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Who's Hiring in Toronto? Evergreen, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and more

The most interesting of the opportunities we've seen this week...

The Ontario Brain Institute has two paid internships they are filling at the moment. One is to work on their infographics platform, Brain-CODE, assisting with data, research, and administrative tasks, and the other is to work in operations under the finance and governance teams. Both internships are six months long.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is looking for some tech help, in the form of an interactive developer with at least two years of experience.

Over at the University of Toronto, the faculty of law is looking for an associate director for the Centre for Innovation. Candidates should have at least five years of experience in a university or legal setting, and preferably a legal degree.

For those with an interest in music, the Royal Conservatory is looking for a web content manager to tackle writing, SEO optimization, online promotions, and other related duties.

If the relationship between cities, urban agriculture, and nature is your thing, look no further then Regent Park Community Food Centre, which is hiring a park coordinator for a two-year contract position. And Evergreen has several interesting opportunities available, including ones for a site animator, an assistant of volunteer engagement, a program lead for the children's garden, and an event and client services leader.

Finally, in senior hires, United Way Toronto is looking for a lead for their Building Strong Neighbourhoods strategy.

Do you know of a creative and innovative job opportunity? Let us know!

Who's Hiring in Toronto? the Blue Jays, Corus Entertainment, and more

This week is a particular bonanza for jobs in communications and media.

First up is Parkinson Society Canada, which is looking for a communications associate with at least three years of relevant experience, including media relations, and experience in the not-for-profit sector.

The City of Markham is also looking for a communications assistant, specifically to work at the Varley Art Gallery. It's a half-time position that includes responsibility for both media relations and social media.

The waterfront-based Corus Entertainment has several opportunities available right now. Among them are openings for a web content coordinator to handle daily site maintenance (including writing, editing, and image editing), and billingual video editor for someone with at least three years of relevant experience.

Shaw Media also has several openings at the moment. Global News is in need of a full-time graphic designer; candidates should ideally have experience in journalism in addition to at least three years of professional design experience. They are also looking for a part-time graphic artist to work on weekends. Meanwhile, over at Bell Media, CTV News is looking for a digital content editor to work out of their Scarborough office.

Attention baseball fans: the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre are currently looking for some graphic design help to assist in developing both print and web assets.

Finally, the Toronto International Film Festival is hosting a one-day job fair on Monday, June 23, to recruit seasonal ticketing, retail, concession, and other representatives. Participation is by invitation only, however. If you're interested you must apply in advance.

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U of T president lays out vision of "The University and The City"

When Meric Gertler was announced as the new president of the University of Toronto a few months ago, it generated a fair bit of buzz: not just because UofT is a major local institution, but because of Gertler's profile in particular.

He came out of the humanities—the first UofT president to do so in decades—and his area of academic expertise is the geography and economy of cities. The buzz was generated in large part out of curiosity about whether Gertler would take a more active role in involving UofT in the broader life of the city.

A few days ago, Gertler began to address some of those issues in a major speech delivered to the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

"My starting point," he said, "is that the relationship between universities and their host regions is fundamentally symbiotic. It is mutually enriching, along multiple dimensions. Simply put, a strong university helps build a strong city, and a strong city helps build a strong university. We need to leverage this relationship to mutual advantage if we are going to advance our shared prosperity."

Gertler then moved on to lay out three central points: universities help keep their home cities dynamic and contribute vitally to economic development and flexibility; universities in general are large institutions and thus by nature "stabilizing forces on urban economies, and on the local neighbourhoods they inhabit"; and universities serve as conduits, connecting their home cities, via relationships with other universities, to cities around the world.

Most crucially, Gertler concluded by focusing on what can be improved. "We have an obligation to do more, and it is in our own best interest to do more," he said, inviting civic leadership across Toronto "to help us find imaginative ways to deepen our relationships and work with one another."

Gertler said he had recently begun talks with the presidents of OCAD, Ryerson, and York, "to explore potential collaborations aimed at addressing the region’s most pressing challenges."

Separately, the Unversity of Toronto is deep into planning with the universities of Western and Waterloo, "to establish a joint entrepreneurship accelerator in the new MaRS tower."

