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Tuesday March 13, 2018

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MONITOR


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New Brand

It’s a “brand” new day at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

Kitchener – Since 1984, the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) has been collaborating with funders and partners to identify and meet the current and future needs of our community. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a refreshed brand that builds on the core values of our organization, yet better aligns with our willingness to engage in new and exciting ways with the community.


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Philanthropy

Cambridge Theatre Officially Renamed

New signage up at Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge and Mattamy Auditorium

Cambridge – As award-winning Drayton Entertainment launches its 2018 Season later this week with the Broadway musical Hairspray, theatregoers will be welcomed with new signage at the renamed Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.


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Innovation Focus

Munich Airport to develop unique, future-focused innovation campus

Munich Airport is about to embark on a unique, future-focused project. Under the name LabCampus, the airport will develop an interdisciplinary idea and innovation center on the airport campus. The visionary project will foster cooperation between companies and industries by bringing together leading experts, companies – from start-ups to global players, creative minds and investors – at the heart of a thriving transportation hub with links to over 260 destinations worldwide and plenty of room for real estate development. "There are 150,000 people at Munich Airport every day: passengers, employees and visitors who are potential customers, business partners and visitors for LabCampus.







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Winter Study Break

Conestoga Student volunteers support construction project in Guatemala

A group of Conestoga students used their winter study break to support a construction project in Guatemala. The trip was part of the leadership development programming offered by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), the college’s student association, to provide students with an opportunity to volunteer abroad and experience a new culture.




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Education & Mental Health

Mental health review results in increased support for students

The University of Waterloo will increase mental health support on campus for students following a comprehensive report on student mental health released on March 12, 2018. The findings of the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health include 36 recommendations and will result in an increase to the amount of mental health professionals who can provide counselling services on campus.


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Homebuyers

Longer Mortgages Would Expand Consumer Choice says C.D. Howe Institute

Longer mortgages would benefit homebuyers and increase competition in the mortgage market, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Case for Longer Mortgages: Addressing the Mismatch between Term and Amortization” author Michael Feldman proposes a solution that would expand consumer choice, facilitate a private securitization market and reduce government mortgage risk.


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Voluntary Integration

Proposed Integration of Addiction Counselling Services

House of Friendship and St. Mary’s General Hospital announced a proposed plan to voluntarily integrate addiction counselling services. This proposal will be considered by the Waterloo-Wellington Local Integration Health Network (WWLHIN) at its regular board meeting on March 28, 2018.


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Canadian Debut

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.


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Economy Outlook

Canada's economy expected to slow in 2018, amid looming interest rates hikes and lower consumer spending

After a year of rapid growth, the Canadian economy is expected to slow in 2018 amid the prospect of rising interest rates and lower consumer spending, according to the latest RBC Economic Outlook. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth is forecasted to slow to 1.9 per cent in 2018, followed by 1.6 per cent in 2019, compared to 3.0 per cent in 2017.


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New Model

Carizon Launches Program Name For New Model For Children and Families

Kitchener – In the Fall of 2017, Carizon established a new way of delivering mental health services to young children and their families. This evolution led to the transition from a residential model to an in-home and community-based model.


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February Employment

A mediocre gain in employment, as wage growth remains firm

A small gain in employment, but the second straight downside surprise; Job growth has slowed compared to the 2016/17 pace, but there is too much noise to assess the current state of the labour market; There are still signs of slack in the labour market, even though wage growth remains firm thanks, in part, to higher minimum wages

Employment increased by 15,400 in February. This was below the consensus of a gain of 21,000 (HSBC: 15,000). The increase followed a decline of 88,000 in February. Full-time employment fell by 39,300, the first drop in employment in this category since August 2017. Part-time employment rose by 54,700, which offset less than half of the record 137,000 decline in part-time employment in January.


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Cannabis Legislation

Ontario Supporting Municipalities to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization

Investing in Police Training, Investigations, and Public Education

Ontario is stepping up support for municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of cannabis. The province will provide $40 million of its revenue from the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help all municipalities with implementation costs related to the legalization of cannabis.







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RESEARCH

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Design Innovation

Optimizing Wheelchair Designs for Paralympic Athletes

The PyeongChang Paralympics could be the last games where wheelchair athletes compete using mass-produced wheelchairs. Scientists and engineers at the University of Waterloo have developed the first-ever method to systematically optimize wheelchair designs to suit individual athletes and their respective neuro-musculoskeletal (brain-body) systems.


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Innovations

Waterloo engineering students exhibit inventive projects during March

The next great Canadian innovation could be on display at the annual Capstone Design symposia taking place March 12 to 23 at the University of Waterloo. Final year engineering students will be on hand to discuss their projects ranging from a system to help the blind navigate a touch screen using only a smartphone and a wearable device, to a sensor that can rapidly detect an individual’s degree of marijuana intoxication.


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Employement Survey

Solid Hiring Climate Anticipated For Kitchener-Waterloo- Cambridge

Kitchener area employers expect a solid hiring climate for the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 35 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (April to June), while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Erica Melarangeli of Manpower’s Kitchener office. Another 60 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.


