Published Tuesday March 14, 2017
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Laurier appoints associate vice-president to lead university’s strategic teaching and learning initiatives

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Kathryn Carter as the university’s associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning. Carter, who has served in the role in an acting capacity since July 2015, was selected by a search committee from among 75 candidates, endorsed by the university Senate and approved by Laurier’s Board of Governors. She begins her five-year, three-month term April 1.


Ontario construction industry expects growth in 2017 despite low-growth economy, according to province-wide contractor survey

Construction outlook varies by region, with Eastern Ontario's engineering/civil sector leading the way: Kitchener-Waterloo leads the province in high-rise residential optimism with 63 per cent of contractors anticipating "significant growth"

Toronto - The economic outlook for Ontario's construction industry is positive and confidence is up across the province, according to findings from the 2017 Construction Confidence Indicator, an annual survey of construction contractors conducted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). With a score of 60 out of 100, the Construction Confidence Indicator reveals a majority of Ontario's construction firms expect to conduct more business this year than last.

Fund Raising

Canstruction team celebrates 10th anniversary

Conestoga’s Canstruction team, led by faculty member Jim Gerrard and supported by students in the Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology (ACET) program, built a Paw Patrol themed structure made entirely out of non-perishable food at Conestoga Mall on March 10.


Laurier works with Ipsos and Ontario Council of University Libraries to make national polling data freely available

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University, in collaboration with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), is making a trove of nationally significant polling data, donated by market research firm Ipsos Canada, freely available to the world online.


UWaterloo subjects rank among world’s top universities

Thirteen University of Waterloo subjects are among the top in the world, the UK’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings confirmed last week. According to QS, 13 subjects offered at Waterloo rank among the top 100 when compared to other universities in the world, up from 11 subjects last year. The subjects include civil engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering as well as the natural science subjects of geography, environmental sciences and materials sciences. Also making the top 100 were architecture, psychology, sports related subjects, and statistics and operational research.


Two Laurier academics to be honoured by the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW

Waterloo – Hind Al-Abadleh, an associate professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Selda Sezen, an adjunct faculty at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and PhD candidate at Laurier, are being honoured with Women Who Inspire Awards from the Coalition of Muslim Women (CMW) of KW. The awards will be presented at the organization’s recognition dinner March 18 at The Family Centre.

Human Resources

Clash of the Coworkers

Canadian CFOs Spend Half a Day per Week Resolving Staff Conflicts

Toronto - Executives are being sidetracked trying to keep the peace between employees. In a new survey from Accountemps, Canadian CFOs said they spend, on average, 10 per cent of their time -- or four hours a week -- managing staff conflicts.


CASL Enforcement Decision: Sending Messages without Consent or Prescribed Formalities

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued a
Compliance and Enforcement Decision imposing a $15,000 penalty on an individual for violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation by sending commercial electronic messages without consent from the recipients and without prescribed formalities.


Forum Report: Build Trust and Integrity, Enforce Rule of Law to Address Corruption

Building Foundations for Trust and Integrity is a new World Economic Forum report on the levels of trust in the Infrastructure and Urban Development industries; Developing trust in public-private cooperation can help address corruption in Latin America

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum has released a new report on the level of trust in the Infrastructure and Urban Development industries and its connection to addressing corruption.

Leading Role

Governments need to lead the protection of children in tourism – UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection meets in Berlin

The 32nd meeting of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection focused on the role of governments in advancing the fight against the exploitation of children in tourism.


Emery Huszka Acclaimed National Farmers Union - Ontario President/NFU Region 3 Coordinator

Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario was acclaimed as the National Farmers Union - Ontario President, NFU National Board member, and NFU Region 3 Coordinator at the Annual General Meeting held March 4 in Ridgetown, Ontario


Helping Innovators Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

Applications Now Open for Accessibility Innovation Showcase and Tech Pitch Competition

Toronto - Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is thrilled to announce that applications for the third annual Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition are now open.

