Thursday November 21, 2019


Skill Trade Campus

Conestoga to develop showcase facility for skilled trades education

According to Ray Tanguay, retired President and CEO of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and a member of Conestoga’s Board of Governors, training more individuals for skilled trades careers is essential for business.

Local politicians, industry partners and friends of Conestoga joined college employees at a special event this week where President John Tibbits announced the development of a new Skilled Trades Training campus to be developed in Cambridge. The college has completed the purchase of a 250,000 square foot facility at 25 Reuter Drive, in the heart of Cambridge Business Park with visibility and proximity to Highway 401. Originally constructed in 2003 with substantial renovations completed in 2009, the facility includes upgraded office and manufacturing areas ideally suited to unique requirements of trades education and training.

Money Raised

Annual Golf Tournament Raises $34,293

Left to Right: Brian Santos, President of KWAR, Janine Armstrong, Director of Community Outreach HFHWR, Karen Coviello, CEO of HFHWR, and Megan Bell, KWAR Tournament Co-Chair

Yesterday, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region received a cheque for $34,293.94 on behalf of our REALTOR® members. The funds were raised at their 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at Rebel Creek Golf Club. Brian Santos, President of KWAR and Megan Bell, Golf Tournament Co-Chair presented the cheque on behalf of our REALTOR® members to Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region representatives: Janine Armstrong, Director of Community Outreach and Karen Coviello, Chief Executive Officer.


Things Engraved celebrate stores (78 in all) relaunch

Canada’s premier customized gift store is implementing a chain-wide relaunch across the country just in time for the holiday season. The Kitchener based gift store chain will enhance locations with new cutting-edge engraving techniques, colour engraving, foiling, embroidery, and hundreds of new licenced designs and new expressions. “This is a brand new 'Things Engraved' that’s been a year in the making,” says CEO Shawn Brock (photo). “We’ve made personalized gifting easier and more affordable for the everyday consumer by expanding our gifts to include new items like personalized jewellery, wine and whiskey sets, pet accessories and so much more! Our stores are more welcoming and interactive than ever with tablets that allow you to browse hundreds of design ideas with the touch of a finger and work directly with our artisans to create the perfect gift.”

New Board

Guelph Chamber of Commerce Reveals New Board at Annual General Meeting

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce announced its incoming 2019-2020 Board of Directors – duly elected at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Tuesday November 19 at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre. The Guelph Chamber’s incoming 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors are:

Best in Class

OpenText Named a Leader in Digital Asset Management for Customer Experience

Independent Research Firm Recognizes OpenText Media Management for Strength of Core Library Services and Video Capabilities

OpenText announced Forrester Research, Inc. has named OpenText a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Asset Management for Customer Experience, Q4 2019, stating "OpenText leads with best-in-class library services and video capabilities." Forrester gave OpenText Media Management the maximum possible scores in the criteria of library services, video and emerging content support, product vision and market approach.


Homewood Health Centre Appoints New Chief of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Yelena Chorny

Award-winning physician to guide Canada's leading addiction treatment program

Dr. Yelena Chorny, a member of the Homewood Health team since 2014, is the new Chief of Addiction Medicine at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario. She joins the senior management team at Homewood Health Centre and assumes the leadership role for an addiction medicine program that has been at the heart of Homewood's mission since it opened its doors in 1883. Chorny will also continue to practice medicine across the Homewood organization as well as continue seeing her own patients.
"After working with Dr. Chorny for the last half-decade, it was clear that a leadership role like this was inevitable for her," says Jagoda Pike, President and CEO of Homewood Health Inc. and Homewood Health Centre. "She's one of Canada's rising stars in addiction medicine."

Arts & Culture

Artshine & Arts4All Give Back with Free and Subsidized Programming

Canadian social enterprise and non-profit offer free & subsidized programming to those in need

Arts4All is dedicated to making participation in the arts available to people of all levels of income, ability, and life circumstances. The Canadian non-profit is funded by sister organization and social enterprise Artshine. Their mobile art school offers enriching arts experiences to individuals living with disabilities, at-risk youth, seniors, and many others. Instructors visit seniors’ residences, community centers and alternative schools to reach audiences where their services are needed most.

Asset Monitoring

Canadian Pacific Chooses BlackBerry Radar to Enhance Chassis Visibility

BlackBerry Limited announced that Class 1 railway, Canadian Pacific (CP) is deploying BlackBerry Radar across 2,000 of its domestic intermodal chassis. With the deployment of the BlackBerry Radar asset monitoring solution, CP will have rich data on their chassis providing enhanced visibility to their operations as well as to the supply chain. CP will install the 2,000 devices across its chassis fleet at the company's Vaughan Intermodal Terminal in the Greater Toronto Area. "We're thrilled that CP has chosen BlackBerry Radar to improve the transparency and overall efficiency of their operations," said Christopher Plaat, SVP and GM of BlackBerry Radar. "Both CP and BlackBerry are iconic brands and it's exciting to work together to further technology adoption and efficiencies in the industry. We look forward to continuing to invest in and develop the BlackBerry Radar solution with CP's feedback, along with that of our existing customers, so we can continue to offer solutions that meet the evolving needs of intermodal companies across the North American transportation industry."

