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Published Tuesday June 6, 2017
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MONITOR

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Philanthropy

Gateman-Milloy donates $50,000 to Innisfree House

Support for this local hospice continues long after construction completion

Construction wrapped on Innisfree House in 2015 but the relationship between the hospice and local builder Gateman-Milloy Inc. continues. The construction firm just announced a $50,000 donation to Innisfree House over the next five years.

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Acquisition

OpenText to Acquire Covisint

Acquisition to Strengthen IoT and Automotive Digital Supply Chain

OpenText announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Covisint Corporation, the leading Cloud platform for building Identity, Automotive, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

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Innovation

Healthcare and Construction Disruptors Honoured with Innovation Award

Upbrella Construction, Humber River Hospital, McKesson Canada's RelayHealth were named winners of PwC Canada's 2017 Vision to Reality Innovator of the Year Awards. The awards ceremony took place at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto on June 1, 2017.

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Visiting Fellows

A new generation of Noethers

Four talented physicists have been recruited as the next group of Emmy Noether Visiting Fellows at Perimeter Institute. From 1908 until her death in 1935, German mathematician Amalie Emmy Noether made landmark contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics despite an academic environment that largely excluded women. She worked without pay for seven years, and spent four more lecturing under colleague David Hilbert’s name.

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Food

Growing Foods From Around the World in Ontario Soil

Ontario Seeking Feedback to Grow More World Foods Locally

Ontario is kicking-off Local Food Week by engaging consumers, farmers and agri-food processors to find ways to make locally-grown foods as diverse as the people who call this province home.

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Family Business Milestone

Flanagan Foodservice Celebrates 40 Years In Business

When Bob’s Surplus Food Outlet opened on June 4, 1977 it operated out of 5,200 square feet of space with three employees and 500 products. All deliveries were made with a single Flanagan family station wagon. At the time company founder, Joe Flanagan, had no way of knowing that this would mark the beginning of family business that would shape his and his families lives for decades to come.

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Disinformation

Researchers uncover a major disinformation and cyber espionage campaign with Russian connections

A new report, titled “Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing with a Russian Nexus,” from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab uncovers a major disinformation and cyber espionage campaign with hundreds of targets in government, industry, military and civil society. The campaign operators have a strong Russian nexus, and their targets include a global list of high profile individuals such as a former Russian prime minister, ambassadors, CEOs, and officials from at least 39 countries, as well as the United Nations and NATO. Many other targets are journalists, academics and other members of civil society.

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Financial Regulation

Global Trends in Financial Services Regulation

As Canada's financial sector regulators increasingly look abroad for examples of best practices, it has become important to understand the measures undertaken by regulators in other countries. The Investment Funds Institute of Canada has produced a table that summarizes the approaches taken by financial services regulators around the world to improve investor protection and the reasons behind them.

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Study

Your sex life is only as old as you feel

The closer you feel to your actual age, the less likely you are to be satisfied with your sex life, a University of Waterloo study has found. The study looked at the attitudes of sex and aging of a group of 1170 adults from their mid-40s to their mid-70s over a 10-year period.

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Canada 150

Bank of Canada issues commemorative $10 bank note to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation

The Bank of Canada began circulating the $10 commemorative bank note that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation on June 1, 2017. Canadians can now obtain this special note at financial institutions. Only 40 million notes are being issued—roughly one for every Canadian.

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Appointment

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate announced that Mark Modolo has been hired as Vice-Principal, effective September 2017.

Mark holds an undergraduate degree from University of Waterloo and Brock University and he is currently working on a Masters of Math for Teachers at the University of Waterloo.

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Charity Challenge

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre announces:
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge Initiative

HopeSpring Cancer Support Center begins a month long journey with the “Challenge of Hope”

Last Thursday HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre launched the online Challenge for Hope – Eating while facing a cancer diagnosis on www.CanadaHelps.org.

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Information

Organic Council of Ontario to Develop a Directory for the Ontario Organic Value Chain

It will soon be easier to find certified organic ingredients and inputs in Ontario. Thanks to Growing Forward 2 (GF2) project funding, in 2017 the Organic Council of Ontario will develop a province-wide listing of organic producers, processors, and value chain members that will help strengthen connections throughout the organic sector in this province.

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Creative Space

SpaceFinder launches in Cambridge at IDEA Exchange’s “The Brush Off”

ArtsBuild Ontario announced the launch of SpaceFinder Waterloo Region to artists and creative spaces in the City of Cambridge. The took place on June 2, 2017 at “The Brush Off” – an annual live-painting competition presented by Idea Exchange at their Queen Square location.

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Community Counselling

KW Counselling Services receives grant from RBC Foundation to provide counselling to LGBTQ+ people in Waterloo Region.

In 2005, KW Counselling Services launched its OK2BME program, a set of free, confidential services for people wondering about their sexuality or gender identity. Services include: LGBTQ-positive individual, couple and family counselling, LGBTQ+ social and recreational youth group, professional consultation and collaboration, public education and training, and supporting establishment and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in local schools.