Study - Marketing

Canadian CMOs Must Lead Disruptive Business Growth and Become More Data-Driven to Keep Pace with Changing Consumer Behavior

CEOs need to empower marketing to lead disruptive growth initiatives

Toronto - Canadian organizations are misaligned on the role that marketing should play in driving disruptive growth initiatives, according to a new study from Accenture Strategy. Sixty-one percent of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) at Canadian organizations say they are responsible for leading disruptive business growth, but only 27 percent of CEOs agree. Given their unique position of being in direct line of customers, prospects and the wider market, business leaders must empower CMOs to take control of the disruptive growth agenda or risk losing customers to new, disruptive competitors.


Young People

Gene found to cause sudden death in young people

Hamilton – Researchers from Canada, South Africa and Italy have identified a new gene that can lead to sudden death among young people and athletes. The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which is a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death in seemingly healthy young people.


Ontario and Michigan Reaffirm Strong Partnership

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released a joint statement following their meeting yesterday in Detroit:


Intel recognizes PEER Group with 2nd Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award

The PEER Group Inc. has been recognized by Intel as a 2016 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award winner.

Octogenarians and Up

Chinese oldest-old population is growing but individuals have poorer physical and cognitive function

The number of people living beyond 80 years old – from octogenarians to centenarians – in China is growing but they have poorer physical and cognitive function compared with their counterparts from 10 years ago, according to the largest study of its kind, published in The Lancet.

Health Distruption

Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) Public Health Potential Service Disruptions

Waterloo Region – Discussions are continuing between the Region of Waterloo and ONA representing workers employed by Public Health and Emergency Services.


Power to the People: How the Sharing Economy Will Transform the Electricity Industry

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the electricity system with grid-edge technologies projected to create more than $2.4 trillion of value for society and the industry over the next decade, says new Forum report; The rules of the game are changing, with consumers in the driving seat as the sector becomes increasingly digitalized and decentralized

Geneva, Switzerland – A new report by the World Economic Forum, The Future of Electricity: New Technologies Transforming the Grid Edge, finds that adoption of new “grid-edge” technologies in OECD countries could bring more than $2.4 trillion of value creation for society and the industry over the next 10 years.

SME Investment Fund

Banks and Insurance Companies Announce Canadian Business Growth Fund of up to $1B

Toronto - Canada's leading banks and insurance companies announced their intent to create a fund to invest up to $1 billion in Canadian businesses over the next decade to bolster growth and innovation.


ScaleUP Ventures Second Closing – now over $70 million committed

Includes $25 million from the Government of Ontario

Toronto - ScaleUP Ventures Inc. announced a second closing of $32.25 million, bringing the fund's total capital commitment to over $70 million. Today's second closing includes $25 million from the Province of Ontario. ScaleUP was announced in May 2016 with a target to raise $75 million as an early-stage technology fund to work with corporate Canada to help start-up technology companies achieve global scale. ScaleUP achieved a first close in August 2016 of $38 million, including commitments from over a dozen of Canada's largest companies.


Canadian Banks Building Strength in 2017 Through Innovation, Modernization, and Reinvention

Toronto - According to Canadian Banks 2017: #Bankovation… Innovation. Modernization. ReInvention report released last week, innovation is a top priority for banks who are addressing two key pain points in Canadian banking: customer friction and back-office efficiency. Despite underlying economic challenges, Canada's Big Six banks achieved solid revenues and posted strong returns. Consolidated revenues were CA$133.6 billion in FY16, up 8.6% from CA$123.1 billion in FY15. In the first quarter of 2017, banks continued to show strong results.



Joy Buolamwini: How I'm fighting bias in algorithms

MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial recognition software when she noticed a problem: the software didn't recognize her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn't taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures. Now she's on a mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the "coded gaze." It's an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding ... as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives.

For the Macabre

Caitlin Doughty: A burial practice that nourishes the planet

Here's a question we all have to answer sooner or later: What do you want to happen to your body when you die? Funeral director Caitlin Doughty explores new ways to prepare us for inevitable mortality. In this thoughtful talk, learn more about ideas for burial (like "recomposting" and "conservation burial") that return our bodies back to the earth in an eco-friendly, humble and self-aware way.


