IC-IMPACTS Newsletter - Oct 2016
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Dr. Gupta Develops New Building Material Using 100% Waste

Dr. Rishi Gupta (University of Victoria, Canada) and Dr. Urmil Dave, (Nirma University, India) have developed a new “super sustainable” building material entirely made from waste. The innovative material uses ash produced from coal-based power plants.

“In traditional materials, cement is generally the most expensive component. By eliminating cement entirely, the cost savings would be significant,” said Dr. Gupta.

He estimates that this new material could cost 50% less to produce than conventional materials, depending on the availability and source of the fly ash and bottom ash.

Dr. Pai & Dr. Daftary Improve TB Diagnosis and Delivery

Dr. Madhukar Pai and and Dr. Amrita Daftary of McGill University are developing new methods and techniques to better engage community pharmacists in order to improve early detection and provide effective treatment for tuberculosis.

With 2.2 million people infected with TB in India alone, this public health problem is considered the world’s largest tuberculosis epidemic.  

This unique engagement strategy has already drastically reduced time between detection and primary treatment for patients from 60 days to under 6 days.

Second Round of HQP Leadership Grant Now Open

In response to ongoing interest, the Centre has launched another round of the HQP Leadership grant for IC-IMPACTS students wanting to design, manage and lead their own workshop or small conference.

Applicants must be graduate students AND current or prior participants of an IC-IMPACTS research project or training program. The grant supports up to $15,000 for eligible expenditures.

The call is currently open and is accepting applications from students. All applications will be due December 15, 2016.

Thank You for Providing Feedback

IC-IMPACTS thanks everyone lended their voice and provided feedback. Comments from outstanding researchers, students, industry innovators, community and government organizations, and individuals have received and will be used to help shape the future of the Centre.

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!

CSCE 2017 Conference in Sustainable Infrastructure

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) will be hosting their 2017 Annual Conference in Vancouver from May 31 to June 3, 2017.

This year’s theme titled “Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure” and is already accepting abstracts The conference will also include specialty conferences on Engineering Materials and Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Hydrotech, and International Construction.

Please visit for more information.  

Moving Ideas to Market
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 8:00am PDT

Mr. Kurian Tharakan, Executive in Residence at TEC Edmonton will outline many challenges that arise when entering the marketplace and will share great solutions using examples from companies such as Honda, John D. Rockefeller, Intuit, Southwest Airlines, NCR, Polaroid, and Wikipedia.

Kurian has been a TEC Executive in Residence since 2014 and brings over 27 years of sales and marketing experience to his practice.  

TEC Edmonton was recognized as the #1 incubator in Canada by Startup Canada in 2014.

Applications for WIL India are Closing Soon!

Researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs working or studying in the water sector around the world have until Oct 31, 2016 to submit their applications to WIL India.  

Only 40 seats are available, apply now for this once in a lifetime experience!

Current Opportunities Available at IC-IMPACTS

IC-IMPACTS is currently looking for an Education Resource Developer to develop learning materials for a school in India.  This position is a short term contract.  Please send in your applications by Oct 25, 2016.

IC-IMPACTS is also looking for a Financial Analyst.  The incumbent would be responsible for the account and financial management activities at IC-IMPACTS.  Please send in your applications by Oct 31, 2016.
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