13th Art in the Workplace Exhibit is a success!

On Thursday December 5th, McMaster Innovation Park had the pleasure of celebrating its 13th Art in the Workplace Exhibit. The entire event could not have been possible without the help of the great team of community volunteers, students, and sponsors who help to make it happen.

Art in the Workplace was launched during the official grand opening of the Atrium building on October 2009 gathering local artists to display their creative talents in the corridors of the new facility.   Since then, artists, community residents and tenants have enjoyed the art display as well as gathering together to inspire one another as the artists discuss their inspirations of creativity often resulting in the artwork being sold.

Art in the Workplace is true to the Mission and Vision of McMaster Innovation Park to Co-Locate, Connect and Commercialize and is positioned to continue into the future as a foundational initiative of McMaster Innovation Park to the Artistic community of Hamilton.

If you missed out on the event, check out a little sneak peek below! Make sure you don’t miss out on the next Spring exhibit!

Set-up begins early in the evening, for the 7pm event as Artists arrive to register and get name tags for a night of drinks, food, and great networking.  The woman walking in pink is our head coordinator of AWP, Peg Kelly.

Along with great art, and great people, each exhibit also hosts great music from local groups. This time we were serenaded by the sounds of the local Salvation Army band with all the Christmas hits.

Each year, the AWP team, tries to add a little touch to the exhibit to make it such a little better. For the 13th Exhibit, these ‘I Love Local Artists” and “ I Heart AWP” pins were made to collect money for this completely volunteer based and sponsorship run event.

Here is a picture of Zach Douglas, President of McMaster Innovation Park purchasing the first pin!

Each exhibit boasts beautiful art and beautiful discussions, and this exhibit was no different.

Thank you to all the artists, and the entire AWP team. See you in April!

For more photos: Check out our facebook page here!

MP Sweet Celebrates Excellence in Energy Efficiency in CanmetMATERIALS LEED Platinum Building

MP Sweet Celebrates Excellence in Energy Efficiency

HAMILTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 6, 2013) - David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced Friday that Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetMATERIALS laboratory in Hamilton (McMaster Innovation Park) has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification.

At an event held at the CanmetMATERIALS laboratory, MP Sweet was joined by Zach Douglas, President and CEO of McMaster Innovation Park, home of CanmetMATERIALS.

“Our government is committed to advancing energy efficiency to help lower energy costs for Canadian consumers, save energy and protect the environment,” said MP Sweet. “I am proud to see that commitment showcased right here in Hamilton.”

Platinum certification is the highest level of the LEED rating system, which is recognized as the international mark of excellence in green building. The CanmetMATERIALS facility demonstrates exceptional energy-efficient green building technologies, including a 705-square-metre solar wall to preheat ventilation air, triple-glazed windows, solar thermal panels for hot water and radiant heating, and an advanced rainwater harvesting system. In Canada, the LEED program is administered by the Canada Green Building Council.

“Congratulations to Natural Resources Canada and the CanmetMATERIALS project team for achieving LEED Platinum certification,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “LEED Platinum makes this facility among the highest-rated and most sustainable buildings in Canada. The federal government is setting an outstanding example and is showing a strong commitment to sustainability through greening their new building projects.”

The CanmetMATERIALS laboratory is Canada’s leading research centre dedicated to structural metals and alloys, materials design, pilot-scale processing and performance evaluation. CanmetMATERIALS is accelerating Canada’s competitive edge in technology and innovation by building relationships between industry, academia and government.

“Working with the Government of Canada to create this world-class research facility has been an incredible experience, and we are delighted with the LEED Platinum certification,” said Mr. Douglas. “CanmetMATERIALS’ presence is helping the McMaster Innovation Park and the Hamilton region attract new companies and create highly skilled jobs.”

Construction began on the state-of-the-art CanmetMATERIALS building in December 2008, and the building officially opened its doors on February 23, 2011. The building was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by EllisDon. Energy experts from Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY also contributed to the design of the building.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1627816#ixzz2mzL1uZ5L

Pioneer of evidence-based medicine named Canada’s top health scientist

Daily McMaster News

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, a professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been named the 2013 Canada Health Researcher of the Year.

The prestigious national award recognizes Dr. Guyatt’s instrumental role in changing how doctors practice medicine. It is presented annually by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which oversees the federal research grant program in health.

Dr. Guyatt will receive the honour at the Canadian Health Research Awards, taking place Monday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The award will be presented by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

For those tuning in from across Canada, Monday’s event will be live streamed beginning at 6 p.m.

Before Dr. Guyatt and a team of doctors at McMaster championed evidence-based medicine, physicians often misunderstood or disregarded the available evidence in their clinical decisions. Dr. Guyatt first coined the term “evidence based medicine” in 1990, and he has actively promoted the concept as a central part of the practice of medicine today.

“Dr. Guyatt’s leadership in developing evidence-based health care significantly improves patient care for all,” said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. “His career is a true reflection of McMaster’s values of excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and a commitment to our communities.”

Dr. Alain Beaudet, president of CIHR, said: “His work is helping to ensure that patients across the country, and around the world, benefit from the knowledge generated through health research.”

Dr. Guyatt graduated from McMaster’s medical school in 1977, and returned as a faculty member in 1983. Among his other honours, he is a Distinguished University Professor of McMaster; a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also won awards for teaching and mentoring. He is an active clinician in general internal medicine, for both Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

He has also led the way in developing the methodology for randomized trials and systematic reviews, and taken a leading role in more than 20 randomized trials, and published over 70 systematic reviews.