Thursday August 15, 2019



U of G Researcher Developing Plants That Can Produce Their Own Nitrogen

University of Guelph research rooted in traditional seeds and driven by contemporary science is helping plants produce their own all-important nitrogen. The findings could lead to a more sustainable way to provide crops with the nitrogen boost they need. “A plant must have nitrogen to grow, but it can’t produce the essential element on its own,” said lead researcher Prof. Manish Raizada (photo) in the Department of Plant Agriculture. “This is why we feed agricultural crops nitrogen fertilizer.”

New Brew

Waterloo Brewing secures Research License to produce Cannabis-Infused Beverages

Waterloo Brewing has secured its research license from Health Canada to begin developing cannabis-infused beverages ("CIB's"); Industry estimates suggest the beverage cannabis market could be valued at an estimated $1.5 billion.

Waterloo Brewing Ltd., Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery, yesterday announced receipt of its research license for cannabis-infused beverages. The Company is on track to be ready to commercially produce such products for 2020. "The cannabis market has garnered a great deal of investor interest and after an in-depth review of our strategic options, the Company is positioning itself to be a major producer of CIB's and to take full advantage of this new and developing beverage category," stated George Croft (photo), President and CEO, Waterloo Brewing. "We plan to be the production partner of choice for the beverage cannabis business."

Leadership Keynote

‘Appreciative inquiry’ co-creator to help launch Laurier-hosted Flourishing Enterprise Institute

Many organizations are making incremental improvements focused on corporate sustainability, but despite the progress, even leading organizations are rarely engaging in the kind of deep, systemic change that meaningful progress demands

Waterloo – Appreciative inquiry an approach that focuses on enhancing strengths rather than fixing weaknesses, has become a cornerstone of organizational development and management. The co-creator of appreciative inquiry, David Cooperrider (photo), is the opening keynote speaker at the founding forum for the Flourishing Enterprise Institute (FEI), a new applied research network hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Viessmann Centre for Engagement and Research in Sustainability (VERiS). The public keynote, titled “Toward Full-Spectrum Flourishing,” will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. this morning at the Accelerator Centre Auditorium in Waterloo and will be simulcast online.


Financial Horizons Group Continues Growing with TORCE/VANCE Financial Group

Kitchener - Nick Pszeniczny, CEO of Financial Horizons Group. (FHG), and David Ho, CEO of TORCE Financial Group Inc. (TORCE) and VANCE Financial Group Inc. (VANCE), are proud to announce that their Managing General Agencies are joining forces to build on the strengths of their operations and advisor networks. "Ultimately, we believe that this creates great opportunities for advisors and their clients," said Nick Pszeniczny, CEO of FHG. Headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, FHG has offices in communities across Canada served by a team of more than 6,000 advisors.


Guelph entrepreneur resurrects StoneHammer Brewing brand

A grand opening celebration at the new brewery in Alma and taproom (355 Elmira Rd. N.) will take place on Friday Aug. 16.

Guelph - Craft beer lovers across Ontario are celebrated the return of an old friend this summer thanks to a Guelph entrepreneur who has resurrected award-winning StoneHammer Brewing. “We’re proud to bring back StoneHammer and give Ontario craft beer lovers a taste of what they’ve been missing,” said Mike Oosterveld, who acquired the StoneHammer brand, recipes, and brewing facilities late last year. The StoneHammer brewery and taproom, located at 355 Elmira Road North in Guelph, was reopened for limited hours starting in July and a grand opening celebration is now here.


Ontario to consult on regulation of behavioural clinicians who provide autism therapy

Ontario is strengthening the oversight of behavioural clinicians who provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy that primarily supports people with autism. As recommended by experts and supported by families, regulation of ABA behavioural clinicians will set standard expectations for quality therapy across the province. Consultations on how best to implement regulation are set to begin this fall. "We are acting on the clear direction we've received from experts and families of children with autism," said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. "Across Ontario, hundreds of men and women go to work every day to help children and youth. Our commitment is that behavioural clinicians will be regulated like other health professionals."

Human Genome R&D

Lost in translation: researchers discover genes required to translate the genetic code may play a role in disease

A molecule called tRNA, or transfer ribonucleic acid, is an essential component of the human genome that acts as a translator. It reads the genetic code and translates it into proteins – one of the key building blocks of the human body. When researchers and clinicians investigate the genome’s relation to disease, they have traditionally focused on mutations in the code for proteins. But now researchers at Western University have shown that the genes encoding tRNAs can also have mutations that cause the code to be misread, and in greater numbers than previously thought. Think of it like a translator app on your phone – if it has errors in its software, the output is going to be all wrong, even if the original text is correct. “This actually changes the way we think about the genetic code,” said lead author Matthew Berg, a PhD Candidate at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “We have shown that variation in tRNA has the potential to lead to a protein being made improperly, which can lead to misfolding and malfunction of the protein.”


