Supporting electronic manufacturing growth through innovationFrom: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
News releaseNova Scotia’s Sunsel Systems adopts new advanced planning system
January 28, 2019 – Dartmouth, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Discovering new ways to strengthen competitiveness in manufacturing is vital for companies to scale operations, take advantage of export opportunities and generate economic wealth. An Atlantic Canadian frontrunner in designing, manufacturing and testing electronic components and printed circuit boards, Sunsel Systems Manufacturing Corporation is adopting advanced technologies to help modernize its processes and grow its operations in Nova Scotia.
With help from the Government of Canada, Sunsel will improve its competitiveness as a key supplier to manufacturers in the global marketplace by implementing new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help analyze production levels. The integrated ERP system will help the company improve its inventory management and streamline procurement to meet evolving market demands. This project will help accelerate the company’s growth, positioning Sunsel as a leader in electronic manufacturing services.
Today, Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced support for the purchase and implementation of the technological system.
The repayable investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages, such as its strong export potential, growing innovation network, and skilled workforce.
Quotes“New technology in traditional industries pushes Canadian businesses to adapt, innovate and expand, stimulating economic growth and creating good jobs for the middle class. Investments like the one being announced today help businesses maintain their competitive edge and support the work of the Atlantic Growth Strategy.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“Electronic manufacturing service providers like Dartmouth’s Sunsel Systems are game-changers for manufacturers in healthcare, power and energy sectors, as well as many other Atlantic Canadian industries. Helping companies make their mark to become recognized players and key suppliers in the manufacturing sector will add to the region’s prosperity.”
- Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour
“Innovation is key to a strong and vibrant economy. Investing in new technologies and training opportunities improves productivity and profitability, and helps companies drive growth, be more competitive and succeed.”
- The Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
“These are exciting times in Atlantic Canada, with innovation driving growth for companies that are willing to push the boundaries. It is through the assistance of our valued partners, like ACOA, that companies such as Sunsel can confidently pursue the opportunities that arise as a result of wise investments in productivity tools and process enhancements.”
- Julian Taylor, President and CEO, Sunsel Systems
“Imperative” is not a word to be thrown around lightly. It stresses upon the vitally important, the critical, and perhaps the unavoidable. At the same time, imperatives needn’t be intimidating for they help shape the world around us as we know it. Likewise, Digital Transformation isn't a choice anymore for any business. It’s imperative because the economy demands people, technology, and business to be unified; to pursue innovative and agile operating models; find newer ways of accelerating growth and profitability. But then, like anything worth achieving, this transformation also requires the right approach and the mastery of three critical outcomes: Experiences, Productivity, and Empowerment.
Despite popular belief; it isn’t only about products and processes, but experiences. Why? Because experiences define the brand, its reputation, its ability to stick, and its possible recommendation. Emotions remain long with us even after the screen has dimmed, and the power turned off. So good or bad, customers and employees will have an experience with your brand, why not make all the effort in turning them into your competitive advantage.
Everyone wants to achieve more; which is why it’s not about choosing to be productive, but how. It’s about how to free men and women from the shackles of repetitive and mundane tasks. It’s about how to reach new levels of speed, accuracy, and cost-efficiency; all while liberating talented minds to focus on what matters most. Adopting intelligent and scalable approaches ensure not only enhanced productivity and reduced time-to-market, but also a more meaningful employee experience.
To achieve something you never have, you have to do what you’ve never done. The future will demand a lot of firsts and if you are not prepared to learn, to innovate, and to take your ideas to the next level - then be prepared to be left behind. It shouldn't be about living in the future, but inventing it. So, invest in yourself, your empowerment, and most importantly - your future.
Success in this transformation isn’t complicated. It’s a choice. A choice to be better than yesterday; a choice to perfect experiences; a choice to be more productive; and a choice to empower your future.
#FedDevOntario; #AnitaVandenbeld; #PaulMartin; #NavdeepBains; #APXSmartViewTM; #APXSmartCaptureTM; #CapitalAngelNetwork;
Ottawa, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, that FedDev Ontario a funding of $615,000 for Advance Property eXposure Canada Inc. (APX), media reports said.
Anita Vandenbeld Navdeep Bains Paul Martin
FedDev Ontario is a federal institution that is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio and is responsible for delivering programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in southern Ontario—Canada’s most populous region.
FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution of $615,000, more than $1.2 million in investments would be done from members of the Capital Angel Network and Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Established in 2013, APX is an Ottawa-based software company that develops mobile technology solutions to address Smart City infrastructure needs.
