Netherlands Firm to Test ‘Maintenance-free’ Roads Made from Recycled Plastic

Canadians are used to driving on damaged, pothole-filled asphalt that always seems to be under construction during the summer. Now a construction company in the Netherlands hopes to improve the quality of roads and reduce waste by using recycled plastic for road construction. Read more

New Geopolymer Mortar Helps to Protect Aging Buildings

Engineers are using a newly developed carbon-fiber-reinforced geopolymer mortar as a conductor for cathodic protection (CP). The mortar helps to carry an electrical current through the steel frames of structures built before 1960, guarding against corrosion. Read more

World’s First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge to Be Erected by Robotics Firm, Contractor

With robots that can “draw” steel structures in 3D, a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam will be printed. See video

Drain Water Heat Recovery Systems

Manitoba Hydro showcases their new Drain Water Heat Recovery System which helps in reducing water heating energy consumption. See video

You Can Now 3D Print with Liquefied Wood

A chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3D printing a reality. Read more

Teens Trade a Week of Summer for a Trades Introduction

Students going into Grades Seven and Eight are exploring a future career in the skilled trades and technologies at the Skills Work! Summer Camp in Sudbury. Read more

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Take Action to Improve Skills Training and Labour Market Outcomes to Support Economic Opportunities

Labour market ministers from across Canada agreed to continue to take ambitious action to improve economic opportunities for Canadians. Read more

Dad Cheer on Daughters at Trade Competition

Many fatherly figures showed up to support 10 girls who participated in the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camp for girls between Grade 6 and 8 in Saskatchewan. Read more

Turning Differences into Strengths

A country’s competitiveness was traditionally based on its natural resources. But to be competitive in the 21st century, we need to focus on people and developing talent within our borders — this is particularly critical as populations age and shortages of skilled talent emerge. Read more

Radio Frequencies Keep Edmonton Workers Safe

Following a fatal incident in 2011, it took little convincing for Blair Buchholtz, Edmonton Transportation Services general supervisor of aggregate and recycling, to try out a new piece of safety technology. Read more