Tuesday May 7, 2019


Physical World

Everything around you can become a computer

Ivan Poupyrev works at the forefront of interaction design, using technology as a raw ingredient to change the way we interact with the physical world.

Designer Ivan Poupyrev wants to integrate technology into everyday objects to make them more useful and fun -- like a jacket you can use to answer phone calls or a houseplant you can play like a keyboard. In a talk and tech demo, he lays out his vision for a physical world that's more deeply connected to the internet and shows how, with a little collaboration, we can get there. Unveiled in this talk: Poupyrev announces that his newest device, Jacquard, is now publicly available for all designers to use.

Monitoring Health

Vital signs can now be monitored using radar

A radar system developed at the University of Waterloo can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

Housed in a device smaller than a cellphone, the new technology records heart and breathing rates using sensitive radar waves that are analyzed by sophisticated algorithms embedded in an onboard digital signal processing unit.


Waterloo researchers speed up blockchain to meet real-world needs

Researchers have re-engineered a blockchain used around the world in a variety of industries and sectors to support almost seven times more transactions per second. With a new series of optimizations, the researchers increased the volume of data that can be processed by the blockchain, Hyperledger Fabric, from 3,000 to 20,000 transactions per second. More than 500 applications based on Hyperledger Fabric are at various stages of deployment around the world — everything from securing land registries to tracking diamond shipments to tracing the source of agricultural products. Among the most well-known applications of Hyperledger Fabric is IBM’s Food Trust, which uses the blockchain to make food supply chains safer and more sustainable.


Distinguished alumni among recipients of honorary doctorates at Waterloo's convocation

A Waterloo alumnus with a distinguished career as a civil servant, banking executive, venture capitalist, policy advisor and philanthropist will be among the recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo’s upcoming spring convocation ceremonies. Toby Jenkins, a champion of the knowledge-based economy in the Waterloo region, has served on a number of advisory and governance boards of organizations in higher education, health care, government and media. For more than three decades, she has honed a strong relationship with the University, first as a student in urban planning, as a banker who funded growing technology companies and later as an avid supporter of research in health sciences.


Innovative lifesciences technology gets boost from FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario, announced a contribution of $2.57 million for Kitchener's Nicoya to scale up operations and accelerate growth into new markets.

Nicoya is a nanotechnology company specializing in the development of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) instruments—a laboratory device that measures the interactions between molecules. The company has created the world’s first desktop SPR, which serves as a more accurate, portable, cost-effective method for collecting data for research and development.

Impact Investing

KWCF Townhall Meeting

Join the KWCF as they talk about “Impact-Focused Catalysts”.

On May 29 at their Town Hall meeting the KWCF will share highlights from the Waterloo Region Community Wellbeing Survey and discuss areas Waterloo Region will be going to dig deeper into to help shape community priorities for the future. You will hear an update on KWCF’s focus on Impact Investing which is enabling us to double our impact in the community.


Discovery 2019 to feature 5G networks, autonomous vehicles, robotics, ag-tech and many more leading-edge Ontario innovations

Celebrating 14 years of bold, new ideas, Ontario Centres of Excellence's (OCE) award-winning Discovery conference returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, on May 13-14. The event showcases the best innovations happening in Ontario, across Canada, and globally through the international entrepreneurship community.

Home sales

KW April Homes Sales Up over last year

Average and median sale prices hit new high

There were 623 residential sales in April through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), an increase of 1.1 per cent versus the same month last year, and up 2.2 per cent compared to the previous ten-year average for April. Total residential sales in April included 394 detached (up 15.2 per cent), and 75 condominium apartments (up 1.4 per cent). Sales also included 113 townhouses (down 28.9 per cent) and 41 semi-detached homes (no change).


Laurier appoints Jason Coolman to role of Vice President: Advancement and External Relations

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Jason Coolman as the university’s vice-president: advancement and external relations, effective August 6, 2019. As the vice-president: advancement and external relations at Laurier, Coolman will provide vision and support for Laurier’s overall donor and alumni relations, communications, marketing and government relations strategies. Coolman currently serves as associate vice-president, development and alumni relations at the University of Waterloo where he is responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and priority setting for university development activity. During his time in this role, he has led successful fundraising teams in annual giving, leadership and major gifts and planned giving. Coolman has also served as associate vice-president alumni relations at the University of Waterloo, where he led the Department of Alumni Affairs and was responsible for the strategic development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of all alumni programs.


