September 2017

WHITEHORSE—How can a solar energy system remain stable in a place where the sun shines all day during the summer and barely rises above the horizon in winter? This is the question a team of young researchers at Yukon College have sought to answer over the past few months.

The team—led by Michael Ross, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in Northern Energy Innovation—is made up of nine students and early career professionals in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics. Since January they have been collaborating on a Northern Energy Innovation Project that explores how renewable energy sources can be integrated into northern communities.

Yukon College and Vancouver Island University to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners

NANAIMO, B.C.— In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today.

Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will join Yukon College in a collaboration supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation that creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education.

WHITEHORSE—Do you have a great idea? Do you want to support innovation in your community? If you answered yes to either of these questions (co)space and Yukon College are looking for you.
All Yukoners are invited to muster their creativity and passion, and enter the Startup Your Community Contest.

“This contest is open to all types of ideas—if you can imagine it, we want to hear your pitch,” said Alison Anderson, Technology Innovation Officer, Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) at Yukon College. “We are here to support local innovation.”

To enter, create a one-minute video explaining your idea and upload it to the contest website at Submissions will be judged on their potential for positive impact on the community, the presenter’s enthusiasm, and the originality of the idea.

WHITEHORSE—During the past few years Dakwakada Capital Investments (DCI), a Whitehorse-based firm, has been growing and changing. DCI is continually looking to invest in its employees and expand their knowledge base, so the company signed up for Project Management training through Yukon College.

“We firmly believe that Project Management is a fantastic way to develop strong leadership and overall employment skills,” said Virginia Cobbett, DCI Office Manager and Community Liaison.

This training has supported the company’s employees and given them the confidence to take on new projects. It’s also helped them further their careers.

WHITEHORSE—Research conducted at Yukon College in partnership with Alexco Environmental Group has confirmed that bacteria native to Yukon can efficiently remove heavy metals from mine impacted water in cold climates.

Ph. D. candidate Guillaume Nielsen is the lead author of a paper published recently by Mine Water and the Environment, the journal of the International Mine Water Association (IMWA), detailing the results of a series of experiments conducted at the Yukon Research Centre lab in 2015.