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Death of Allan J MacEachen

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is expressing sadness and extending heartfelt sympathies to the family of Allan J. MacEachen after Mr. MacEachen passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Antigonish at age 96. “Allan J. was a true champion of Nova Scotia, a remarkable Canadian and a fine gentleman,” said Premier McNeil. “He was focused on getting things done and making life better for Canadians. His accomplishments as a federal cabinet minister are still benefiting Canadians today.” Mr. MacEachen, a native of Inverness, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1953 and subsequently won nine more elections. He held many cabinet portfolios in the Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau and John Turner governments and also served as deputy prime minister under Mr. Trudeau. Mr. MacEachen is considered an architect of social policy in Canada. His accomplishments as a parliamentarian included reforming the labour code, establishing a new standard for the minimum wage and, what some consider the most significant part of his legacy, ushering the Medical Care Act through parliament in 1966. He later served as a senator and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. “Allan J.’s dedication and commitment to public service were exemplary and Nova Scotia and Canada are better for it,” Premier McNeil said. “He set a gold standard to which all of us in political life should aspire. Nova Scotians are proud to say he’s one of our own.”last_img read more

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Industry knowledge priorities for the METS sector released

first_imgMETS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. Its stated mission is: “To strengthen Australia’s position as a global hub for mining innovation, and, enhance the global competitive advantage of the Australian METS industry.”Ric Gros CEO, METS Ignited recently highlighted what the group sees as industry knowledge priorities for the METS sector. “Developing capabilities to compete in a global market place, reducing barriers to innovation, advancing mine autonomy and robotics, reducing the footprint of mining, advancing interoperability of data and systems, and improving exploration technologies, are captured in the Industry Knowledge Priorities (IKPs) for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. METS Ignited together with industry and research partners, Austmine and CSIRO, have developed the IKPs for the METS sector to help influence strategic areas of direction to create a sustainable global advantage for the Australian METS sector.”“The IKPs, an element of the Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), for the METS sector are outcome-focussed priorities intended to strengthen and increase the competitive advantage for the Australian METS sector. Six IKPs have been identified as a result of consultation with the METS and mining sectors alongside with our SCP partners Austmine, CSIRO and VCI. The IKPs were further shaped by the global megatrends impacting the mining ecosystem, as well as emerging challenges and technology trends. The IKPs fall into two key category areas:management skills and capabilities needed to make the sector more competitive; andresearch and development required to ensure that the sector remains relevant.The knowledge priorities address the opportunities for step-change improvements in global mining challenges, creating a critical mass through identifying and developing clusters formed around either areas of specific expertise or natural geographic groupings of complementary skills, and increasing commercialisation of innovation.”Those interested can download the full document: Industry Knowledge Priorities: Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector at:  https://www.metsignited.org/Attachment?Action=Download&Attachment_id=53last_img read more

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