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Award for Science Promotion

Engineering Prof Receives National NSERC Honour

A provincial outreach organization begun by a University of Guelph engineering professor has received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Award for Science Promotion.

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Honorary Doctor Degrees

Silicon Valley leader committed to seeding globally impactful change among recipients of Waterloo honorary doctorates

Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator —considered the world’s most powerful startup incubator — will be among the distinguished recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo's spring convocation ceremonies later this month.

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Delicate Issue

Doctors debate physician-assisted suicide

Few issues in medicine have been more controversial in recent years than physician-assisted suicide, with medical experts and the general public unable to come to a consensus that balances the delicate issue of dying with dignity with the interests of the individual and society as a whole. A special session at this year’s Euroanaesthesia meeting in Geneva (3-5 June) will see doctors debating this delicate issue.

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Animal Welfare

Retail Council Joins Ranks Supporting National Animal Care Program

Chicken Farmers of Canada Animal Care Program Endorsed by Retailers

Chicken Farmers of Canada applauds Retail Council of Canada and its recent statement of support for the Canadian approach to animal welfare on chicken farms across the country.

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Convocation

Conestoga celebrates Convocation 2017

Almost 4,600 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga's Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held June 5-8 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener.

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Business Innovation

FedDev Ontario Invests up to $400,000 in Technology to Reduce Automotive Emissions

Investment in innovative process will improve air quality and create 11 jobs

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting companies as they develop and adopt innovative clean technology solutions to invest in the future and protect our planet.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Mind Scape

Researchers identify specific neurons that distinguish between reality and imagination

New Western University research shows that neurons in the part of the brain found to be abnormal in psychosis are also important in helping people distinguish between reality and imagination. The researchers, Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo (right), principal investigator and professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr. Diego Mendoza-Halliday, postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T., investigated how the brain codes visual information in reality versus abstract information in our working memory and how those differences are distributed across neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex region of the brain.

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Telecom Innovation

More mobile competition around corner

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), at the Canadian Telecom Summit 2017, announced a more pro-consumer, pro-competition announcement on rules that would let "Wi-Fi-first" mobile providers roam on big telcos' wireless networks.

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Long-term Priorities

Kitchener Mayor meets with Canada’s Big City Mayors to lay out nation-building priorities

Transit, housing, and provincial cost-share dominate meetings with Ministers

As Ottawa prepares for our nation’s Canada 150 celebrations, FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) gathered in the nation’s capital last week and outlined their nation-building infrastructure priorities for a group of cabinet ministers and senior federal officials.

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Discovery

Prof Receives Funding to Study Avocado as Potential Cancer Treatment

New funding will allow a University of Guelph professor to study use of avocado compounds in fighting cancer. Food science professor Paul Spagnuolo will begin a four-year, $200,000 study of an avocado-derived leukemia drug.

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Space Missions

Emergency medicine in space: normal rules don’t apply

A session at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Geneva (3-5 June) will focus on the unusual and challenging problem of how to perform emergency medical procedures during space missions.

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Legal Bottle Neck

New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective June 14, 2017. Justice Edward Alexander Carlton was called to the bar in 1994. For the past 12 years, Justice Carlton has served as the Crown Attorney for the District of Parry Sound and then for the District of Muskoka, supervising all criminal prosecutions in these districts. He previously served as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Waterloo and as Counsel for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Investing

Investing in Social Good:
Social Venture Partners to Announce Latest Recipient of Engaged Philanthropy Grant

New three-year partnership with local charity to be announced at June 13th Event

Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region announced their 2017 grant recipient (Investee) at the upcoming All Partners Meeting on June 13th at 6:45 pm at the Accelerator Centre (295 Hagey Blvd) in Waterloo. Following the likes of Strong Start, Hospice of Waterloo Region, SHORE Centre and Child Witness Centre, the selected local charity will receive three years of unrestricted funding plus free consultation, hands-on volunteering and the network connections of SVP’s donor base.

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Life on Mars - Maybe

Evidence Mounts for Watery Ancient Mars, Says U of G Prof

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars may have shown chemical differences between deep and shallow water -- a common feature of layered lakes on Earth whose diverse conditions offer varied environments for microbes to thrive, according to a new study by an international research team including a University of Guelph physicist.

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Acquisition

The Co-operators acquires Assurance Auclair

The Co-operators General Insurance Company announced today that it has purchased Assurance Auclair located in Quebec City. The brokerage's portfolio includes personal and commercial insurance policies.

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Technology

Securefact and 2Keys partner to help accelerate digital services and compliance for Canadian banks and governments

Securefact and 2Keys Corporation announced a partnership that will enhance 2Keys' Digital Identity Platform using Securefact's Know Your Customer (KYC) regtech solution suite.