46 Percent of Legal Organizations to Experience a Cybersecurity Incident in the Next Year

eSentire and ILTA Release the Legal Industry's First Dedicated Threat Report

Waterloo - eSentire, Inc., the global leader in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), in collaboration with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA),announced the release of the inaugural Threat Intelligence Spotlight on the Legal Industry. The need to protect sensitive business and personal data made the legal industry one of the earliest adopters of Managed Detection and Response technologies, and eSentire's Legal Industry Threat Intelligence Spotlight draws upon the anonymized network traffic from the dozens of law firms within eSentire's 650-plus customer base.

Main Street

10,000 women making $1M each: Important mission goes digital

by Gord McIntosh

Helping women entrepreneurs scale their business to $1 million in annual revenue isn’t just a service offered by Heather Gamble’s Toronto company—it’s the prime mission. This is likely why the business accelerator she started four years ago has a no-nonsense name — Women on the Move Inc. (WOM) (, and a no-nonsense goal of helping 10,000 female business founders hit that all-important mark in revenue. As a business professional climbing the corporate ladder at AT&T, Gamble learned something important: male executives get more opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship than their female counterparts.

Money Matters

The Roles of Investing and Trading in a Financial Portfolio

There seems to be a tough of war between traders and investors, even though both categories have basically the same objective, which is to preserve their wealth against the diminishing purchasing power of money by placing them in assets that generate returns over a given period of time. However, there are some differences between investing and trading and both serve different roles, which will be our main topic today.

In Her Shoes

Canada to Empower Visible Minority Newcomer Women & Young Canadians Facing Barriers to Employment

The YW Kitchener-Waterloo is making it easier for women to succeed as they settle in Waterloo Region by reducing barriers to employment

Kitchener – Canada is supporting the YW Kitchener-Waterloo to make it easier for newcomer women and youth to find a job by providing the support and services they need to succeed in Waterloo Region. This will help individuals highlight their talents and experiences as they settle in Canada. The YW Kitchener-Waterloo has created an employment and entrepreneurship training program called “In Her Shoes.” Through this innovative program, participants will gain practical work experience and develop their online business ideas. They will also develop their digital literacy and business skills, and increase their job readiness, which will contribute toward feelings of inclusion and belonging.


Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In a study that outlines the new blockchain-oriented charging system, the researchers found that there is a lack of trust among charging service providers, property owners and owners of electric vehicles (EVs). With an open blockchain platform, all parties will have access to the data and can see if it has been tampered with. Using a blockchain-oriented charging system will, therefore, allow EV owners to see if they are being overcharged while property owners will know if they are being underpaid. “Energy services are increasingly being provided by entities that do not have well-established trust relationships with their customers and partners,” said Christian Gorenflo, a PhD candidate in Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. “In this context, blockchains are a promising approach for replacing a central trusted party, for example, making it possible to implement direct peer-to-peer energy trading.”


Keeping fresh produce on the table

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program helps offset critical shortage of domestic labour - Stephen Murdoch

Ontario - Halfway through another strong growing season in Ontario, a seasonal labour program created more than half a century ago continues to prove its worth and put fresh, local food on dinner tables across the province. More than 1,450 Ontario farms are tapping into the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) this summer to fill job vacancies that would make it impossible for them to grow labour-intensive crops like fruit and vegetables. Approximately 18,000 seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean are supplementing local labour at Ontario farms through SAWP, ensuring crops can be planted, tended and harvested for market. “Without a steady supply of reliable seasonal workers, many farms and greenhouses simply wouldn’t have enough hands on deck to do the work required to grow local produce,” says Ken Forth, President of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (F.AR.M.S.), which administers the program.


International Recognition for Region’s TravelWise Program

Kevan Marshall, Principal Planner with Grand River Transit

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo’s TravelWise Program has won the Association of Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) Outstanding Transportation Management Association Award. The award is presented each year to an organization that best uses its public or private partnerships to achieve local or regional transportation goals.


Impulsive behaviour linked to sleep and screen time, CHEO study finds

Ottawa - A paper published today in Pediatrics suggests that children and youth who do not sleep enough and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions. The findings come from the globally recognized Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa. “Impulsive behaviour is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioural addictions and substance abuse,” said Dr. Michelle Guerrero, lead author and postdoctoral fellow at the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa. “This study shows the importance of especially paying attention to sleep and recreational screen time, and reinforces the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. When kids follow these recommendations, they are more likely to make better decisions and act less rashly than those who do not meet the guidelines.”

