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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.