Disrupters & Enablers
SecureKey is one of the World's 100 Leading Fintech Innovators For 2016
SecureKey Technologies, a Toronto regtech company founded by Greg Wolfond (right) listed at 42; there was US$14.6bn invested in these 100 companies in 2016
San Francsico - Fintech Innovators, a collaboration between fintech investment firm H2 Ventures and KPMG Fintech, announced the third annual Fintech 100 list of the world's leading innovators for 2016. The annual list includes 50 "Established" fintech companies across the globe, as well as the most intriguing 50 'Emerging Stars' exciting new fintechs with bold, disruptive and potentially game-changing ideas. The level of funding has continued to rise for the Fintech 100, with companies on the list attracting an additional US$14.6bn of capital since last year's report, just 12 months ago.
Study finds children’s eyesight worsening sooner than previous generations
Spending one additional hour outdoors significantly lowers odds of nearsightedness
Waterloo - New research from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science and CNIB found nearsightedness in children increases drastically from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with almost a third of the cases going undiagnosed and uncorrected.
Better Business - SCAMS
Crackdown in Mumbai impacts CRA Tax Scam
Vancouver, BC A recent bust of a call centre in Mumbai, India seems to have led to a dramatic drop in the dreaded Canada Revenue Agency Tax Scam. The scam took the top spot in this year’s National Top 10 Scams list and BBB is pleased to see the impact the raid in India appears to be having.
Ontario's best stone masons compete at Waterloo campus
Conestoga’s Roofing Skills and Training Centre at the Waterloo campus hosted the province’s best stone masons on October 5 for the Bricklayer 500 Ontario regional championship. The Bricklayer 500 was established by SPEC MIX, Inc. in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. Winners from regional competitions held at 22 locations throughout Canada and U.S. advance to the World Championship in Las Vegas on January 18, 2017.
Key decisions from Kitchener City Council Oct. 24, 2016
Key decisions is a snapshot of the major items presented at the October 24, 2016 City of Kitchener council meeting.
City of Waterloo council summary from October 24, 2016
The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at City of Waterloo's October 24, 2016 council meeting.
GRCA Awards, scholarships and grants
The Grand River Special Recognition event took place last week to present the 2016 Grand River Watershed Awards, scholarships and Community Conservation Grants. The evening was jointly organized by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation. Listed are the 2016 award, grant and scholarship recipients.
2016 Grand River Honour Roll Award.
Laurier Psychology Department to celebrate 60th anniversary with annual Hunsberger Memorial Lecture
Waterloo Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Psychology will kick off its 60th anniversary celebration with its 12th annual Hunsberger Memorial Lecture. The lecture, led by University of Western Ontario Psychology Professor Adrian Owen (left) from The Brain and Mind Institute, is entitled, "When thoughts become actions: Detecting awareness in the vegetative state."
The results are in for the 7th Annual Mayor’s Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels
Cambridge In its 7th year, The Mayor’s Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels continues to draw hundreds of people to Cambridge City Hall. This past Saturday, October 22nd, was a huge success thanks to fifteen local restaurants and caterers, dedicated sponsors and more than 400 attendees. The event raised over $4,300 for programs and services provided by Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).
Swiss doctors report success of using cells from the nose to repair damaged knee joints 2 years post operation
Basel - Swiss doctors report that cartilage cells harvested from patients’ own noses have been used to successfully produce cartilage transplants for the treatment of the knees of 10 adults (aged 18-55 years) whose cartilage was damaged by injury. Two years after reconstruction, most recipients reported improvements in pain, knee function, and quality of life, as well as developing repair tissue that is similar in composition to native cartilage.
Grant Thornton LLP & Canadian Chamber of Commerce announce 2016 Top 10 Private Business Growth Award Finalists
Celebrating sustainable and holistic business growth
Toronto - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP proudly announce the 2016 Top 10 Finalists for the national Private Business Growth Award. This distinguished award pays tribute to the integral role that Canada's private businesses play in growing our country's economy.
League recognized as one of the top 50 fintech companies in the world
"Fintech 100" list highlights firms that are leading disruption in the global financial services industry
Toronto - League the digital alternative to traditional health insurance has been named as one of the world's leading fintech innovators in KPMG and H2 Ventures' annual Fintech 100 List.
Feeling sick this cold and flu season? stay home, say coworkers
Survey: More Than Eight in 10 Canadian Employees Have Gone to the Office When Ill
Toronto - Being under the weather isn't keeping workers out of the office, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. While 74 per cent of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their company encourages staff to stay home when they're sick, 87 per cent of employees have gone to the office anyway. Thirty-two per cent of those who showed up to work while ill did so because they felt well enough to do their jobs; another 32 per cent said they didn't want to fall behind on assignments.
OLG Makes Second-Quarter Payment to Centre Wellington
Sault Ste. Marie The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued a second-quarter (July to September, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $586,736 to the Township of Centre Wellington for hosting OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. Since December 2003, Centre Wellington has received more than $25.7 million in non-tax gaming revenue.
Abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia in later life
Copenhagen - New research published at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (October 20-22), shows that alcohol, cannabis and other illicit drugs can greatly increase the risk of developing schizophrenia in later life. The study is by Dr Stine Mai Nielsen and Professor Merete Nordentoft, Copenhagen University Hospital, Mental Health Center Copenhagen, Gentofte, Denmark, and colleagues.
New testing method allows for more effective diagnosis of genetically-based high cholesterol
London - A new genetic testing method developed at Western University called LipidSeq can identify a genetic basis for high-cholesterol in almost 70 per cent of a targeted patient population. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, researchers were able to pinpoint specific areas of a person’s DNA to more effectively diagnose genetic forms of high-cholesterol, which markedly increase risk for heart attack and stroke.