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As Lakeridge Health’s educational hub, the LHEARN Centre has upgraded to the most advanced and lifelike patient simulators. They blink, breathe and experience the same medical emergencies health care providers are faced with every day. The LHEARN Centre has taken medical simulation to the next level with the SimView system—the first of its kind to be installed in Canada. It records simulations so learners can watch themselves in action, improve their techniques and provide the best health care possible.
For more information contact:
Lakeridge Health Communications
905-576-8711 x. 4317
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto would like you to save the date for this year’s Europe Day Reception
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Location: Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street, Toronto
Directions may be found here.
Europe Day celebrates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration in May 1950, which called for integrated European cooperation and created the beginnings of what is now the European Union.
Special Guest of Honour:
It is now 20 years since Volvo marked its return to the racetrack – with an estate! The venture would lead to many successful years in the BTCC – including an overall victory in 1998. “When I signed up for Volvo and TWR around Christmas 1993, I didn’t know about the estate plans,” says Rickard Rydell. “If I’d known, I would probably have hesitated. It was lucky I didn’t know!”
Volvo’s Back on Track project was tangibly launched in April 1994, when two liveried Volvo 850 estate cars rolled up to the start line on the Thruxton track in southern England. It was the start of the season of the most prestigious standard car series, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Alongside Tom Walkinshaw Racing – TWR – Volvo had initiated a major investment in the class, and the idea of using estate cars was a great success right from the outset. They attracted a great deal of attention and challenged Volvo’s image in a positive way, particularly in the UK. Volvo wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to combine practicality with pleasure!
Behind the wheel of one of the cars was 26-year-old Rickard Rydell who, despite his tender age, had a great deal of experience from karting, Formula 3000 and Formula 3. In the other car was his team-mate Jan Lammers, a 37-year-old Dutchman who had competed in various classes including Formula 1.
“It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed,” says Rickard Rydell today. “It doesn’t feel like it. But now looking back it is clear that we were focusing on the right class at the right time.”
TWR, which had been Volvo’s main competitor in the European Championship series during the 1980s when the 240 Turbo was competing against the Rover SD1, had now been contracted for three years and was responsible for the technical development of the racing car. Volvo would be responsible for technical support, marketing and PR.
The decision to compete with two estate cars was taken several months before the start, but was kept secret until the last moment. When the news was released, many thought it was a joke. A large estate is not an ideal track car – with a lot of weight behind the rear axle and a higher centre of gravity, it is harder to get around the corners than a saloon.
“But the aerodynamics of the estate were slightly better than the saloon,” says Rickard Rydell. The deciding factor, however, was that the estate would attract more attention.
According to the FIA class 2 regulations, the competition cars had to be based on a production model. The appearance of the body could not be changed, although to make the races close and exciting, the cylinder volume was restricted to two litres, the maximum engine speed to 8,500 rpm and the minimum weight to 950 kg for front-wheel drive cars. Supercharging was not permitted in any form.
Volvo and TWR used their five-cylinder engine as a basis, which in the 850 Turbo had a 2.3 litre volume and produced 225 hp. In the racing version – with no turbo and with a 2 litre volume – it produced around 290 hp. The five speed manual transmission in the standard car was replaced with a six speed sequential transmission. Volvo was the first team to incorporate a catalytic converter in its cars – a feature that was soon to become mandatory according to regulations for the class.
“We hadn’t had time to test the car on the track before its launch at Thruxton on April4th,” says Rickard Rydell. “Jan Lammers and I had been able to drive a few hundred metres at the entrance to TWR’s development workshop, but that was all!”
From the outset, the first season was designated a trial year for the drivers, team and cars, and they didn’t expect to be near the front of the standings. As a result, they could also treat themselves to the PR stunt of driving an estate.
“The Volvo 850 estate was by far the largest car in the series,” explains Rickard Rydell. “Our competitors, who were taking part largely to strengthen their sporting image, were not pleased about having to compete with an estate. There were a few taunts from other drivers – but that was no problem. To wind them up, in one heat we drove with a large stuffed collie in the boot during the parade lap!”
When the series drew to a close after 21 heats, at Donington Park in September of 1994, they could look back over a very successful season from a public perspective – even though Volvo only finished in 14th place overall.
“We had learned an enormous amount during the season, and developed the car continually,” says Rickard Rydell. “Our best finish was fifth place at Oulton Park, although there were more column inches written about us than about any other team!”