APX SmartCaptureTM enables first responders to collect data from existing floor plans quickly using mobile technology that can reduce data collection time from seven to 14 hours per building down to 30 to 60 minutes per building.
APX SmartViewTM then allows the APX SmartCaptureTM data to be distributed to emergency services personnel in other branches or stations within seconds of a call, sharing critical building information for more effective, safe and timely responses on site.
“Support from FedDev Ontario is great news for Ottawa’s APX, as it allows this innovative tech company to scale-up activities to compete as an early leader and capture market share in North America. It is investments like this one that help to position Canada as a global innovation leader, while ensuring the safety of Canadians is made a top priority now and in the future,” said Vandenbeld.
This fund would serve to commercialize its SmartCaptureTM and SmartviewTM software, which immediately shows first responders building layouts and floor plans on smartphones and tablets when dispatched to emergencies.
Through this project, APX would reportedly create up to 15 full-time, skilled jobs in southern Ontario and accelerate growth in North America
“APX is excited to receive this financial support from FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada...The endorsement of our vision allows APX...create meaningful jobs for Canada while improving public safety through our innovative, advanced mobile technology solutions,” said Paul Martin, Chief Executive Officer, APX.
This support from FedDev Ontario would not only speed up the innovative technology to collect data on buildings and deliver critical information to field personnel, Canada’s first responders can provide effective, safe and timely responses in emergency situations.
“This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s plan to make our country a leader in innovation and create well-paying jobs from coast to coast to coast, while most importantly keeping first responders and the public safe,” said Bains
To meet the needs of innovators and job creators, applications for new projects are now being accepted by FedDev Ontario, using a single application form, through three simplified funding streams.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#OntarioScienc Centre, #PoPnology, #Virtualreality, #DrMauriceBitran, #TimeMachine
Toronto, June 17 (Canadian-Media): PoPnology, the interactive, travelling exhibition, expected to run in Ontario Science, Toronto from May 19, 2018 - August 6, 2018, is the convergence between popular culture and current technology and shows how human imagination has the power to predict the future, media reports said.
Reportedly one of the world's first interactive science museums, the Science Centre contains an array of inspiring installations and exhibit halls.
This interactive, travelling exhibition, PoPnology explores how popular films, television, books and art influence our past, present and future.
Through immersive games, hands-on robotics and futuristic technology, POPnology uncovers the magnitude of pop culture’s impact on how we play, connect, move, live and work, the four main areas into which PoPnology is divided.
How we play takes you through the inspiration and invention of games, robots and virtual reality that impacts life and leisure.
Robot/Ontario Science Centre
How We Move explores the history of human transport — from fantasies of flying and time-travelling cars to vehicles that can travel on other planets.
How We Live and Work brings you today’s fascinating innovations that were predicted long ago in books and movies.
Through immersive games, hands-on robotics and futuristic technology, you’ll see just how far we’ve come and where we're going.
How We Connect takes you into the world that brought you the social media and Artificial Intelligence assistances you use every day.
During an interview session with Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer of the Ontario Science Centre on the opening day of PoPnology, Dr Maurice Bitran said the research that is done in Science and technology is more about communicating with the students. He said the need of the hour was to "solve the very significant sustainability problem of science, technology and innovation."
Dr Maurice Bitran
He said our kids in Ontario are exposed to Science in grade 9th and 10th and that the centre needed to do some intervention before that in such a way that kids are able to absorb all aspects of science and technology in the best perspective.
Ontario Science Centre collaborates with various universities, colleges and research centres and the interactive exhibition, PoPnology is the result of its collaboration with Durham College who was responsible for sponsoring this program.
To extend the POPnology experience, the Ontario Science Centre offers extended, hands-on programming throughout the exhibition.
POPnology includes: Hands-on robotics; virtual projection games; futuristic musical instrument technology; immersive games, including virtual reality gaming, Robotic arm interactives and much more.
Virtual Reality/Ontario Science Centre
Ontario Science Centre's research is in fact all about communication, not only between the researchers, the students and other public; it is about communicating between the past, present and the future.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) is excited to present the final and only North American venue to showcase North America’s world-renowned shoe museum, Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes at 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario running through January 6, 2019, media reports said.
Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes is a travelling exhibition which showcases Blahnik’s inventiveness, artisanship , inspiring elegance and perfection.
The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear.
Bata Shoe Museum
The style and function of footwear is celebrated by BSM in four impressive galleries.