Gertler also hopes to work more closely with the municipal government—though he steered clear of political issues in his remarks—"to find new ways to inform debates, provide analysis, and bring our evidence and expertise to bear on the most important urban issues of the day."

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: "The University and The City," delivered by Dr. Meric Gertler, president, University of Toronto, on May 29, 2014.

Normative aims to reset our expectations: from personal goals to hospital connectivity

Back in the fall, five North American companies were selected to participate in a three-month bootcamp to develop new apps for wearable technologies (like Google Glass).

One was Toronto-based software design firm Normative, and the app they came up with is now available. It's called "A to B" and the idea is simple: record your route during an activity (running, biking, skateboarding), and then race against your own recorded routes.

It's one example of the kind of work the 25-person company has been working on over the past six years—work that, says Normative CEO Matthew Milan, is essentially driven by the same goal: "using software technology to help people do the things they want to do…to give them better capabilities, make it easier for people to do stuff."

One example we've all been hearing more about lately: the Internet of Things. That, explains Milan, "is what happens when you start assigning network addresses—just like you have on your cellphone or computer—to a much wider range of things like, like your car, or your dishwasher, or your alarm clock."

And while that might seem to needlessly complicate things, the goal, at least, is to make them simpler, "to use data you get from the network to optimize experiences people are already having." (For instance, having your dishwasher remind you to get detergent.) Normative's latest foray into this realm is called Peak, an app that uses sensors in specially designed skis to collect data about your performance.

But this kind of integrated software design isn't just about the fun toys and gadgets, fancy new gizmos that few people will ever buy or use.

Another Normative project: developing an intranet for the Hospital for Sick Children.

"Five or ten years ago people would build an intranet, and it would help make it easier to find documents, for example," Milan says. Their goal at Sick Kids was to "help people find people rather than people find documents…make a system that makes it really easy for people to find each other, develop relationships with each other, collaborate with each other." It allows people with expertise who may work only a few doors or floors away, but never have met in person to easily find each other, and work together on research and patient care.

As for the future of technology in Toronto, and Canada more broadly, Milan says that "one of the challenges we have is that there is a real dearth of real literacy in terms of technology… We really need strong leadership that understands how technology is going to make things better at all levels of society."

He compares it to the U.S. New Deal: President Franklin D. Roosevelt's slate of laws and social programs that established the social safety net Americans grow up with today. Milan believes that technology now offers the same kind of promise and potential—the ability to fundamentally change our expectations, establish baselines for what daily life looks like, or as he puts it redefine "what 21st century society should give its citizens."

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Matthew Milan, CEO, Normative

Who's Hiring in Toronto: the AGO, Hot Docs, and more

The most interesting of the opportunities we've seen this week:

Several key cultural institutions are looking for help right now. First off is Hot Docs, which is hiring a sponsorship marketing coordinator for a one-year contract; a minimum of two years of relevant experience is required.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has several posts open at the moment. Among them is one for a student: they need a full-time communications assistant to work over the summer; applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 25. In more senior hires, the AGO is also looking for a development manager of donor programs. The position is for a full-time contract, and the successful candidate will be part of the AGO's management team.

The Toronto Public Library is another institution with several opportunities available right now. TPL needs a new manager of cultural and special events programming to oversee program strategy and implementation. They are also seeking applicants for two of their residencies: the writer-in-residence and entrepreneur-in-residence programs. The successful candidates will serve for two month terms, in October and November of 2014.

And for those with an interest in food and the environment, Community Food Centres Canada has several openings right now, including positions for a program manager and a partner fundraising manager (both of which require at least five years of relevant experience), as well as a program assistant (for someone with at least three years of experience.

Do you know of a creative and innovative job opportunity? Let us know!

Election Watch: the New Democratic Party

Unlike the Progressive Conservatives, who have been touting a "million jobs plan," and the Liberals', who are proposing a $2.5 billion "jobs and prosperity fund," direct job creation measures play a smaller role in the New Democrats' election platform.

Andrea Horwath is focusing on so-called "pocketbook issues"—ways of lessening the financial burdens many families face (via measures like tuition freezes and lowering the HST on hydro bills)—but less so on specific employment issues.

