Thursday September 22, 2016


Emerging Leader

Laurier sustainability manager recognized as Emerging Leader at Canada’s Clean50 awards

Waterloo – Claire Bennett, manager of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Sustainability Office, has been named an “Emerging Leader” at Canada's Clean50 awards. Canada’s Clean50 provides annual recognition to Canada’s leaders in sustainability for their contributions over the prior two years. The Clean50 Emerging Leaders are selected from people under age 35 whose contribution is outsized compared to their age, and is otherwise based on similar criteria to the Individual Clean50 awards.

Tech & Music

Christie to sponsor FUZEnation, a showcase of the best in tech thought-leadership and music

Event to take place in Waterloo Region, “Silicon Valley North”

Kitchener – Christie is proudly sponsoring FUZEnation, a technology and music summit taking place between September 27-30 in Waterloo, Ontario. FUZEnation will host keynote speakers including Steve Wozniak (co-founder, Apple Inc.), Biz Stone (co-founder, Twitter; co-founder and CEO, Jelly) and Alexis Ohanian (co-founder, Reddit) with musical acts including Kygo, Keys N Krates, Kaneholler and Adventure Club, over four days.


Reconfigurable Chaos-based Microchips Offer Possible Solution to Moore’s Law

Raleigh - Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with fewer transistors. These integrated circuits can be manufactured with “off the shelf” fabrication processes and could lead to novel computer architectures that do more with less circuitry and fewer transistors.

PR Award

JL’s Home Hardware Building Centre Recipient of Paul Straus Public Relations Award

Guelph – Andre Belisle, Dealer-Owner of JL’s Home Hardware Building Centre was awarded the 15th annual Paul Straus Public Relations Award during Home Hardware’s Fall Shareholders’ Meeting in St. Jacobs, Ontario on September 19. The award recognizes Andre Belisle’s outstanding commitment to public relations and community service in the city of Guelph.


Magna doubles down on active aerodynamics

Innovative active body systems reduce drag, improve fuel efficiency

Aurora - With global automakers continuing to address the challenge of increasing fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions in their vehicles, Magna International Inc. has accelerated its development work in active aerodynamic systems, an innovative technology designed to help auto manufacturers clear regulatory hurdles.

Shovel Ready

Cambridge’s Boxwood Business Campus attracts international attention with provincial investment-ready certification

Cambridge - Two sites at the City of Cambridge’s Boxwood Business Campus have received provincial certification earlier this summer as investment ready sites. The Investment Ready Certified Site designation is awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Design and recognizes building sites that are primed for development and ready for investment. The Boxwood sites make up two of the 16 total sites that have been designated throughout the province.

Inspiring Women - Today

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Waterloo Small Business Centre present the 10th Annual Inspiring Women Event

Kitchener – This year, for the 10th Anniversary, we are planning nothing short of an amazing day at an exciting new location; Centre In The Square. This event is designed to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate women in business, professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leadership. Since its inception in 2006, over 6,000 women have participated in this unique day of learning, sharing experiences and information, acquiring new contacts, networking with peers and learning from the experts.


Manulife announces $100 million redevelopment of Manulife Centre

Yorkville landmark will include the Eataly marketplace

Toronto - Manulife Real Estate announced plans for a $100 million redevelopment of Manulife Centre, its premier mixed use complex in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville. The project will add 35,000 square feet of new retail space with construction beginning early next year and an anticipated completion date of early 2019.


THEMUSEUM Kicks Off The Beer Series with Craft Beer GO

More than 18 Ontario Craft Brewers are gathering for games and fun in partnership with B @THEMUSEUM

Kitchener - THEMUSEUM and B @THEMUSEUM for an evening of games and fun featuring over 18 Ontario Craft Brewers. Gotta try ‘em all! Get your Craft Beer GO passport stamped by each brewery and play some games. Adventurers Guild will be present with board game favourites from your past. Your $25 ticket will include a free sample glass, two beer samples, and a snack from The Bruce Caboose. Extra beer samples are $1 each.

