Thursday October 3 , 2019



Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association donates $800,000 to support student wellness and success

The Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA) has donated $800,000 to enhance student wellness and success initiatives at Laurier. The gift, which was announced at Laurier’s Homecoming on Sept. 28, will provide critical funding for four areas of student life, including: student scholarships and bursaries, gendered and sexual violence counselling and support programs, the Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik Indigenous Student Centre, and the makerspaces program. “As a board, we prioritize funding initiatives that are going to drive permanent, lasting change on campus, and make each student’s time at Laurier more rewarding and fulfilling,” said Ryan Smith (BBA ’98), president of WLUAA. “Our hope is to be able to look back at how Laurier has evolved 10 years from now and be able to say that we were part of making it happen.”

New Centre

University of Waterloo launches Centre for Astrophysics

The University of Waterloo will officially launch the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) tomorrow, October 4. The WCA is designed to attract and host young researchers and students from across the world and to build on the body of work already taking place at the University of Waterloo, including in the areas of black holes and dark matter. The WCA builds on the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Distinguished Chair in Astrophysics and will be under the leadership of the Chair, Will Percival, professor of astrophysics at Waterloo. As part of its mandate, the WCA will seek to answer some of the biggest questions in astrophysics and will share their findings outside of the scientific community through public talks and events with a particular focus on young people and communities under-exposed to the field.

2019 Federal Election

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Hosting Local Candidate Debates

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host candidate debates from October 7th- 10th at the following times and locations. All forums are no admission charge and open to the public.


United Way Waterloo Region Communities volunteers give back with the 1st Annual Day of Caring

Waterloo Region - Today, hundreds of corporate volunteers from across Waterloo Region will work on over 25 meaningful projects to help local charities thrive. United Way Day of Caring is an opportunity for volunteers to show their local love and see firsthand the work being done in the community. Much needed projects in local agencies will be completed and Day of Caring volunteers have the chance to learn about the local impact of their donations through a hands-on experience. “Day of Caring gives workplace teams the opportunity to come together and lend a helping hand to many of our local charities. At the same time, volunteers have the chance to learn more about exactly what these important services provide to people in need in Waterloo Region,” said Joan Fisk, UWWRC CEO. “We are not only the second largest funder outside of government, we are also community builders that are in a positon to match our volunteers with agencies which allows them to provide crucial help where it’s needed”.


Children's Wish Foundation and Make-A-Wish® Canada Announce Merger to Grant More Wishes to Children Across Canada

United organization will have the ability to grant 25 per cent more wishes each year

On Wednesday, Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada announced that the two charities are merging with the goal of granting the wish of every eligible child across the country. United as Make-A-Wish® Canada, the organization will have the ability to make a greater difference in the communities it supports, increasing its ability to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses by 25 per cent more each year.

Study Report

St Mary’s Regional Cardiac Centre Part of International Study to Determine Best Treatment for Heart Attacks

St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Centre was part of an international study featured recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, which settled a long-standing debate on how best to treat heart attack patients. The study of more than 4,100 patients from 30 countries over seven years found that opening clogged arteries with stents, beyond the one that caused the heart attack, is better than treating the additional blockages with medication alone. The COMPLETE Trial found a 26% reduction in the risk for recurrent heart attacks when the additional blockages were opened with angioplasty and stents. There was no significant increase in stroke, major, bleeding or other complications from the procedure.

GDP Canada

Goods sector decline offsets service sector gain in July

Economic output was unchanged in July. A small gain had been expected; A surprisingly large drop in goods sector output, particularly oil and gas related, offset an increase in the services sector; GDP is up 1.3% y-o-y, as steady services sector growth has more than offset weakness in the goods sector by David Watt

GDP was flat in July. The consensus expectation was for a gain of 0.1%. Goods sector output fell by 0.7% m-o-m. This was the second straight contraction in goods sector output, following a 0.2% drop in June. In July, three of the five goods producing categories declined led by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas. On the services side of the economy, output rose by 0.3% m-o-m, led by wholesale trade. Overall, 11 of 15 service-producing categories posted increases in output in the month. From a year ago, GDP is up 1.3%. This was down from the earlier 1.5%, and was also weaker than the expected reading of 1.4% . The services sector has been the mainstay of the economic expansion, rising by 2.5% y-o-y, having posted a steady growth rate over the last two years. The goods sector has been more volatile, with output currently down 1.8% y-o-y.

