Thursday April 4, 2019


Innovative Finance

FinDev Canada announces appointment of its Board of Directors

FinDev Canada – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Export Development Canada (EDC) – announced the appointment of its first official Board of Directors. "We welcome these Directors who now comprise the first official Board of FinDev Canada, which I'm proud to say is gender balanced," said Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of EDC and Chair of FinDev Canada (photo). "Together, Board Directors bring the international experience, skills and expertise needed to help FinDev Canada achieve its mission to support the growth and sustainability of private businesses in developing countries. In doing so, FinDev Canada can help strengthen those economies, create jobs, and reduce poverty,"

Family Business

CFFB’s Signature Series Launches with Dirk Schlimm: Influencing Powerful People

Business owners and advisors that support family enterprises are invited to the Centre for Family Business’s (CFFB) Signature Event of the year on Friday April 26th at 7am. In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is in high demand. This CFFB Signature Event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of greater influencing skills.


University of Waterloo among top schools in the world for social and economic impact

The University of Waterloo has been recognized for its social and economic impact related to its United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments. In its first-ever University Impact Rankings, the Times Higher Education measured the social and economic impact of over 500 universities from 75 countries related to their work on the SDGs. Out of the universities measured, Waterloo ranked fifth in climate action, ninth in sustainable cities and communities, 11th in partnerships for the goals, and shared the 13th spot overall.


Why Managing Remotely Is So Tough—and Eight Ways to Make It Easier

Managing remote teams is a whole different ballgame. Yet in the age of flex work, satellite offices, and telecommuting, mastering this skill set is no longer optional - by David Deacon

Managing remotely has quickly become the norm in today's work world. And yet, it's not easy. With more employees working remotely or on flex schedules, it can be tough to create the kind of connection you need to help people do their best work. You can't pick up on non-verbal cues. You can't tell if they're having a good or bad day. You can't have those quick, informal interactions needed to form comfortable, cooperative relationships. This is why you must be intentional about projecting to your remote workers the kind of environment and team culture you want.

House Sales

Number of Home Sales Slide in March

There were 511 residential sales in March through the Multiple Listing System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR), a decrease of 5.7 per cent versus the same month last year, and down 7 per cent compared to the previous ten-year average for March. “The activity on detached homes continues to be strong,” says Brian Santos (photo), KWAR President. “But the average number of sales in March was brought down by fewer semi-detached, townhomes and condos. I think this can be credited to the lack of inventory and options buyers have in those segments of the market.” Total residential sales in March included 325 detached (up 3.2 per cent), and 45 condominium apartments (down 11.8 per cent). Sales also included 116 townhouses (down 14.7 per cent) and 25 semi-detached homes (down 37.5 per cent).

Foodie Startups

Finalists of the 1st Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Basque Culinary Center (BCC), with the support of PromPeru have announced the finalists of the 1st Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition, which recognize disruptive, inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to innovation in gastronomy tourism.

Innovative Program

Anniversary Contest Builds Greenhouse to Feed Local Seniors

In celebration of their 65th anniversary, Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd. asked the community for project ideas that their staff could get their hands on that would allow them to give back to the community, and have a lasting impact on local residents. They selected one such project, just up the street from their office. The Pioneer Craftsmen team spent months behind the scenes researching and planning to build a greenhouse to support the Meals on Wheels program offered by local charity Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).


St. Mary’s needs third cardiac catheterization suite for safe and timely response to growing demand for life-saving services

Improving access to diagnosis and treatment of potentially life-threatening cardiac issues is the goal of a $2.8 million campaign to equip St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre with a much-needed third cardiac catheterization suite. Demand for service at the centre, ranked one of Canada’s best, has outstripped capacity in two existing suites, which form the foundation of the cardiac program. A third will allow for more procedures, reduce wait times and ensure timely access to life-saving services.


Axonify Microlearning Platform Now Available on the SAP App Center

Axonify Delivers Adaptive Microlearning through SAP PartnerEdge Program

Axonify announced yesterday that its corporate microlearning platform is now available on the SAP App Center, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings. Axonify integrates with SAP SuccessFactors Learning to deliver adaptive microlearning capabilities powered by AI to its customers.

