IC-IMPACTS Newsletter - Sep 2016
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Help Shape Our Future - A Message from IC-IMPACTS

Dear <<First Name>>,

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will be undertaking an independent expert review of IC-IMPACTS as part of its monitoring and review responsibilities. The review, announced on August 26, 2016, requires IC-IMPACTS to submit a comprehensive written submission outlining the Centre’s achievements to date and imagining a strategic plan for the future. The submission is due November 4, 2016.

We welcome the review process and see this as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Network’s success, identify areas where we can improve, and craft a vision for our future. We have only been successful because of the outstanding researchers, students, industry innovators, community and government organizations and individuals who comprise our network. We are extremely indebted to, and humbled, by your innovation, commitment, excellence, and support, and thank you for all that you have contributed to IC-IMPACTS since we began in 2013.

We take this opportunity to invite everyone interested in IC-IMPACTS to help us shape our future. Please let us know: what we have done well, what we need to do differently, and your ideas for what we can together achieve in the future, by responding to a few questions at the link below:
We sincerely hope you will lend your voice to help us shape the future of IC-IMPACTS.

Heads Up – Funded Project Teams:  We will be requiring all those directly connected to a funded research project, past or present, to provide various data required by the NCE for the documentation submission. If you are a PI in India or Canada, or an industry or community partner on one of our specific projects, please expect a personal email within the next week. We will do all we can to make the data reporting requirements as easy and time-appreciative as possible. Additionally, the Theme Leads – Dr. Stewart Aitchison (Health), Dr. Michael Serpe (Water), and Dr. Nemy Banthia (Infrastructure) – will be connecting with each of you to more fully discuss the review and IC-IMPACTS future.

If you have any questions regarding the Expert Review, please contact Sue Roppel at ( or by telephone at 604-827-1522.

Dr. Juncker Develops $1 Heavy Metals Detection Test

Dr. David Juncker and his research team are developing an innovative test to detect heavy metal contamination in water.

The point-of-use test uses a flow through system to detect high levels of Cadmium, Zinc, Lead, and Mercury in water samples.  The test then displays results using a very simple colour change.

Due to the materials used in this project, each test kit can cost as little as $1 and will allow communities to perform continual monitoring overtime.

Demonstrate Your Technologies in the Field!

IC-IMPACTS invites researchers ready to demonstrate their technology and test their research in real-world environments.

The Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects is a collaborative Call for Proposals between Canada and India and is open to researchers across both nations.

If you are ready to demonstrate technology in the field, apply to the Call for Proposals now!

Winners Announced for Pradeep Khare Scholarship

Two students have been awarded the 2016 Pradeep Khare Memorial Scholarship.  

Atul Jaiswal, a doctoral candidate at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University was awarded 1st Place.  Kanksha Mahadevia Ghimire, a Masters of Law student from University of Toronto was awarded 2nd Place.

Congratulations to both students on their achievement.

IC-IMPACTS CEO Awarded Global CSR Award

Dr. Nemy Banthia has been awarded the Global CSR Award during the 2017 World CSR Congress

The Conference is organized by World CSR Congress and will take place on February 17-18, 2017 in Mumbai. The conference showcases organizations and individuals that drive social change through sustainable and responsible business.

Previous award winners include leaders from KPMG, SAP, Fujitsu, DHL, Tata, HP and other major companies.  

Challenge Projects Announced for WIL India

7 "Challenge Projects" have been announced for Water Innovation Lab India.  The program will have participants tackle water-related challenges such as Water Scarcity, Mining Impacts, Ground Water Extraction and more!

Applications to WIL India are currently open to researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs working or studying in the water sector around the world. Only 40 seats are available, apply now for this once in a lifetime experience!

International Research Funding Available from Mitacs

Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada.

Projects last 12–24 weeks and are open to graduate students in all disciplines.

Select destinations are also open to senior undergraduates. Funding varies by destination.

Application Deadline: Nov 9, 2016
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