Among the measures the NDP is proposing:
  • Starting in the first year of an NDP government, offering companies job creation tax cuts, to a value of up to 10 per cent of an employee's salary (and capped at $5,000). The party claims this will generate up to 17,000 new jobs.
  • By the third year of an NDP government, lower the small business tax rate to three per cent. (It is currently 4.5 per cent.)
  • Offer incentives for the manufacturing sector to upgrade and expand, thereby enabling companies to grow and generate spin-off employment. Few details are provided in the platform, which simply states that "Our plan will reward companies that invest in buildings, machinery, and equipment in Ontario with an Investment Tax Credit."
  • Topping up a federal retraining program for workers aged 55 and up. (The amount of the top up is not spelled out in the platform.)
  • Launching an "emerging industries fund." Again, details are scarce: it would focus on the high-tech and creative sectors, but the size of the fund is not specified.
The party is also promising some small-scale hiring in the public sector: new funding for 250 nurse practitioners, and up to 2,000 new teachers and educational assistants.

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: NDP party platform

Toronto startup wants to make your job hunt easier

The art of the job hunt. It's a tricky one—high stakes, scary, and often hemmed in by regimented processes (as anyone who has had to prepare an application for electronic readers seeking key words well knows).

Hoping to help ease things for both employers and employees: Deskribed, a Toronto startup that wants to help match up job seekers with positions that are not just okay, but the perfect fit.

The current problem: many of our needs often aren't covered in the standard job-hunting process. For an increasing number of workers, quality of life issues are becoming at least as important as considerations like salary or status—and those circumstances, which make a job fit well or poorly into our lives, are often inadequately captured, if at all, in standard job descriptions or hiring processes.

Deskribed co-founder Karim Gillani first came up with the idea a couple of years ago, when he was living in San Francisco and working at RIM.

"I was in this situation where my job was great but…I was looking for a change and i thought to myself that rather than going out to look for jobs…wouldn't it be great if i could just set up exactly what i want for myself, and get opportunities sent to me—real opportunities that were good for me."

And so he decided to build just that.

Deskribed's goal, he says, is to serve as a "time saver for the type of people who have a job but are dissatisfied in some way and are looking for a better way to find their next opportunity."

Those job seekers set up profiles that include "things like your commute time, your role seniority, the work culture—things that don't often come out in a typical job application…we decided to put those things that really affect your quality of life in up front."

And those would-be employees are being matched up with companies that understand the importance of those values. Deskribed's ideal employers are "high growth early startups, typically companies that have recently raised a round of funding and looking to hire"—and who understand that the key to attracting talent isn't as straightforward as it used to be.

Deskribed is currently very focused—both on Toronto, and on the technology sector. Over time they anticipate growing geographically (particularly to other cities with high concentrations of tech jobs) and then expanding into other industries. In the meantime, they are doing some hiring themselves: the startup currently has five staff, and is looking to add some front end developers to their own employee pool.

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Karim Gillani, co-founder, Deskribed
Photo: Jason Hoffman

Who's Hiring in Toronto? Greenpeace, Jazz FM, TVO, and more

The most interesting of the opportunities we've seen this week:

Several key organizations and institutions in Toronto are currently seeking help. First up is the Pan Am Games, which is hiring a coordinator for partner integration. The role is for someone to handle strategic and operational planning for integrating GTHA transit agencies into the Games; three to five years of project management experience working with multiple stakeholders is a must.

Next up is Ryerson University, which is adding a work placement element to its School of Creative Industries program. They need a work placement coordinator to commence research into the logistics, potential partners, and establish the groundwork for the new placement system.

The Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto's leading social enterprise hub, needs some technical help and is hiring a lead drupal developer to update, maintain, and customize several of CSI's platforms and sites. Also in need of some technical assistance is public broadcaster TVO: they are hiring a web infrastructure architect to engineer and maintain their various websites.

Moving onto the arts sector, radio station JazzFM91 is looking for a full time journalist with at least five years of experience, to research and report stories both for broadcast and online. The National Ballet of Canada is seeking a junior graphic designer, who will focus primarily on digital marketing. Some print work will also be included, as will maintaining the ballet company's Tumblr. And Business for the Arts, a national charity that helps businesses support the arts community, is looking for a coordinator for their mentoring program, a new initiative that will involve about 50 arts organizations and 20 mentors.

