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Hatch contributes to fund for Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) program


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September 3, 2013 by Staff Report

Hatch is partnering with Queen’s University’s Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) program to address the challenge faced by Canadian businesses to find skilled engineers to work on projects in remote and rural communities.

The aim of the program is to provide employers with a pool of uniquely qualified engineers who are well prepared to work at challenging project sites in remote areas. Students enrolled in this six-year program will combine engineering studies with an enhanced understanding of the societal and cultural challenges found in remote areas. Students will study aboriginal culture and sustainability issues, and will conduct research to address three areas of national interest: natural resources and energy, information and communications technologies, and economic development and education for aboriginal people. Hatch has committed to provide financial support, internships for Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program students, and participation in the SERA program steering committee.

“We welcome participation in this training program as an engineering firm with an active interest in sustainable engineering and energy,” says Bert Wasmund, executive director at Hatch. “Many of our engineering projects are in remote areas and in aboriginal communities and as such, Hatch has a great need for engineers with the type of training planned…”

The SERA program is a collaborative effort between many industry partners including Ontario Waterpower Association, Hatch, Assembly of First Nations, and others. Dr. Mark Green, professor and associate head of Queen’s, is the project lead and has partnered with the Royal Military College and the universities of Manitoba and Ottawa.

The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has also recently announced that it will provide $1.65 million through the CREATE program to fund Dr. Green’s initiative.