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ACE ECi 2014

The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) for 2014 has been announced!

SEEDS, in collaboration with the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter want to send a group of students from Ottawa to represent us in this challenge.

What is the ECi?  ECi is a student competition that takes place during the annual A&WMA conference.  Students are challenged to propose a solution to a given problem, and present it in both a poster presentation and a public forum style presentation.  The competition is being hosted in Long Beach, California, USA this June!

Carleton University has competed three times in the past, and has always represented the university well.  This year we wish to bring more students from the University of Ottawa on board.  The ECi is an amazing opportunity for students to compete internationally, network internationally, and develop their poster and presentation skills. Plus, there are large cash prizes!  (which students from Carleton have won several times in the past.)

The competition this year will be to propose an environmental plan to perform a dredging operation.  The full problem statement can be found here.

In order to put together a team, we need you to email your interest to asap.  If we receive enough interest, we’ll host a mini-competition among those who want to go.  This format of the mini-competition will be to draft the proposal required for the actual ECi, so in that way it’s a great prep round.

Once a team is formed, SEEDS will offer any support and advice that we can, including organizing mock presentations to local professionals to get a real-world perspective on the proposal.

In order to qualify, you must be a student, and able to travel to the US this June.

Dates & Deadlines are all tentative but will be posted soon.  Roughly however,

  • April 1st – Deadline to email informing SEEDS of your interest in participating.
  • Late April – Mini-Competition to determine term to sponsor
  • Early May – Refine your proposal and have it reviewed by previous competition attendees and local experts.
  • Late May – Submit proposal to competition
  • First week of June – Present your poster to a panel of former competition attendees.
  • Second week of June – Present your idea (full mock presentation) to local industry professionals
  • Late June – Fly off to California and win!

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ACE ECi 2013 – Cancelled

Unfortunately, the ECi at the annual A&WMA conference this year has been cancelled.

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ECi Team in Orlando!

Hi everyone! We made it to Orlando, and it is soooooooooooo hot.

Michelle R, Nicole and Erqin arrive on Saturday and we spent the first 2 days trying to get our poster finished and printed. It took much longer than planned but we were so relieved when it was finished!! You can see it in a picture below.

Straight off the airplane, working on the poster.

Sunday we played mini-golf before getting caught in a huge storm. We then visited Downtown Disney to start our tourist adventure! We spent Monday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and had a great time. It was definitely a hot day but we saw some cool animals and attractions, including a Lion King show that was amazing.

Erqin’s first time mini-golfing!

Joining the Rainforest Café animals!

Frog eyes anyone?

Bug eyes anyone?

The Festival of the Lion King.

To Africa!

Giraffes on a safari ride.

A wobbly bridge at Animal Kingdom.

The Tree of Life in the background.

Michelle C arrived Monday evening and we finalized our poster presentation. Today was an early day to get to the conference for a student breakfast and ECi orientation. This afternoon was the poster presentation and it went great!! We interacted with judges and role players from the problem scenario. We think we did a great job 🙂

Michelle at the Coronado Springs resort.

Our team and our poster – finally!

Michelle squared talking with judges

Tonight there was a Grand Reception for all conference attendees – it’s huge! They needed more chairs. Tonight we are very tired but we need to finalize our presentation for tomorrow. We are hoping to catch some technical sessions too. we’ll post again tomorrow – thanks for reading!

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Aquitard Hydrogeology Symposium

The 2nd Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology is set to take place from 21st – 23rd, 2011 at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this symposium will be ‘Aquitards for hazardous waste management and aquifer protection’  and the symposium is being presented by Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG), the University of Ottawa (UofO) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter (IAH-CNC).

The symposium organizers are now accepting abstracts for poster presentations pertaining to the characterization of aquitard systems, and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste within these formations (deadline of June 1, 2011).  Student contributions are strongly encouraged.  Prizes will be awarded for best student poster!