For those with an interest in the environment, the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, which works to protect agricultural and wilderness lands across the province, is looking for a new executive director. Candidates should have at least five years of senior management experience, and while the position is based in Toronto it does involve some travel throughout Ontario.

Urban environmental group Evergreen is hiring an event and client services leader, a parttime casual position for someone to provide support to the many events that venue hosts throughout the year. Finally, Greenpeace Canada is looking for a human resources coordinator to manage the development and implementation of that organization's HR policies.

Do you know of a creative and innovative job opportunity? Let us know!

Election Watch: Tim Hudak's Million Jobs Plan

Over the past few days, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has begun unveiling the details of his major jobs-creation strategy, with the attention-grabbing name "Million Jobs Plan." (As some commenters have pointed out, Statistics Canada puts Ontario's unemployment rate at 556,000, so this may be hyperbolic.)

The plan starts, counter-intuitively to some, with a promise to cut jobs: 100,000 of them, to be precise, from the public sector rolls. This will include cuts to all sectors with the exception of health care, and also reduce transfers to municipalities. The rationale is that by cutting those jobs (and also instituting a public sector wage freeze), the PCs could eliminate the provincial deficit more quickly, thereby lowering the government's need to raise money through taxes and creating a more business-friendly economy.

"I take no joy in this, but it has to be done if we want job creators to put more people on the payroll in our province," Hudak said at a recent press event about this plan.

Both the Liberals and the NDP have lambasted this proposal, saying it will directly lead to unemployment, and undermine key services across the province. Premier Kathleen Wynne called it a "pink slip pledge" and warned it could push the province into a recession.

Hudak also wants to increase opportunities for apprenticeships, by increasing the allowable ratio of apprentices in the trades.

"For every single apprentice in many trades you have to have four or five journeymen, so they limit the number of opportunities. Allow each journeyman to mentor and train an apprentice, one each, and that'll help create 200,000 positions," he said when pitching the plan. (Wynne's response: just because you allow someone to take on an apprentice, that does not guarantee they will choose to do so; there's no evidence this will directly lead to a massive increase in apprenticeship positions.)

Another major plank of Hudak's platform is a business tax cut of 30 per cent, which he contends would leave to the creation of 120,000 new jobs. Though he did not provide the math which led to that figure, he said that in general a major business tax cut "will send a signal fire right across the world to say, 'Invest in Ontario. Add on that new machine."

So far, the PCs have produced by far the most headline-grabbing jobs strategy, and also by far the most controversial. Many commenters are already saying that its boldness will be key in the campaign, strongly attracting some in the business community, while strongly alienating many others who worry about the state of public services (not to mention all the voters who themselves hold public sector jobs).

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (multiple press events)

OCAD U and CSI announce new partnership

Toronto has a growing number of accelerators, innovation hubs, and other organizations designed to help support young ventures launch and develop successfully.

Up next: many of those organizations, along with more traditional institutions, are starting to collaborate, forming partnerships that capitalize on their strengths and creating opportunities for people from various sectors to share their respective areas of expertise. A few months ago, for instance, Ryerson and St. Michael's Hospital announced a partnership to help the former's engineers and the latter's clinical scientists work together.

Another new partnership was announced recently between OCAD University and the Centre for Social Innovation. The goal is to develop a social enterprise-specific stream within OCAD's overall entrepreneurship hub, called The Imagination Catalyst. The Imagination Catalyst was created to help young enterprises with commercialization; this new partnership will do the same for social ventures in particular: enterprises that have some human, cultural, or environmental goal.

As part of this new collaboration, OCAD U will offer residencies to three CSI members at its Imagination Catalyst incubator, helping with access to funding, and providing other entrepreneurship support. CSI, meanwhile, will offer membership—including access to space, a vibrant community, and other funding sources—to all those incubated by Imagination Catalyst.

"Apart from start-up funding, introductions to venture /angel investors, etc., we believe any incubator experience is enhanced if you have a diverse set of start ups in the space," explains Petra Kassun-Mutch, executive director of Imagination Catalyst.

"Diversity in our case means legal form, scale, sector, and level of experience. We believe the social enterprise sector is an extremely important and growing part of the start up community space."

