Tuesday May 8, 2018


Healthy Living

Waterloo Region Takes Women's Health to Heart by Wearing Red on June 8th

Manulife to extend support of RedDAY by matching contributions dollar for dollar, up to $200,000

Waterloo Region - Each year, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation hosts RedDAY to raise awareness of the serious risk of heart disease in women, rallying people, workplaces and community leaders from across Waterloo Region to mark the day by wearing red and sharing images on social media with the hashtag #RedDayFriday.

Global Challenges

University of Waterloo to host UN sustainability efforts

The University of Waterloo launched the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada yesterday. The organization brings together Canadian post-secondary institutions, civil society members and others to mobilize around the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Mental Health

Money and mental health: Canadians more embarrassed about their financial situation than four years ago

Canadians ranked money as their greatest stress (more than their personal health, work and relationships) according to the latest Financial Stress survey commissioned by Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC). The Leger survey, a follow-up to a similar FPSC study in 2014, asked 1,106 Canadians (excluding Quebecers) about their financial stresses. Even more than in 2014, Canadians report suffering emotional stress resulting from their financial situation.

Community Wellbeing

Snapshot of homelessness in Waterloo Region shows number is down 12 per cent

Waterloo Region – Waterloo Region’s latest Point in Time Count shows fewer people were homeless on April 23 than during the last snapshot taken in 2014. Last week, 264 individuals and families reported being homeless; 12 per cent less than the last count. The number of homeless youth was down by 11 percent. “We are headed in the right direction as a community; but there is more work to do before everyone has a place to call home,” said Deb Schlichter, Director of Housing Services.


Guelph Chamber Lead’s Provincial Debate on Net-Zero Homebuilding

Guelph - At the recent Ontario Chamber of Commerce Policy Convention in Hamilton, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce received strong provincial support for its resolution that sought to further enable net-zero homebuilding. Ontario homebuilders are unable to leverage their innovative capacity and maximize their business and economic output by accessing the Green Ontario Fund to scale up the building of net-zero homes.

Social Recognition

Kindred CEO Receives Sustainability Recognition

Gary Gillam Award for corporate social responsibility

Kitchener – Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) announced that Brent Zorgdrager (right), chief executive officer, received the 2018 Gary Gillam Award on May 3 at the Central 1 Annual General Meeting held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. Each year, the Gary Gillam Award honours sustainability leaders, one staff person and one volunteer, from the Ontario and British Columbia credit union sector. Recipients demonstrate exemplary achievements in the promotion of social responsibility and sustainability within the credit union sector, and the promotion of credit unions as socially responsible investment alternatives.


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!


Danby Appliances adopting Timereaction to increase productivity.

Timereaction was selected by Danby Appliances in Guelph as a collaborative business process application to be used by the compnay. Timereactions’ technology will increase efficiency via automating business processes from product development through to production, and improve productivity through transparent social communication between their Guelph-based team and their global supply chain.


Job Demand Report 1st Quarter 2018

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin released their 1st quarterly report about the online job postings taking place within the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area. The report includes the job postings by website source, top locations, major NOC and by type. It also includes the top 10 occupations (by 4 Digit NOC) being posted.

Event Results

Community rallies together to support women’s mental health at Grand River Hospital

More than 850 people kicked off Mental Health Week by participat ing in SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women on Sunday, May 6 at S hade’s Mills Conservation Area. The event raised $110,000 to support programs for women with mental health and addiction challenges. Participants raise d money through pledges and local Shoppers Drug Mart stores led fundraising initiatives in the weeks leading up to the event.


Community Wellbeing Survey kick-off

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo hosted a Wellbeing Survey information session and kick-off event yesteday. Guest speakers included, Bruce Lauckner from the Local Health Integration Network, Chris Sadeler, Crime Prevention Council, Bryan Smale from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo and Mike Murray the Chief Administrative Officer with the Region of Waterloo.

2018 Ontario Election

HRPA releases its 2018 Ontario election platform focused on enhancing educational capacities and reforming the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) released its provincial election platform Ideas 2018: Making Ontario a Human Capital Leader. The platform outlines four key recommendations for all political parties to ensure that Ontario continues to be competitive and attract and retain the best talent.


2018 Ontario Election

Beyond the Election: Protecting Farmland for the Future

by Emery Huszka

Farmland is vital to farmers and communities. It is vital to food production. It is vital to every single Ontario resident. Farmland is more than just a farmer’s field; it sustains us all by providing healthy food and clean water and should be afforded the respect it is owed.

Outward vs Inward Voice

Why you don't like the sound of your own voice

Your voice is indistinguishable from how other people see you, but your relationship with it is far from obvious. Rébecca Kleinberger studies how we use and understand our voices and the voices of others. She explains why you may not like the sound of your own voice on recordings, the differences between your outward, inward and inner voices -- and the extraordinary things you communicate without being aware of it.

Tech For Good

What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology -- and how a deeper understanding of the context where it's used can lead us to better solutions.


