Thursday November 1, 2018



Waterloo alumnus donates $25 million to help transform education and research

A University of Waterloo alumnus who is a successful venture capitalist and part owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors has donated $25 million towards Engineering 7, the University’s newest building that officially opened on Monday. The donation was made by Chamath Palihapitiya, a 1999 Waterloo electrical engineering graduate and the founder and CEO of Social Capital, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in technology startups, providing seed funding, venture capital and private equity.

New Leadership

Leadership Waterloo Region Announces New CEO

Diane Wiles to join the local leadership organization on November 5th, 2018

The Board of Directors of Leadership Waterloo Region (LWR) is excited to announce the appointment of Diane Wiles as their new CEO. A graduate of LWR’s Core Program in 2002, Diane has made a name for herself around Waterloo Region as a passionate, committed leader. She brings with her, knowledge of the inner workings of LWR from her years as a volunteer on the Selection, and Leadership Gala Committees, as well as her professional experience in fundraising. “I and the entire Board of Leadership Waterloo are very excited to welcome Diane Wiles to our organization as CEO,” shares Paul Rabb, Chair of LWR’s Board of Directors. “We deeply value her project management, communication and community leadership abilities. We are fortunate to have someone of her calibre and experience step forward to seize this opportunity to help lead us into the future.”


Severe breastfeeding pain experienced by new mothers can impact infant health

Breastfeeding pain is not often recognized as a problem, but a majority of first-time mothers experience this type of pain, which may lead some to stop breastfeeding altogether. A new study from Western University has discovered that the pain experienced is often severe and leads to avoidance and other pain-related behaviours, which could have health implications for the feeding child.

Black Holes

Hotspot discovery proves Canadian astrophysicist’s black hole theory

The recent detection of flares circling black holes has proven a decade-old theory co-developed by a Canadian physicist about how black holes grow and consume matter.

“It's extremely exciting to see our theoretical musing come to life and that tracking these types of flares about black holes is possible,” said Avery Broderick, an Associate Faculty member at Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, who predicted the flares 13 years ago with collaborator Avi Loeb.


David Marskell to Receive Canada 150+ Medal

The Canadian Senate Recognizes Visionary Recognized for Commitment to Community; Generosity, Dedication

THEMUSEUM is proud to announce that CEO David Marskell has been selected to receive the Senate of Canada 150+ Commemorative Medal, along with seven other local recipients. David was nominated based on the following criteria: “The individual is thoroughly involved in their community and, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their home town, community, region, province or territory a better place.”


New program aims to bridge gap between high school and grad school

Perimeter’s new undergraduate summer program will broaden horizons for top physics students.

Next summer, 20 of the world’s top undergraduate physics students will immerse themselves in Perimeter’s dynamic research environment as part of the inaugural Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program at Perimeter Institute.

Digital Tech - US Mid Terms

Bots are influencing politics so we polled them.

by Matt Carmichael

The bots on social media are talking. And they’re talking about one guy in particular. You’ve probably heard a lot about bots – automated social media accounts that have been used to influence human opinions on politics and other topics. You might have heard that the Russians used them to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, often by spreading misinformation and amplifying ideas thought to support a certain political agenda.

Cap & Trade

Relief on the Way: Ontario Passes Legislation to End Cap and Trade Carbon Tax

Changes Will Save Families Money; Reduce Gas Prices

Yesterday, Ontario's Government for the People delivered on a promise to make life more affordable for families through the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act. The elimination of the cap and trade carbon tax will reduce gas prices, save the average family $260 per year, and remove a costly burden from Ontario businesses, allowing them to grow, create jobs and compete around the world.

Canada GDP

A small upside surprise in August

GDP grew by 0.1% month-on-month in August. The consensus expectation was for no change; Oil and gas extraction, utilities, and finance and insurance were the key drivers of the small gain in overall output; Retail sales and construction hint that interest rate increases might be starting to bite into activity - by David Watt

The economy expanded by 0.1% month-on-month in August. However, the gains were largely concentrated in oil and gas extraction, finance and insurance, and utilities. Overall, 12 of 20 subsectors posted declines in economic activity in the month.


Micro-earthquakes preceding a 4.2 Earthquake near Istanbul as early warning signs?

One of the high-risk geological structures lies near Istanbul, a megacity of 15 million people. The North Anatolian fault, separating the Eurasian and Anatolian tectonic plates, is a 1.200 kilometer-long fault zone running between eastern Turkey and the northern Aegean Sea. Since the beginning of the 20th century its seismic activity has caused more than 20.000 deaths. A large (Mw > 7) earthquake is overdue in the Marmara section of the fault, just south of Istanbul.


Novel Technique Can Potentially Improve Success of Ovarian Cancer Treatment, Study Reveals

Instead of destroying a tumour’s blood supply, a first-ever U of G study has proven that opening up the vessels is potentially more effective when it comes to fighting ovarian cancer. This is because open vessels provide a clear pathway for treatment to attack the tumour. “There hasn’t been much hope for women with ovarian cancer,” said Prof. Jim Petrik (above Photo), lead author of the ground-breaking study. “What we are working on has never been done before and it has the potential to make a significant impact on effective treatment.”


New Mexican trade secretary fears USMCA could face opposition in next U.S. Congress

by The Globe and Mail

Mexico’s incoming trade chief says the new trilateral trade pact with the United States and Canada is far from a done deal, and that she is concerned it will not be passed in the U.S. Congress, given the fraught state of the country’s domestic politics.


NFU urges Canada to support Declaration for the Rights of Peasants at United Nations

The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada to vote in favour of the United Nations (UN) Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas when it goes before the 3rd Committee session of the General Assembly.

