Climate change is destabilizing our environment and bringing more extreme weather. Farmers and agricultural workers know, first hand, how important a healthy environment is. When droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme weather hits, their livelihood suffers. Canadians know that we need a healthy environment for a strong economy.
The Government of Canada is taking action with initiatives like cutting edge research on climate change and biodiversity at the Experimental Farm. The Government is also supporting the innovations of small businesses and entrepreneurs who have bold ideas that can protect our environment and create new sustainable solutions for the agriculture and agri-food sectors.
Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Catherine McKenna, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $600,000 under the Innovative Solutions Canada program for four new projects. Minister McKenna made the announcement following a tour of the Experimental Farm where she met with researchers and discussed their work on environmental sustainability.
20 federal departments, across government, have committed a total of $100 million to support the Canada’s small business innovators and entrepreneurs, through Innovative Solutions Canada. This program uses the Government of Canada’s purchasing power to help companies scale up and grow their businesses. Today’s announcement provides up to $150,000 each to four businesses with exciting new ideas for solving challenges in the agriculture sector:
- EcoEnviro Labs Inc. will test a new organic bioplastic mulch made from poultry feathers. This is a lower-waste, fully biodegradable and compostable way to produce mulch needed in Canada’s agriculture.
- Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp. will be testing a food-grade quality bioplastic, ideal for fruit or prepared vegetable containers,that biodegrades more quickly, meaning less landfill and more sustainable options for grocery stores and shoppers.
- Troo Corporation will test the viability of their idea for an agricultural ‘Internet of Things’. The smart data hub will collect data from existing farm management tools and bring them together in one place, reducing the research and operational costs for small producers and increasing the adoption of precision agricultural practices; and
- Expert Systems Inc. will be testing a drone-based technology that uses artificial intelligence to provide a more affordable and fully autonomous crop protection and spraying solution that will help reduce herbicide and pesticide use as well as operational costs for producers.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the important role innovators and entrepreneurs play in our economy. The four projects announced today have the potential to make Canada’s agriculture sector more profitable and sustainable, and we look forward to seeing the results.”
– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“These innovative solutions are great example of the transformation that is underway in Canada’s agriculture and environment sectors. Our government is proud to see Canadian small businesses at the forefront of finding solutions to environmental challenges that affect Canada and our planet as a whole.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- The Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program is investing up to $100 million to support the scale up and growth of Canada’s small business innovators and entrepreneurs by having the federal government act as a first customer.
- Up to $600,000 has been committed for four projects that were submitted to address two ISC challenges issued by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Improved Composability of Bioplastics and Scaling Down Precision Agriculture.
- If successful at the proof of concept stage, projects are each eligible for up to $1 million under Phase 2 of the ISC for prototype development. The government may then act as a first customer, helping these small businesses commercialize their innovations.
- Innovative Solutions Canada is a key component of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year plan to make Canada a global innovation leader and create middle-class jobs.
Synopsys Design Platforms Enabled for Samsung Foundry 2.5D-IC Multi-Die Integration
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced availability of design solutions to support Samsung Foundry’s 2.5D-IC Multi-Die Integration (MDI™) on its 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology, known as 7LPP. The Synopsys Fusion Design Platform™ and Custom Design Platform enable quicker design prototyping and analysis to help designers address the time-to-market pressures associated with delivery to accelerating markets, such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing (HPC).
“Coupling noise between multi-die and package causes unexpected performance issues, and addressing 2.5D-IC system problems at later design stages is more difficult as design complexity increases,” said Jung Yun Choi, vice president of Foundry Design Technology Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Foundry’s MDI design flow, which integrates analysis and implementation for early-stage system-level pathfinding, enables our customers to overcome performance issues and achieve cost-efficient 2.5D-IC products. Through our collaboration, customers can pull in their schedule and achieve a performance-driven product while reducing turnaround time for problem-solving.”
Key products and features of Synopsys’ Fusion Design Platform and Custom Design Platform supporting Samsung Foundry’s 7LPP 2.5D-IC MDI include:
- Fusion Compiler™ RTL-to-GDSII solution: Fully-automated silicon interposer routing, optimal automated placement and routing among microbumps, TSVs, and C4 bumps
- IC Compiler™ II place and route: Comprehensive support for interposer creation, inter-die placement and routing, and interposer channel and power routing
- RedHawk™ Analysis Fusion In-Design EM/IR: Seamless In-Design EM/IR analysis of multi-dies and silicon interposer, robust power delivery network design through cleaning missing via, open and short net correlated with ANSYS® RedHawk signoff analysis
- Custom Compiler™ design environment: Easy configuration setup based on powerful schematic view and auto SPICE deck generation for power and signal integrity analysis of HBM and high-speed interface (HSI) channels
- HSPICE® signal integrity analysis: Linear, transient, and StatEye analysis for PCIe Gen4
- FineSim® power and signal integrity analysis: AC and transient analysis for power integrity, crosstalk, jitter, and SSO analysis for HBM
“With increasing interest in multi-die integration for accelerating markets such as AI, HPC, and 5G, customers need new solutions because traditional manual design doesn’t adequately address the latest power and signal noise challenges,” said Michael Sanie, vice president of marketing and strategy for the Synopsys Design Group. “Synopsys’ design solutions make a multi-die integration design environment easier and more efficient, and help Samsung Foundry customers deliver faster and higher-performing 2.5D-IC products.”
SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.
Invitation to the Media – Elected Officials and Stars Lend a Hand at Christmas Harvest
Saturday, December 7, over 200 people will be at work at Moisson Montréal to make the last 5000 Holidays Baskets. This day is a highlight for Canada’s largest food bank.
Several political and artistic personalities will join our faithful volunteers to lend a hand. We will welcome Chantal Rouleau, Minister Responsible for Transport and Minister responsible for the Greater Montréal Area, as well as Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and several provincial and federal MPPs.
Moisson Montreal spokespersons Élise Guilbault and Justin Kingsley will also be present along with several artists, Debbie Lynch-White, Dany Turcotte, Marie-Chantal Perron, Christian Begin and Josée Deschênes.
The comedian Stéphane Fallu, as well as the writers and collaborators on the show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! at Radio-Canada, Sarah Berthiaume and Alain Farah, will be the hosts of this day.
20,000 baskets valued at $ 50 will have been assembled and distributed to organizations during the month of December, worth $ 1 million.
Close to 1,500 e-tailers join Asian E-tailing Summit
The third Asian E-tailing Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday with close to 1,500 e-tailers and business professionals from related sectors in attendance. The event brought together myriad business leaders, offering a one-stop platform for participants to focus on e-commerce prospects in the region and explore the latest industry trends.
The summit featured two plenary sessions along with multiple breakout sessions and workshops. With contributions from more than 60 renowned guests and speakers, the discussions covered successful e-tailing developments and solutions in Hong Kong, Mainland China and across Asia with the aim of creating business opportunities for participants.
As online shopping continues to mature and consumer preferences shift further away from bricks-and-mortar retailing, competition in the market is becoming increasingly fierce. With the theme “The Internet of Things’ Expanding Influence in Online Retailing”, the first plenary session examined how the Internet of Things (IoT) can assist e-tailers to better manage supply chains, process data more efficiently and create unique customer experiences, helping them to stay ahead of the competition.
Coexisting opportunities and challenges in e-tailing
Speaking at the plenary session, TJ Wu, Director of Centre of Excellence, SAP Customer Experience Greater China, said he regards IoT as an enabling tool for e-tailing that will help to create more opportunities for customer acquisition and assist in optimising the customer experience. He said he foresees the emergence of a new business model with the development of IoT. “Today, retailers still charge piece by piece, and ‘one-product, one-price’ is going to continue for some time. However, in the not-distant future, there will be a new business model: retailers will charge by subscription like Netflix and Amazon, charging by usage or even by volume,” he added.
Joseph Lee, Executive Vice President of Sales – APAC, Mirakl Inc, took an example of his previous project with an airport shopping mall in Singapore to explain the application of IoT in product delivery to customers’ homes or hotel rooms. As Mr Lee stated, IoT is already having a significant impact across the supply chain. He said that knowing how to analyse and use the massive amount of data brought about by the advent of IoT is essential and the role of data scientists will become more important.
IoT has brought tremendous new opportunities as well as challenges to the e-tailing sector. Mike Shapaker, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelAdvisor, pointed out that the implementation of IoT can sometimes lead to consumer privacy concerns. Emphasising the diversity of regulations in different regions and countries, he reminded people in the industry to pay close attention to regulations and comply with them strictly. Regarding the success of IoT, Mr Shapaker said true success comes “when we do not talk about it anymore”.
Tapping huge potential in the Asian market
With the pioneering Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) e-commerce agreement now in place, a favourable business environment is flourishing in the region and the push is now on to deliver economic growth through cross-border e-commerce. The second plenary session at the summit assessed how a thriving cross-border e-commerce market will be shaped by Southeast Asia’s increasingly affluent middle class.
Terry Iu, Head of Digital Natives, Facebook, said the market for Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger is growing very rapidly across Asia Pacific, with great potential and huge opportunity in Southeast Asia in particular thanks to the region’s dynamic landscape. Given the fact that Asia is leading digital transformation, Mr Iu considered artificial intelligence (AI) as the backbone of everything that will happen in the future. He believed it is necessary for e-tailers to have both “information power” and “implication power”. “We not only know who the users are but can also predict what users like,” said Mr Iu.
