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Canada, Cannabis, and Canadian Engineering Services


Canadian engineering services are now being requested to develop new products using cannabis, for the Canadian marketplace and beyond. As of October 17, 2018, cannabis has become legal in Canada. Although restrictions vary by province, it is legal across the country. Since there are many different ways that it can be used, the legalization of cannabis has had a very positive effect on the engineering industry. Cannabis has now become a key ingredient in many edibles, oil, pharmaceuticals, medical formulations, cosmetics, fuel, and drinks.  This has sparked a demand for engineering services and support for its various applications, requirements and needs. From an engineering standpoint, there is much focus on growth automation, agricultural advancements, greenhouse design and growth lighting products.

Currently, engineering needs lie in:

  • Finding innovative ideas to help soften the power demands of producing pot
  • Coding new mobile apps that make cannabis available for purchase
  • Programming sensors to monitor plant health and designing sensors to analyze lab data
  • Designing, and maintaining the mechanical systems needed for indoor cultivation
  • Ensuring the safety and efficiency of the entire cannabis process
  • Looking for new ways to reduce waste and reuse any by-product for maximum benefit
  • Developing industry best practices and optimizing the entire process.
  • Performing an HVAC system analysis

There is a great article by Kristina Etter on the CannabisTech website where she explains “Engineering positions are a great example of the vast range of opportunities available in the ever-expanding industry of cannabis.  Indoor growing operations, extraction production, food manufacturing, and retail management are just some examples of businesses which require engineers. The cannabis industry combines the complexity of each of these entities with the strict standards and regulations required by individual state laws.”

Go to (https://www.cannabistech.com/articles/engineering-in-the-cannabis-industry/) for the full article.

Cannabis was only legalized a short time ago so all the applications are not yet known. However, as the industry blossoms, opportunities and applications will continue to grow. The demand for highly-skilled professional engineers and new ideas and advancements will also continue to grow with it.

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What It Means to Be Accredited Engineering Professionals?


Did you know that there are several accredited engineering professional organizations that engineers and engineering firms can be a part of? Cemcorp Ltd. is registered and active with two great organizations, who provide its members with certain benefits, along with a level of credibility to their engineering services. These are the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), Canada.

All Engineering firms must obtain a approval to provide professional engineering services from the Provincial Authority. For example, in Ontario the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) provide a “Certificate of Approval” and in Alberta the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) provide a “Permit to Practice”.

In additional to this, some Professional Engineers and Engineering Firms apply and obtain the additional designation as Consulting Engineers. In order to obtain this designation, you must be a professional Engineer and also offer expertise gathered by additional training and experience in fields of specialization.

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO)

Founded in 1975, Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is an association that advocates for a business and regulatory climate in the interests of our members. CEO represents approximately 170 consulting engineering firms (including Cemcorp Ltd.) that employ nearly 19,000 Ontarians. CEO member firms provide a wide range of engineering services to government and private sector clients. Member firms range in size from sole proprietorships to large multinational engineering firms. Accumulated gross revenues of consulting engineering firms across the country contribute north of $31 billion to the economy annually.

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC)

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) is a not-for profit organization that has been the voice of Canadian consulting engineering companies since it was founded in 1925.

ACEC represent the commercial interests of businesses that provide professional engineering services (including Cemcorp Ltd), to both the public and the private sector. ACEC members’ services include planning, designing and implementing all types of engineering projects, and providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering-related fields.

ACEC’s member companies directly influence virtually every aspect of quality of life in Canada-economic, social and environmental. Because engineering is a regulated profession, every individual employed by our members is required by law to act “with fidelity to the public interest.”

According to ACEC, Consulting engineers offer professional engineering services and expertise to both public and private sector organizations. Consulting engineers also act as independent agents and advocates for their clients, and are responsible for finding innovative solutions to technical problems and provide strategic advice to business and management. In Canada, these licensed professionals offer a wide array of services and expertise in areas not only related to engineering and science, but also in economic sectors such as energy, resource development, environmental protection, and manufacturing.

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Ontario Craft Brewers Conference and Suppliers Marketplace 2018


The OCB conference is taking place in Toronto Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018. The seventh annual conference & suppliers marketplace will include over 1,200 of the industry’s top brewers, decision-makers, thought leaders and supporters to attend this annual education, networking and sales event. With over 170+ exhibitors, it is Canada’s largest craft brewing industry conference and trade show.

In the past, the OCB conference was only one day long, but this year it has recently expanded to two days to accommodate all the great exhibits. The Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) has partnered with the OCB conference to offer technical sessions. The MBAA is this year’s “Education Partner”, and will organize technical content sessions and speakers. Examples of education topics include quality control, import/export, regulatory systems update, packaging, production and operations, ingredients and brewing process.