As early as the following year, the results improved significantly, and Rickard Rydell came in third place overall in the championship, and repeated that success in 1996. However, they only drove the 850 estate during the first season, switching to the saloon model in subsequent years. Even though an estate body enjoys better natural downforce at the back than a saloon, the option of an additional spoiler at the rear was introduced in 1995. This was of no benefit on an estate, although on a saloon body it could make a significant difference. Volvo changed to the S40 in 1997, and Rickard pinched fourth place, before going on to win the entire series in 1998.
Volvo was definitely back on track!
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Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) dedication to protecting the smallest and most vulnerable car occupants celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2014. This ground breaking work started with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 – and the latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use.
The differences in anatomy between children and adults form the foundation for Volvo Cars’ child safety developments both in terms of car integrated features and accessories. Children are not small versions of adults, which is why children need special restraints when traveling in cars.
“The basic principle remains the same as fifty years ago. The smallest children must always travel facing the rear until the age of three to four. Older children should use a booster cushion or booster seat that makes sure that the lap belt is correctly fitted over the pelvis,” says Professor Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
Here are some of the most important milestones in Volvo Cars’ child safety history:
1964 First child seat prototype
Inspired by how astronauts travel rearwards, Bertil Aldman, medical doctor and subsequently Professor in Traffic Safety at Chalmers University of Technology, developed the very first child seat prototype. Volvo was closely involved in the development and testing was carried out in a PV544.
1967 Reversible front passenger seat with special child backrest
The first child seat to be sold to customers was created by turning the front passenger seat around. Adding a padded backrest with straps made sure that the rearward-facing child was kept in place. The solution was sold as an accessory for the recently introduced Volvo Amazon.
1972 Volvo’s first rearward-facing child seat
Rearward-facing child seats are designed to support the neck and help spread the force of a frontal impact over a larger area. Frontal impacts are the most frequent and usually the most severe impact situation.
1976 The booster cushion – a world first from Volvo
Children from three to four years and up travel facing forwards using the standard safety belt with a belt-positioning booster cushion. Volvo Cars’ policy is that children should use a booster cushion until they are 140 cm tall and ten years old. When using a booster cushion, the child runs an approximately 75 percent lower risk of being injured compared to being unrestrained.
1990 World’s first integrated booster cushion
The first integrated booster cushion was an ingenious fold down and out version in the rear centre position in the Volvo 960. Double integrated pop-up booster cushions in the outer rear seats were introduced in the Volvo S40 in 1995.
1999 World’s first rearward-facing seat for ISOFIX
The world-first solution for the standardized, car-integrated ISOFIX fittings was actually two rearward-facing seats in one. Both seats – one for infants and one for toddlers up to four years of age – could be fitted in the same ISOFIX frame.
2007 World’s first two-stage integrated booster cushion
Two-stage integrated booster cushions were introduced in the Volvo V70 estate. The two-stage version, with two sitting heights, enables a better belt fit regardless of the child’s size. Child adapted safety belt load limiters were also fitted.
2014 Inflatable Child Seat Concept
The innovation, which is still in the development stage, is easy to install and can be tucked away in a small bag when not in use. This means that the child seat can be easily transferred between cars and the bag even fits in carry-on luggage when flying or travelling.
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Renteknik Group Inc.
Renteknik Group was founded in 2011 by Darren Cooper, Colette Cooper and Lars-Eric Sjoberg. Renteknik which means “Clean Technology” in Swedish is a private company based in Burlington, Ontario Canada. Renteknik’s management team has experience in a wide range of areas including engineering, design, consulting, project management, construction, distribution and manufacturing. Darren, Colette and Lars-Eric have grown Renteknik and attained a prominent standing in the energy efficiency/management industry and continue to build a strong team of professionals that have both the knowledge and commitment to make Renteknik a success.
Renteknik Group Inc. is a provider of Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Solutions. Renteknik uses Best Practices, providing energy engineering, building and system commissioning, energy auditing services, energy management and systems design and cost-effective energy performance analyzing to commercial and institutional as well as multi-residential customers throughout Ontario.
Target Markets include Hospitals, Arenas, Recreational Complexes, Retail Stores, Long Term Care Facilities, Multi-Residential Units, Offices and Process Cooling Facilities.
Renteknik has a minor focus on the integration of existing Renewable Technologies (Thermal Heating and Solar Air Conditioning) with conventional technologies in educational/research environments.
Renteknik is working with government entities, utilities, municipalities, industry and leading educational institutions. These include the OPA, Toronto Hydro, Horizon Utilities, Burlington Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Sobeys, City of Burlington, City of Hamilton, CityHousing Hamilton, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Sick Kids Hospital, North York General and Hamilton Spectator.