Email Deferal

Why people don't reply to your emails

Ever wonder why people seem to be ignoring your emails? The first formalized study of “email deferral” in the workplace, conducted by a University of Waterloo PhD candidate, outlines the primary reasons people tend to put off responding to online correspondence. While there are a “wide range of characteristics regarding emails” that impact decisions to defer handling, the research has found these can be grouped into five main considerations: time or effort involved in handling the email; identity of the sender; number of recipients on the thread; user’s workload and context; and the urgency of the email message.

State of the City

Waterloo's Mayor State of the City address

Mayor Jaworsky delivered his State of the City address this morning to a sold out crowd at RIM Park. Proceeds from the event support Supportive Housing of Waterloo. I have attached his speech and accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Wages & Credits

Lift Credit Will Provide Fewer Benefits to Ontarians Than Cancelled Minimum Wage Increase

Peter Weltman, Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario, has just released a commentary Comparing the LIFT Credit to a Minimum Wage Increase.“The LIFT credit will provide fewer benefits to minimum wage workers than increasing the minimum wage from $14 per hour to $15 per hour,” says Weltman. The Province introduced the LIFT credit to provide tax relief to low-income individuals and families, including those earning minimum wage. The FAO estimates that 1.0 million Ontarians will receive an average LIFT credit of $409 in 2019 and the LIFT credit will provide a total of $418 million of tax relief.


$187,500-contribution helps Ottawa start-up bring portable surveillance device to global markets and create eight new jobs

In an increasingly digital and connected world, the Government of Canada is supporting start-ups, such as SmartCone Technologies Inc., that are using innovation to develop products to protect the safety of Canadians. A FedDev Ontario contribution of $187,500 was provided to SmartCone Technologies Inc. to accelerate market entry of TheSmartCone—a portable surveillance and Internet of Things device, containing multiple sensors with embedded software, housed inside any object, such as a traffic cone or utility box.


The perils of avoiding work conflict

When you defer difficult conversations, avoid the people you are struggling with or cut off conflict at meetings by insisting on “discussing things offline,” you’re pushing your organization deeper into conflict debt, argues organizational psychologist Liane Davey. And, like most debt, it will become more onerous as it grows over time: “When you’re unwilling to work through uncomfortable situations, you’re stretching your resources thin, stifling innovation and allowing risks to go unnoticed,” Davey writes.

Cannabis Consortium

Cannabis Innovation Summit to officially launch U of T-led research consortium

Researchers from the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals will meet this week to launch a partnership focused on the health effects of cannabis and related compounds. The Toronto Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Consortium (TC3) has attracted dozens of members and will officially launch Thursday at the Cannabis Innovation Summit, part of Health Innovation Week.


Sun, moon and sea as part of a "seismic probe"

Tides and surf can be used for non-destructive analysis of subsurface / Study highlighted by American Physical Society

Anyone who wants to take a look inside the Earth needs a signal that can penetrate rocks, minerals and other opaque material. Seismic waves represent such a signal. If you record them with a seismometer, you can draw conclusions from the recorded data about the state of the subsurface through which the waves have passed. Knowledge of subsurface stress or strain fluctuations is just as important for safety in construction and mining, for example, as it is for monitoring geological processes in volcanoes and fault zones. Now Christoph Sens-Schönfelder from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam and Tom Eulenfeld from the University of Jena have been able to show that the seismic waves excited by the surf, together with the effect of the Earth’s tides on the subsoil, can be used to better understand the properties of the Earth.

Social Media Data Sets

540 Million Facebook Users' Data on Public Facing Amazon Servers

Cybersecurity Expert Adam Levin Says Leak of 540 Million Facebook Users' Data on Public Facing Amazon Servers Is Another Example of Facebook's Privacy and Security Face Palm A massive trove of Facebook users' information was discovered on Amazon's cloud computing servers. Facebook app developers left hundreds of millions of user records exposed on publicly visible cloud servers.


