Thursday June 7, 2018


Cooking Innovation

Up-and-Coming Researcher Earns Prestigious Award for Life-saving Work to Bring Clean Cooking Fuel to Developing Countries

Game-changing technology on track to deliver low-cost, sustainable green briquette alternative to wood charcoal, preventing millions of deaths per year due to smoke

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.

Tourism for Development

Action on sustainability in tourism needs extra push, says new UNWTO report

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.


Region of Waterloo Council approves transit service improvements

Transit pilot programs get approval, three new pilot projects will begin

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.

Women & Skilled Trades

Hands-on workshops help young women explore trades careers

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.

Food Innovation

Ottawa company delivers ice cream bliss – without the guilt

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.

Seed Stage Accelerator

U of T accelerator launches stream for space startups with Chris Hadfield at the controls

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.

Exporting Importing

Canadian international merchandise trade, April 2018

In real (or volume) terms, exports rose 1.2% and imports fell 2.4%

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%.
Exports increased 1.6% to a record $48.6 billion in April, the sixth increase over the past seven months. Higher exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products, consumer goods and energy products were partially offset by lower exports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts. Year over year, total exports rose 3.1%.

Textile Industry

Future of Apparel and Textiles to be Unveiled in Toronto

Clothing that diagnoses, treats health conditions to be previewed to media in advance of upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show, August 20-22

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.


How Words Might Land

How technology can fight extremism and online harassment

Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Google's Alphabet Inc.) to counter radicalization and online harassment -- including a project that could give commenters real-time feedback about how their words might land, which has already increased spaces for dialogue. "If we ever thought that we could build an internet insulated from the dark side of humanity, we were wrong," Green says. "We have to throw our entire selves into building solutions that are as human as the problems they aim to solve."


Eight Common "Flow Breakers" Leaders Face—and How to Defuse Them

Constant disruptions at work prevent managers from achieving flow, the state of concentration that allows them to do their best work. The authors of Mind Tools for Managers highlight the most common flow breakers at work and offer tips for eliminating them. - James Manktelow and Julian Birkinshaw

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.


Why jingles and Cher always make a comeback

by Manuel Garcia-Garcia

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.


Mergers are good news for investors

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.

Smart Community

Espoo, Finland Is Honored as 2018 Intelligent Community

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!’”

Advanced Title

More Companies Offering Promotions Without Raises — and Many Workers Willing to Accept Them

47 per cent of employers commonly award promotions without salary increases, up from 25 per cent in 2011; 55 per cent of workers would accept a higher title that doesn't include more pay; Male employees and respondents ages 18 to 34 are most likely to take a promotion without a raise

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.



Neighbours Day returns to bring Kitchener residents together to celebrate their ‘Hood

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.

Global Leadership

World Economic Forum Appoints Professor Knut Haanaes to Lead New Global Leadership Institute

Knut Haanaes becomes Dean of the World Economic Forum’s newly established Global Leadership Institute

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.

Net-Positive Impact

Avison Young and GozAround partner to promote philanthropy

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.


Records of renowned Canadian organ builder Gabriel Kney donated to Laurier Archives

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.


June 8, 2018

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.

June 28, 2018

Every Voice Counts - Add your voice for Social Development!

On June 28th, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region will be hosting their 51st Annual General (Social) Meeting at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in downtown Kitchener. Members have always kept them grounded, and they wish to have your voice this year in setting up our Future Focus!

July 9-20, 2018

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

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.

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.

July 17, 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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