“The Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas, Ontario District, is pleased to participate in this new educational collaboration with Ontario Craft Brewers,” says Ueli Schrader, MBAA Ontario District Technical Chair. “By organizing a day of technical sessions, we hope to bring our industry together in a new and collaborative way. United we brew!”


OCB conference is a great way to network and meet other brewing friends. Connect and learn with craft brewers and industry experts from across North America. For more information, or for tickets, visit the website at ontariocraftbrewers.com.


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We Are 34 Years Young!


Here at Cemcorp we’re all about recognizing customer achievements, but we also want to recognize our own. We are proudly celebrating our 34th birthday!

Cemcorp Ltd. started in 1853 with Henry Gough Booth, an Englishmen, opened Booth & Sons. Over the years, the company has changed hands and industries, starting in coppersmith. In 1984, former president Michael Coulter decided to focus solely on the engineering and project management-side, forming what we all know today as Cemcorp Ltd. In 1991, Mike Coulter and Steve Harkness met at Redpath, and started a long standing business relationship. Separately, Steve and Dina Harkness started a new business venture, SDH Strategies Inc., and after Steve joined Cemcorp Ltd. in 2013, SDH Strategies Inc., acquired Cemcorp. Cemcorp Ltd. continues to thrive with the support and knowledge Mike contributed during his time as senior consultant.

With all that change, it has remained even clearer that the bottom line must always remain the same: customer satisfaction; when team members enjoy what they do, client satisfaction grows. We are happy to provide engineering expertise in process design, with a technology focus.


Other reasons to celebrate:blog cemcorp
● In 2015, Steve and Dina decided to rebrand the company.
● In 2016, the new look and website was revealed, to show the Harkness’ commitment to the future.
● Installcorp Ltd. is a new associate as of April 2016 – they provide installation management services
● Food process projects increased in 2016 and 2017
● Surge of CRN services in 2017
● Shop certification services increased in 2017
● 3D design support increased in 2018
● Distillery consults remain steady

The last 5 years has shown a strong commitment to professional engineering services and quality. As a company, we are excited for our future, and look forward to growing the company.

Get in touch with us for all of your engineering needs, including in the areas of structural, electrical, controls, environmental and hazard control.

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Ensure you are up to date with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)


The Mission of CSA Group is to represent the interests of its members in creating a better, safer, more sustainable world – primarily through standards development, technical research, and training in relevant fields. Through its world-class commercial subsidiaries, CSA Group engages in testing, certification, and related activities that support the organization technically and financially.

The CSA Group has announced that the new editions for B51 and B52 will be coming out 2019. Currently, the public review of the draft of the 19th edition of CSA B51, for boiler, pressure vessel and the pressure piping code wraps up August 19. The public review of the 12th edition of CSA B52, for the mechanical refrigeration code wrapped up on August 14. The drafts are available in CSA Group’s public review website at https://publicreview.csa.ca/. In particular, B51 and B52 are very important, as they are developed and written to minimize the risk of personal injury by providing minimum requirements for design, construction, installation, inspection and maintenance.

CSA_Group_cmykThe CSA Group uses a rigorous, balanced and transparent process to develop their standards. Looking at technology from a practical perspective, they incorporate technical excellence, best practices and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. With 100 years of expertise and recognition as #1 in hazardous location equipment certifications worldwide, they truly are a globally recognized organization.

For Cemcorp clients, compliance with these codes is very important to ensure your business operates well; ensuring you are up to date and to code is crucial to your business’ success. On a consistent basis, the CSA Group continues to develop and publish new standards, and maintain existing standards, in order to keep everything relevant. As a company, we also constantly update our own practices, as we work with customers to make sure they are up to date as well. Get in touch with us for more information.

To find out more about the CSA Group you can visit their website at https://www.csagroup.org/

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Cemcorp Is ISO 9001 Certified: Committed focus on risk, leadership and management

ISO 9001_2015_ Auditor and Steve

For the past 18 years, Cemcorp has been registered as an ISO 9001 company. In September 2018, the recent certification of ISO 9001:2008 will be replaced by ISO 9001:2015. In case you didn’t know, ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System that is recognized throughout the world. As a professional engineering company, we take these type of certifications very seriously.

Cemcorp ISO 9001_2015 Cert.The certifications are in place to help organizations like ours ensure that we meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while at the same time meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to all of our products and services. Between the past ISO 9001:2008 and the present ISO 9001:2015, there has been a greater focus on organizational risks, opportunities, changes and quality objectives. For the past five months, Cemcorp has been preparing for the recertification audit, which included a complete quality manual rewrite. With a focus on streamlined internal administration, this has totally affected how we do business, in a good way. In early June, we successfully passed our recertification and we attribute this to great effort made by our team.