Global Family Business

VisiConsult earns the Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Enterprises in Germany

VisiConsult is a family owned company located in Northern Germany and the leading specialist for customized X-ray inspection systems, above are Hajo, Silke, Lennart, and Till Schulenburg receiving the Grand Prize

At the end of September, the developer and manufacturer of X-ray solutions, VisiConsult, was awarded the German Grand Prize for medium-sized businesses. This renowned competition is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and remains Germany's most coveted business award in the SME sector. This year's theme for the competition was "Sustainable Business". Hajo Schulenburg, Managing Director of VisiConsult, explains: "Sustainability has a high priority in family businesses such as VisiConsult. By that we mean healthy and joint growth. We attribute that success to our employees, reliable partners and local government that we indefinitely continue. "Furthermore, the company is ISO 14001 (environment) certified, the office building is a passive house and there are solar cells on every building roof. Environmental protection was very important here even before ‘Fridays for Future’”.


Canada’s Flexible Office Market Has Expanded by 303% in 5 Years

CBRE reports that the rapid growth of technology, changing demographics and a shifting economy have led to the birth and rapid expansion of flexible real estate operators. This is changing the Canadian office market and the way we work.


Third quarter Canadian IPO market falls further behind 2018

Without a single new issue on the TSX in the third quarter, the Canadian market for initial public offerings (IPOs) fell further behind the pace of last year, according to PwC Canada. Just nine new issues made it to market on all exchanges in the quarter for a value of $194 million. By comparison, there were 12 IPOs with a value of $792 million in the same period of 2018. Year-to-date, 31 IPOs with a value of $646 million reached the market in the first three quarters of 2019, compared to the 32 new issues that raised $1.9 billion in the same period of 2018. There has not been a new issue on the TSX since the first quarter of 2019 when Lightspeed POS Inc. debuted on Canada's senior exchange, the PwC review showed.


Study reveals on-line video continues to grow, may be an extension of the TV era

Thirteenth annual Digital Marketing Pulse Survey provides actionable insights for Canadian marketers

Ipsos Canada, Vizeum Canada and the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) released key findings from the 13th annual Digital Marketing Pulse Survey yesterday. The survey tracks levels of familiarity and usage of various digital marketing tactics among agencies and client-side marketers. "Canadian marketers show strong familiarity and increased usage of established tactics, including email marketing, programmatic, digital signage, social and online video," said Steve Levy, COO for Ipsos in Canada. "Conversely, awareness and usage of some newer digital tactics, such as augmented reality, wearables and voice search marketing, remains low or flat."


Economical adds Robert McFarlane to its Board of Directors

Economical Insurance announced that Robert McFarlane will be joining the company's board of directors, effective November 8, 2019. "Bob brings a strong background in public company leadership and value creation to the Economical board. Having been one of Canada's top CFOs and a member of several public company boards, he has had extensive experience in corporate strategy, business transformation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs," said John Bowey, board chair of Economical. "Bob also has board experience specifically in the P&C insurance space. This is the perfect time to add Bob's skill set to our board, and I am confident that Economical will benefit from the insight and knowledge that he will bring."

Cyber Threat

New Threat Intelligence Spotlight Report on the Shifting Framework of Modern Malware

Research reveals how evolving threats can readily bypass legacy antivirus solutions

Waterloo - eSentire, Inc. and Carbon Black announced the release of a new Threat Intelligence Spotlight that highlights the increasing sophistication of modern malware. The new report coincides with the start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the United States and Canada. With modern malware becoming increasingly sophisticated, eSentire and Carbon Black conducted the Threat Intelligence Spotlight to provide a resource that can be used by anyone, regardless of their technical knowledge, to understand how malware works, and more importantly how to protect against its impact.


WhistleBlower Security National Report: Majority of Canadians willing to blow the whistle

According to the new 'WhistleBlower Security National Report' released today, 94 per cent of Canadian employees feel it is their responsibility to speak up when they see wrongdoing in the workplace. The Report also finds that 40 per cent of working Canadians have witnessed wrong-doing in the workplace and of those, 77 per cent are likely to report it. The research was commissioned by Canadian-based WhistleBlower Security Inc., a global provider of ethics reporting services, and conducted in September 2019 on the Angus Reid Forum with 516 full and part-time employed Canadians.


New tool lets programmers pick up work on mobile devices

Researchers have developed a powerful new tool that allows programmers to engage with work on their mobile devices to help make productive use of time away from their workplace. In a new study done in collaboration with Microsoft Research, the team of researchers created a prototype tool called Mercury that lets programmers continue working on their mobile devices if they need to leave their desktop, and pick up back when they return to their workstation. Currently, programmers often spend a substantial amount of time at their primary workstation to make productive use of their workdays.

New Markets

Canopy Growth Announces Purchase of Majority Stake in Biosteel Sports Nutrition Inc

Canopy Growth Corporation announced that it has completed an all-cash transaction to purchase a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc. ("BioSteel"), a leading producer of sports nutrition products. The transaction provides Canopy Growth with a significant platform to enter the sports nutrition and hydration segment, and lays the groundwork for the adoption of cannabidiol ("CBD") in future product offerings in accordance with regulations globally including products to be sold in the U.S. containing CBD sourced from federally permissible industrial hemp.