Renteknik provides the following services:
- Energy Efficiency Engineering
- Commission of Systems and Buildings
- Systems Development and Design
- Energy Management, Quality and Metering
- Energy Audits
- R&D Support
- Project Management
Renteknik’s E3 Supply and Product department is a Key Supplier of:
- ClimaCheck – Performance Analyzing Tool for HVAC and Refrigeration Systems
- Circutor – Energy Management Systems,
- Kingspan Solar – Solar Thermal and Solar Wind products
- Kamstrup – Sub-metering of Heating & Cooling
A Canadian Swedish Success Story
Lars, who has a Swedish background and has been active on the board of the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was initially introduced to Klas Berglöf, the President and Founder of ClimaCheck Sweden AB, a Swedish company located in Nacka outside Stockholm, at the Swedish Trade Office in Toronto.
Through CanNord 2011 hosted by the Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce Darren, Colette and Lars were given the unique opportunity to meet with Klas on a more in depth basis to discuss business opportunities.
Renteknik’s experience developing markets for other energy related innovative technologies and their network of contacts in the HVAC and building industry provided the perfect opportunity to introduce ClimaCheck’s Energy Performance Analyzer into the Canadian Market.
Today Renteknik Group is the sole distributor of ClimaCheck in Canada and is also looking to expand into some states in the US in the near future.
The ClimaCheck Performance Analyzer, manufactured in Sweden, uses state-of-the-art methodology for “in field” energy performance analysis of all types and sizes of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Systems to help reduce peak cooling loads, increase energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and benefit the environment.
The ClimaCheck solution analyzes collected data and can immediately give a complete picture to the engineer of how the System is working and what adjustments or upgrades can be done to increase energy efficiency. As part of Renteknik’s Energy Efficiency Solution, ClimaCheck is rapidly becoming Canada’s leading tool for commission, re-commission, trouble shooting and maintenance of Refrigeration Systems, Air-Conditioners, Chillers, Air Handling Units and Heat Pumps.
Through optimization using the ClimaCheck tools and processes Renteknik has typically found 10 – 30% savings in the electricity usage for Refrigeration / Cooling Systems usually without any capital expenditures.
In 2011 ClimaCheck was awarded the World Wildlife Fund Climate Solver Award for the technologies contribution to Green House Gas (GHG) reduction globally. Renteknik has installed over 30 permanent ClimaCheck Systems in hospitals, ice-rinks, municipal buildings, condo buildings, hotels, supermarkets, data centres, and recreational facilities and is proud of its achievements in both energy savings and positive environmental impact. This is a great success story for the partnering of ClimaCheck in Sweden and Renteknik in Canada.
Please contact for more information.
Darren A. Cooper, LEED® AP, CBCP, P.Eng.
Renteknik Group Inc.
3228 South Service Road, Suite 301
Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7N 3H8
This year’s theme
Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is:
Strong Women. Strong Canada.
Canadian Women – Creating Jobs, one Business at a time.
SCCC’s, Marie Larsson and Ingela Baker, had the pleasure of attending the International Women’s Week celebration event at Queen’s Park hosted by The Honorable Teresa Piruzza, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Regardless of ones’ political view, the speeches were inspiring and empowering – to say the least”.
Women’s Day in Europe [Read more here…]
We cordially invite all members of the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Board to attend our Annual General Meeting on March 20, 2014.
If you have already registered, please click here and enter your password to access the supporting documents.
Please RSVP before the end of March 18th.(extended one day)
All members are invited to vote and attend and we’d love you to come along.
If you are unable to attend the meeting you’re strongly encouraged to Proxy your vote. To proxy your vote please email your name plus the name of your proxy firstname.lastname@example.org by end of the day March 18th
Here is the schedule for the meetings:
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Board Meeting
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Annual General Meeting
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Explore SKF Solutions Factory
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at SKF Canada Limited, 40 Executive Court, Scarborough, ON (see map).
Refreshments will be provided.
After the AGM, members will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the new SKF Solutions Factory facility (see video) to learn about the latest in knowledge transfer tools and how they can help customers get fast answers to their individual questions and solve their business problems. Whether your business is in the manufacturing sector or not, you will be fascinated to learn how SKF has implemented a knowledge base system to keep track of past projects/solutions and make them readily available to other customers so that they can solve their issues quickly and efficiently. [Read more here…]
Please RSVP by March 17th, 2014.Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or 416.925.8661.