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HR Survey

Canadian Overnight Workers: Who Are They and Do They Prefer It?

33% of Businesses Have Nighttime Shifts; Experts Report Why People Seek Out Overnight Work

While the world is sleeping, some businesses continue to run, powered by workers who often choose the overnight shift, as many say it allows them flexibility to take care of their children or further their education.


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Transportation

Ontario Renames Program and Eliminates Incentives to Switch to Electric Vehicles

Ontario changing its incentive program for purchasing green vehicles. This initiative is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market. Taking effect March 9, 2018, the updated program, renamed as the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP), will:





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WATERCOOLER


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Appointment

Dr. Kevin Smith Appointed President & CEO of University Health Network

Dr. Kevin Smith will be stepping down as President & CEO, of St. Joseph’s Health System (which includes St. Mary’s General Hospital), and Niagara Health effective May 21st, 2018, after 23 years of distinguished service with St. Joseph’s Health System, and 7 years with Niagara Health.

Mr. Brian Porter, Chair of the Board of Trustees of University Health Network (UHN) announced that Kevin Smith DPhil. (right) is UHN’s incoming President & CEO. Dr. Smith is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Health System. He joins UHN on May 22, 2018. “Everyone on UHN’s Board of Trustees is delighted that Dr. Sm ith will be joining UHN as its next President and CEO, ” said Mr. Porter. “ He has a long and distinguished career in Ontario’s healthcare system and currently is responsible for an academic health organization which spans the continuum of care. Given the breadth of services at UHN and our ambitions to work more closely with partners in the community, I am very pleased that he has agreed to take the helm at UHN.”


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Support

Ontario Supporting Over 870 Jobs in Ayr and Woodstock

Province Partnering with Local Businesses to Boost the Local Economy

Ontario is partnering with Bend All Automotive, SOPREMA Canada and Hino Motors Canada to drive economic growth, creating more than 90 new jobs and supporting 784 existing positions in southwestern Ontario.


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Gender Balance

More businesses have women in senior leadership roles but a meaningful gender balance remains elusive

As we celebrate International Women's Day, it's important to examine the role of gender diversity in the workplace. According to Grant Thornton International Ltd.'s annual Women in Business report, a wider culture of diversity and inclusion championed from the top is needed to create change.


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Woman of Distinction

Conestoga welding technologist named YWCA woman of distinction

Jackie Morris, a Conestoga graduate and part-time faculty member and technologist, has been named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph. Morris will be recognized for her role as an educator and mentor to women in the trades at a gala celebration on May 3. Women of Distinction is an annual YMCA-YWCA fundraising event that celebrates the achievements of women in the City of Guelph and Wellington County. Morris is one of 20 women who will be honoured at the gala.


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EVENTS


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March 12-23, 2018

Waterloo engineering students exhibit inventive projects during March

The next great Canadian innovation could be on display at the annual Capstone Design symposia taking place March 12 to 23 at the University of Waterloo. Final year engineering students will be on hand to discuss their projects ranging from a system to help the blind navigate a touch screen using only a smartphone and a wearable device, to a sensor that can rapidly detect an individual’s degree of marijuana intoxication.


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March 19, 2018

On March 19, 2018, Karen Parker, Reid Janisse, Alastair Forbes, and Ashley Comeau will perform an evening of improv comedy at The Registry Theatre in support of the accessible mental health services offered by KW Counselling Services in an event called Laugh Your Heart Out.


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March 20, 2018

US Tax Reform: The Impact on You or Your Business

The recent changes to the U.S. tax reform include the most comprehensive changes we have seen in the past thirty years. With the updates being passed and signed, it is more crucial than ever for Canadians to assess the impact, whether on their cross-border business structures, or on themselves personally. Register


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March 23, 2018

Interactive Business Case Study - Breakfast

Ever wonder if your employees are all pulling the rope at the same time, in the same direction? Do they all hear the same thing when you speak? Ever have to give feedback? We will work together to examine how to better deal with individuals, align interests, provide feedback, and improve performance.


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April 5, 2018

Junior Achievement Theatre & Auction Event

Thursday, April 5th will be the 16th Annual Theatre and Auction fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. Come out and enjoy the pre-event reception with appetizers and drinks before the performance of Hairspray. This is a great night out to enjoy with friends and colleagues while supporting Junior Achievement and helping us deliver our programs to more students in more classrooms in Waterloo Region.


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April 21, 2018

Celebrating and supporting our local troops

Highland ball set for april at the new gas light district



Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Highland Ball on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in celebration and support of our local troops. Hosted by the Regimental Council and Officers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), the elegant evening provides a “regimental flare” to a distinguished, black-tie affair. Annually attended by 200+ guests, the Highland Ball provides excellent networking, mouth-watering food, a top-notch silent auction and fantastic entertainment. Along with all the glitz and glamour, guests also get to experience a traditional military-style dinner complete with a toast to the Haggis. The RHFC Pipe and Drums along with Highland dancers will entertain guests as well.


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April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.


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July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.


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August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.




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