Neighborhood Engagment

Over 5,000 residents spend close to 4,000 hours talking neighbourhoods

Kitchener– One of the most unique community engagement processes the City of Kitchener has ever delivered is now complete. Unconventional approaches like colouring books, lemonade stands, a placemaking challenge, and a huge neighbourhood party – all designed to be as inclusive as possible – resulted in the city hearing from many people who aren’t typically engaged in city consultations.

Fund Raising

Thousands attend 2nd Annual Aviation Fun Day and raise funds for local Food Banks

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo International Airport and Aviation Fun Day organizing committee would like thank everyone who volunteered their time, aircraft and expertise to make our 2nd annual event a success!

City Builder

Nominations are open for the Mayor’s City Builder Award

Kitchener – Do you know a person or organization that strengthens our community and helps make Kitchener a thriving and dynamic place? If so, nominate them for the Mayor’s City Builder Award.


Terepac Corporation and Eramosa Engineering Announce Agreements to Give Voice and Visibility to the World

Waterloo-based Terepac Corporation and Guelph-based Eramosa Engineering Inc. announced the signing of joint service and licensing agreements to provide joint services and for Terepac to acquire certain property rights pertaining to its ONE Machine and ONE Water solution. The agreements are to go into effect immediately.

Getting Around

Road openings and closings for ION construction

Waterloo Region – GrandLinq has advised the Region of Waterloo of several road openings and closings that will take place in Kitchener and Waterloo as part of light rail transit (LRT) construction.

Job Market

One in Five Canadian Companies Increase Hiring in Fourth Quarter

7 Tips for Landing Year-End or Seasonal Jobs

Toronto - As the year winds down, hiring picks up at many Canadian companies, new research shows. One in five (20 per cent) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their organization typically increases hiring in the fourth quarter. Of those, 95 per cent of respondents indicated they bring on staff at year-end to address upticks in business, 94 per cent add new positions, and 89 per cent fill vacated positions.

Regional Council Info

Waterloo Region Council Info from September 21, 2016

Waterloo Region Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Regional council meetings.


Canada’s top sustainability leaders honoured by Clean50

Priyanka Lloyd, Claire Benne and Mike Morrice recognized; Award ceremony convenes in Toronto today.

Toronto – The 2017 list of “Canada’s Clean50” winners celebrates the accomplishments of 50 sustainability leaders drawn from 16 different sectors. Led by Hon. Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and Hon. Glenn Murray, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada’s 2017 Clean50 champions have achieved measurable results in fighting climate change and are the drivers helping Canada shift toward a low carbon and more prosperous future.


The Ryerson Image Centre partners with the MIT Press on a new series of books

Toronto - This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) launches a new series of books co-published with the MIT Press. RIC Books presents inquiry into the histories, practices and impact of photography. The first volume, The “Public” Life of Photographs, includes essays that explore how photographs are encountered in the world, and how the context of their viewing influences reception and meaning.


Steelworkers Encouraged by Framework Agreement on U.S. Steel Canada Purchase

Hamilton - The United Steelworkers (USW) responded to the announcement of a framework agreement between the Ontario government and Bedrock Industries, LP for the purchase and continued operation of U.S. Steel Canada facilities in Hamilton and Nanticoke.

Autistic Children

Western student wins major international award for study with autistic children

London - Strengthening parents' ability to communicate with their autistic children has not only greatly benefited a number of Ontario families but it's also landed a Western University student a major international prize.


10 diversity and inclusion lessons

The launch is part of PwC's third Global Diversity Week

Toronto - In today's fast moving world, achieving diversity and inclusion is a critical challenge and opportunity for all organizations around the world. To make progress, diversity must be embedded into the organization's DNA – and leadership must be committed to and accountable for diversity.



Waterloo professor receives $3 million for battery research

Waterloo - A Waterloo professor has received $3 million in funding to further his work into greener, cheaper more energy-efficient silicon-based batteries.


Fanshawe collaborates on motion capture suit, arm sleeve for Parkinson’s patients

London—Fanshawe College has collaborated with researchers at Movement Disorder Diagnostic Technologies Inc. (MDDT), a locally-based medical device company to create a prototype of a motion capture suit and tremor arm sleeve to be used in the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s patients.