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Funding

Beanworks CEO Smashes Glass Ceiling to Secure Series A Funding

Trailblazing Female Entrepreneur raises $4.5M

Catherine Dahl is the CEO and co-founder of Beanworks, an accounting automation company whose innovative platform connects mid-sized enterprises from invoice to payment. Beanworks is now the beneficiary of $4.5M in Series A funding, led by Vancouver Founder Fund and TIMIA Capital. Revolutionizing the way companies manage their accounts payable workflows and pay their vendors, Beanworks’ customizable FinTech platform empowers accounting teams to succeed by automating redundant tasks and allowing financial professionals to focus on what matters most.

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Drone Milestone

Drone Delivery Canada Achieves Major Milestone Towards Commercialization with Successful BVLOS Test Flights

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. reported the success of a pivotal milestone towards commercializing its drone logistics platform after becoming the first and only company of its kind in Canada to successfully achieve Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) test flights.

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Media

Rogers Media Expands CityNews Across Canada

In addition to Toronto, the award-winning local news broadcast will now serve viewers in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Montreal

Building on its commitment to deliver more local news to even more Canadians, Rogers Media will expand its award-winning news program, CityNews™, across Canada, beginning September 4. Currently seen in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, the expansion of CityNews will now include local versions of CityNews produced locally and airing daily on City, in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Montreal.

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Marketing Assoc.

The Canadian Marketing Association Re-Elects Chris Stamper of TD Bank Group as Board Chair

The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Chris Stamper, Senior Vice President, Business Marketing Planning and CMO Canadian Banking at TD Bank Group, has been re-elected as the Board Chair for 2017-2018.

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Global Pledge

Pledge to Stop Illegal Tuna Fishing and Related Forced Labour on the High Seas by 2020

Fifty major fishing companies, retailers and associated businesses today signed the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration pledging to stop illegal tuna from coming to market and associated forced labour on the high seas; The agreement was brokered by the World Economic Forum and is supported by policymakers, 18 leading NGOs and civil society organizations, and the President of the UN General Assembly.




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TALKS

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Real and Fake

Michael Patrick Lynch: How to see past your own perspective and find truth

The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything. Michael Patrick Lynch examines truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology in the age of big data.

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Complexity

Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.) BCG's Yves Morieux researches how corporations can adapt to a modern and complex business landscape.





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COLUMNS

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Chart of the Week

10 Trillion in 10 Years

$10,000,000,000,000 in "new" money in 10 years. Wow!


This is incredible but because it happens "behind the scenes" no one cares. Ask the average guy on the street about Central Bank balance sheets and he will give you a blank stare. But don't be deceived. This is brand new money that has gone somewhere. Remember, they are buying assets and those selling to them are redeploying the proceeds into other things.

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Innovation

We need a made for Canada – not ‘made in Canada’ – approach to intellectual property rights

Ottawa should resist calls for a “made in Canada” approach to intellectual property rights and instead create a regime that meets or exceeds international standards and supports innovation by Richard Owens and Michael Robichaud

Canada needs to strengthen its intellectual property laws to make sure it remains competitive internationally in the 21st century, a new Macdonald-Laurier Institute paper argues.

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Persistence and Perseverance

How to Stand Out in Your Professional Life

The Boundless Value of Persistence and Perseverance, By Dave Martin

As the old man stood steadily before the university graduates, they quieted with respectful attention. His years of experience forging a commercial dynasty elicited admiration in business minds from Wall Street to the classroom. He had decades of hands-on wisdom and keen leadership skills honed by the emotionless bottom line of profit statements and the necessity of converting untrained rookies into dynamic producers. The man had seen it all, had been through the fire of business competition and regulation, and he had emerged with one of the leading financial empires of the era and with the well-known respect of his shareholders and employees.





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EVENTS

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June 5-7, 2017

World’s best circular economy solutions to be presented in Helsinki, 5-7 June 2017

The world is in serious need of solutions to create sustainable growth and jobs. The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is bringing 1,500 specialists from around the world to Finland to show how this can be done. The groundbreaking event will focus on the world’s best circular economy solutions in which business and the environment go hand in hand.

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June 5-8

Conestoga celebrates Convocation 2017

Almost 4,600 new graduates will be recognized at Conestoga's Spring Convocation ceremonies to be held June 5-8 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener. Distinguished alumni from programs in engineering and information technology, health care and community services will address the graduating classes, extending an official welcome for Conestoga’s newest graduates to the college’s alumni community.

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June 6, 2017

Canada’s Top University Kicks off #UofTGrad17, The Country’s Biggest Graduation

Toronto - Starting Tuesday, June 6 the next generation of leaders will graduate from Canada’s top university. This year, U of T will host 27 different ceremonies (two more than in 2016) over 13 days for almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s three campuses in downtown Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga.

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June 6, 2017

Cruise night powered by electricity

18 electric vehicles expected to gather Tuesday night

Reep Green Solutions is hosting an Electric Cruise Night on Tuesday in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Electric Vehicle Association that features a large number of electric cars and other electric vehicles.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ongoing

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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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