Business Needs

Canadian Finance Leaders Look to Consultants for Specialized Skills and Expertise

Survey Finds Demand Most Focused on Business Systems, Optimization and Accounting

Consultants play a key role in the labour model for the digital age. A new survey reveals 48 per cent of CFOs in Canada plan to bring in these professionals for business systems and performance improvement initiatives over the next 12 months. Additional areas requiring consultants include finance optimization, finance and accounting (38 per cent, respectively) and taxation (35 per cent).


Opening Statement by Stephen S. Poloz - Governor before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and committee members. Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins and I are pleased to be with you today to discuss the Bank’s Monetary Policy Report. At the time of our last appearance in April, our message was about the considerable economic progress that we had seen. We explained that after a lacklustre start to 2018, growth would rebound in the second quarter, coming in at around a 2 per cent pace for the rest of the year. We also said inflation would stay somewhat above our 2 per cent target this year, boosted by temporary factors whose impact would unwind over time, returning inflation to target in 2019.

Customer Service

Connecting with Customers Through the Keyboard: Getting Your Chat Service Right

Customer: Hi, I’m having a problem with my bill. I’m being charged $50 more than what I expected. Could someone please help? I’m finding this very frustrating. Thank you. Chat Agent: Hello! Glad you are chatting with me this morning! This is Matt. What can I do for you today? Customer to Himself: Huh? Well for starters, Matt, you could read what I typed before asking what you can do! Furthermore, you can take that smile off your face. By Kate Zabriskie

Providing exceptional service via chat involves more than simply choosing a technology platform. Chat is a distinct communication channel with its own set of rules, and organizations that choose to implement a chat system need to prepare their service representatives to use it effectively.

Growing issues

China’s military scientists target Canadian universities

by the Globe and Mail

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces. The academic exchanges, jointly advancing technologies such as secure communications, satellite-image processing and drones, include the enrollment of Chinese defence scientists as graduate students and visiting scholars at Canadian universities, The Globe and Mail has found.


Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviated

Almost 60 per cent of truck drivers in a recent Canadian study reported experiencing musculoskeletal (MSD) pain and discomfort on the job, even though it may be preventable. “Given the fact that MSDs account for nearly one-half of all work-related illnesses and the transportation sector makes up a significant portion of that, understanding the risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders is important,” said lead author Sonja Senthanar, a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. “While the link between trucking and MSDs has been studied in other countries, there is a dearth of research in Canada.”


Small print with many words

How tech companies deceive you into giving up your data and privacy

Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad leads the development of better, more ethical digital policies and standards at the Norwegian Consumer Council.

Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a talk about the alarming ways tech companies deceive their users, Myrstad shares insights about the personal information you've agreed to let companies collect -- and how they use your data at a scale you could never imagine.

Trade B2B

Restaurants Canada Gives Members a Better Way to Barter

Restaurants Canada, the largest association representing more than 30,000 foodservice and hospitality businesses in Canada, today announced a new partnership with BarterPay, a platform where businesses can buy the products and services that they need, without having to use their own cash — instead, they can pay using only their gift cards. Restaurants Canada members will enjoy exclusive program benefits, including reduced activation fees, instant rebates and special promotions within the BarterPay network.

Tourism Metrics

Sustainability Set to Shape New Standard of Tourism Statistics

The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) initiative Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) received a boost last week when its working group met in Madrid (24-25 October). After successful pilot studies to produce credible and comparable data, the initiative is on track with its aim of getting the MST framework adopted as the third international standard on tourism statistics. The group of experts creating a statistical framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism met to establish the MST initiative’s major goals for 2019. The initiative is creating a draft framework for a data standard for tourism’s impact on sustainability and plans to have it adopted as the third international standard on tourism statistics by the UN Statistics Commission (UNSC).

Financial Literacy

DUCA Launches The DUCA Impact Lab to Explore Banking That Benefits All

To kick off Financial Literacy Month, DUCA Credit Union launches the DUCA Impact Lab to explore and live test new banking solutions that unlock the potential of banking that benefits all. The DUCA Impact Lab will bring together a community of experts to dynamically test new ideas, products and services, acting as an ongoing vehicle to explore and tackle challenges currently faced by all participants in the financial system and the underbanked.


November 8, 2018

Discover Rockway - Gr. 7-12 Open House

This event is an opportunity to see Rockway in action, meet the faculty, administration, parents and students and see why Rockway might be the right place for your family. Join us! Register at

November 8, 2018

The ultimate bowling and networking fundraiser

Brought to you by Grand River Hospital Foundation

Join us for The Grand Social Series: After-Work Edition! Bring your coworkers or employees for a night of bowling and networking! The fun gets rolling at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Kingpin Bowlounge. Limited spots available so get your tickets soon! Proceeds support the children’s program at Grand River Hospital.

November 13, 2018

SVP Waterloo Region Kicks Off Perfect Pitch Workshop for Charities Wrap Up Event

It’s not just tech companies that need to know how to pitch. Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) announced the first pitch workshop for charities in Waterloo Region: Perfect Pitch. The Perfect Pitch workshop kicks off in September, and six charities will receive guidance from dedicated coaches from the business and tech/startup worlds in Waterloo Region. These charities will build their ability to tell their organization’s story with power and clarity. The workshop series will wrap up with an exciting Perfect Pitch event on Tuesday, November 13. That evening, the charities will take the stage in front of community members and judges with real cash awards on the line. For extra fun, during the evening, each audience member can decide which of the six charities receives proceeds from their admission ticket.

November 22, 2018

St. Mary’s Annual Community Update

Presented by St. Mary’s General Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation

Please join this one hour informative session to: •Obtain recent updates on research initiatives and physician recruitment •Understand the vision to expand the services of St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre •Learn how St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation model has transformed through community partnerships •Hear about TAVI, a newly available cardiac surgical procedure at St. Mary’s. read more ...

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