The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, the Region of Waterloo, ArtsBuild Ontario, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Impact19 Festival are welcoming Canada Council to Waterloo Region on September 27 and 28, 2019. Federal funding is available to support Waterloo Region artists and arts organization and Canada Council wants to see applications from under-represented areas like Waterloo Region

To - October 3

Expanded Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show Returns to Toronto with Focus on Technologies Driving the Future of Canadian Manufacturing

Top-notch speaker roster includes industry innovators Jim Balsillie, Jean Charest and Ric Fulop

The future of Canadian manufacturing will take centre stage later this month as Canada’s leading industry event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), returns to The International Centre in Toronto September 30 to October 3, bigger in both size and scope. The 2019 show – 10 per cent larger in both exhibitor and attendee numbers – is expected to attract more than 9,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and the world and will feature more than 430 exhibits – with some 700 industry suppliers represented – more than 80 education sessions and 4 workshops.

October 1, 2019

Laurier Criminology department presents public lecture on corporate crime prosecution

Brantford – The ways in which corporations that break the law are – or are not – punished will be the theme of a public lecture when Brandon Garrett (right), professor at Duke University School of Law, speaks at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus on Oct. 1. The event is hosted by the university’s Criminology Department. Garrett, author of Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, has been invited to speak on his research about out-of-court settlements with corporations in the United States.

October 3-10, 2019

Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries hosts All Candidates Meeting on Social Issues

The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries plans to host two All Candidate Meetings focusing on social issues facing our community. Candidates running in the upcoming federal election will be asked questions about social issues, such as healthcare and pharma care, housing, immigration, and climate change. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.

October 3, 2019

Innovation Expo – Second Annual Innovation Trade Show Event

Celebrate the impactful success and growth of more than 80 exhibitors from a variety of sectors including agri-food, manufacturing, social innovation and sustainable technologies.

Together, Innovation Guelph and Bioenterprise Corporation are building on the success of last year’s event by hosting their second Innovation Expo at the Grand Guelph on October 3, 2019, from 12 to 6 p.m. This exciting event, the largest of its kind in Guelph, is free to the public and celebrates the success and growth of more than 150 recipients collaboratively supported through Innovation Guelph’s Fuel Injection Program and Bioenterprise’s Seed Funding Program.

October 5, 2019

Harvest Festival presents: The 150th anniversary of the Kitchener Market

The Kitchener Market has been an important part of community for so many years. Join us as we celebrate the very first dedicated, permanent market structure, built in 1869. There have been multiple locations over the years, and we will celebrate them all with photos and shared memories. There will be fun for everyone and, of course, you can enjoy the Saturday farmers' market during its usual hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 3, 2019 Election - Debate

A Cultural Exchange 8.0 Offers Stage forDialogue on Arts and Culture in this Region.

Local federal candidates from the ridings of Kitchener Centre, Kitchener Conestoga, and Waterloo have agreed to share their vision for arts and culture in this Region. Not a traditional debate, the evening allows candidates to speak for a predetermined amount of time from the stage then join the public at round tables. After each candidate shares their vision they move to the next table ensuring small dialogues and face to face exchanges with all in attendance.

October 4, 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Find Out What Local Manufacturing Is All About. Register Now For A Manufacturing Day Bus Tour!

MFG DAY is a North American event that addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. In Waterloo Region and Guelph, you have the opportunity to choose between two different tour buses.

October 7-10, 2019

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Hosting Local Candidate Debates

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will host candidate debates from October 7th- 10th at the following times and locations. All forums are no admission charge and open to the public.

October 9, 2019

Guelph Chamber of Commerce To Host Candidates Debate for Upcoming Federal Election

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Guelph & District Association of Realtors will host a candidates debate on October 9th. This debate will be moderated by Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Questions asked to the candidates will have come from members of the Guelph Chamber, Guelph & District Realtors Association and the general public.

Oktober 11-19, 2019

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Festhallen Tickets On Sale

Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – Get ready to dust off your dirndls and lederhosen and celebrate Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival at your favourite festhalle. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a not-for-profit organization, has ticket for most accredited Festhallen. The Festhallen take pride in providing an authentic experience and hospitable atmosphere to over 700,000 fest-goers who visit the region annually during the nine-day festival. Festhallen tickets are limited and often sell out in advance of the festival, so buy your tickets early to experience the spirit of Gemütlichkeit.

October 23, 2019

Partners in Prevention regional health and safety conference is coming to Kitchener! Hear from leading experts and motivating keynote speakers that will teach and inspire. Stay current with the latest updates in health and safety and visit the trade show to get all the news on trending health, safety and wellness products. Register today!

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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