US Expansion

A First Acquisition in the US for Ficodis Group

The Long Island-based company Blue Point Tool and Supply joins the Canadian group

Montreal - Ficodis Group announces its expansion into the American market with the acquisition of Blue Point Tool and Supply, a Long Island-based industrial supply company specializing in products and services for the metal working industry. Ficodis is a leader in the industrial supply distribution recognized for offering customized services and solution to manufacturing companies and SMEs. This newest addition to the Ficodis family becomes the 15th acquisition for Ficodis, and will offer a first access to the US market for the whole group, while adding leading expertise to the team.

Agriculture - Letter

Canadian Grain Commission concerns

Letter to the editor by Stewart Wells

Grain companies have never liked the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) with its mandate to “regulate the industry in the interests of producers.” For over 100 years the CGC has had the legal responsibility to stop grain companies from using faulty weights, grades and inspections, because all too often these companies have deliberately tried to cheat farmers to make higher profits for themselves. Some things never change. Over the past couple of decades, the CGC’s ability to do its job for farmers has been eroded by governments influenced by lobbying from the grain companies.


Canadian Competition Bureau approves WestJet's proposed transaction with Onex

Calgary - WestJet Airlines Ltd. announced that the Canadian Competition Bureau has granted unconditional approval for WestJet's proposed transaction with Onex Corporation by issuing a no-action letter.


Concussion Symposium

Western University to host "See the Line" concussion symposium August 15, 2019

When Ken Dryden stood at the podium at See the Line last year, he asked the community to take action on the prevention of concussions. To answer that call, Western University’s See the Line concussion education symposium this year features experts who are working towards making real change in the concussion realm, including policy implementation, introducing changes to how sports are played, and how athletes train and prepare in order to prevent the devastating effects of sports-related concussion. “This year, we continue to push on the accountability of moving research into action,” said See the Line Honorary Chair, Eric Lindros. “It’s important that we work toward identifying strategies that stop damage from concussion, improve long-term outcomes and get people back to work and back to school feeling better. There should be a sense of urgency around keeping the next generation safe in sport and playing sports.”

August 19 & 26, 2019

Overdose Awareness Day Events

Waterloo Region – The Overdose Prevention Work Group, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy, is hosting our fourth annual Overdose Awareness Day events. The events are being held on the following dates in Cambridge and Kitchener:


Fashion Lab Conference Series For SMEs, Designers, Independent Retailers, Entrepreneurs, Students and Micro Brands

Top industry experts to present at this first-of-its-kind fashion series at Toronto International Centre, August 19-21, launched to help Canadian talent succeed

Toronto — The Canadian fashion, apparel and retail community will have a first-of-its-kind opportunity to learn about the latest trends and insights in marketing, costing, sourcing, sustainability and running a fashion business from some of the industry’s top experts next week, as they come together for a unique Fashion Lab™ conference series being launched at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show.

September 15, 2019

St. Mary’s Hike for Heart

Those affected by heart disease share the experience with others. Family, friends, and caregivers all go through the difficult journey of recovery together, embracing the ‘new normal’ takes strength of mind, body, and spirit each day. St. Mary’s Hike for Heart is an annual opportunity to reunite survivors, family members, and St. Mary’s staff who provide care along the journey. Together, we embrace the strength of one another and celebrate the joy of recovery! Register now and join the fun on Sunday, September 15th, at Laurel Creek Conservation Area.

October 11 - 19

Be Bavarian with Bingemans

Canada’s best Oktoberfest celebration returns for its 51st year

Kitchener — With authentic German food, German beer (and local favourite Canadian crafts as well) and Germany’s biggest OOMpah/rock band, Bingemans will be hosting the biggest and most explosive Oktoberfest celebration to be had this side of Munich. Making their Canadian debut in Kitchener at Bingemans’ Oktoberfest, Dorfrocker will be kicking off celebrations with back-to-back performances October 11th and 12th at Bingemans Kool Haus. They are headlining another strong roster of entertainment that includes traditional OOMpah bands, DJ music and the ever-popular Tonic Band, The Lulu’s Band and “Mr. Oktoberfest” himself – George Kash. “Oktoberfest at Bingemans is one of the biggest parties you will find anywhere,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “As one of the largest Bavarian festivals outside of Germany, it captures the spirit of a Munich-style Oktoberfest and having Dorfrocker performing is going to take the entertainment experience to a level this region’s Oktoberfest has never seen before. Dorfrocker’s unique sound is made for Oktoberfest celebrations.”

November 13-15, 2019

Sixteenth Annual Ontario Economic Summit to Address Competitiveness Challenges for Ontario Industry

Ontario’s business community to gather in Toronto to drive Ontario’s economic agenda forward

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced advance access registration for the sixteenth annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), “Our Economy. Our Future. Our Ontario.” OES will be hosted in Toronto for the first time in almost a decade at Hotel X and Beanfield Centre from November 13 to 15.

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