Published Thursday June 8, 2017
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Civil Award

Artistic Director Alex Mustakas Awarded Meritorious Service Medal

Alex Mustakas, founding and current Artistic Director of award-winning Drayton Entertainment, has been honoured by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, with the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.


Economical simplifies its business with changes to legal entities

Assurance Economical (Missisquoi), Economical Select, and Perth will be underwritten by Economical

As Economical Insurance continues its journey to become a public company, it is migrating to a simpler legal entity structure while continuing to offer a wide range of products and excellent service to broker partners and customers.


Artificial intelligence imaging research makes diagnosing disease easier

A recent advancement in microscope imaging technology at the University of Waterloo could soon make diagnosing disease more accessible and affordable.

The advancement, developed by Waterloo researchers Farnoud Kazemzadeh (left) and Alexander Wong (right), has led to a new form of spectral light-fusion microscope for capturing lightfield images in full-colour. Full-colour images are required in pathology as it enables the microscope user to analyze the behaviour and interactions of different organisms at a scale that much larger than traditional microscopes.

Top Prize - 3 Minute Thesis

U of G Grad Student Wins Top Prize, People’s Choice Award in National 3MT Contest

A University of Guelph graduate student has become the first competitor in the national 3-Minute Thesis contest to win both the annual competition’s top prize and its People’s Choice Award. Plant agriculture master’s student Shanthanu Krishnakumar (right) was announced today as the contest winner of both categories by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS). He wins an invitation to speak at the CAGS annual conference in Quebec City in November and $1,500 for winning the top prize, as well as $500 for taking the People’s Choice Award.


Entrepreneur Behind Toronto Start-Up Recognized for Developing First-of-its Kind Career Coaching Mobile App to Help Refugees and Others

Innovative platform breaks down barriers facing under-skilled individuals, helps secure employment

A Toronto entrepreneur has found a way to help newcomers to Canada and other under-skilled individuals find meaningful, long-term employment in today’s challenging work environment where jobs are at risk due to advances in automation. Shifting the mindset of employment services from job matching to job readiness, Arash Samimi has developed a state-of-the-art, science-backed mobile career coach that works like a Fitbit for securing and sustaining long-term career opportunities.

Global Energy

World Economic Forum to Support 22 Countries and EU in Doubling Investment in Clean Energy R&D by 2021

World Economic Forum to work with Mission Innovation, a commitment by 22 countries and the European Union, to accelerate global clean energy innovation to address climate change; Collaboration aims to support Mission Innovation by enabling public-private partnerships that enable a more sustainable, affordable, inclusive and secure global energy future; Mission Innovation includes the world’s leading economies, five most populous countries and represents over 80% of clean energy R&D budgets – members pledged to double governmental investments in R&D by 2021

The World Economic Forum and Mission Innovation, a commitment by 22 governments and the European Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation, will collaborate to support Mission Innovation’s goal of doubling governmental investments in clean energy R&D by 2021.


Wilfrid Laurier University continues to be a destination of choice for students

The number of Ontario high school students who have accepted an offer of admission for full-time first-year studies at Wilfrid Laurier University has increased for the third straight year, according to data provided by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).


Laurier student to present research to Government of Canada as an International Policy Ideas Challenge winner

A Laurier graduate student and her partners at the Balsillie School of International Affairs are among the winners of the Global Affairs Canada 2017 International Policy Ideas Challenge. Olivia Matthews, a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) student and graduate of Laurier’s undergraduate Global Studies and Political Science programs (BA ’15), is the lead researcher in a team of three students researching innovative ways to finance help for refugees. Dani Marcheva and Dominique Souris, both Master of Arts in Global Governance students registered at the University of Waterloo, are her partners.


Two U of G PhD Candidates Awarded Vanier Scholarships

Two University of Guelph PhD candidates — one studying maternal and neonatal care for the Inuit, the other studying innovative strategies to fight cancer — have received the most prestigious doctoral awards in Canada.

Financial Background

Who Needs Financial Advice and Why

Regulators around the world are looking at measures to ensure that investors understand the costs of investing and are receiving value for their money. As different approaches are tested, it is becoming clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to fee regulation can lead to unintended consequences that may disproportionately impact some segments of consumers – in particular, more modest investors and those just starting on the savings path.


Is Your Body Language Costing You the Job?

Eye Contact is the Most Telling Nonverbal Cue at Interviews

When it comes to landing a job, what you say to a prospective employer may sometimes be less important than how you say it. In a recent survey senior managers said 17 per cent of candidates display negative body language during interviews.

