Tuesday December 4, 2018


Produce more than it uses

evolv1, Canada’s First Zero-Carbon Building, Officially Opens Its Doors

EY, TextNow to collaborate with leading research & industry partners in sustainable living lab project

The Cora Group, a premier developer and manager of Class A office space located in the Waterloo Region, officially opened the doors to evolv1, the first-ever zero carbon office building in Canada. The building’s tenants include globally leading professional services firm EY, TextNow, one of North America’s fastest growing tech companies, as well as, the evolvGREEN partnership comprised of Sustainable Waterloo Region, the Accelerator Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo.

Carbon Tax

Ontario Takes Next Legal Step to Challenge the Federal Carbon Tax

Filing Factum Detailing Constitutional Case Against Federal Government’s Carbon Tax Plan

Last Friday, Ontario's Government announced it is taking its next step in opposing the federal government's unconstitutional carbon tax, which threatens Ontario jobs and would make life less affordable for families each time they leave home. "Most of Canada's progress towards meeting its greenhouse gas emission targets is due to action Ontario has taken without having to resort to a job-killing carbon tax," said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "Ontario is already doing its part and our families, workers and businesses have already sacrificed a lot. There is no justification to punish them further with a carbon tax."


FedDev Ontario Bolsters Support for Start-Ups

An additional $5.5 million for Accelerator Centre to help over 125 start-ups and create 400 more jobs

The Government of Canada is ensuring the right measures are in place to provide Canadian entrepreneurs with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Last Friday Bardish Chagger Member of Parliament for Waterloo announced additional FedDev Ontario funding of up to $5.5 million to create more jobs, companies and innovative products through the Accelerator Centre.


Mary D’Alton Joins The Cowan Foundation as Executive Director

The Cowan Foundation is delighted to announce that Mary D’Alton will join The Foundation as Executive Direct or, effective January 2, 2019. Mary is a highly respected leader in the hospitality industry and a passionate philanthropist. In her most recent role, she was the Executive Director at Nutrition for Learning, Waterloo Region. Currently, she also sits on the boards of many non- profit org anizations.


Brian Banks becomes Interim Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning

Mary D’Alton joins the Cowan Foundation as Executive Director and continues in a special role with Nutrition for Learning.

Brian Banks will become the Interim Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning in January 2019. Brian has been with Nutrition for Learning for ten years and during those ten years Brian has handled many portfolios. His knowledge and passion for the organization and his strong relationship with donors and the community will all come to bear as the organization continues to fulfill its’ mandate of “universal access to nutritious food with no stigma to students”

Green House Pollution Price

NFU applies for Intervenor Status in Climate Change Constitutional Case

In April 2018 the government of Saskatchewan decided to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in regard to climate action measures, arguing its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act reaches beyond federal powers. To date, the governments of Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick are intervening in support of Saskatchewan while the government of BC is supporting the federal government.

Equity in Science

Perimeter ramps up efforts to support greater diversity

Perimeter has taken another step to better support and encourage diversity in physics with the appointment of its first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist.

Quantum physicist and Perimeter Affiliate researcher Shohini Ghose was appointed to the part-time role this fall. It builds on her work as the Director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, where Ghose is also a professor of physics and computer science specialising in quantum chaos theory.


Canada: GDP (Q3 and September)

Trade boosts Q3 GDP; monthly data indicates weak start to Q4; GDP rose by 2.0% in Q3, an increase that was in line with the consensus expectation; but slower than the 2.9% growth in Q2; Net trade lifted GDP by 3.0 percentage points; business investment and inventories made negative contributions; In September, GDP declined by a weaker than expected 0.1%, largely due to a drop in goods production - David Watt

GDP increased by 2.0% in Q3, matching the consensus expectation. The result was stronger than our expectation of a 1.7% gain. In the quarter, net trade was the main factor behind the gain, with smaller contributions from consumption and government spending. Overall, net trade made a 3.0 percentage point (ppt) positive contribution to GDP growth in Q3. This was the largest boost to GDP growth from net trade since 2016 Q4. Much of the quarterly increase in net trade was due to a sharp 7.8% drop in imports. HSBC's GDP forecast was based on a smaller contribution from net trade.


Are robots coming for your job?

