Tuesday October 8 , 2019



Waterloo targets dark matter, dark energy and black holes with new astrophysics centre

The University of Waterloo officially launched its astrophysics centre.

The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) is being launched to build on the University’s record of success in astrophysics, which includes the creation of the theories tested by the first-ever image of a black hole to be taken. The centre also aims to advance human understanding of phenomena such as dark energy, dark matter and the nature of supermassive black holes. First image of a black hole was enabled by theories of a Waterloo professor.


Researchers unlock potential to use CRISPR to alter the microbiome

Researchers at Western University have developed a new way to deliver the DNA-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 into microorganisms in the lab, providing a way to efficiently launch a targeted attack on specific bacteria. Published in Nature Communications, this study (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12448-3) opens up the possibility of using CRISPR to alter the makeup of the human microbiome in a way that could be personalized and specific from person to person. It also presents a potential alternative to traditional antibiotics to kill bacteria like Staphyloccous aureus (Staph A) or Escherichia coli (E. coli).

Education Research

Laurier to launch research and service centre for bilingualism and language learning

Wilfrid Laurier University, along with community and academic partners, will celebrate the opening of a research and service centre dedicated to bilingualism and language learning during a launch event Friday, Oct. 11 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Bilingualism Matters @ Laurier is the first Canadian partner in a worldwide network of research and outreach sites located at 26 universities in 14 countries. Bilingualism Matters was founded at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and is the largest research network in the world focused on language learning and multilingualism.


Anticipating performance can hinder memory

Anticipating your own performance at work or school may hinder your ability to remember what happened before your presentation, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study’s findings also suggest that the presence of an audience may be an important factor that contributes to this pre-performance memory deficit. “Performance anticipation could weaken memory because people tend to focus on the details of their upcoming presentation instead of paying attention to information that occurs before their performance,” says lead author Noah Forrin, a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at Waterloo. “People who experience performance anxiety may be particularly likely to experience this phenomenon.”

Moving On

Communitech CEO and President Iain Klugman announced he is stepping down

Klugman has held the CEO position since 2004. He announced he will step down at the end of January 2021, when his current contract expires. "We have a super strong team, and a great organization is more than one person," Klugman told the Waterloo Region Record. Communitech's Tech Roundup reported that Klugman "has not yet decided what his next project will be, but plans to spend a good portion of the next year helping establish a major new Communitech initiative called Outposts, which was announced at the organization’s annual general meeting in late September".

Signature Gala Event

The 10th Annual JA Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Gala

Junior Achievement Waterloo Region is excited to announce this year’s inductees into the 2019 JA Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame .

This year’s Hall of Fame will honour the following inductees o n November 21 st : Carinne Chambers - Saini and Francine Chambers, Founders of Diva International, who developed The DivaCup to offer women worldwide a reliable and more eco - friendly approach to feminine hygiene. Paul Maxwell, President & CEO of Maxwell’s Concerts & Events, who turned his passion for music and business education into a vibrant place where acts big and small gather to share their music with our community. John Stix and Jody Schnarr, Co-Founders of Fibernetics, which provides voice and data telecommuni cation solutions and has a corporate emphasis on giving back to the community. Kurtis McBride, CEO and Co - Founder of Miovision, a company started by three University of Waterloo friends in a basement that has evolved into the leading authority on traffic data.

Number One!

Laurier No. 1 in student satisfaction for 4th year in a row

For the fourth year in a row, Wilfrid Laurier University has been ranked No. 1 in the country in its category for student satisfaction in the annual Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities. Laurier is also ranked No. 1 in five out of 10 student-satisfaction categories, including No. 1 for Course Instructors, Student Life Staff, Extracurricular Activities, Residence Living, and Administrative Staff. Laurier ranked in the top five in the remaining five categories, including No. 2 for Experiential Learning and Academic Advising Staff. In the overall rankings, Laurier held onto the No. 6 spot nationally among the 15 Canadian universities in the “comprehensive” university category. Laurier also ranked No. 3 in its category nationally for Student Services and in the top five for Faculty Awards and Social Sciences/Humanities Grants.


Neighborhood Fireside Chat

Was about the power of local and using technology to build a stronger sense of community in the real world.

Fast following their launch in Canada last week, Nextdoor, the world’s largest private network for neighbours, is excited to be heading to Waterloo in search of the brightest minds in the technology industry to staff their first ever international engineering office in Canada. They've located to recruit Canada’s top engineering talent from the University of Waterloo. Prakash Janakiraman, Nextdoor Co-Founder and Chief Architect, Christopher Doyle, Canada’s Country Manager, and Nextdoor’s University of Waterloo alumni association held a fireside chat at the University on yesteday. The chat was about the power of local and using technology to build a stronger sense of community in the real world. Nextdoor has employed many Waterloo students in the past so we are thrilled to meet with more engineering students who could potentially join our innovative and diverse team, and help us empower neighbours around the world from our Canadian Headquarters.