Laurier philosophy professor to speak on climate change and the Anthropocene epoch

For decades, scientific studies reported environmental degradation at unprecedented rates caused by human activities, but prominent scientists realized that mere discussions of cause and effect and more scientific data are not enough to address questions related to the core values that define human's relationship with nature.

Waterloo – Byron Williston, associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Philosophy program, will speak on his newly released book, The Anthropocene Project, at Laurier’s Waterloo campus Sept 29. The book attempts to make philosophical sense of the grave threat posed by climate change to civilization.


WCDSB Students Meet or Exceed Provincial Average in all Grade 3, 6, 9 & 10 EQAO Assessment Categories

Grade 3 Math surpasses province by 5%; Grade 6 Math is 2% ahead; Grade 9 Applied Level Math is 4% ahead; Grade 10 OSSLT results also top province

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today released its 2015-16 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment results for reading, writing and mathematics in grades three, six, nine and ten. Grade nine students are only assessed in mathematics. Grade 10 students participate in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).


Laurier and Vancouver Film School enter innovative partnership to provide film students with both theory and hands-on skills

Waterloo – The Vancouver Film School and Wilfrid Laurier University have struck an exciting new partnership that lets students from both institutions earn a Diploma in applied film skills and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in film studies in just four years.


Carleton-led Research Group Discovers New Ostrich-Like Dinosaur from Alberta

Ottawa - An international group of researchers, including members from the University of Toronto and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, led by Carleton University PhD student Bradley McFeeters, has announced the discovery of a new ostrich-mimic dinosaur, Rativates evadens, from the lower Dinosaur Park Formation near Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.

Gender parity

University of Waterloo at United Nations to reveal progress on gender parity

Waterloo - Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, was at the United Nations with nine other university presidents to unveil the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report.

Gender Parity

New Study by Women’s Success Coaching Reveals Key to Gender Gap in C-Suite

Research shows organizations are wasting millions on gender diversity programs that aren’t giving women what they need to succeed.

Lambertville, MI—Countless studies have shown women to be great leaders who improve company performance. Organizations across a multitude of industries that have embraced the business case for increased gender diversity are spending millions of dollars on programs to help women advance. Yet we have not yet reached gender parity in the C-suite. Why?



David Burkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid

How much do you get paid? How does it compare to the people you work with? You should know, and so should they, says management researcher David Burkus. In this talk, Burkus questions our cultural assumptions around keeping salaries secret and makes a compelling case for why sharing them could benefit employees, organizations and society. David Burkus challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management.


Consumer Confusion

Ontario Businesses ask MPPs to Adopt and Enforce Federal Organic Standards

Toronto - Members of the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) met with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture Grant Crack, as well as with NDP and PC agriculture critics, to encourage Ontario’s adoption of Canada's federal organic regulations in Ontario.



FedDev Ontario Support for Maple Leaf Angels Corporation

Toronto – Early-stage businesses in the Greater Toronto Area and across southern Ontario will have greater access to capital, mentorship and advice as a result of Government of Canada support of up to $300,000 to Maple Leaf Angels Corporation. "Our members seek out capable entrepreneurs to help turn their bright ideas into great Canadian companies. FedDev Ontario's capital injection provides a critical lever for us to connect more experienced investors with more great entrepreneurs," Probal Lala, Chair, Maple Leaf Angels Corporation.


6 of 11 key Canadian industries need to invest to meet growing U.S. demand, says new trade report commissioned by HSBC

The lower-valued Canadian dollar, represents a more promising market for Canadian exporters

Vancouver - From food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, there are significant new opportunities across 11 key Canadian industries; however despite their historic heavy-weight status, six of these sectors need to invest to meet the burgeoning demand from Canada's biggest trading partner. This, according to Taking advantage of the U.S. economic rebound, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada commissioned by HSBC Bank Canada.


CFOs Seek Finance Professionals With Mix of Hard and Soft Skills

Survey Finds Functional Expertise More Often a Greater Priority

Toronto - Are you a natural number cruncher, or are you more at ease talking shop with colleagues across your company? Today's accounting and finance professionals need to be comfortable with both, a recent survey found. When it comes to a favourite though, more CFOs prioritize technical skills.