Many employers are struggling to find workers for jobs that may soon be eliminated because of technology - By Jock Finlayson

Will robots soon be replacing humans across broad swaths of the labour market? Judging by headlines touting driverless cars, machine learning and the rapidly-growing digital economy, one is tempted to answer "Yes." No one can doubt the sweeping effects of new technologies. Historically, tens of millions of jobs have been eliminated by successive waves of technology-enabled innovation in industries ranging from agriculture, transportation and manufacturing, to electricity and information and telecommunications services.

Expansion Delays

CMH president pens open letter about construction delays

On the anniversary of the supposed handover of the Waterloo Region’s newest patient care wing, Patrick Gaskin, president and CEO of Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), published an open letter to the community. In his letter, Gaskin describes the frustration the hospital has with the two-year construction delay and answers some of the questions he has been asked by concerned members of the community. He also states the hospital has exercised all of its options in accordance to the project agreement. The hospital will be in a position to act decisively in December.

Interest Expense

U.S. Provides Details on New Interest Expense Limitations

Canadian companies that do business in the United States should determine how they will be affected by new proposed regulations affecting interest expenses. The IRS has now published proposed regulations that provide new details on the expanded application of the interest expense limitations in section 163(j), which were first included in the sweeping U.S. tax reform changes introduced in late 2017.

Closing the Deal

Sales Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

How to Create a Sales Culture for Increased Profits, Faster Revenue Growth, and Better Salesforce Retention - By John Waid

Don’t you wish your salesforce sold twice as much as your competitors, your business was extremely profitable and your salespeople and customers loved you? Is this even possible? Chik-fil-A produces twice as much revenue as any other fast food chain and they are closed on Sundays. An investment in Southwest Airlines in the early 1970’s of $10,000 dollars was worth close to $12 million in 2000—the highest return of almost any company in a 30-year period—and it’s a low cost airline in a very competitive industry. Zappos shoes went from start-up to being bought by Amazon in 10 years for more than 1 billion dollars. These companies all have one at least one thing in common.

Union View on Trade

Parliamentarians Must Defend Canadians in Wake of Trudeau's USMCA Sellout

With thousands of Canadian jobs being eliminated and tens of thousands more at risk from devastating U.S. tariffs on Canada's steel and aluminum industries, it is unconscionable for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sign a new North American trade deal, the United Steelworkers (USW) union says.


Maple Leaf Foods announces $660 million investment in London

Maple Leaf Foods announced plans to invest $660 million to build a new, 640,000 sq. ft., value-added fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario. This new facility will be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing plants in the world and will initially employ 1,450 full and part-time employees to meet the growing demand for premium poultry products. Maple Leaf has chosen to build on a 100 acre site along Wilton Grove Road, just south of the 401. Construction will begin in spring 2019, and is projected to be completed by 2021.

Climate Change

As global climate concern increases, Canadian co-operative insurer outlines climate commitment

Insurance company highlights how it will address the 'key challenge of our times'

The Co-operators released a Climate Commitment, alongside the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative's (UNEP FI) biennial Global Roundtable taking place this week in Paris, France. The commitment outlines actions the organization will take to address climate-related risk and seize opportunities presented by the low-carbon economy.


Confessions of a recovering micromanager

Chieh Huang is cofounder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that's disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience.

Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness -- and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.

Climate Change

Business Urges Governments to Step Up Fight Against Climate Change

Leading organizations in the Forum’s Alliance of Climate CEOs have reduced emissions of more than 47 million metric tonnes of CO2e between 2015 to 2016, a 9% decrease; Business leaders call to action as government leaders prepare for UNFCC COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland, demonstrating private-sector willingness to work together to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals

Heads of 50 major global businesses representing more than $1.5 trillion in total revenue today publish an open letter to world government leaders urging greater collaboration to accelerate outcomes in the race against climate change. Leaders from the Forum’s Alliance of Climate Action CEOs are committed to using their positions to help meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals. Thirty of the companies that signed the open letter succeeded in reducing emissions by 9%, (more than 47 million metric tonnes in absolute terms) between 2015 and 2016, the equivalent of taking ten million cars off the road for one year.


