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Thursday May 24, 2018

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MONITOR


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A Global Economy

The US overtakes Hong Kong at first place among world's most competitive economies

The US rises from number 4 to number one due to top positions in economic performance and infrastructure; Hong Kong takes second place and performs strongly in government and business efficiency; Singapore and mainly European countries complete the top 10; Canada moves up 2 positions from 12th to 10th.

Lausanne, Switzerland – Marking its 30th edition this year, the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings emphasize a long-term trend highlighted in past editions – that the countries on the top of the list each have a unique approach to becoming competitive.


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Best Markets - Stay local

Terminal raises $13M CAD to help technology companies build elite remote engineering teams; Appoints Clay Kellogg as CEO

Demand has tripled in 6 months; funding will accelerate growth across Canadian offices and expand offering into Latin America

Kitchener - This week, Terminal, a startup that provides high-growth technology companies with a complete solution to build and scale remote world-class technical teams, announced a Series A funding round of $13M CAD. The round included leading venture capitalist firms Lightspeed Venture Partners, Thiel Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Atomic, Craft Ventures (David Sacks' new venture firm) as well as prominent angel investor Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang.


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High-Growth Tech Tour

Lazaridis Institute launches 15-city Canadian tour to assess tech companies’ readiness to scale

Waterloo – The Lazaridis Institute at Wilfrid Laurier University is investing in Canadian technology through its flagship Lazaridis Scale-Up Program. The Institute has collaborated with scaling experts to provide an opportunity for tech companies in 15 cities across Canada to evaluate their potential to scale. Tech leaders, policy-makers and media all point to the fact that scale-ups account for less than five per cent of Canadian companies and yet create more than 50 per cent of all new jobs. The Lazaridis Institute investment in the tech sector is an investment in Canada’s future.


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Insurance Disrupter

CAA Insurance unveils pay-as-you-go auto insurance program

The new program is powered by a telematics device that is plugged into the vehicle and connects to a mobile app or web portal

Ontario motorists will have a new option to help manage auto insurance premiums, thanks to a new, first-in-Canada payment program announced this week by CAA Insurance Company. The new program, called CAA MyPace™, gives motorists the choice and control they are looking for when it comes to auto insurance. It empowers motorists to monitor how much they drive, and pay for auto insurance based on that mileage.


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2018 Provincial Election

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Hosting Local Candidate Forums

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host candidate forums from May 28-31, 2018 at the following times and locations. All forums are no admission charge and open to the public.





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Top Honours

2018 Engineers Canada award recipients honoured

Stories of achievement, excellence and passion for the engineering profession

Ottawa - Tonight eight outstanding engineers from across Canada will receive top honours for their contributions to the engineering profession. The 2018 Engineers Canada Awards recipients have each impacted the daily lives of Canadians, whether it's through the development of the nutrient-enriched foods that we eat, the water we drink, the pedestrian crosswalks we use, the regulation that ensures the sustainability of Canada's environment, or the building of a new link to Canada's far north. As caring members of our communities, award recipients volunteer their time and resources to address such social issues as addiction and diversity whilst utilizing their professional problem-solving skills to better people's lives from coast to coast to coast.


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Tax Change Panel Discussion

Federal Tax Change "POP UP WORKSHOP" for owners and operator's of family's in business

Join the Centre for Family Business as our panel of experts talk about some of the recent Federal Tax Changes. Specifically we will be talking about; New Tax on Split income rules (TOSI); The Interplay between Passive investment income and active investment income; New Refundable tax rules.

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High-Growth Technology

New Lazaridis Institute report links global growth to success of Canadian technology firms

Waterloo – What are the core characteristics of high-growth technology firms in Canada? What international business practices are linked to growth? A new report published by the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Wilfrid Laurier University, Grow Global: Key Performance Drivers of Canadian Technology Firms, examines these questions and identifies a range of factors linked to the success and growth of Canadian tech firms.


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Learning About the Brain

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.





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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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New Employees

The Deeper, Engaged Way to Onboard New Employees

A few of the opportunities you have during employees’ first weeks at your company. But how can you take advantage of them? Here are eight approaches that work - By Cordell Riley

The days and weeks after employees start at your company represent a time of unique opportunity. Can you teach them new systems and skills? Of course you can. But have you also stopped to consider all the other important goals you can reach during the onboarding period? To name just a few, you can . . .





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RESEARCH & EDUCATION


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Study

Kids show adult-like intuition about ownership

Children as young as age three are able to make judgements about who owns an object based on its location, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The findings also show that children can sense an item’s ownership without seeing someone interact with it. They intuitively know who owns an item, even if their parents have not pointed that out to them.


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R&D

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. “Until now, this was considered impossible,” said C.R. Selvakumar, an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo who proposed the concept several years ago. High-frequency microwaves carry signals in a wide range of devices, including the radar units police use to catch speeders and collision-avoidance systems in cars.








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WATERCOOLER


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Award Recognition

St. Mary’s Mission Legacy Awards 2018 Honour Six Individuals

A 76-year-old nurse who still works in the emergency department and a second generation St. Mary’s General Hospital physician are among six individuals to be honoured with a prestigious award on Friday, May 25. The Mission Legacy Awards recognize those who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Mary's General Hospital and the St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation.


