Thursday May 10, 2018



Conestoga investing in strategic growth and the future of our community

Conestoga College is making substantial investments in both personnel and facilities this year to address growing demand for career-ready graduates with the skills and knowledge to serve the workforce needs of local communities. “Conestoga continues to experience substantial enrolment growth, particularly in terms of international students,” said President John Tibbits (right). “These strategic reinvestments will support continued excellence in teaching and learning, enhance the learning environment, contribute to student success and bolster our capacity in applied research to serve industry and community needs now and into the future.”


Hard Boiled Egg donations a hit in Waterloo Region

Gary West a local egg farmer in Shakespeare saw a need in Waterloo Region student nutrition programs to have an opportunity to enjoy delicious hard-boiled eggs like the students in Perth county enjoy. Gary introduced Nutrition for Learning to a donation program from Farm Credit Canada to supply eggs to local student nutrition programs as a part of their Drive Away Hunger campaign and since the beginning of this new donation program over 25,000 hardboiled eggs have been enjoyed by students in various schools in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Elmira.

Pathology Informatics

Huron Digital Pathology Collaborates with UPMC on Artificial Intelligence-based Image Search, Presents Pathologist-centric Approach to Image Retrieval at Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh

St. Jacobs – Huron Digital Pathology announced that Dr. Hamid Tizhoosh (right), Director of the KIMIA Lab at the University of Waterloo and Huron advisory board member, will present a talk entitled “Faster, Better, More Reliable than Deep Features: A Projection-Based, Pathologist-Centric Approach to Identification of Histopathology Images” at the Pathology Informatics Summit on May 22, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. The company also announced its research collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and digital pathology pioneer, Dr. Liron Pantanowitz, Professor of Pathology & Biomedical Informatics and Director of Pathology Informatics at UPMC Shadyside, in the field of content-based image retrieval using artificial intelligence.


Illustrating the intersection of technology and art

Christie Digital announced it is to be part of LAUNCH Waterloo’s LAUNCH Day, an event taking place Saturday May 12 from noon until 4:00 p.m. in the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) at 67 Erb Street West in Waterloo. The afternoon brings children in grades 6-8 together with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) for a day of inspiration and networking. Owen Remers, Christie’s Senior Manager of Open Innovation, will be speaking to the importance of including the ‘A’ (the Arts) in traditional STEM initiatives. Christie is providing a projection mapping demonstration and mentoring. The occasion is a kick-off for Launch Waterloo and its plans to develop a science center in Waterloo at Bridgeport and King St in the old Post Office building.

Great Turn Out

Community gathered to reduce stigma at new mental health speaker series, Mindful Mornings

Local corporations in Waterloo Wellington acknowledge d Mental Health Week at Mindful Mornings, a new speaker’s series prom oting mental health awareness . Grand River Hospital and Carizon Family and Community Services work together regularly to give patients the supports they need in the community. Now, Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon have partnered together to ho st a new event that aims to break down the stigma around mental health and open up conversations between colleagues, friends and families.

Global Markets

Sound fundamentals, e-commerce and innovation drive rapidly evolving North American and European industrial sectors

Avison Young releases its Spring 2018 North America and Europe Industrial Market Report”

Sound fundamentals, the logistics requirements of e-commerce, and innovations in building design and utilization continue to drive the rapid evolution of the industrial property sector across North America and Europe. An undersupply of available space remains a central issue in most markets, and developers have responded with notable new construction to anticipate occupiers’ growing needs. Major online players are altering the supply chain, and new technologies and innovations are determining how, where and what type of industrial product is being built. Meanwhile, the needs of big data and the cannabis industry (in some markets) are adding to an already crowded playing field.


Provincial funding will help reduce child care fees and add licensed child care spaces

Waterloo Region – Thousands of families will see licensed child care fees go down now that a plan for new provincial funding has received Regional Council approval. The Region has an additional $13.5 million this year to make child care more affordable and to increase the number of licensed spaces. Almost $9.2 million comes from the Child Care Expansion Plan and the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

Mental Health

THEMUSEUM Presents Free Community Workshop on Mental Health

Kitchener – Today and in recognition of Mental Health Week, THEMUSEUM has partnered with Art with Impact and Manulife to offer a safe space to share experiences, information and resources.