What Bad Leaders Consistently Get Wrong About Discipline

by John Eades

One of your direct reports disregards a rule. What do you do?Do you let it slide because they are a top performer? Do make excuses for them because they might not know better? Do you fire them to send a message to your team? It all comes down to discipline, and not in the way you're probably thinking. Most leaders think of discipline as a negative. In reality, discipline is what you do for someone not to someone. My company LearnLoft defines discipline in the Elevate Others Leadership Report as "to promote standards in order for an individual to choose to be at their best."


Laurier’s Lazaridis Institute begins nation-wide search for Canada’s highest-potential tech companies

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Wilfrid Laurier University is searching for Canada’s most promising tech companies to join the fifth cohort of its ScaleUp Program. In partnership with innovation centres across Canada, the institute will identify the fast-growing companies best positioned to benefit from this very selective program — the first national program of its kind in the country. “The Lazaridis ScaleUp Program helps high-potential entrepreneurs grow their companies to globally competitive size. No two companies follow the same path to scale; founders and their teams need customized support,” said Kim Morouney, managing director, Lazaridis Institute. “We provide that support through our expert ecosystem — a network of people responsible for the success of companies like UBER, Shopify, SurveyMonkey, Fitbit, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Nest, Apple, PointClickCare, Facebook, Yelp, Canada Goose, Adobe, Eventbrite and dozens more.”


Great Lakes Economic Forum Ontario Open for Business Message

Yesterday in Cleveland Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement on attending the Great Lakes Economic Forum and meeting with business leaders: "Tomorrow, I will be delivering Ontario's open for business, open for jobs message at the Great Lakes Economic Forum and meeting with business leaders to deliver that same message.


CRTC Issues Its First Penalty Against a CEO for Violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

by Elisa Henry

On April 23, 2019, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued Compliance and Enforcement Decision 2019-111, imposing an administrative penalty of $100,000 on Brian Conley — the President and Chief Executive Officer of nCrowd — for infringing consent and unsubscribe requirements under Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).


Federal funding supports Laurier hands-on science programs for Indigenous youth, high school students

Two Wilfrid Laurier University programs that engage youth with science are receiving federal funding so they can continue providing hands-on, purposeful learning experiences for teens. The National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC’s) PromoScience program announced funding on May 2 for the Mama Aki-Mother Earth Camp for Indigenous youth and the AquaSONG Project for high school students.

Antibiotic Resistance

New course for health-care prescribers tackles problem of antibiotic resistance

A new course developed by the University of Waterloo will teach health-care providers in community settings – family physicians, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists – how to better manage the use of antibiotics. The use of antibiotic resistance ranks as one of the biggest threats to global health, the World Health Organization says. “All health-care providers have a role to play in preventing the development of antibiotic resistance by ensuring that the right antibiotic is used, at the right dose, for the right amount of time, and only when needed,” said Brett Barrett, University of Waterloo professor and lead author of the course.

Matching Program

Waterloo Region Takes Women's Health to Heart by Wearing Red on June 7th

Manulife extends a RedDAY giving challenge, matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $200,000

Each year, St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation hosts RedDAY to raise awareness of the serious risk of heart disease in women, rallying people, workplaces and community leaders from across Waterloo Region to mark the day by wearing red and sharing images on social media with the hashtag #RedDayFriday.


New Tree Planting Pilot collaborates with residents to expand Kitchener’s tree canopy.

Yesterday, in celebration of Arbor Week, the City of Kitchener with Reep Green Solutions will announce the launch of a new Tree Planting Pilot. Divided into two streams, this program supports residents city-wide interested in planting trees on both private and public lands. “Residents have told us, through recent community engagements, that trees in the city and the benefits they provide are important to them, says Denise McGoldrick, Kitchener’s General Manager of Infrastructure Services. “We’re excited to be partnering with Reep Green Solutions to deliver this subsidized program and offer residents educational workshops about the positive impact trees have on our cities tree canopy.”