John Koenig: Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

John Koenig loves finding words that express our unarticulated feelings — like "lachesism," the hunger for disaster, and "sonder," the realization that everyone else's lives are as complex and unknowable as our own. Here, he meditates on the meaning we assign to words and how these meanings latch onto us.



Costco finds a willing and growing market in Canada

Same-store Canadian sales are up 8 per cent - higher than in any other country in which Costco operates. And the future looks even brighter - By Sylvain Charlebois

Halifax, NS - Unless you're there on a Saturday, constantly trying to avoid collisions with oversized shopping carts, you probably like Costco, even though it will cost you more to shop there as of June.
The basic membership fee is going up by $5 to $60, while premium folks will have to pay $120, up from $110.

Chart of the Week

Everything's Made in China These Days

by Mike Hayhoe

If you're wondering where all the money to buy Toronto and Vancouver (and now other Canadian cities as well) real estate is coming from, this chart shows you where.


Stop trying to grow the economy on a hunch

As the government sets about designing a new innovation agenda, the case for evidence-based decision-making in innovation policy is urgent - By Nobina Robinson

Ottawa - Canada can't expect to improve its economic growth without a better understanding of who is responsible for growth. At a conference in Ottawa last fall, where speakers included Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and growth council chair Dominic Barton, a challenge was laid on the table. We live in a low-growth world and Canada is not immune. We've experienced sluggish growth for much of the past decade and our gross domestic product growth rate is not predicted to breach the coveted three per cent mark without bold action now.


Beating the Big Box Store

To Succeed as a Small Business, Make it S.P.E.C.I.A.L. for Your Customers - By Dr. Kevin Coughlin

Most people are aware that the real economic engine in the United States is small business. In fact, most would agree that small businesses are the foundation of the economy.


Improve Your Leadership IQ

By Magi Graziano

Being an effective leader of people in today’s world seems to be much more complicated than in years past. In the previous century, for the vast majority, work was approached as a means for survival. The level of employee engagement did not dictate how long they stayed in the role. That’s different today, however. Working class people are always on the look out for more stimulating and rewarding work, as well as inspiring work environments where they can make a difference and grow themselves and their careers.


March 15, 2017

Art In Public Spaces: Call for Proposals

CAFKA is seeking submissions for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo in June 2018. The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee, which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.

Hall of Fame

Call for nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge Archives and Records Centre is currently accepting nominations for the Cambridge Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

April 8, 2017

First ION vehicle Open House set for April 8

Waterloo Region – Residents will have an opportunity to see and tour the first ION light rail transit (LRT) vehicle during a community open house on April 8. The event will take place inside the Region of Waterloo’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF), located at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

April 27, 2017

St. Mary’s explores “How to be Miserable” with Dr. Randy Paterson

Kitchener - St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 feature speaker for their second annual “St. Mary’s, She Shares” luncheon event. On Thursday April 27 Psychologist and author Dr. Randy Paterson, will discuss the focus of his latest book titled, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already Use.

April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

May 15, 2017

Jared Cohen, Founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw, to Give Keynote Address at Discovery 2017

Toronto - Ontario Centres of Excellence is thrilled to announce Jared Cohen as the keynote speaker for Day One of Discovery 2017, being held May 15-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Jared Cohen will appear on the Discovery main stage on May 15 to speak about the new digital age, and to kick off two days of ideas, innovation and what's next. Cohen is at the centre of technology and how it is changing the world, especially for the five billion people expected to come online in the next decade.

May 15-16

Helping Innovators Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

Applications Now Open for Accessibility Innovation Showcase and Tech Pitch Competition

Toronto - Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is thrilled to announce that applications for the third annual Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and the Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition are now open.

August 21-23, 2017

Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show announces major expansion as Canadian industry imports reach all-time high

Thousands of retailers, manufacturers, designers and industry execs to benefit from 50 percent more exhibit space, new trends showcase and top speaker roster at Apparel Textile Sourcing Show

The apparel and textile industry is alive and well – and thriving – in Canada. That’s the message of organizers of Canada’s largest apparel and textile sourcing show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), which successfully debuted in Toronto in August 2016 with more than 200 booths of merchandise and in excess of 1,800 attendees.


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