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iA Financial Group acquires BBA Financial Group

News - iA Financial Group (Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.) announced today the signing of an agreement to acquire the operations of BBA Financial Group, a Quebec‐based brokerage firm with around 200 representatives which specializes in the distribution of life and health insurance products. This transaction reflects iA Financial Group's strategic focus on adding new distribution in its retail insurance and wealth management operations.

Monique F. Leroux elected President of the International Co-operative Alliance

News - Desjardins Group takes pride in Monique F. Leroux's appointment to the position of President of the lnternational Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Founded in 1895, the ICA has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and its mission is to support and promote the development of the cooperative movement worldwide. The election took place during the ICA's General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey. Desjardins Group's Chair of the Board, President and CEO was one of four candidates in the running. The other candidates represented Argentina, Brazil and France. Ms Leroux is the first Canadian and first North American to be appointed to this prestigious role, replacing Dame Pauline Green who had been at the helm of the ICA since 2009.

OPSENS granted approval to sell OptoWire II in Europe

News - Opsens Inc. is pleased to announce it has been granted CE marking for the OptoWire II, the improved version of its pressure guidewire (OptoWire I) developed to measure Fractional Flow Reserve ("FFR") in patients with coronary artery disease. CE marking allows Opsens to sell OptoWire II in Europe, the world's second largest market.

Opsens announces first use of its FFR products in the United States

News - Opsens Inc. is pleased to announce that the OptoWire and OptoMonitor, its products to measure Fractional Flow Reserve ("FFR"), were used for the first time in the United States by Dr. Morton J. Kern and Dr. Arnold Seto at the University of California, Irvine and VA Long Beach, California. Opsens' FFR products are designed for the diagnostic of the functional severity of coronary stenoses and to guide their treatment.

CO2 Solutions Completes Operation of Demonstration Plant

News - CO2 Solutions Inc., a leader in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, today announced the completion of its demonstration project at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, near Montreal, Québec. Further to the Corporation's press release dated September 2, 2015, the demonstration in Valleyfield has been completed following a total of more than 2,500 of operational hours logged by the unit since carbon dioxide capture commenced on June 19, 2015, using the Corporation's proprietary enzyme, 1T1. The demonstration unit performed in line with previously communicated claims and expectations, confirming the strong potential of the Corporation's technology for low-cost and environmentally friendly capture of CO2 from major emitters. The data and results from the project will form a critical input into the engineering and costing of CO2 capture units for commercial use.

2015 Probio Symposium Dares to be Bold and Comes Out on Toptop

News - This year, the organizers of the 2015 edition of the Probio symposium proposed a new concept for the event. The first half-day was filled with training workshops on microbiota and probiotics specifically intended for health professionals. On the second day, Canadian experts presented their most recent research findings.

B-Temia and Sagem Sign a Partnership Agreement in the Field of Exoskeletons for Industrial and Military Applications

News - Canadian company B-Temia, Inc. and French company Sagem (Safran) announced the signature of a technological and business development agreement concerning a new-generation of exoskeletons for industrial and military applications. Exoskeletons are bio-mechanical and electronic structures worn on the body to assist and enhance people's movements, or to restore mobility.

Coveo Secures $35 Million in Funding

News - Coveo, a recognized leader in intelligent search, has secured $35 million in Series D financing to fund the company's aggressive growth. The round was led by IQ Venture Capital with participation from existing investors, including Tandem Expansion Fund, BDC Capital, Propulsion Ventures SEC, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Coveo CEO Louis Tetu. Coveo has raised $75 million in financing to date.

H2O Innovation awarded new water treatment contracts worth $8.9 million and its sales backlog reaches $44.3 million

News - H2O Innovation Inc. announced that it was recently awarded three new contracts in an aggregate amount of $8.9 million for the design of potable water treatment systems. These new contracts bring the sales backlog to a high level of $44.3 million as at November 5, 2015, excluding the sales backlog from its Specialty Products and Services business lines (PWT, Piedmont and H2O Innovation Maple). H2O Innovation is proud to have been selected by three different water authorities for the design, manufacture and commissioning of ultrafiltration (UF) systems to service municipal clients. These systems are located in Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt

News - As Pluto disappears into New Horizons’ rear view mirror, the little space probe that could is veering towards its next target in the Kuiper belt. 2014 MU69 is small enough that it could nestle into the crook of Cape Cod, and currently is about as far from New Horizons as Saturn is from the Sun. Frederic Pelletier is the person in charge of getting New Horizons to MU69. An interplanetary navigator at KinetX Aerospace, he’s a master of orbital propagation: the discipline of guiding a hunk of metal through space from one rock to another. “It involves a lot of things, like Newtonian equations to understand the orbits of both MU69 and New Horizons, to determine their position at encounter time,” says Pelletier.

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