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Engagement

City of Kitchener launches customer service campaign to serve Kitchener right

Over the summer months, the City of Kitchener will be asking residents how we’re doing when it comes to delivering great service. “We’re committed to providing great service experiences, whether you register for a program at a community centre, apply for a building permit, or engage with the City on social media,” says Christine Baker, project manager, customer service, City of Kitchener. “It’s something we take a lot of pride in, but we know that there is always room to keep improving and growing.”


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Arts & Culture

Alexander Cannon Named KWS Assistant Conductor

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) announced the appointment of Alexander Cannon (right) to the position of Assistant Conductor beginning in August 2018. Alexander is a conductor and performer who currently lives and works in Vancouver, and has been the Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music at SK Lee College. The Assistant Conductor position provides a major opportunity for a young Canadian conductor to work on a daily basis with a leading professional symphony orchestra and youth orchestra.


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Media

YouAreUNLTD gives voice to new vision of aging and care

New publishing brand embodies the middle-age forever mindset

Toronto – YouAreUNLTD today announced the official launch of a new publishing brand designed to disrupt and redefine what it means to get older, by providing Canadians with a fresh voice and the resources they want to age with vitality.





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Convocation

Activist and survivor of Hiroshima bombing among honourees at Waterloo's convocation

A leading figure in the organization that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize will be among the recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo’s convocation next month. Close to 5,800 students will receive their degrees at 12 different ceremonies. Setsuko Thurlow (right), an activist for peace and disarmament, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and address convocation during the Faculty of Arts ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on June 13.


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Private Business

The Search is on for Canada's Top Private Business!

Nominations and Applications Open for Private Business Growth Award

The 2018 Private Business Growth Award program is underway and accepting applications from Canada's top private businesses. The award, now in its sixth year recognizes outstanding businesses that are driven by people, culture and innovation. The award is the collective vision of Grant Thornton LLP and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to shine a spotlight on Canadian private businesses, and provide a platform for recognition for their outstanding contribution to their communities and the economy.


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Performing Arts

BeyondOz Productions announces new premier outdoor venue, On The Grand, in Kitchener’s scenic Bingemans

First stand alone show to be held on July 20 with Sean Paul, followed by Barenaked Ladies on July 21, “I Love 90’s Tour” on August 19 featuring Vanilla Ice and Salt-N-Pepa, as well as Oktoberfest this fall

Toronto - From the masterminds behind Ever After Music Festival, BeyondOz Productions announced the opening of On The Grand, a new premier outdoor events and performing arts venue in Kitchener’s Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Drive). Set to be a new hot spot for some of the most highly anticipated concerts and events in the Tri-City area this summer, On The Grand will first open its doors at the Ever After Music Festival next month.


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National Treasures

The National Trust for Canada’s Top 10 Endangered Places List for 2018

The Top 10 List shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk. Here's the 2018 List, from west to east:







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EVENTS


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May 24, 2018

CFFB GALA AWARDS DINNER & DANCE

Join the CFFB on May24th as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CFFB by honouring family businesses for their successes! This highly anticipated gala evening recognizes innovation, inspiration and dedication to building strong families and better businesses. Plan your night so you are able to stay for our “After Party” and dancing!


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May 26, 2018

Distillation - The Essence of Waterloo

Projected photographs from juried Art$Pay photographers will be matched with local accompanists for an amazing one day only performance of sight and sound at the CIGI auditorium - AND - special presentation of selected photographs submitted by local secondary and post-secondary students on this theme.


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May 31, 2018

Federal Tax Change "POP UP WORKSHOP" for owners and operator's of family's in business

Join the Centre for Family Business as our panel of experts talk about some of the recent Federal Tax Changes. Specifically we will be talking about; New Tax on Split income rules (TOSI); The Interplay between Passive investment income and active investment income; New Refundable tax rules.

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May 31, 2018

Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries Cambridge to host All Candidates Meeting (Social Issues)

The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries plans to host an All Candidates’ Meeting focusing on social issues facing our community. Candidates running in the up-coming provincial election will be asked questions about social issues, such as oral health, poverty, affordable housing, and health care. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions to the candidates.


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June 4, 2018

Generator Event At THEMUESEUM To Spark Connections & Ignite A Movement

The Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region (ELAWR) is putting on a variety of mind - bending experiences with private access to TheMuseum’s newest and interactive exhibits, a DIY workshop (involving the therapeutic use of a hammer) and an opportunity to nourish your brain and body. Providing insight will be international ly - renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Jean Clinton, pop culture journalist, author & hip - hop promoter Dalton Higgins, and English professor and Critical Media Lab Founder Marcel O’Gorman .


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June 8, 2018

WEAR RED for the heart of the women you love!



Heart Disease is the leading cause of premature death among Canadian women, claiming the life of 25,000 each year. That's more than the five most prevalent cancers COMBINED. It could be you, your sister, your mother, your friend. You can help. St. Mary's RedDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of this serious health risk and how it can be prevented. On Friday June 8th, WEAR RED for the hearts of the women you love! Register your participation.


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July 9-20, 2018

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.


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July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.


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August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.




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