New study answers safety questions about naloxone

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have determined that naloxone, the medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is stable and safe to use at least 28 days after being stored in conditions where temperatures vary. “This is an important finding because we know that naloxone is not stored the same way as most medications, in a medicine cabinet or indoors,” said r Michael Beazely, a professor at Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. “Because they’re used in emergency situations, take-home naloxone kits are often carried in bags and cars.


Waterloo Region’s first Indigenous child and family centre is now open

The region’s first child and family centre to offer Indigenous children opportunities to engage in their culture opened its doors on Tuesday. Anishnabeg Outreach’s Child and Family Centre will offer the same core services as EarlyON child and family programs, but in a way that its CEO says is culturally responsive and supportive of Indigenous children and families. “Our centre will develop early learning programs associated with traditional and land-based wisdoms and skills,” said Stephen Jackson, CEO of Anishnabeg Outreach, the organization that manages and operates the centre. “For this we will rely on the guidance of Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators.”


Award-winning conductor to join Laurier Symphony Orchestra

Wilfrid Laurier University has hired award-winning conductor Kira Omelchenko to lead the Laurier Symphony Orchestra. “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Dr. Omelchenko to the Faculty of Music,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “Her education and professional background are a perfect fit to guide the next generation of orchestral players at Laurier.” Omelchenko comes to Laurier from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where she was an associate professor of music and director of Orchestra and String Studies. Along with orchestral and operatic conducting, she specializes in violin performance and instruction. A highly regarded and well-respected conductor, Omelchenko has won numerous prestigious awards and has been honoured with guest conductor engagements around the globe.


Morneau Must Finalize Steel Safeguards to Defend Canadian Jobs and Communities

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has only weeks to make steel safeguards final and ward off the decimation of thousands of Canadian jobs, the United Steelworkers (USW) union says. "If existing safeguards are not finalized, a surge of foreign imports will devastate Canada's steel industry and communities across the country," USW National Director Ken Neumann said following a decision today by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).


April 5, 2019

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and Cambridge Chamber of Commerce presents the Provincial Leaders Series with Minister Todd Smith

The event will feature a keynote presentation as well as a fireside chat with Minister of Economic Development, Hon. Todd Smith.

April 10, 2019

Regardless of Pathway

Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. Help them find their fit by showcasing your industry at Explore Your Future, Waterloo Region’s annual career exploration fair for grade 7-12 students and their parents/guardians. Join 60+ local employers and community organizations as an exhibitor, offer an interactive session, or come as a parent/guardian and bring your kids: thanks for the support of local sponsors, this event is free to attend for youth and parents. Register today!

April 26, 2019

CFFB’s Signature Series Launches with Dirk Schlimm: Influencing Powerful People

Business owners and advisors that support family enterprises are invited to the Centre for Family Business’s (CFFB) Signature Event of the year on Friday April 26th at 7am. In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is in high demand. This CFFB Signature Event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of greater influencing skills.

April 26, 2019

WRFN Presents: Evening of Elegance – 5th Annual Signature Fundraising Event

Since 2009, Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer - deve loped and peer - driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.

May 5, 2019

Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids 2019

Join us on Sunday May 5th, as we walk, run and take another big step towards ending the stigma associated with mental health. Steps for Kids is a fun, fabulous and family friendly event. It’s dog friendly too! The 3-5 km beautiful route will take you through the farms and trails of North Waterloo; watch live performances, enjoy snacks and refreshments and have a great day out! Come as an individual, join a team, bring your friends and colleagues, or come with your family. For more information, to register, volunteer or donate please visit:

May 10, 2019


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.

May 28, 2019

Local Credit Unions Unite for Change: Charity Golf Tournament

Education Credit Union (ECU), Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) announced their upcoming charity golf tournament, Credit Unions for Change. The fundraiser will be held at Rebel Creek on May 28, and it will include an 18-hole golf tournament, a boxed lunch, raffle table, and dinner. The three credit union hosts operate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They are sharing the costs of the event and directing all profits to their three chosen charities, which are in support of food security. ECU will support Nutrition for Learning, Kindred will direct funds to The Working Centre, and YNCU has chosen to send proceeds to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

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