For more information, or to register for the 2nd Canadian Symposium on
Aquitard Hydrogeology, please visit:

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It’s back! SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

SEEDS Carleton, with the support of the Ottawa Valley Chapter (OVC) of the A&WMA, would like to give 4 students a chance compete once again in the Environmental Challenge International, or ECi, presented as part of A&WMA’s annual conference and exhibition (ACE 2011) in Orlando, Florida from June 20-24, 2011. ECi 2011 is a great opportunity to present your solution to industry professionals, to network and most importantly, to have a chance at the price money!

The title of this year’s challenge is A 2025 Federal Renewable Portofolio“. The full information documents can be found here:

To help you prepare your submission, SEEDS will be holding a one-day workshop on Saturday May 14th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in ME 3444 where students will be able to talk to local experts, to form groups of 4 and begin working on their 5-page (max) proposals. Local experts and professionals will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) to discuss with students and point them in the right direction. Students have until 4:00 p.m. to work in the boardroom. By Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. each group must submit a 5-page (max) proposal of their solution to The solutions will be judged by the A&WMA experts and the the winning team will be awarded a chance to compete in the ECi in Orlando. The winning team will have until May 28 to further develop their proposal and submit it to the competition organizers. A poster and presentation must be prepared for the conference itself.

Come prepared with your ideas and enthusiasm! Only student members of the OVC-A&WMA are eligible to participate however, if you are not a member you can join on Saturday May 14 for a reduced membership price of $10. Lunch will be provided by SEEDS.

SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

  • Workshop Date: Saturday May 14
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Workshop Location: room 3444 Makenzie Building, Carleton University
  • Competition Deadline: 9:00 a.m. Monday May 16 for 5-page submission to
  • RSVP by clicking here or accept the Facebook invitation here.

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OGG Student Symposium Road Trip!

On Tuesday March 1 2011,  the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) Student Symposium is being held in Kingston. A free shuttle bus from Ottawa-Kingston is being provided, leaving Ottawa at around 1 pm and returning at around 9 pm. The actual symposium is from 4:30-6pm in Kingston. Food will be provided.
In the Student Symposium, there will be one student from each of Carleton U, Ottawa U, Queens, and RMC presenting to the community and judged. The winner receives free admission to the geotechnical conference later in the year.
It is a great chance to see excellent presentations on research from a variety of schools.
For more info, including pick up locations, click here or email Emily at

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Conference: Science and Technology Awareness Network

On Friday the 5th of November from 1-3 pm the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN) is holding a Q & A event with three aims: to encourage youth to become involved in STAN and the science, engineering and technology community, to provide an opportunity for young talent to interview and network with professionals in their specialty, and to allow organizations to better understand what young talent is looking for in an employer. The event will open with a panel discussion, followed by round-table discussions mediated by an expert at each table. An open networking session, with refreshments, will wrap up the event. STAN has asked innovative leaders in the science and technology fields to be part of the panel or the round-table discussions on Friday November 5th to encourage communication between students and professionals in science and technology.

The event is taking place at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel and registration is free.  Please check out the STAN website for additional information:

STAN is a member driven organization comprising over 380 public and private sector institutions, including government ministries, school boards, corporations, museums, science centres and individuals.  STAN’s mandate is to enhance the profile and influence of the science and technology education and public awareness sector. They host a national conference each year to increase collaboration and networking among members.

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Conference: Carleton University Green Energy Symposium (CUGES)

If you are interested in Sustainable energy policy and technology, the Carleton University Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering (SREE) Society is hosting a one-day conference and workshop on Campus on November 6th, 2010. The conference is free to attend but email to confirm your attendance. For more information, please click here.

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Conference: Sustainable Purchasing at York University

The Business and Society Program at York is hosting a conference on ‘Sustainable Purchasing: Engaging Students and Community Stakeholders in Sustainable Food and Fair Trade’ on October 29th. There will be panels and workshops throughout the day exploring organic, local and fair trade foods; student-run businesses; purchasing policies, and how we can engage in food systems at our universities. Registration is ‘pay what you can’, suggested donation $5 for students and $10 for non-students. Please e-mail to register and see this poster for more details.

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