The recertification has also brought the spotlight back to what matters for us and our customers – leadership and management. While training and development is one of our many offerings, this recertification has ensured that we are able to demonstrate this leadership and commitment, which we are happy to do. As well, we have taken this as an opportunity to look at ways we can improve ourselves as a company, the services we offer, and the customer experience. We look forward to continuing to provide specialized consulting in the fields of industrial processing and manufacturing, servicing the food, distillery, brewery and chemical industries.

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National Engineering Month – IMAX New Technology


Watching a good movie, especially in a theatre setting is always a nice way to relax, spend time with the family, or even have a special night out. For a more immersive experience, seeing a movie in an IMAX theatre can be very worth-while. Since 1968, IMAX has been one of the main innovators in the movie industry. They are famous for their 15 perf 65mm film, which is 10 times larger than regular 35mm film. Their cameras have been used to film at the ocean’s bottom, and even have been mounted onto a NASCAR race car.


In celebration of National Engineering Month (NEM) an event was hosted by IMAX at their head office in Mississauga, Ontario showcasing the newest laser projection and immersive sound technology. Cemcorp employees attended this special event and experienced firsthand this new engineering innovation.The laser projection technology allows for increased colour saturation and produces more vibrant colours and deeper contrast than ever before seen in a theatre setting. The sound system was further enhanced to complete a surround sound with heightened definition and placement. Through film montages, audio tracks and a HUBBLE 3D presentation the attendees gained an appreciation of this new technology.

NEM is an ideal time to showcase the incredible work being done by engineers locally and around the world. This new IMAX technology is a great example of engineering and the technological innovations that result. As a profession, engineering has evolved and continues to grow leaving a trail of great advances. It inspires young and old engineers alike. At Cemcorp we strive to provide our clients with the best of our engineering abilities and expertise. We are very proud to be a part of such a great profession.

For more information about engineering events this month, check out the NEM website http://nemontario.ca/

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Now more than ever, healthier options are the trend in the beverage industry

Smoothie drinks

It has been the trend as of late to go the healthy route, and the beverage industry seems to have picked up on this. Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious and looking for ways to get more of what they do want, such as convenience and great taste, and less of what they don’t want, including empty calories and additives. Lucky for them, companies are becoming increasingly more receptive to this. With a plethora of healthy choices to choose from, consumer cravings can now be satisfied.

Check out what alternatives and tools are available to help consumers reach their health goals:

1. Cold brew: the cold brew coffee phase isn’t new, but it has become more mainstream recently. Cold brew coffee is coffee that’s brewed with room temperature or cold water over a 12 to 24-hour brew time. Since it’s made with cold water, there is more of a full body taste with less acidity than regular coffee. The advantage of going the cold route is that bitter oils and fatty acids, including ketones, esters and amides, are left behind. The all too familiar ‘bite’ that hot coffee provides is gone and a smoother taste remains.

2. Earthy flavours: so far this year, consumers have a desire for natural flavours such as matcha, turmeric, dandelion, chamomile, coconut and ginger. Seeking out healthy and clean options will continue through to 2018, with turmeric and coconut being very popular. Turmeric is a herb and kitchen staple known for its hints of orange and ginger, while also reducing cholesterol, and being used to control diabetes with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut is another great option, providing flavour and sweetness, and being a nutritious source of nutmeat, juice, milk and oil.

3. All-natural, clean packaging: the trend towards clean labeling puts an emphasis on clean processing and clean packaging. This includes beverages with healthier, more simple ingredients, as well as packaging that includes healthier materials. Cartons and glass leave out the undesirable chemicals that might seap into the beverages packaged inside of them. In addition, being transparent on the label builds a relationship of trust and honesty with the consumer. Items such as vitamin D, potassium, calcium and iron are more of what consumers are looking for, as well as simple organic ingredients. One type of drink that is starting to catch on this category is kombucha, which are fermented, lightly sweetened black or green tea drinks that are being recognized for their ability to stimulate the immune system and support a healthy gut with their antioxidant powers.

4. DIY: by taking matters into your own hands, you can control what you eat and drink. Making smoothies and pressing juices are just two examples of this. More specifically, juicing is one of the best ways to get all of your essential nutrients in, as you maintain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals found in whole fruits and veggies. For those who have a hard time consuming whole vegetables, juicing is the perfect opportunity to reap the health benefits. Another trend in do it yourself is taking base mixes and matching recipes for cocktails or lemonades – you can be your own bartender!

5. On-the-go: with how busy our lives can get, taking drinks on the road is one of the best ways to get all of your fruits and vegetables, while gaining energy. Some great examples of this include smoothies and meal replacement drinks. With smoothies, you can literally put anything and everything inside your drink. Options include cocoa, kale, spinach, protein powder, bananas, almond milk – the list goes on. Smoothies are also a great way to use up fruits and vegetables that are about to go bad. You can quickly and easily freeze mostly everything, and just pop it in the blender in the morning and you’re ready to go. For the kids in your life who don’t like veggies, disguising them in smoothies is the perfect way to ensure they get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. And for those that literally have zero time throughout the day, meal replacement drinks are a healthy option for refreshment, energy, immunity boosting, sleep aid, blood sugar management, and more.