More than Just Pitching a Tent

There was a time when camping was just about a pitching a tent, sitting around a fire and maybe doing some fishing. But it has evolved to be so much more than that. While there are definitely those folks who want to get away from it all and enjoy the rustic outdoors, there are others seeking a more thrilling vacation that includes the outdoors, but are also seeking an exciting variety of entertainment options to turn a camping trip into a unforgettable vacation.

Vulnerable to Viruses

Laurier researcher leading effort to prevent virus-related deaths among farmed shrimp

Shrimp farming is a growing industry in Canada and around the world. However, shrimp can be vulnerable to viruses that can decimate entire populations, causing huge economic losses. Now a team led by a Wilfrid Laurier University researcher is working to prevent mass shrimp die-offs. Associate Professor Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, a member of Laurier’s departments of health sciences and biology, is principal investigator of a three-year project that has received nearly $720,000 in funding from the Strategic Partnership Grants program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Environment - Worldwide

Nature's Dangerous Decline 'Unprecedented' Species Extinction Rates 'Accelerating'; 1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

Current global response insufficient; 'Transformative changes' needed to restore and protect nature; Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April - 4 May) in Paris. "The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture," said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. "The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide."


Conestoga College Students honoured at Emerge Media Awards

Bachelor of Public Relations graduate Annette Hynes was named top winner in the public relations category at the Emerge Media Awards on April 4. Hosted by the University of Guelph-Humber, the awards program is now in its fifth year and was established to recognize outstanding writing, editing, videography, audio, graphic design, communications and public relations work by post-secondary media studies students across Canada. Students and graduates from universities and colleges are invited to submit work they completed as students during the previous school year. This year, four of the five finalists in the public relations category were students and graduates from Conestoga's Bachelor of Public Relations program or the Public Relations diploma program.

Career Path

The perks of being a late bloomer

by Harvey Schachter

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both dropped out of Harvard to pursue their embryonic tech companies. Good for them, bad for us. It sends a message that career success should come very early, perhaps in our twenties – a notion fostered by athletes, singers, artists and writers who also have blossomed at an early age. But perhaps you’re a late bloomer. And Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, says that’s nothing to worry about. At the same time, he warns that you are fighting against a conspiracy. “Parents, schools, employers, the media and consumers of media are now crazily over celebrating early achievement as the best kind of achievement or even the only kind. We do so at the cost of shaming the late bloomers and thus shortchanging people and society,” he writes in Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement.

Future Leaders

Twenty Ontario high school entrepreneurs will 'Make their Pitch' at Discovery 2019

Twenty high school entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas live at Discovery 2019 for start-up support and entrepreneurial mentorship through Ontario's Summer Company program and other awards in the Young Entrepreneurs, Make your Pitch competition. Now in its seventh year and presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT), the competition invites high school entrepreneurs from across Ontario to pitch their innovative ideas online via a two-minute video.

Trades - Education

Thousands of students to discover construction trades at Canada's largest hands-on construction exhibition

Students will discover and experience the trades at three-day expo, Future Building Ottawa 2019

As concerns grow over a skilled trade shortage in Ontario, Future Building will turn Ottawa's EY Centre into a stage for career exploration. Between May 14 and 16, over 6,000 students across Eastern Ontario will descend on the capital city for the country’s largest construction career exhibition. From virtual reality welding to bricklaying to walking a giant iron beam, Future Building gives youth in grades 7-12 a peek into real-life scenarios and exciting opportunities within the construction sector.

Fighting Hunger

Give30 Waterloo Region welcomes Ramadan and brings new partners on board to fight Hunger

Give30 Waterloo Region is back this Ramadan to continue addressing food insecurity in our community. Give30 WR has raised over $30,000.00 in the past two years of its inception for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region! “We are amazed each year by the generosity of this community to support this campaign to fight hunger. We are very excited to have added three more community partners and to have expanded to Cambridge! This year, more schools will also be joining the campaign by running food drives, building on last year’s youth led initiative. We hope to continue the success as we welcome Ramadan this year.” said Fauzia Baig, Vice Chair for the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMW).