Workforce Planning Board Labour Market Report for September 2019

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo, Wellington and Duffrrin has released it's September Labour Market Report. This report breaks down online job postings, top in demand jobs, local business counts, top growth and decline businesses in our geographical area and more.


Perimeter researchers win Breakthrough and New Horizons Prizes

Perimeter researchers share in the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, while Kendrick Smith and Pedro Vieira each win New Horizons in Physics Prizes. In April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon, a breakthrough that made headlines around the world and today earned the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, one of the field’s most prestigious prizes.

News Kitchener

Key decisions and activity from Kitchener City Council - October 7, 2019

Council Receives new State of the Infrastructure Report; Council received the new, annual State of the Infrastructure Report. On demand multi-language interpretation services; Lastnight, Council approved a proposal for on demand multi-language interpretation services. City of Kitchener Long-term Financial Plan endorsed; Kitchener councilors voted to on the City’s draft Long-Term financial plan, Our City, Our Plan, Our Future.

Technology & Health

Computer kidney sheds light on proper hydration

A new computer kidney developed at the University of Waterloo could tell researchers more about the impacts of medicines taken by people who don’t drink enough water.

In a recent study, Waterloo researchers found that the elderly, people with impaired kidney function and those taking a combination of certain drugs need to be extra mindful of their water intake. “People who have high blood pressure are typically given a water pill, so they pee a lot to lower their blood volume and in so doing lower their blood pressure,” said Anita Layton, professor of Applied Mathematics, Pharmacy and Biology at Waterloo. “These patients are frequently also given another drug that targets a hormonal system which will affect the kidney as well.


Quantum-Safe and Crypto-Agile Security Leader ISARA Opens European Office

Enterprise Security Veteran Sinisha Patkovic to Lead Cryptographic Modernization Effort

ISARA Corporation, the world's leading provider of quantum-safe and crypto-agile security, last week opened a European office to collaborate with partners and customers modernizing cryptographic defenses to become more flexible and resistant to emerging threats. Based in London, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Asia Sinisha Patkovic will work with a range of European manufacturers – from automakers to chipset vendors – and governments preparing for the advent of practical quantum computers. Quantum computers operate differently than classical computers, with vastly more processing power to solve difficult problems – including traditionally secure encryption algorithms.


OTEC names new president and CEO

OTEC announced that the Board of Directors has selected the next President and CEO – Adam Morrison (right) – effective January 1, 2020. He will replace Victoria Behune who has been the leader of OTEC for 14 years and is retiring after a remarkable four-decade career. The appointment will allow Morrison, who has served as OTEC’s Vice President, Projects and Partnerships, to focus on the overall long-term direction in workforce development strategy and build on OTEC’s extensive track record in enabling organizations and destinations to improve their performance and competitiveness. Morrison is well-equipped to guide the company’s strategic vision, operations and team. His leadership brings an intensified focus on evidence based strategic planning and execution, deep knowledge of workforce innovation and strong relationships with OTEC stakeholders and government.


Gender Gap In Bankruptcy Narrows to Almost Zero

Women are filing insolvency in increasing numbers

The gender gap in consumer insolvency filings is narrowing and is now almost 50/50 according to a study conducted by Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc. "In 2012, 42% of insolvencies were filed by women," says Ted Michalos. "Today, that percentage has increased to 49%. What we see are women filing insolvency in increasing numbers, with less debt than men." The average female debtor files insolvency on $43,414 in unsecured debt, 21% less than male debtors. Women file insolvency with an unsecured debt-to-income ratio of 147%, much lower than the 177% for male debtors in our study. "Women face specific financial challenges that increase their reliance on debt yet make that same debt harder to manage" adds Doug Hoyes. "When reviewing the risk profile of our average client, we found that women are more likely to be single parents, more likely to carry student debt, more likely to be divorced or separated and more likely to be widowed seniors than males filing insolvency."

Think Twice

4 Reasons Why Whistleblowing Can Be Deadly To Your Career Prospects

Use a Reference Checking Organization to Determine If An Employer Is Offering Negative Commentary About You by Allison Taylor

One has only to listen to today’s national news to understand the role that whistleblowing can play at the political level. To be sure, the act of whistleblowing can offer positive consequences, including peace of mind to the whistleblower, empowerment of fellow employees towards honesty and integrity, and in some cases, considerable financial remuneration. However, the act of whistleblowing can also have negative consequences at the corporate level, and the whistleblower may find that their morally and ethically appropriate act can negatively impact both their current and future employment.

New Showroom

New POI KW Office Highlights Intersection of Space and Technology

Connected environments' expert partners with Steelcase and Microsoft Canada to showcase new solutions to support Agile and Hyper-Collaborative teamwork

POI Business Interiors, Canada's largest workplace interior solutions provider, officially launched its new Kitchener office space in conjunction with partners, Steelcase and Microsoft. The new POI showroom is uniquely adapted to the needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo technology hub, which is experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in Canada. The launch celebration featured partner Steelcase expounding insights that are driving new behaviours in the workplace while showing how hyper collaboration and teamwork are rebooting office dynamics. Microsoft Canada punctuated the point by demonstrating how digital transformation and change are necessitating feature-rich multi-channel tools like their Teams platform. The POI showroom features the newly announced Surface Hub2S and its mobile Roam cart as well the new Steelcase Flex Collection, which provides teams with an ability to hack their space while ensuring they have the right tools and workspace flexibility to seamlessly adapt to their evolving requirements.