Quality of Life

Annual Community Services report frames Regional successes through a quality of life lens

Waterloo Region – Community Services is starting to measure its success by how well the Regional department helps people improve their overall quality of life. “We used to report on statistics. But those numbers don’t say much about the impact on a person’s life,” said Commissioner Douglas Bartholomew-Saunders. “If we helped pay an overdue utility bill, did that help someone keep their home, their stability?”

Award Winner

Conestoga graduate wins Skills Canada medal

Sam Todd, a 2017 graduate of Conestoga's Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship program, finished this year's Skills Canada National Competition with a silver medal win. The event was held June 1 to 3 in Winnipeg and is Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices.



Unprofitable subsidiaries becoming new tax haven for multinational corporations

Multinational corporations are moving income from their profitable, high-tax subsidiaries into unprofitable ones to save money on taxes, a University of Waterloo study has found. The study’s findings shed light on a tax planning strategy that is not currently focused on by governments, which tend to focus their efforts on firms who move their money from countries with higher taxes to lower tax-rate countries to save.


Magna partners with RocketSpace to accelerate automotive innovation

Collaboration supports growth of tech startups focusing on mobility; Magna will provide mentoring to startups; Outreach builds on Magna's open for business mindset

Tech startups now have a new route to bring their inventions to life in the automotive industry, thanks to a new collaboration between Magna and RocketSpace. Magna has expanded its innovation outreach by joining RocketSpace on its first-ever tech accelerator dedicated to automotive innovation in areas that include: electric vehicle systems, automated driver assisted systems (ADAS) and secure vehicle connectivity.


Board Administration Presents Catholic Trustees with $271.8 Million Balanced Budget

Student achievement, labour investments and capital improvements are focus of budget plan

Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board last night received the Board’s $271.8 million 2017-18 school year budget. The budget vote is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, June 19, 2017. “We are pleased to present a balanced budget to our Board of Trustees which honours the commitments outlined in our multi-year strategic plan. The budget is built on conservative projections which anticipate growth across the system in an environment where more parents and families see value in a faith-based learning environment.

Future Growth

Intelligent Community Forum Declares Broadband to be a Utility Essential to Growth and Quality of Life

Issues resolution for consideration by city and county councils around the world

The Board of the Intelligent Community Forum approved a resolution today calling on cities and counties to declare high-speed, high-capacity, affordable broadband a utility: an essential infrastructure service provided principally for public benefit, which enables economic growth and greater quality of life when it achieves ubiquitous coverage. ICF encourages city and county Councils to download a copy of the resolution at and submit it for consideration and formal approval.

Failing Grade

Ontario High Schools Must Improve in Preparing Entry-Level Workers for Today's Jobs says HRPA

As summer vacation approaches, a new report released by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) shows Ontario's high schools are failing to provide students with the foundational soft skills required to succeed in their future entry-level jobs. In fact, 42 per cent of respondents in a unique survey of the human resources (HR) professionals across Ontario said that entry-level workers are insufficiently prepared for that role because they do not have the soft skills necessary.

Grant Money Available

Charities in search of grants: applications start June 8 at The Guelph Community Foundation

Over $116,000 available to grant this year

The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) is now accepting applications from charitable groups seeking grant funds to support their projects in Guelph and surrounding communities.

Internet of Things

World’s Leading Strategists Meet in San Francisco to Evaluate Societal and Business Impact of Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution welcomes more than 250 global executives and industry strategists at its annual Industry Strategy Meeting this week; Under the theme “Creating Value in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” the meeting aims to define and shape the outlook for industries, identify where sectors can work together for economic and societal benefit

The World Economic Forum will this week welcome top industry executives from over 250 global companies to its Industry Strategy Meeting. For the first time, the new World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the Presidio in San Francisco will play host to the event, indicating the gravity shift in importance of technology for all industries.

Ideas Wanted

Munich Airport InnovationPilot platform enters round three

Wanted by the MUC crowdsourcing platform: creative ideas

What might help the time pass more quickly for passengers waiting for their luggage? What do passengers want to see in the gate area before departure, and what do meeters and greeters need? Creative minds are invited to submit their answers to these questions to Munich Airport's crowdsourcing platform at


Understanding Others

Carina Morillo: To understand autism, don't look away

Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed — only that he didn't speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curious along with him. (In Spanish with English subtitles) Carina Morillo is an advocate for the social inclusion of people with autism.

