New tech start-up making training courses interesting

Cathy Dobson, The Sarnia Journal | November 29, 2017 A new start-up at the UWO Research Park is out to show small and medium-sized businesses they can afford to use online e-learning to train and inform employees. Edu-Solutions develops and designs innovative online courses that are nothing like the dull, web-based training programs or tutorials of years gone by,…

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Innovation Prominent in Local Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster

Innovation is one of the six measuring sticks the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) uses to assess the technological and communications intelligence of a community. It says intelligent communities pursue innovation through the triple helix of relationships between business, government, and academic, which helps keep the economic benefits of innovation local. In Sarnia-Lambton, the business, government, and academia sectors have…

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City hiring support for fibre optic project

The Sarnia Journal | November 26, 2017 Bell Canada’s $50-million investment to run fibre optic cable to 20,000 Sarnia homes has prompted City Hall to add more employees. At Bell’s expense, two development technologists and an IT infrastructure analyst are being hired on a two-year contract basis. The new positions will assist Bell in sorting out Sarnia’s digital infrastructure,…

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Mobs of people turn out to use Makerspace technology

The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton | November 26, 2017 Lambton County library officials say the Makerspace has been a huge hit. A report to Lambton County councillors shows almost 14,000 people have accessed the technology either in Sarnia or through the mobile program. “Patrons in some of Lambton’s smallest, most rural communities, such as Shetland, Florence and…

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Bio-company Incubator Forms Alliances

Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | November 23, 2017 Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and five venture capital firms have agreed to work together to seek out opportunities for investments in young “green” sector companies. The government-funded not-for-profit agency works to help new sustainable chemistry and bio-based companies in southern Ontario reach commercial production and has been involved in a…

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Identifying Digital Skills Gaps in Sarnia-Lambton’s Workforce

Knowledge workforce is one of the six key indicators The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) uses to measure the technological and communicative intelligence of a community. An intelligent community exhibits the determination and demonstrated ability to develop a workforce qualified to perform knowledge work at any level. Extensive community consultation with industry, academia and government organizations revealed significant gaps in digital…

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Expanding Rural Broadband in Lambton County

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) says access to broadband is one of the six key indicators it uses in measuring the technological and communicative intelligence of a community. There are a number of initiatives underway among local private internet service providers (ISP) to extend broadband to rural homes and businesses in Lambton County. Of the 30 southwestern Ontario communities identified…

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BioAmber eyeing Sarnia as site for second commercial plant

 Sarnia Journal Staff | November 13, 2017 The prospects are looking bright for BioAmber to build a second commercial plant in Sarnia. “We have shifted our focus towards Sarnia,” CEO Rick Eno said in a conference call last week. “I think part of this has to do with the lack of certainty on the regulatory environment in the U.S….

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Green Methanol Production Company Coming to Sarnia

Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer | November 7, 2017 A Waterloo company has announced plans for a commercial-scale demonstration plant at Sarnia’s TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park to produce methanol using carbon dioxide emissions from Chemical Valley industries. Doug Beynon, president and CEO of Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., said the company is working to have the plant up and running in 2020….

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What Makes an Intelligent Community?

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) says intelligent communities are “those which have – whether through crisis or foresight – come to understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy, and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it.”  Sarnia-Lambton is an Intelligent Community. The ICF uses six key indicators to measure a community’s collective intelligence:…

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