Michio Takahashi, Vice General Manager, Cross Border Trading Business Department, Rakuten, Inc, agreed that technology should be the key driver for innovation, emphasising that the implementation of innovation needs to be the industry’s top priority. He shared Rakuten’s two factors for the implementation of successful cross-border retailing, namely a close partnership with local platforms and proper logistics solutions. For example, his company’s partner in the mainland is JD.com, which has inventories in numerous export destinations to ensure products can be shipped to customers swiftly.
The breakout sessions and workshops at the summit were welcomed by the participants, who appreciated the opportunity to interact. One question from the audience involved concerns about the price differences across different sales channels. Daphne Lee, E-commerce Director, PANDORA Jewelry Asia-Pacific Limited, said that PANDORA product prices may differ in different countries and regions. For example, given factors such as tax rates, product prices in Australia tend to be lower than in the mainland, whereas the official retail and e-commerce prices stay the same. She said that PANDORA aims to enable customers to embrace online shopping by creating exclusive online products. “The basket size of online shopping is usually higher than offline due to the free delivery threshold,” she added.
Nicholas Kontopoulos, Head of Adobe DX Commercial APAC Marketing, Adobe, suggested that retailers need to ensure they have quality content on their websites since customers will do a lot of research online before purchasing, including browsing the brand’s official website. As such, he said that physical stores are becoming more like “showrooms” where customers would go to interact physically with the products they wish to buy. For this reason, he said it was necessary to implement omni-channels that combine online and offline retailing.
Focusing on customer demands
Industry breakout discussions on the second day of the summit focused on two key sectors – fashion and toys. “Walk Fashion’s Online Runway” and “Omnichannel Sales Come to Toyland”, allowed participants to grasp the latest e-commerce business opportunities in these specific industries.
Toshio Yamada, CEO & Founder, LIFESTYLE ACCENT INC, said that one of the company’s strategies is “making clothes together and making growth together”. The brand’s accessibility on almost all social media platforms encourages customer communication and interaction, which enables the company to produce clothes that align with the requirements of customers. He gave the example of the brand creating a special mosquito-repellent fabric for clothes, specifically at the request of customers.
Diane Yoon, Vice President, CarrieSoft, introduced one of the major trends of the toy market in South Korea, saying that the current market is growing because purchases by adults are getting bigger and toys are no longer just for children. In relation to promotional strategies, she said the company has produced animations featuring its cartoon characters for its own TV channels with the aim of engaging children and their parents at the same time.
Five technology-focused events create synergy
The HKTDC is holding a total five events at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this week. In addition to the Asian E-tailing Summit (4-5 December), the HKDTC SmartBiz Expo (4-6 December), HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show (4-6 December), Business of IP Asia Forum (5-6 December) and DesignInspire (5-7 December) are running concurrently. They aim to help SMEs cope with the opportunities and challenges brought by innovative technologies and market changes, as well as driving business-development momentum.
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Asian E-tailing Summit 2019.JPG: The third Asian E-tailing Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday with close to 1,500 e-tailers and business professionals from related sectors in attendance. The event offered a one-stop platform for participants to focus on e-commerce prospects in the region and explore the latest industry trends
Plenary Session 1 The Internet of Things’Expanding Influence in Online Retailing.JPG: With the theme “The Internet of Things’ Expanding Influence in Online Retailing”, the first plenary session of the Asian E-tailing Summit examined how the Internet of Things (IoT) can assist e-tailers to stay ahead of the competition. Speakers included (from second left to right) Mike Shapaker, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelAdvisor; Khalid AlThawadi, CEO, Digital Wave; Joseph Lee, Executive Vice President of Sales − APAC, Mirakl Inc; TJ Wu, Director of Centre of Excellence, SAP Customer Experience, Greater China; and Matt Warren, Founder and CEO, Veeqo. The session was chaired by Abhineet Kaul, Senior Director, Public Sector & Government, Asia-Pacific, Frost & Sullivan (left)
Michio Takahashi, Rakuten (left); and Desey Muharlina Bungsu, PT Global Digital Niaga.JPG; Terry Iu, Facebook.JPG: The second plenary session of the Asian E-tailing Summit, “How Cross-border E-commerce Market Creates Growth Opportunities in Asia”, assessed how a thriving common online market will be shaped by Southeast Asia’s increasingly affluent middle class with the pioneering Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) e-commerce agreement now in place. Speakers included Michio Takahashi, Vice General Manager, Cross Border Trading Business Department, Rakuten, Inc and Desey Muharlina Bungsu, Vice President, Fashion, PT Global Digital Niaga (Blibli.com) (top); and Terry Iu, Head of Digital Natives, Facebook (above)
Nicholas Kontopoulos, Adobe.JPG: Nicholas Kontopoulos, Head of Adobe DX Commercial APAC Marketing, Adobe
Toshio Yamada, LIFESTYLE ACCENT.JPG: Toshio Yamada, CEO & Founder, LIFESTYLE ACCENT INC
Diane Yoon, CarrieSoft.JPG: Diane Yoon, Vice President, CarrieSoft
SOURCE Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
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