Quantified at Last

Investments in Digital Technologies Drive Profits, Productivity

Investments in combination of digital technologies lead to productivity increase for companies on average three times higher than investments in individual technologies; New Report Maximizing Return on Digital Investments by the World Economic Forum surveyed over 16,000 companies on their investment decisions in robotics, the internet of things, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and social media applications between 2015 and 2016; A “learning fee” applies to early-adopters of complex technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things

Geneva, Switzerland – Digital technologies such as robotics, mobile and social media, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and big data analytics are transforming the global economy. Overall, investments in these technologies are leading to an increase in productivity and EBITDA for a majority of companies. However, several factors influence the return on investment. A new report, Maximizing the Return on Digital Investments, published today by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture, looks at the impact of investments in digital technologies across 14 different industries.

Pulled Together

Satellite mission GRACE Follow-On: precision measurement of the Earth's gravity field documents global change

With the German-American satellite mission GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On), the measurement of the Earth's gravity field and its temporal change will enter “extra time”. Between the years 2002 and 2017, the predecessor mission GRACE measured the Earth’s gravity field extremely precisely and was a full success. The data collected hereby help, for example, to document the loss of ice mass or an overuse of groundwater resources. This highly valuable series of measurements will now be continued thanks to the GRACE-FO mission, a joint project of the US Space Agency NASA and the Helmholtz Center Potsdam, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, which heads the German contributions.

Mental Health

Understanding fear of guilt key in better treating OCD

Advances in our understanding of the development and persistence of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have the potential to improve treatment according to a new study by the University of Waterloo.


Study to look at new option to bring GO train to Cambridge announced

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo together with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), and in partnership with the City of Cambridge, have commissioned a study to examine the feasibility of GO rail service to Cambridge using CN tracks along the Fergus subdivision.

Zero Carbon

Ontario invests in Conestoga College efforts to reduce carbon footprint

The Ontario government is investing close to $5.2 million to support a new project at Conestoga College that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move the college’s Fountain Street campus in Cambridge towards a net zero carbon footprint.



Two-way all-day GO train and high speed rail advocacy

City of Kitchener Council unanimously approved a resolution calling upon all political parties at both the federal and provincial levels of government to remain committed to supporting two-way, all-day GO rail service between Toronto and Kitchener by 2024 and bringing Canada’s first high-speed rail line from Toronto to London by 2025.


Waterloo Region Makes Thousands of Observations in the City Nature Challenge

Cambridge/North Dumfries - In late April the rare Charitable Research Reserve lead the charge as Waterloo Region competed in the first ever international City Nature Challenge by making as many observations of nature as possible.


THEMUSEUM Partners with TIFF; Endeavors to de-mystify Bitcoin

Two New Exhibitions Set to Launch in May

Kitchener - One of TheMuseums mottos (why should they choose just one?) is Art & Technology at Play. So it’s only natural that THEMUSEUM partner with a fellow cultural organization to bring an immersive experience to Waterloo Region.

Food & Social Enterprise

Food industry on the menu at social enterprise event

Waterloo & Guelph – LAICOS Enterprise Hub, with help from the University of Guelph and Capacity Canada, is serving up an event May 16 highlighting the importance of social enterprise in the food industry. The university, in partnership with LAICOS Enterprise Hub (of which Capacity Canada is a key member ), will play host to a wide assortment of community partners who will use interactive displays to promote the value social enterprise has in the food industry.

Street Safe

When the Streets Are Their Workplace, Let's Keep Them Safe

New program offers Ontario business owners free traffic safety resources and employee training

Waterloo - Motor vehicle incidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in Ontario. For many workers across the province, the streets are their workplace. Whether they deliver products, walk to a meeting, drive to a job site or just pick up lunch for a client meeting, they are travelling for work. Business owners in Ontario whose workers travel on the job are responsible for their safety.


May 8, 2018

Mindful Mornings KW’s newest mental health speaker series featuring Steven Page

Brought to you by Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon

Kick start your morning at Mindful Mornings, a new speaker series on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Join Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon at Catalyst137 from 7 – 9:30 a.m. for a delicious breakfast and be inspired by the stories of individuals about their own personal experiences with mental health. Guest speaker will be Steven Page. Proceeds support mental health programs in our community. Together, we can create positive conversations and decrease stigma in our community.

May 9, 2018

Bill 148: Shining the Light on HR Best Practices

Know your rights and obligations as an employer. Join us on May 9th at the Galt Country Club for an informative breakfast session about Human Resources Best Practices directly related to Bill 148. Presenters Hali VanVliet and Lori Wilson from BDO's HR Advisory Services will discuss changes to Ontario's Employment and Labour Laws and how you can ensure your business is in compliance. Register now at:

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 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

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 8-10, 2018

Ever After Music Festival adds drum and bass stage and extends line-up to include surprise back-to-back performance from Downlink and Space Laces

Ever After Music Festival also partners with innovative audio visual company PK Sound to provide uncompromising sound experience

Kitchener - As festival season quickly amps up for Summer 2018, Ever After Music Festival is thrilled to surprise fans with an extended line-up and special back-to-back (B2B) performance from Downlink and Space Laces. The festival will also feature a second drum and bass (DnB) stage for the June 8 show which will include DJ sets fromPendulum DJ Set, Camo & Kroo ked, Black Sun Empire, Tantrum Desire and 1991.

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.

Not a Subscriber? Receive more articles on business issues

contact us

Publisher is Exchange Business Communication Inc.
No part of this article may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.
Email Publisher

ISSN 0824-45
Copyright, 2018