Under 40 - Global Changers

From Football to Rocket Science: Meet the Young People Changing the World in 2018

One hundred women and men invited to join this year’s cohort of Young Global Leaders include an aerospace engineer at the forefront of space exploration, an economist turned science fiction writer and a footballer turned environmental entrepreneur; The Class of 2018 joins a community of people – aged under 40 – from around the world and all walks of life who are challenged to have more impact and work as a force for good

Geneva, Switzerland - One hundred of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, social entrepreneurs and technologists under the age of 40 have been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. The aim is to enable them to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for the world.


Food Cost

The economy is doing well, so why can't Canadian grocers hike prices?

Grocers need to find a way to make inflation work for them and that means competing in the online market - By Sylvain Charlebois

Retail food prices aren't moving much. They're barely higher than last year, up a modest 0.5 per cent. And according to Statistics Canada, prices dropped by 0.7 per cent over the winter months. U.S. grocers are dealing with the same issue. Since Canada's economy has some momentum, you would expect food retail prices to inch higher. But they're not moving for several reasons.

Leadership - Book & Online

Manager, Know Thyself: Why Self-Awareness Is Job #1— and Five Ways to Get Some

Great managers must master a huge and diverse set of skills. But without a good grasp of your strengths and weaknesses, you won't know what you most need to work on.

Without self-awareness, you can't be a great leader. It's just that simple. If you don't have a good grasp of who you are—your strengths and weaknesses, the nuances of your personality, how others perceive you—you can only "fake" being a leader. You can't lead in the authentic way that engages people and enables them to do their best work. And here's the real problem: You won't know what areas you need to work on.


Earned Fellowship

Perimeter researcher elected to Royal Society

Mathematical physicist Kevin Costello has been elected a fellow in the prestigious Royal Society of London.

For his pioneering research in quantum field theory, Perimeter Faculty member Kevin Costello (right) has earned a fellowship in the Royal Society of London, the world’s oldest scientific institution. Costello joined Perimeter in 2013 as the Krembil William Rowan Hamilton Chair in Theoretical Physics, a position created thanks to support from the Krembil Foundation.

Health Sciences

Western’s Vladimir Hachinski wins 2018 Killam Prize

Western University’s Vladimir Hachinski (right) – past president of the World Federation of Neurology and a world-renowned stroke expert – is a 2018 Killam Prize winner for health sciences. The Canada Council for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2018 Killam Program earlier today. This prestigious program, administered by the Canada Council, is funded by a private endowment supporting creativity and innovation through research and higher learning.

Record Breaking Year

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Boosts Toronto's Economy in Record Year

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) announced that it gave Toronto's economy a boost by generating a record-breaking $594 million in direct spending economic impact during its 2017/18 fiscal year. This is the biggest contribution to Toronto in the facility's history.

Work Wear

What you wear to work may be preventing you from getting a promotion

83 per cent of Canadian workers and 78 per cent of managers feel clothing choices affect a person's chances of being promoted; Professionals in Canada spend an average of 7 minutes a day choosing their office attire; those ages 18 to 34 take the longest; Piercings other than the earlobe, visible tattoos, jeans and leggings are more acceptable for work now compared to 5 years ago; Flip-flops, shorts and tank tops are less acceptable versus 5 years ago

Climbing the corporate leader requires the right gear, new research suggests. The majority of professionals (83 per cent) and managers (78 per cent) surveyed said clothing choices affect someone's chances of being promoted.

Market Study

2018 Dry Cleaning Index: Study reveals price of dry cleaning around the world, and calculates the contribution this service adds to the global economy

Oslo, Norway is the most expensive city to dry clean a suit, at $52.03, over 31% more expensive than the worldwide average, while Jakarta, Indonesia is the least expensive city for the same service, at $2.20; Russians are the biggest contributors to the dry cleaning economy, spending $3,265,888,189 per year on dry cleaning suits; Toronto, Canada ranks #25 in the index, costing $16.87 to dry clean a single suit.

Zipjet has released a study revealing the cost of dry cleaning a suit in 100 countries around the world. The study aims to establish not only how the cost of this service varies from nation to nation, but also how much the dry cleaning industry contributes to the economy as a whole. In addition, as an indicator of affordability, the study establishes the number of hours an individual is required to work while earning minimum wage to afford the service.


2018 Municipal Election

Jim Erb Announces Candidacy for Regional Council

Waterloo - Jim Erb, a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, has registered to be a candidate for Regional Council in the upcoming municipal election to represent the City of Waterloo. Erb is no stranger to public service, previously serving eight years on Waterloo City Council. “Like many in our community, I believe new voices around the Regional council table are important to ensure municipal government is continually renewed to acknowledge the changing face of our community,” said Erb. “It’s time for change. We need leaders who can bring a new voice, new ideas and a new vision where everyone feels they are included and belong.”