Global Tourism

United States of America Moves Closer to World Tourism Organization With Landmark Meeting

A high-level delegation from the United States Department of State has met with head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the country moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley and Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh were welcomed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, following up on the announcement that the USA is exploring rejoining UNWTO, of which it is a founding member. The two parties enjoyed productive discussions as the terms of membership are being finalized.


Accelerator Centre nationally recognized for contributing to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada

The Accelerator Centre’s specialized cleantech programming has been nationally recognized, winning a Canada Clean50 Top Project Award today at the Clean50 Summit 9.0 in Toronto. The award recognizes the top 20 sustainability-orientated projects completed in Canada in the last two years. All project winners demonstrate outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.

Pilot Projects

Medicine from the Sky: Telangana Hits Milestone for Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies to Remote Areas

The Government of Telangana is one step closer to rolling out a large-scale programme for delivery of blood and vital medical supplies via drones.

New Delhi, India – The Government of Telangana has been exploring the use of drones to increase access to healthcare for communities across the state. Drones can dramatically cut transport times and increase supply chain efficiencies. Countries around the world have experimented with drones for last-mile delivery for the past five years, but the first big leap forward took place in Rwanda, where experiments, or pilot projects, matured into national-scale implementations. Through drones, Rwanda cut the delivery time of medical goods from four hours to fifteen minutes, in some cases, and saved thousands of lives in the process.


Made in Canada Reports on Consumer Demand for Canadian Products

"Quality" Canadian brands need more visibility online, product availability; 96% of international consumers surveyed have a favourable view of Canada; Awareness of Canadian products is strong abroad, especially among younger groups; Lack of availability makes it difficult for overseas consumers to choose Canadian brands.

There is an opportunity for retailers in overseas markets to capitalize on increased consumer demand for Canadian brands and products and increase sales. While 71.5% of Canadian exports went to the United States in 2018, consumer demands are increasingly coming from elsewhere. In a report released today, PwC Canada conducted a survey of 3,521 consumers in seven key countries—Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom—on their perceptions of Canada and Canadian goods and brands.

Global Tourism

EBRD and UNWTO team up to promote inclusive tourism and achieve Sustainable Development Goals

EBRD and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) join forces to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Madrid; Focus on fostering education in tourism for job creation and socioeconomic inclusion

Madrid - The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development. Under an MoU, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledge to work together in promoting and fostering tourism for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The MoU is also aligned with the new property and tourism strategy the EBRD published last week.


With 50,000 Start-ups Registered, India Aims For As Many More By 2024

In Asia, on the other hand, there are “lots of white spaces” and individual markets are very small, so that companies can and must quickly mutate to related businesses. For instance, Indonesian start-up Gojek started as a bike rental service, and then branched out into logistics, payments, delivery, etc.

Regulators and officials now see potential in start-ups, and are invested in boosting their size and number. “There are 50,000 registered start-ups in India, and there will be 50,000 more by 2024 at this pace,” said Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary at the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade of India. There has been tremendous attitudinal change among government departments, he said, speaking for himself as well as colleagues in different parts of government. He added that this change has been accelerated since 2015-16 when a new policy came into effect.


US-India Trade “Surging” Amid Torrid Times, Global Leaders Tell Summit

Leaders from the world’s two largest and oldest democracies played down talk of “torrid times” over trade at the opening day of the 2019 India Economic Summit in Delhi, instead noting that relations between the two nations are robust and on the up. “The torrid times in our relations could also be a torrid love affair,” declared Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Railways of India, at the summit. “Relations between the Indian government and US government, at our level and at the people-to-people level are better than ever before.” Amid rising trade tensions between India’s neighbour, China, and the United States, and the ripple effect of that dynamic on the global economy, Goyal noted that trade between India and the US is robust and growing.

New Horizons

New Program Launches for Those 55 & Better

THEMUSEUM has announced enhanced programming on Thursdays for those aged 55 & Better. Beginning in October, each Thursday will be FREE admission for those 55 and older. “With innovative and accessible ways we hope to attract all demographics to THEMUSEUM” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. Working with partners such as The Ministry of Seniors we have taken a major step.


2019 Federal Election — Parties Offer Up Diverse Tax Policies

Canada's next general election will be held on October 21, 2019. As Canadians get ready to head to the ballot box, they will have to consider a wide array of tax promises that Canada’s federal parties have made during the election campaign. These tax pledges could significantly affect individuals and businesses in Canada, depending on which party wins. In addition, Canadians could see some of these tax promises advanced in some form in a minority government situation, such as where the minority government agrees to modify its proposals to win the support of another party.


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 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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