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Published Thursday August 3, 2017
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MONITOR

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Next Chancellor

St. Paul’s College names champion of Indigenous entrepreneurship its new chancellor

Waterloo - St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo named JP Gladu its next chancellor. Gladu (right) is the president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), one of Canada’s premier organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs. “We are delighted to welcome such a distinguished leader to the St. Paul’s community,” said Brenda Simpson, chair of the St. Paul’s Board of Governors. “Given our strategic focus on both Indigenous education and social entrepreneurship, he is a perfect fit with the mission of our college.”

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Economic Growth

Economic Growth to Continue for Most Ontario Cities in 2017, Albeit at a More Moderate Pace

Economic growth in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo is expected to decelerate to 1.6 per cent in 2017, following a 2.1 per cent increase in 2016.

Ottawa - Apart from London, Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ontario's mid-sized metropolitan areas can expect economic growth to moderate this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Metropolitan Outlook. Still, Oshawa and Windsor are expected to boast the fastest growing economies among the 15 cities covered in this edition of the report, with growth of 2.5 per cent forecast for both cities this year. The remaining six Ontario cities in the report will post growth under 2 per cent.

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Taking a Better Selfie

An app for a perfect selfie

Waterloo - Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies. Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.

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Career Award

Laurier professor emeritus wins award for career achievement in scholarship

Waterloo – Paul Heyer, professor emeritus in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Communication Studies, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Media Ecology Association’s (MEA) Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship. Heyer (right) was presented with the award at the eighteenth annual convention of the MEA, held this year in San Francisco, June 22-25. The occasion included his keynote address, “Media Ecology and the Performing Arts —Virtually,” which will be published shortly in the association’s journal.

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Reporting Needs

Eldorado Delivers Enhanced Business Intelligence Capabilities with OpenText

Healthcare Technology Leader Expands Capabilities to Support Operational and Business Reporting Needs for Secure Personal Health Information

Waterloo -- OpenText announced that Eldorado, a provider of enterprise core administrative platforms, has selected OpenText to add additional business intelligence capabilities for its data-driven enterprise application for the healthcare payer industry, Javelina. With OpenText, Eldorado is able to offer clients a seamless solution that supports operational and business reporting needs, and centralizes the security rules and data encryption of Personal Health Information.

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SO Commuter

Southern Ontario's HOT Lanes Permit Applications and Renewals Program Now Open

QEW Pilot Project for Commuters

The Province of Ontario has opened the next round of permit applications and renewals for Canada's first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which provide another commuter option and help manage congestion. The HOT lanes are on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions - from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington. Vehicles with two or more occupants, or green licence plates, can travel in the lanes for free, while drivers of single-occupant vehicles can apply to purchase a permit.

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Tricking Technology

Uber drivers are gaming the system and even going offline en masse to force ‘surge’ pricing.

UK/New York - In an extensive study researchers found that drivers were finding ways to trick the algorithms that Uber uses to control them to cancel fairs they didn’t want and to avoid the unpopular UberPOOL – where drivers have to take multiple passengers who are heading in the same direction.

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Long Term Employment

Legendary Manulife Agent Sets a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title

World's longest career as a corporate salesperson still going strong after 62 years on the job in Hong Kong



Hong Kong - Manulife's longest-serving life insurance sales agent, Sun Yung Tsu (Joe Sun), has been awarded a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title as "the longest career as a corporate salesperson". After 62 years and 238 days with Manulife Hong Kong, the phenomenal 91-year-old continues to serve clients and inspire his fellow agents with drive and dedication.

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Billing Systems

Serenova Selects LogiSense to Streamline Billing Operations and Processes to Support Rapid Growth

Leading CCaaS provider implements monetization platform for holistic view of usage across customer and partner community

Cambridge - LogiSense announced that Serenova will migrate from its legacy monetization system to LogiSense’s EngageIP monetization platform.