WestJet signs multi-year contract with Suncor

Calgary/ - WestJet announced it has reached a multi-year agreement as primary provider for Suncor Energy to fly employees and contractors to and from its oil sands operations in Northern Alberta beginning in early November.

Justice Report Card

MLI offers the first-ever comprehensive assessment of Canada’s criminal justice system

Ottawa – Canada is suffering from a “justice deficit” – a large and growing gap between the aspirations of the criminal justice system and its actual performance. That’s the main conclusion from MLI’s inaugural Report Card on the Criminal Justice System. Following an extensive data-gathering effort, authors Benjamin Perrin and Richard Audas have rated the provincial and territorial justice systems according to public safety, support for victims, cost and resources, fairness and access, and efficiency.

Enforcing Rules

IFIC Calls for Measured Practical Approach to Regulatory Reforms

Toronto - In a submission filed September 20, 2016 with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) calls on regulators to focus on enforcing rules already in place and on changes that would improve the investment process, while avoiding reforms that attempt to regulate investment outcomes. The submission was made in response to CSA Consultation Paper 33-404: Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers, and Representatives Toward Their Clients.



Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

Madrid, Spain - Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok, Thailand.

Climate Change

Greenland loses more ice than previously thought

Potsdam, Germany - The mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet is bigger than previously estimated. This is the result of a study by international scientists to be published in SCIENCE Advances. The work shows that up to now the so-called glacial isostatic adjustment, i.e., the uplift of the bedrock, was not correctly taken into account when measuring the glaciers’ mass balance with data from GRACE satellite observations. The new calculations by the team yield 272 Giga tons (Gt) of mass loss per year from 2004 to 2015 compared to previously calculated 253 Gt per year. Kevin Fleming from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Ingo Sasgen from the Alfred Wegener Institute were part of the team led by Shfaqat A. Khan from the Technical University of Denmark.

Global Health

The Age Of The Superbug Is Already Here

Dominique Mosbergen Reporter, The Huffington Post

The U.N. is convening a landmark meeting this week on antibiotic resistance, but scientists are concerned the action may be too late.
When the United Nations General Assembly convenes a high-level meeting about a health issue, it’s clear there’s a crisis that requires our immediate attention. And this is one of those times.

Global Tourism

Tourism for All! Messages

Madrid, Spain - Accessible Tourism for All is about the creation of environments, products and services that can cater for the needs of both travelers and local population, whatever their abilities may be. Sooner or later, at some point in our lives, we all benefit from universal accessibility in tourism, due to some disability, or because we simply travel with small children or make part of the senior population.


First global analysis assesses countries on Sustainable Development Goal health performance

Iceland ranks 1st out of 188 countries for health-related SDG performance; The USA performs poorly ranking 28th, just above Estonia and New Zealand, whilst the UK ranks 5th in the world; Many countries face substantial challenges for new indicators on childhood overweight, alcohol consumption, and intimate partner violence.

Seattle - Worldwide, good progress has been made towards some of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2000, particularly in reducing under-5 and neonatal mortality, family planning, and the rollout of universal health care. However, in areas beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which came to an end in 2015, few inroads have been made. For example, there have been only minimal improvements in hepatitis B incidence rates, while childhood overweight, intimate partner violence, and harmful alcohol consumption have worsened.

Health and Travel

European Standardisation of the in-hospital ‘Cardiac Arrest Call’ Number – 2222

UK - The European Resuscitation Council, the European Board of Anaesthesiology and the European Society of Anaesthesiology have issued a joint statement calling upon European hospitals all to use the same internal telephone number (2222) to summon help when one of their patients has a cardiac arrest.



Road openings and closings for ION construction

Keynote Address to Explore Customer Experience in the Digital World

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics to honour distinguished alumni

FUZEnation, a technology and music summit taking place between September 27-30 in Waterloo, Ontario.

Take Back The Night 2016

Breakfast Seminar:CFFB Women Leaders in Business


Annual fundraiser, the Black and Gold Gala, takes place Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Bingemans!

Roll Out the Barrel:Waterloo’s Oktoberfest is the best Bavarian Festival this side of Munich

Anti-Racism Community Meeting on October 24 to Kitchener-Waterloo


Western welcomes Alan Alda to Robarts’ Leaders in Innovation Dinner




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