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Petra Kassun-Mutch, executive director, Imagination Catalyst, OCAD University

Who's Hiring in Toronto? Evergreen, Toronto Botanical Garden, and more

The most interesting of the opportunities we've seen recently:

First off, for those with an interest in green jobs, urban environmental organization Evergreen has several openings right now. They are currently seeking an animator for outdoor programs, primarily to focus on outdoor activities for children and familiies. Next up is a post for a project manager for national engagement to support grant programs and other national initiatives. Finally, they are looking for a food program coordinator to deliver workshops, support the farmers' markets, and work on partnerships and community development.

Also in this sector, The Backyard Urban Farm Company, which helps individuals set up organic vegetable gardens at their homes, is looking for a social media coordinator for a six-week summer contract. The position is open specifically to post-secondary students returning to school in the fall.

Finally in the environmental realm, the Toronto Botanical Garden is seeking an office administrator to provide administrative, database, and systems support.

If you love getting around on two wheels, bike adventure company Sacred Rides is hiring a business development director to help grow several new programs, camps, and other riding activities, with a particular focus on increasing women's participation in mountain bike riding.

YouthfulCities is a global initiative that assesses cities based on their friendliness to those under 30. The organization is currently seeking an event planner to work four days a week over the summer (May through August).

Career Skills Incubator, which helps the underemployed develop their skills in key areas, is hiring a project manager for a six-week contract. The successful candidate will spearhead a pilot project aimed at getting people to explore careers in the non-profit and charitable sectors.

Finally, the Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance is seeking a Campaign and Resource Development Project Lead to support existing and new projects and outreach campaigns.

Do you know of a creative and innovative job opportunity? Let us know!

TRIEC celebrates 10 years of helping skilled immigrants

More than a decade ago, the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) and the Maytree Foundation conducted some community outreach, asking what the most compelling issues facing Toronto were—including which issues were being neglected and required more attention.

One key issue that came up in that survey: integrating immigrants effectively into the city's labour market. And so those consultations led to the creation of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

This week, the organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary at an awards ceremony that will also honour individuals and organizations for their leadership in this sector.

When that initial survey was conducted, community groups said that while there were many immigrant settlement organizations, "there weren't a lot of organizations that were focused on this issue of opportunities for skilled immigrant labour," says TRIEC's executive director, Margaret Eaton.

And the resources that were being devoted to the issue were scattered. "Mentoring had been done in different organizations," she goes on, but once the new organization was formed "they came together under that umbrella," allowing for a better distribution of talent and increased scale of activity. The core of TRIEC'S activities is a one-to-one mentorship program that currently has 1,300 pairings; Eaton says that those who go through the program see an average increase in earnings of 62 per cent.

Reflecting on the past decade, Eaton says that "one of the big things we've seen is that some things have stayed very much the same: skilled immigrant unemployment is still double what it is for university-education Toronto-born population. if anything, it has gotten worse through the recession."

When asked why she said that, one key factor is that "the economy has changed so much. we're now seeing secondary migration—[people] coming to Toronto first, then moving elsewhere in Ontario or out west," where there are more plentiful job opportunities.

On the positive side, there is now an Ontario commission looking at regulated professions to try to make their requirements much more transparent to the applicants, easing the process for new immigrants who want to transfer their credentials from elsewhere so they can pursue their professions here.

As part of its 10-year anniversary, TRIEC is also looking to the future, and expanding its strategic objectives. "One of those," says Eaton, "is employer culture—looking at the glass ceiling that immigrants experience."

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Margaret Eaton, executive director, TRIEC

Ontario election watch: the Liberals' jobs platform

When the minority Liberal government unveiled its draft provincial budget last week, the document lasted barely a day before being trashed: the opposition parties refused to support the government, and a snap—though widely anticipated—election was called.

Ontarians will go to the polls on June 12, but they already know a great deal about what the Liberals will be running on: that short-lived budged doubles as a convenient campaign platform. And one of its centrepiece proposals is a major employment initiative. The other parties will likely follow with their own jobs-creation strategies (we'll cover those as they are released) but in the meantime, here are the highlights of the Liberal proposal.

