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Current Issue: Exchange May 2014

Ted Talks

Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy.


Brick Brewing Announces Record EBITDA of $4.6M for Fiscal 2014

KITCHENER - Brick Brewing Co. Limited today released financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2014. Brick posted record annual EBITDA of $4.6 million on net revenue of $37.7 million. Note that fiscal 2014 results include the impact of a $0.7 million correction to Ontario beer tax expense.


Planting trees is a growing tradition

By Janet Baine - Cambridge - Giving nature a helping hand by planting trees each spring is a growing tradition throughout the Grand River watershed. “Many people do it because they grew up planting trees. But this can also be the beginning of a new tradition for many families,” says forestry specialist Myles Henderson. “It can grow through the neighbourhood or throughout families. This is very noticeable in rural areas.” While Henderson began planting trees as a child with his dad on their rural property, he is now teaching his young son about trees as well as organizing community plantings.


New Program Supports Youth Entrepreneurs

36 youth to be supported; 3-way partnership provides strong program

Waterloo - Lutherwood announce the launch of “BizU” – a new youth entrepreneurship program to support youth interested in pursuing self-employment as a career option. Delivered in partnership with YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo and Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship (WLU), the innovative program is funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment.

Economic Development

Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy Phase 1 available for public comment

Waterloo Region - The first phase of the new Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy is now available for public comment. Development of the Strategy is being co-ordinated jointly by the Region of Waterloo, the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich and Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. and guided by an advisory committee of community leaders. Building on the spirit of collaboration for which this region is known is a key factor in the creation of this strategy.


4 New & Novel Approaches to Guerilla Marketing

Entrepreneur Emphasizes the Art of Advertising

With the continuing evolution of media consumption, it has become increasingly challenging for an advertiser to both capture and hold an audience’s attention. “A decade or two ago, media was relatively consolidated; advertisers knew they could reach a significant segment of their targeted audience via newspapers and television commercials, which almost seems quaint today,” he says. “We live in what academics call the Age of Choice, where reaching a broad audience and funneling their attention to a business has become trickier than ever.”


Leading Organizations Invest in BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Waterloo - BlackBerry Limited announced that several leading Canadian customers are deploying BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), including: Volker Stevin, City of Waterloo and Samuel, Son & Co., Limited.

Fund Raising

Grand River Hospital Foundation announces successful completion of $500,000 Mammography Campaign

Kitchener-Waterloo - Grand River Hospital Foundation has successfully completed its $500,000 fundraising campaign to fund a third full field digital mammography machine for the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre (WWBC) at Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Site.


Watches and warnings ended as flows drop

Grand River Basin - The Grand River Conservation Authority is terminating its flood watches and warnings issued over the past two weeks.

New Board

Young Travel Professionals Names Toronto Chapter Board

The global organization is the first networking group created to bring together the next generation of travel industry leaders

Toronto - Young Travel Professionals recently announced the launch of its Toronto Chapter earlier this month with a creative Canadian Chapter Board at the helm. YTP-TO Board Members, made up of Toronto’s rising industry stars, hail from diverse backgrounds, but share one common goal: to promote connections among the next generation of travel and tourism leaders in one of the greatest cities in the world and beyond.


Diane Cooper, Appointment Announcement – Director, Sales, Cowan Insurance Group

CAMBRIDGE – Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group announce that Diane Cooper has been appointed as the Director, Sales, Cowan Insurance Group, effective May 12, 2014. In this position Ms. Cooper is accountable for directing the sales and marketing activities across the organization, including the development of strategic marketing plans and initiatives, tactics and corresponding ROI metrics and sales reporting framework to support current and future industry segments and lines of business for profitable growth. Diane brings to Cowan a wealth of insurance experience, having spent over 25 years working for several major insurers in leadership roles in sales, business development, distribution management and underwriting.


Ontario Power Generation and Westinghouse sign agreement to service global nuclear markets

TORONTO - Ontario Power Generation, Inc. (OPG), through its subsidiary, Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), and Westinghouse Electric Company announced an agreement that will enable the two companies to work together on a wide range of global nuclear projects.

Healthy Community

Keeping Children Safe From Harmful Diseases

Ontario Strengthens Immunization Requirements for Next School Year

Queens Park - Ontario is helping children and youth stay healthy by requiring their immunizations to be up to date before they return to school in September.


BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley

By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha

Reuters - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. Instead, there are hot sports cars in the streets and new companies filling the refurbished office buildings.


New Hotel Open In Kitchener

Upscale hotel has undergone $12 million renovation

Kitchener – InterContinental Hotels Group announce the opening of the 201-room Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo hotel, following a significant renovation funded by the owner, Vista Hospitality Group. Located at 105 King Street East, the hotel features eight suites, including an exclusive presidential suite with multiple rooms, Jacuzzi and fireplace.

Design Awards

Projects in 12 cities receive 2014 National Urban Design Awards

Calgary, Edmonton, Guelph, Montreal, Nanaimo, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Trois Rivières, Waterloo, Westminster, Winnipeg

OTTAWA — Cities across Canada are seeing “renewed creativity and sensitive attention being paid to the public realm,” says the jury of the 2014 National Urban Design Awards. The winning projects, which range from renewed brownfield sites to improved public transit, show that “urban design in Canada is fostering a rich and interesting shared social life for communities,” says the jury.

April 18 & April 21

Some city facilities close for Easter holiday

KITCHENER – A number of city facilities have modified hours over the Easter weekend. Offices at Kitchener City Hall will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21, for the Easter holidays. Services normally offered by staff will be available again on Tuesday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. The building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as it does on all holidays and weekends.

May 22, 2014

Smart Talks 6x8 - 36th Annual Justice Dinner

Waterloo Region – What makes social change happen in communities? On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council presents the 36th Annual Justice Dinner “SmartTalks 6x8”. Being ‘smart’ on crime requires vision, tenacity, and passion. Six inspiring community champions will each share their stories, in 8 minutes or less, about what drives them to do what they do and how they have created social change through collaboration. Speakers will include:

May 15 - January 15, 2015

THEMUSEUM lands major touring exhibition from Egypt

Unwrapping Egypt to be on display for seven and a half months

Kitchener - In partnership with the Egyptian Ministries of Antiquities and Tourism, the Grand Egyptian Museum set to open in 2015, THEMUSEUM announce Unwrapping Egypt on display May 15th, 2014 to January 4th, 2015.

May 29 - June 14, 2014

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Waterloo - Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre (KWLT) presents the Waterloo Region Premiere of Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.


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