Footwear on display ranges from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms.
Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity shoes are reflected in the semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes. Three other galleries feature changing exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see.
#CityofToronto, #TOwaste; #app
September 24, 2018
Toronto residents can now access collection schedules, the Waste Wizard search tool and information about where to find Drop-off Depots and donation centres from their smartphone or tablet with a new City of Toronto app called TOwaste.
“The TOwaste app features the waste information people search for most on the City’s website and will equip residents with another tool to help them properly sort and dispose of waste and find out where they can donate and buy used items,” said the Mayor of Toronto. “It also demonstrates the City’s commitment to technological innovation and to providing the public with the information they need in quick and easily accessible formats.”
With the easy-to-use app, residents can quickly search the Waste Wizard while on the go for information on how to properly dispose of more than 2,000 items. The new app also makes it quick and easy to find the nearest location to donate or buy used items or drop off items such as hazardous waste.
In addition to providing collection schedules for residents with day-time curbside pickup, the free app will also allow residents to set reminders for their collection days and sign up for alerts about service disruptions.
“The TOwaste app was recommended as part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy to support the City’s reuse and diversion goals. The app is designed to make it as easy as possible for residents and visitors to participate in the City’s waste diversion programs,” said the Councillor for Ward 25 Don Valley West, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
More information on the app and how to download it is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wasteapp.
#SouthAfricancave; #journalNature; #ChristopherHenshilwood; #UniversityofBergen, #Norway; #SilviaBello, #NaturalHistoryMuseum; #London
South Africa, Sep 12 (Canadian-Media): Scientists discovered a 73,000 years old sketch in a South African cave was believed to be the world's oldest known drawing by the humans, said the researchers in a report released Wednesday by the journal Nature, media reports said.
This sketch was created with a sharpened flake of ochre, a pigment widely used in the ancient world, said Christopher Henshilwood of the University of Bergen in Norway.
The sketch looking a bit like a hashtag is a proof that early humans in southern Africa could produce designs on various surfaces with different techniques.
The sketch has six red lines crossed by three other curved lines appears on a tiny flake of mineral crust and is believed to be part of a larger drawing, said the researchers, because lines reaching the edge are cut off abruptly there.
Blombos Cave silcrete flakes/Courtesy of Journal Nature
The hashtag design was produced widely over the past 100,000 years in rock art and paintings proving that the sketch is probably not just a collection of random scratchings.
Similar patterns are engraved in other artifacts from the cave, Henshilwood said and added,
"It almost certainly had some meaning to the maker, and probably formed a part of the common symbolic system understood by other people in this group," Henshilwood said.
The finding gives evidence that early humans could store information outside the brain and supports the argument that early members of our species behaved essentially like us before they left Africa for Europe and Asia, he said.
Silvia Bello, a researcher at the Natural History Museum in London who didn't participate in the study, called the finding important.
"It further shows how rich and complex human behaviour already was 73,000 years ago," she said in an email.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JimCarr; #AmarjeetSohi; #IsraelInnovationAuthority; #cybersecurity; Aharon Aharon; #Canada-IsraelIndustrialResearchandDevelopmentFoundation
Ottawa, Sep 9 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made this week by Jim Carr, Federal Minister of International Trade Diversification, on behalf of the Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, together with the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), regarding the launch of a pilot program to facilitate new cybersecurity solutions for the energy sector, media reports said.
This is the first of its kind pilot program to would strengthen the ties of Canada with Israel, an important economic partner of Canada, with the aim of "the ultimate creation and adoption of new cybersecurity solutions to enhance the security and resiliency of Canadian energy infrastructure," said Carr.
Enhancing cooperation in the innovation and technology sectors and combining the expertise of both countries’ entrepreneurs and innovators would lead to creating well-paying jobs in the process for both the countries.
Sohi said that this partnership apart from furthering Canada’s and Israel’s shared interests of greater energy security, would lead to "Reducing cybersecurity risks through collaboration and dialogue will help Canada continue to build a resilient North American energy system,” added Sohi.
Being aware of its internationally acclaimed and highly-developed local cyber ecosystem Israel looks "forward to a remarkable collaboration with Canadian companies in finding innovative technological solutions to help mitigate cyber threats in the energy sector, both locally and globally” said Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority.
Earlier also foreign multinational corporations, including Canadian firms had been funding Israel’s highly skilled workforce and innovation strengths which have led to establishment of more than 400 research and development centres in Israel.
Calls for proposals which are now open will close on September 30.