Invasive Species

Justin Davidson: Why glass towers are bad for city life — and what we need instead

There's a creepy transformation taking over our cities, says architecture critic Justin Davidson. From Houston, Texas to Guangzhou, China, shiny towers of concrete and steel covered with glass are cropping up like an invasive species. Rethink your city's anatomy as Davidson explains how the exteriors of building shape the urban experience — and what we lose when architects stop using the full range of available materials. Justin Davidson is the author of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York (Spiegel & Grau), which leads readers through a portrait of the city told through its history, architecture, music, art and literature.


Shame on Them

Serving up an unpalatable minimum wage for the food industry

The effects of artificial intelligence and the rise of the digital world will force us to rethink how we produce, process and distribute food - By Sylvain Charlebois

HALIFAX, N.S. - Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that's a shame. The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta.


Peacekeeping plan missing from sweeping foreign policy speech and defence review announcement

by Fergus Watt

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland delivered a speech in the House of Commons on June 6th articulating Canada’s foreign policy priorities. The speech was followed by an announcement on June 7th by Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjin releasing Canada’s Defence Policy Review.


June 8, 2017

Ontario’s Chief Innovation Strategist to Keynote Thought Leader Luncheon

On June 8th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the Thought Leader luncheon on transforming health care through food innovation. The Government of Ontario has committed to putting patients and innovation at the centre of their health care reform efforts. Ontario can encourage and support the development and commercialization of innovative health technologies that strengthen our health care system while also supporting the economic growth of Ontario-based companies. Among G7 countries, Ontario has the lowest costs for biotechnology research and development and for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, and the second lowest costs for clinical trials.

June 12-16

To be honoured at UG 2017 Summer Convocation Ceremonies

Several University of Guelph faculty members and students will be recognized for teaching, service and academic achievement during convocation ceremonies for about 3,500 students June 12-16.

June 15-16

Laurier-led symposium will discuss women’s roles in regional innovation ecosystems

An international group of women scholars and leaders is coming together June 15-16 at Communitech in Kitchener for a two-day, Wilfrid Laurier University-led symposium on women in entrepreneurship and regional innovation.

June 15, 2017

United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 has been designated by the United Nations as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day brings awareness to the abuse and suffering experienced by some of our older generations.

June 22, 2017

Ike Van Soelen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Guelph - On June 22, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will join leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the 2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. In partnership with Timberworx Custom Homes, Ike Van Soelen, an accomplished business and community leader, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at this gala event.

July 7-30

The stage is set for an extraordinary 29th Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay, the ever-popular Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 7 – 30, 2017. In celebration of its 29th year, the Festival will feature an unparalleled musical roster, multiple stages, venues and the return of renowned and adored festival favourites.

Red Day

Waterloo Region wears red on June 9 th in support of the women they love!

Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Canadian Women; most are unaware.

Waterloo Region - When it originated in partnership with the Manulife LPGA Classic in 2013, Red Day aimed to elevate awareness of the serious risk of heart disease in women by having LPGA players, spectators and volunteers dress in red on sit e on the Friday of the tournament. But in recent years, Red Day has stretched beyond the course, rallying individuals, workplaces and community leaders from across Waterloo Region to celebrate Red Day by wearing red and sharing images on social media whi ch tag #RedDayFriday.

Transit RFQ for Designers

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

August 21-23, 2017

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Introduce First-in-Canada Artisanal Display of Unique Offerings from Developing Countries

Trending apparel and textiles from more than 20 countries to be unveiled in Canada, as local industry continues to thrive

Toronto –With the steady growth of Canada’s apparel and textile industry, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show have announced that representatives from more than 20 countries will be in Toronto this summer to unveil under one roof all that’s trending in the worldwide industry.

September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.

Vote for Your Oktoberfest Beer

Craft Beers at Bingemans Oktoberfest

Online craft beer contest launches Bingemans’ 49th annual Bavarian celebration!

Kitchener — Summer may be just beginning, but planning is well underway for the most exciting Oktoberfest festhalle experience in Waterloo Region. With the launch of a brand new Oktoberfest website and a call out to have the people choose the beer that will be poured, Bingemans is putting together its most exciting Oktoberfest program in the 49 years it has been celebrating Bavarian culture in Waterloo Region.


Ontario Food Festivals

Top 12 Food and Food Themed Summer Festivals

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds! Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!


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