Canada’s Trade Deal With U.S. and Mexico Moving Forward

Many Canadian importers and exporters will welcome news that Canada’s new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico has moved closer to enactment. The United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA), the revamped successor agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took another significant step forward as the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico signed the proposed agreement at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 30, 2018. Now that the agreement has been signed, each of the countries’ legislatures are required to ratify the agreement before it enters into force.


Canadian mattress company Endy to be acquired by Sleep Country Canada in landmark $89 million deal

Endy to operate separately with no change to company leadership, day-to-day operations, or best-in-class customer experience

Endy, Canada's leading online mattress brand, announced it has signed an agreement with Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. ("Sleep Country" or "Sleep Country Canada") (TSX: ZZZ) to be acquired for approximately $89 million. This acquisition represents a landmark deal in Canadian e-commerce.


Ontario Organic Act, 2018 Passes Second Reading in Provincial Legislature

A private member’s bill that would level the playing field for organic farms and businesses in Ontario passed second reading today, and took one step closer to becoming law. The bill, which passed first reading on Nov. 12th, was tabled by Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry (PC). “Many Ontarians choose to pay a premium for organic food,” says MPP McDonell. “Should this Bill pass, it will provide consumer confidence in quality products for the continued success of the organic food industry.”

Climate Change

New study ranks which Canadian cities are best prepared for climate change

A new study from the University of Waterloo sheds some light on which Canadian cities are most prepared to take on the challenges of climate change.

The study, which examined 63 cities across Canada, confirms there are significant differences between municipal plans to protect citizens from climate change. “We tend to think of climate change as something that happens at the federal and provincial levels,” says Daniel Henstra, a policy specialist in Waterloo’s Department of Political Science. “In fact, most climate policy happens because of local governments.”


New Laurier Experience Record helps students track competencies gained through experiential learning

Wilfrid Laurier University has introduced the Laurier Experience Record, an online tool that allows students to maintain a comprehensive, validated record of their curricular and co-curricular activities and the skills and competencies they’ve gained. The Experience Record, combined with the recently renamed Experiential Learning & Career Development Centre, reflects Laurier’s focus on students’ access to experiential learning.



Alister Campbell named as next President and CEO of PACICC

The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) announce that Alister Campbell has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, to take effect February 4, 2019. Campbell's appointment will also mark the retirement date of PACICC's highly-respected and long-time President and CEO, Paul Kovacs. Paul will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). Lawrie Savage, Chair of the PACICC Board of Directors, stated that "Paul has served PACICC with distinction for 15 years and finding the right successor was certainly a challenge.

New Council

Cambridge City Council Inauguration is today

The City of Cambridge will hold its Council Inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 in Council Chambers at Historic City Hall, 46 Dickson St at 7 p.m. During this ceremony, Mayor and Council will be formally sworn into office for the 2018-2022 term.

New Councillors

New council for Kitchener officially sworn in

Yesterday the City of Kitchener the inaugural meeting of Kitchener’s new city council was held inside council chambers at city hall. The mayor and seven incumbent councillors won re-election in October and are joined by three new councillors: Christine Michaud representing Ward Four, Margaret Johnston representing Ward Eight and Debbie Chapman representing Ward Nine. This new council marks a historic moment for the City of Kitchener – for the first time, municipal council has equal gender representation with five women and five men.

In the Mail

Aftermath of postal disruption affects Ontario Works cheque delivery

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is working with Ontario Works recipients to mitigate any issues caused by a delay in the delivery of their December cheques.


Holiday Spirit

Giving back to those in need this holiday season.

B@THEMUSEUM, in association with B.Hospitality, has once again partnered with THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener to give back to those in need during this special time of the year. On Monday, December 10th, 2018, B@THEMUSEUM and B.Hospitality will provide a holiday dinner for those in need. THEMUSEUM will offer those attending the dinner complimentary entrance to the current exhibitions: BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, Connections & Contexts: Islamic Influences and Traditions, & TIFF’s digiPlaySpace.

Educational Leadership


The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to Cambridge

The world’s largest leadership event is back by popular demand! Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host Leadercast, an educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10.

In search of a better place

Global Migration Film Festival coming to Waterloo Region

The Immigration Partnership is partnering with the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration - IOM) to host the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) in Waterloo Region. Launched by the IOM to celebrate International Migrants Day on December 18, the GMFF features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and shows the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.

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