Looking to expand your business to include more of the options above? We can help. We specialize in complete plant designs for all types of food and beverage, including dairy, confectionery, jams, jellies, soft drinks, wineries, and more. Whether you want to update your packaging to be more environmentally efficient, or test out a new product, our experienced professionals will help you take your business to the next level.

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Moving on up: how to scale in the manufacturing process

small scale brewery

You have a new product and want to start marketing it – great, but the next question is how to start manufacturing it to get it to market. Building up a business can be scary, which is why starting small and scaling up is the safest bet. But where to begin?

The key to scaling is to do it in a way that makes sense for your business. Typically, new product development starts as a tabletop version or lab scale with batch production of 5L to 20L. Batch size is incredibly important when scaling up in production. You want to make enough product to get your feet wet, but not too much that you can’t sell what you have, or get overwhelmed and overspend. The answer to how big of a batch size you want to start with typically depends on marketing plans, annual product forecast and your projected launch quantities. Scaling correctly is even more crucial when producing regulated products, such as pharmaceuticals, and is further complicated by the need to produce products in an equivalent way, meaning quantities and ingredients are properly proportioned.

Once a small batch is produced, the next step is typically a pilot plant with an increase of 10x to 50L – 200L batch capacity. The mid-point in scaling up is incredibly important, because adequate production time is needed to build a reliable, efficient and quality production capacity. Proper financing also needs to be acquired and cash flow managed. With each successful batch, process ranges are also developed, and of course, we develop a scale-up plan that is documented and approved before any work is started.

larger scale brewery

Once demand is confirmed, production is scaled up by another 10x to 500L – 2000L, using either batch or continuous production depending on the characteristics of the product. With beer in particular, when scaling up, understanding that the recipe might also need to change is very important, to ensure that quality is never compromised. As well, one of the best reasons to scale up in beer making is the limited time you can dedicate to brewing. By scaling up, you can produce larger quantities in less time, and streamline the whole process.


For those that have a lot of demand, scaling up could mean more than 10x, but this is more risky. You always want to proceed with caution when deciding how big to go. The motto “go big or go home” doesn’t apply here; as it is not only your time and money you are investing, but your brand and name. Putting thought and consideration into your choices will ensure that you don’t take on more than you can handle.

At Cemcorp, the best part of working with small businesses is getting to know them, and seeing them grow and flourish. We are here to help with all stages of development. Our consulting services are extensive, and we can work on a staged development process to manage risk, schedule and costs. The scaling process can always be adjusted depending on your product and timeline.

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Craft beer market giving big name brands a run for their money


Beer, especially in summer, is a nice drink to enjoy with friends and family; after a long day, nothing is better than relaxing with a cold beer. Now, with the beer market growing at such a rapid rate, the options are endless. One such drink growing in popularity are craft brews. Bigger companies are entering the craft beer market in an effort to stay relevant and attract customers that prefer smaller-batch brews, and local pubs are now affiliating themselves with both craft beers and regular, domestic national beers to appeal to the masses.

According to the Brewers Association, in 2016, the US craft beer industry added 1.4 million barrels to its production volume, growing the segment by 6%, despite losing 1.2 million barrels to ‘big beer’ producers that have taken hold of the craft beer market. Globally, bigger companies, like Molson Coors, are branching out by expanding their portfolio of alcoholic options to include craft and flavoured beers. Besides producing unique craft beers with interesting flavours, like cherry and pumpkin, the bigger brands are also importing international microbrewery options from places like the UK, into Canada, to compete in the market. A strong craft portfolio is also built by acquiring local brews, such as Half Pints Brewing Co from Winnipeg, and Granville Island Brewing from Vancouver, both of which are now owned by Molson Coors.

But with so many options available, you might think that there isn’t room for more. More specifically, smaller breweries think they can’t compete in the bigger market, but this is where they’re wrong. More and more, people are enjoying local craft beer made in-house, in small batches. It is a growing market for businesses big and small; there is room for everyone. Although the big breweries and their recognizable brands aren’t going anywhere, it is just nature the industry that beer should always remain interesting, relevant and contemporary.

In order to stay relevant, it is important for any company to reinvent themselves, and this extends to the types of products you sell and manufacture, which is where Cemcorp can help. We specialize in complete plant designs, from brewpubs to microbreweries, and large commercial breweries. Starting off, we can help with feasibility – is it feasible to innovate your processes to include more craft beer options? If the answer is yes, Cemcorp can help with everything from grain receiving and milling, to brewhouses, refrigeration, filtration, commissioning, start-up and operator training.

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