Conscious Consumerism

Why Being Good to Employees is Good for Business

by Mark J. Miller

It seems like many of us are becoming more aware of late. More conscious of what we’re doing and why we do it. There’s conscious uncoupling made (in)famous by Gwyneth Paltrow and, of more interest to me, conscious consumerism. The latter examines the importance of a brand’s ability to build marketing programs and products that reflect the ethos of consumers. Conscious consumerism includes, but isn’t limited to:

Breakthrough Laser

Unparalleled visual experience awaits at Expo 2020 Dubai with Christie named as Official Displays and Projection Partner

Award-winning global audiovisual firm Christie to create life-like visuals on Al Wasl Plaza dome; More than 250 groundbreaking laser projectors will illuminate iconic dome, visible from the sky; Latest Official Partner to provide unparalleled visual experience across the entire Expo 2020 site

True-to-life visuals and a rich sea of colour will illuminate Expo 2020 Dubai and create spectacular scenes on Al Wasl Plaza’s iconic dome, thanks to award-winning global audiovisual technologies firm Christie. As Expo 2020’s newly appointed Official Displays and Projection Partner, Christie will showcase its breakthrough laser projection technology, including using more than 250 of its D4K40-RGB projectors to create life-like evolving scenes on Al Wasl Plaza’s giant 130-metre-wide projection surface, which can also be seen from above.

Union Fight

Taking it to the Source

Locked-Out Canadian Steelworkers Travel to Glencore AGM in Switzerland to Denounce Attacks on Rights

Shareholders attending Glencore's annual general meeting on Thursday, May 9, in Zug, Switzerland will be greeted by locked-out Canadian workers protesting the company's attacks on their health and safety and workplace rights. Brunswick Smelter workers from New Brunswick will attend Glencore's AGM to denounce the company's latest attempts to force concessions on employees.


May 7, 2019

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Minister, the Hon. Victor Fedeli, will be the guest at a fireside chat regarding the 2019 Ontario Budget

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce present Mr. Fedeli as part of their Provincial Leaders Speakers Series at St. George Banquet Hall, 665 King Street N., Waterloo, Ont.

May 9, 2019

United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ 2nd Annual Spirit Awards

Waterloo Region - United Way Waterloo Region Communities is pleased to invite community members to join them on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 for a celebration honouring more than 40 individuals and organizations nominated for the organization’s Spirit Awards. The 2nd annual Spirit Awards will take place May 9th at 5:30 pm at Whistle Bear Golf Club, 1316 Dickie Settlement Rd. in Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased at www.iamtheone.ca/spiritawards.

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 11, 2019

The Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair will be showcasing local kids’ entrepreneurial genius!

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 11 am to 2 pm, the 1st annual Waterloo Region Children’s Business Fair will host 75 child-run businesses (110 kidpreneurs) at Catalyst 137.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Children and their families have a chance to shop locally for handmade items made by creative and inspiring kidpreneurs between the ages of 4-14. Most notably, two young brothers Wally (7) and Marvin (10) will be selling an innovative version of a band-aid protector that they have designed, called “Knee Cap”! The product is a protective barrier moulded using temperature formable plastic that comes in different styles and sizes to cover over a cut or injury to the skin. They discovered through market research that nearly all kids have scraped knees that sting in the shower, so their first product helps divert water away from the knee in the shower to keep it comfortable and dry!

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.

May 29, 2019

KWCF Townhall Meeting

Join the KWCF as they talk about “Impact-Focused Catalysts”.

On May 29 at their Town Hall meeting the KWCF will share highlights from the Waterloo Region Community Wellbeing Survey and discuss areas Waterloo Region will be going to dig deeper into to help shape community priorities for the future. You will hear an update on KWCF’s focus on Impact Investing which is enabling us to double our impact in the community.

June 7, 2019

June 12 & 13, 2019

Big Data and AI Toronto Returns for its Fourth Year

The annual two-day conference and expo is the largest event of its kind

The Big Data and AI Toronto Conference and Expo returns on June 12 and 13, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Over 5000 attendees will take advantage of an expanded exhibition floor and new conference tracks tailored to both Big Data and AI professionals. With over 150 expert speakers and 90 sponsoring brands, the conference will address today's leading topics in data science, analytics and machine learning.

June 18, 2019

Women in Engineering STEM and Diversity

On behalf of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), we would like to invite you to attend the 17th annual Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Fall Forum entitled It’s Time We Build. This annual conference is the province’s most significant event for women in engineering and advocates for diversity and inclusion in STEM.

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