Both governments of Canada and Israel would collaborate in funding to address fundamental cybersecurity challenges during the current fiscal year.
Strategic collaboration between CIIRDF and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) -- the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry -- would be directly supported by this pilot program.
Established in 1994, the CIIRDF has financed more than 125 collaborative R&D projects, which have contributed to the joint development and sale of more than 60 new global products.
For both Canada and Israel, Science and technology are driving forces for job creation and economic growth.
Other Canadian provinces, such as Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, have bilateral science, technology and innovation agreements with Israel.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#QUANTUM:TheExhibition; #OntarioScienceCentre; #MartinLaforest; #ChrisFerrie; #QuantumComputers; #digitalcomputers; #QuantumMechanics; #Geophysics; #QuantumSensors; #OntarioScienceCentre
Toronto, Aug 21 (Canadian-Media): The exhibition QUANTUM: The Exhibition opened its doors at the Ontario Science Centre on Aug 18, media reports said.
Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo was responsible for creating QUANTUM: The Exhibition and is also the Knowledge Partner for the exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.
This Canadian-made exhibition explores the research of the scientists who study at the quantum level to better understand the natural world.
Present in the exhibition were and Martin Laforest, PhD, Senior Business Development Manager and Quantum Tech Lead, ISARA Corporation and Chris Ferrie, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, and author of Baby University books.
Laforest (on the left) and Ferrie (on the right) answered to various questions put forth by the audience gathered there.
Laforest was mainly engaged with research of the Quantum Mechanics and he told that the Quantum Computers at present are the size of a room and that it would be many decades before a working computer would be introduced to the public or at the academic field.
He said when he started research in this field there were only about 10 researchers who were involved in this. But at present, tens of thousand researchers all over the world are working in this field.
Ferrie, more on the academic side said that till about a few years back Physics was considered a branch of Science. But now Geophysics has evolved as a subject of natural science.
Geophysics is concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis.
The visitors were introduced to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and that things at the subatomic scale behave very differently from the macroscopic world we know.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition is the first-ever travelling exhibition on quantum information science and technology and explores, through creative storytelling and interaction, how quantum mechanics and information technology are merging to create revolutionary technologies to reveal how we live, work and play.The exhibition also reveals how quantum technologies will impact computing, communication, information security, sensing and more.
The concept of quantum computers is elaborated as below:
The exhibition also showcases quantum/versus digital computers.
The Exhibition showcases how computers, digital communications, information security, medicine and geographical exploration can be transformed by quantum computing.
Kevin Resch, Interim Director, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo reportedly said that IQC, a global leader in quantum information research, had created this exhibition to show how quantum technologies like Quantification, Tunneling, Uncertainty, Entanglement, Interference, sensing the small, Quantum cooling will impact our future.
The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, is one of Canada's most popular iconic cultural attractions, and has been creating engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology for over 45 years.
As a global leader in life-long learning, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since opening its doors in 1969 and provides collaborative experiences, support 21st-century learning and builds world-class exhibition.
With its vision to have a more curious, creative and resilient world; and its mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, and its purpose is to believe science, technology and innovation will help us shape a better future for society and our planet.
Ontario Science Centre provides opportunities to explore, learn and collaborate and make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#humanlikerobots; #humanoidbots; #judgmentalhumans; #robots
Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to a new study, humanlike robots could be could be beneficial and improve your focus on the task at hand, media reports said..
With the rising popularity of humanoid bots in our day-to-day lives, scientists are trying to understand how their presence affects our thinking and behavior.
For this 58 people a common test, by researchers to measure focus, and were shown a series of words printed in different colors.
Ths subjects were asked to identify the color, ignoring the word itself.
Their scores were determined by the speed with which they responded.
Subjects were asked to take the test twice, first alone.
During the second time, they were presented with a new set of words while being watched for by for 60% of their tasks, by a humanlike robot, who stood 1.5 meters.
Before taking the test the subjects were asked to acquaint themselves with the robot, asking it a series of prewritten questions.
The robot was programmed to respond with either friendly, positive answers (good robot), or abrasive, negative ones (bad robot).
Researchers reported in Science Robotics (Aug 15) that subjects who were exposed to the “bad” robot finished the test faster than when they were alone.
However, there was no increase in the speed of the group that interacted with the “good” robot.
The researchers concluded that this might be due to presence of the cranky robot which caused the subjects to have a raised state of alertness that improves their focus.
The same effects were revealed earlier with judgmental humans.
This is the first study to examine the phenomenon with robots.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)