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A young Toronto entrepreneur is aiming to bring about a clean cooking revolution in Africa and other parts of the world with the launch of an innovative green charcoal solution that takes organic food waste and turns it into a low-cost, sustainable food fuel.
In line with its vision of advancing sustainability through tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its flagship publication ‘Tourism for Development’ in Brussels on 6 June during the European Development Days (EDD), and called for greater awareness of sustainability in tourism policies and business practices as well as in tourist behaviour. ‘Tourism for Development’ provides concrete recommendations on how to use tourism as an effective means for achieving sustainable development. It shows that tourism has a global reach and has positive effects on many other sectors. Not only does the sector spearhead growth, it also improves the quality of people’s lives, supports environmental protection, champions diverse cultural heritage and strengthens peace in the world.
Regional Council approved the 2018 planned Grand River Transit (GRT) service improvements. GRT has been experiencing continuous ridership increases since September 2017. In the remaining months of 2018, significant changes will help integrate the conventional bus network with ION LRT service. The streamlining of routes will improve directness of travel and create more of a grid-like network as well as serve new areas of growth. The first service improvement stage was the implementation of Route 205 iXpress Ottawa.
On May 30, approximately 200 female students from nine school boards attended Conestoga’s Jill of all Trades at the Cambridge campus. The event featured hands-on workshops led by female mentors to help young women in grades nine to 12 develop a better understanding of the potential of skilled trades careers. Through the hands-on workshops available at Jill of all Trades on May 30, female students in grades nine to 12 had an opportunity to explore different careers in the trades.
Guelph - If you love ice cream, but can’t handle the lactose – and don’t want the sugar high – your rich and creamy summer treat has arrived. Candace Tierney, founder and CEO of Ottawa-based Oat & Mill, has made her oat-based non-dairy frozen desserts even healthier through a research funded by the Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre's (ATCC) Accelerating Innovative Research (AIR) Program.
The Creative Destruction Lab has helped build dozens of futuristic companies over the years – now it’s seeking entrepreneurs whose ideas are literally out of this world. Working closely with former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the seed-stage accelerator affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is launching a dedicated stream for space startups working on everything from interplanetary transportation to asteroid mining.
Canada's exports rose 1.6% to a record $48.6 billion in April, while imports were down 2.5% to $50.5 billion. As a result, Canada's merchandise trade deficit with the world narrowed from $3.9 billion in March to $1.9 billion in April. In real (or volume) terms, exports rose 1.2% and imports fell 2.4%.
Canada is leading the way in breakthrough technologies in the rapidly-growing apparel and textile industry, with many innovations set to be unveiled to the public at the upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, August 20-22, 2018 in Toronto.
Sometimes it seems like the workplace is designed to keep you doing anything besides, well...working. If you're a manager, this is a serious problem because everything at work hinges on your ability to effectively lead your team. Still, distractions abound in most offices, from buzzing phones to watercooler chit-chat to the endless lure of surfing the web.
Say you’re walking around a city where you lived or worked in the past. All of a sudden, the melody and lyrics from a favorite old song pops into your head. While you hadn’t heard it in a decade, somehow walking the streets brings it back into your brain seemingly magically and very unexpectedly. Accompanying the song, those old feelings of a 22-year-old version of yourself flood back. This relationship between the music, memory and emotion is so powerful that music already is being used to combat depression, and even dementia.
Climate Change Attracting Dangerous Tick to Canada: U of G Study
With a disease-causing tick crossing the Canada-U.S. border in greater numbers, University of Guelph researchers have released findings that could help defend against the spread of Dermacentor variabilis, or the dog tick. The blood-sucking bug, known to transmit serious diseases to farm animals, pets and people, has made its way into Canada and is expected to rapidly spread northward as North America’s climate changes, according to the new U of G study.
Shareholder value and market share improve when companies merge, confirms a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study also found that the new company’s market share ended up being greater than the market share of the two merged companies combined.
For the first time since 2009, the Intelligent Community Forum honored a Scandinavian city with its top award when it named Espoo, Finland as its 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year. Espoo was honored in its first year as a competitor in the program. “It is very unusual for a community to be named Intelligent Community of the Year the first time they enter our program,” said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “ICF is about process improvement over time. But Espoo’s holistic philosophy of humanizing every aspect of its technology and teaching innovation as a way of life was extremely impressive. Espoo’s citizen engagement rates are extremely high, which democracies need, and its economic output speaks for itself. The city is a hidden gem in Finland. Now they have been ‘found out!’”
A better job title doesn't always come with a bigger paycheque, according to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. Nearly half of Canadian HR managers (47 per cent) said it's common for their company to offer employees promotions without salary increases. That's a 22-point jump from a similar 2011 survey.
This Saturday, June 9, thousands of Kitchener residents will come together across the city to celebrate the vibrant and diverse community they live in. Neighbours Day, in its fourth year, is an annual event that connects people and strengthens relationships through neighbourhood activities and gatherings.
Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announced that Professor Knut Haanaes (right) of IMD Business School in Switzerland is appointed the first Dean of the new Global Leadership Institute. Haanaes joins the Forum from IMD Business School, Switzerland, where he was Professor of Strategy and Deputy Dean of the MBA programme.
Avison Young and GozAround announced that they have entered into a partnership designed to enhance the commercial real estate firm’s Global Citizenship strategy while promoting philanthropy. Avison Young sought GozAround’s services to produce accurate data on philanthropic efforts for use with staff, current and prospective clients, and the public. GozAround is the organization behind a social impact platform that is changing the way charities, businesses and individuals interact with one another, employees and volunteers. The company’s technology enables people and organizations to find community-service opportunities and collect and use social-impact data.
Waterloo – The business records of organ builder Gabriel Kney have a new home at the Wilfrid Laurier University Archives in Waterloo. The records document Kney’s custom-built organs, which remain staples in churches, homes and concert halls throughout North America, including Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall.
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Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.
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 .
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.