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Distribution

Blendtek Secures Exclusive Partnership to Supply Fitoplancton Marino’s TetraSOD and Easyalgae Plankton-Extract

Cambridge – Blendtek Ingredients Inc., a Canadian innovative food ingredients and solutions company, has partnered with Fitoplancton Marino, a leader in the development of marine microalgae cultures based in Spain, to supply a emerging natural health ingredient with a wide range of beneficial applications for food, health and nutrition products. Easyalgae®Plankton-Extract is a powerful marine based extract for the skin and a unique solution for the dermocosmetic industry.

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Recognition

Pioneer Craftsmen Receives Provincial Honour for Renovation Project

Pioneer Craftsmen has been named a Finalist in the 2017 Ontario Home Builders’ Association's Awards of Distinction in the category "Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation" for its entry "Ensuite Dream Team"! The winner will be announced on September 26, 2017 at the OHBA’s annual conference in Niagara Falls.

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Survey

Could Making Friends at Work be Your Next Best Career Move?

Canadian CFOs and Workers Don't See Eye to Eye When It Comes to Workplace Pals

Professionals typically spend more waking hours with their coworkers than anyone else, so friendships are bound to blossom. But does having confidants help or hinder efficiency at work? In a recent survey, 61 per cent of Canadian employees said having coworkers that are friends outside of the office positively affects productivity. But only 36 per cent of Canadian CFOs think the same, and 57 per cent said work friendships have no effect on productivity.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Ageing in Safe Environment

Ontario Launches Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System

Recommendations to Improve the Safety and Well-being of Seniors

Ontario has appointed the Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese, an experienced judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, to lead an independent public inquiry into the policies, procedures and oversight of long-term care homes. In particular, Justice Gillese (right) has been asked to inquire into the circumstances and systemic issues which may have contributed to the assault and death of residents who were under the care of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse in long-term care homes in southwestern Ontario. The inquiry will help get answers to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again.

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Cyber Coverage

Economical responds to mounting cyber threat with protection for Canadian businesses and their customers from data breach risks

Affordable coverage to help companies stay in business after a cyber attack

Waterloo - In response to the escalating global threat of cyber attack, Economical Insurance launched EXPERT Cyber, coverage that is available to commercial policies to support Canadian businesses in the event of a data breach.

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Red Tape

Cutting Red Tape in the Chemical Manufacturing Sector

Province Asking for Public Input on Regulatory Modernization

Ontario is asking businesses and the public to help identify and improve regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for the province's chemical manufacturing sector.

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Ontario's 150

Developing Innovative New Ways to Explore Indigenous History

Ontario Supports ROM, OCAD U in New Multimedia Indigenous History Project

Ontario is supporting an innovative collaboration between OCAD University and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to showcase Indigenous culture and history before and beyond Ontario's 150th anniversary.

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Water

Tests confirm low levels of algae toxins at Conestogo Lake

Microcystin toxins in the samples were well below the recreation guideline

Samples collected by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on July 20 at Conestogo Lake reservoir were analysed and final results confirm levels of microcystin toxins in the samples were well below the recreation guideline of 20 parts per billion.

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Leading Indicator

Economy continues to slow after hot start in 2017

Canadian economic growth, after shooting out of the gate to start the year, slowed for a second straight month in June. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator, a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, rose by 0.2 percent in June. That matched the increase from the month before.

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Service Expansion

Hydro One opens Customer Service Offices in Sudbury, Markham, and London

Opening marks a new commitment to making face-to-face customer service accessible

On August 1, 2017 Hydro One officially opened a customer service office at its Sudbury Field Business Centre. Hydro One has been increasing its presence in local communities through drop in sessions, its mobile Electricity Discovery Centre and by piloting customer service offices at its London and Markham Call Centres, in addition to the Sudbury location.




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EVENTS

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September 13-15

Waterloo Innovation Summit hosts forward-thinking conversations on disruptive trends

Some of the world’s foremost thinkers on disruptive technologies will gather at the University of Waterloo this September to discuss Canada’s role in the world’s next economy. Joining Canadian business, government and academic leaders at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit will be influential speakers from some of the world’s most cutting-edge companies and innovative schools of thought.

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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.

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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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