The Liberal government's plan centres on a $2.5 billion "jobs and prosperity fund," a new 10-year initiative that will focus on helping businesses develop internationally, and become more productive. It will also include grants to help attract new major businesses to Toronto. The money will be allocated to several sectors, including $40 million a year for food and beverage manufacturing and $20 million over four years for the increased acquisition of health products. This will be combined with other initiatives, like ongoing efforts to establish a cooperative capital markets regulator (so far British Columbia and the federal government have joined the talks).

Though NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced that her party would be voting against the budget, she specified that this reflected a general distrust of the Liberal government rather than objections to the budget itself, which is widely regarded as NDP-friendly. For their part the Progressive Conservatives characterized the Liberal plan as "corporate welfare" and say they will create jobs by lowering payroll and corporate taxes.

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Ministry of Finance

Migrant workers still among the most vulnerable

Our economy relies on several categories of workers: citizens, permanent residents, and workers here under various classes of visas.

One group that historically faces some of the greatest challenges is the category of temporary migrant workers—a group that has more than tripled in recent years. In 2000, there were 89,746 migrant workers in Canada; in 2012, that number was 338,213.

Temporary migrant workers are now admitted to the country at a much greater rate than permanent residents—the inverse of what was the case decades ago. This pattern holds locally, as well. the number of migrant workers in Toronto increased by 237 per cent between 2006 and 2012.

A new report just released by the Metcalfe Foundation, which works towards building a more equitable and inclusive society in Canada, examines the current state of affairs for migrant workers here. A hint of its findings can be gleaned just from the title: "Profiting from the Precarious."

The report gathered information via interviews and consultations with migrant workers in Toronto and Southern Ontario, and focuses on the growing for-profit labour recruitment industry, which helps match potential workers with employers, and assists those workers as they manage the bureaucratic processes involved in coming here.

The problem: according to the report, "widespread abuse of low-wage migrant workers at the hands of disreputable recruiters has been documented by academic and community-based researchers for years. Significant numbers of migrant workers are brought to Canada by recruiters who charge oppressive 'recruitment fees,' including fees for jobs that do not exist and jobs that are different than promised."

Though some legislation took effect in 2010 to try to provide better protection for migrant workers, the report found that "a mere $12,100 in illegal fees has been recovered from recruiters and only eight investigations are ongoing. Meanwhile, the Caregivers’ Action Centre reports that since the law was enacted, two-thirds of its members have been charged illegal recruitment fees."

The report provides a number of recommendations to help improve matters.

"A proactive regulatory model that is enforced by the employment standards branch and that builds in federal/provincial multidirectional oversight is both necessary and a best practice." Crucially, it goes on, "proactive licensing of recruiters, registration of employers, and significant security deposits to ensure that funds are available to compensate workers whose rights have been violated."

There is also the question of giving potential migrant workers better tools to make informed decisions about their employment here. New regulars must "address the significant information gap that recruiters and employers exploit. Registries with meaningful information about recruiters, recruiters’ supply chains, and employers must be publicly available and easily accessible. Information empowers workers."

Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Profiting from the Precarious (Metcalfe Foundation Report)

Ontario and Alberta launch collaborative innovation program

The provincial governments of Alberta and Ontario have reached an agreement to work with academic and industry partners to collaboratively pursue research projects that have strong potential for commercialization, according to an announcement made earlier this month.

The two year Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program (AOP)  will be jointly managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF). Each province will provide up to $2 million for the project with the aim of industry partners matching those sums in each province as well.
According to an Ontario government backgrounder on the program, AOP "will draw on academic expertise to address challenges faced by industry, such as the conservation of water and energy, developing better insulated building materials, environmental remediation, stormwater management, converting waste into energy, and modular manufacturing and assembly."
In order to participate, applicants will have to go through a two-step selection process, and their proposed projects must span no more than two years.

To be eligible, projects must include at least one industry partner that operates in both provinces, or multiple industry partners that collectively operate in both; a research partner from an accredited Ontario academic institution; and a research partner from an accredited Alberta academic institution.

The first step in the process is submitting an Expression of Interest, due by June 9, 2014. A review committee will assess those EOIs, and select applicants will be invited to continue to the next stage of the application process. Complete details are available on the AOP website.
Writer: Hamutal Dotan
Source: Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
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