Maplesoft announces that it has joined the Rockwell Automation Encompass™ Product Referencing Program

Partnership will help joint customers reduce development risk and associated costs

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced it has been named an Encompass Product Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ Program. Through the partnership, joint customers of Rockwell automation and Maplesoft will benefit from technology that provides model-based tools for virtual commissioning. Using Maplesoft technology, customers are able to reduce costly integration problems through the development of high-fidelity, high-performance Digital Twins of their machines.


Guelph's Options Incorporated, partners with MyAbilities, to enhance value-added services to clients

Guelph - Ergonomic assessment and management is validated with extensive scientific research to make recommendations faster, easier and more cost-effective. Workplace ergonomics is crucial for companies in preventing injuries and increasing productivity, which means proper and professional assessments are needed to ensure all employees are protected.


Volunteer Action Centres Unite

Volunteer Centres in Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo combine services with the united centre’s online database now curating volunteer opportunities from nearly 200 organizations across Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries.

There’s now just one place to go for residents to find volunteer opportunities and for community organizations to recruit volunteers in Waterloo Region.


May 10, 2018

Greater KW Chamber of Commerce & Centre For Family Business hosts Annual Manufacturing Summit

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce along with key corporate partners, host the manufacturing summit as a way of bringing the manufacturing and supply chain communities together in Waterloo Region. This year’s event focuses on connected manufacturing and will highlight new trends and how your business can get involved!

May 12, 2018

Illustrating the intersection of technology and art

Christie Digital announced it is to be part of LAUNCH Waterloo’s LAUNCH Day, an event taking place Saturday May 12 from noon until 4:00 p.m. in the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) at 67 Erb Street West in Waterloo. The afternoon brings children in grades 6-8 together with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) for a day of inspiration and networking. Owen Remers, Christie’s Senior Manager of Open Innovation, will be speaking to the importance of including the ‘A’ (the Arts) in traditional STEM initiatives. Christie is providing a projection mapping demonstration and mentoring. The occasion is a kick-off for Launch Waterloo and its plans to develop a science center in Waterloo at Bridgeport and King St in the old Post Office building.

May 15, 2018

Provincial Candidates Weigh in on Arts & Culture in WR

THEMUSEUM prepares to host A Cultural Exchange 6.0

Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM will host A Cultural Exchange 6.0 on Tuesday, May 15. All local candidates in the upcoming provincial election from Kitchener and Waterloo have been invited to attend and discuss the importance of arts and culture in the Region. Members of cultural organizations and institutions will also be in attendance; the general public is also welcome. This marks the sixth Cultural Exchange event hosted by THEMUSEUM.

May 16, 2018


Waterloo Region is recognized worldwide for its innovation across sectors, including high tech and justice.

Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and Community Justice Initiatives invite you to an evening of disruption featuring the Honorable Kim Pate, Senator and Canada’s leading advocate for Decarceration. The evening will challenge our views of justice by looking behind the prison walls.

May 16, 2018

Tax on Tap: Success Strategies to Buy or Sell a Business

4 in 10 business owners are planning to exit their business in the next 5 years, according to the BDC, many due to retirement. This means huge opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Learn how to take advantage of these opportunities at BDO Canada’s next Tax on Tap on May 16th in KW. Learn how to create win-win transactions from our tax and valuation experts. Register now:

May 24, 2018


Join the CFFB on May24th as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CFFB by honouring family businesses for their successes! This highly anticipated gala evening recognizes innovation, inspiration and dedication to building strong families and better businesses. Plan your night so you are able to stay for our “After Party” and dancing!

May 26, 2018

Distillation - The Essence of Waterloo

Projected photographs from juried Art$Pay photographers will be matched with local accompanists for an amazing one day only performance of sight and sound at the CIGI auditorium - AND - special presentation of selected photographs submitted by local secondary and post-secondary students on this theme.

June 8, 2018

WEAR RED for the heart of the women you love!

Heart Disease is the leading cause of premature death among Canadian women, claiming the life of 25,000 each year. That's more than the five most prevalent cancers COMBINED. It could be you, your sister, your mother, your friend. You can help. St. Mary's RedDAY is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of this serious health risk and how it can be prevented. On Friday June 8th, WEAR RED for the hearts of the women you love! Register your participation.

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.

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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