally-imposed national energy program [...]

Wind Predictions for Canada

Posted on September 15, 2010
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) took the opportunity to announce a record year for wind energy in Canada at the World Energy Congress (WEC) this week. "Building on the growth in 2010, we can also state with a high degree of certainty that 2011 will be a record year for wind in Canada with more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) likely to be installed," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. "We expect wind energy's rapid growth in Canada to continue with production tripling in the next five years.” By the end of 2010, Canada is projected to [...]
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