Workplace Culture

Do You Have a Culture Strategy?

by Melanie Taylor

Culture is the shared values, attitudes, behaviours, assumptions, norms, and expectations of the organization. It is the way the organization operates and has a huge impact on its success, influencing the ability to attract and retain great employees and customers; impacting work satisfaction and motivation; affecting productivity and performance. Despite its critical importance, we tend to allow culture to manifest organically, which often yields undesirable results. However, you can generate the culture and success you want if you:

Cyber Theft

Waterloo Brewing Identifies Cyberattack

Waterloo Brewing Ltd. announced that it has been subject to a social engineering cyberattack by a sophisticated third party that resulted in a wire transfer of the Company's funds to a fraudulent third party account. The incident occurred in early November and involved creditor employee impersonation and fraudulent wire transfer requests by such third party from the Company.

Environment Research

Researchers show noise pollution is threatening the survival of a number of species

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have found noise pollution is threatening the survival of more than 100 different species. The researchers found that noise affects the behaviour of a wide range of species including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptilians. This meta-study, published Tuesday in Biology Letters, provides the first quantitative evidence for legislative bodies to regulate noise pollution more effectively. The World Health Organisation has said noise is one of the most hazardous forms of pollution, but this new meta-study found it doesn’t just cause ill effects in humans, but on the biology and physiology of all animal groups studied: amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, mammals, molluscs, and reptiles—terrestrial and aquatic—the researchers suggest that noise pollution affecting animals is the norm, not the exception.


The Guelph Community Foundation grants over $20,000.00 through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to youth-led projects in Guelph

On Tuesday, The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) announced $21,863.00 in grants to support youth-led projects developed to address the immediate mental health challenges in our community. Through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, the RBC Foundation has provided a $15,000 grant as well as an additional $6,863.00 from GCF donor advised funds.

Powering Vehicles

BlackBerry to Power Arrival's Generation 2.0 Intelligent Electric Vehicles

BlackBerry Limited and electric vehicle company Arrival Ltd. announced Tuesday that Arrival's intelligent, autonomous-ready commercial vehicles will be powered by BlackBerry QNX technology. As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its BlackBerry QNX technology to Arrival, including its industry-leading QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system to serve as the safe and secure foundation for the ADAS features within the company's autonomous-ready commercial vehicle platform. Prototypes of the first full version of the electric delivery vans powered by BlackBerry are set to hit the roads in early 2020. DHL, Royal Mail and John Lewis will also be trialing Arrival's lightweight EVs, which will provide a class-leading product to a segment well overdue an affordable, zero emission solution.

... of the Year

Accelerator Centre wins 2019 Canadian FinTech & AI Accelerator of the Year Award

The Accelerator Centre has been named Accelerator of the Year by the Digital Finance Institute at the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards for the second year in a row. The award recognizes the Canadian accelerator or incubator that has demonstrated success in helping financial technology (fintech) and artificial intelligence (AI) startups to launch their businesses and develop technology, while fostering ecosystem support to advance innovation. “We’re very proud to be recognized as Canada’s fintech and AI accelerator of the year once again,” says Accelerator Centre CEO, Dr. Paul Salvini (photo). “AI has grown 270 per cent in the past four years. It’s on track to disrupt almost every industry, and we’re at the forefront of an applied AI revolution. It’s a really exciting time for the Accelerator Centre.”

Food Service

Restaurants Canada looks forward to getting back to work with federal government on key issues

The association is eager to renew its engagement on issues of importance for the country’s more than 98,000 restaurants

Restaurants Canada welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new minority government and his federal cabinet of 36 ministers sworn in yesterday at Rideau Hall. As the voice of Canada’s $89 billion foodservice industry, the association is eager to renew its engagement with the federal government on issues of importance for the country’s more than 98,000 restaurants, most of which are small-to-medium-sized businesses. “We look forward to working with all members of this newly elected Parliament to continue building on work in progress to address key challenges for our industry,” said David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec.

New Partner

Laurier selected as Shad Canada university partner

Wilfrid Laurier University will become one of Shad Canada’s newest university partners in 2020. As a Shad campus, Laurier will run Shad’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and entrepreneurship program for students in grades 10 and 11. “Shad Canada’s emphasis on hands-on learning, community-building, and culturally diverse and Indigenous programming, strongly align with Laurier’s strategic focus preparing future-ready students within a culture of engagement,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s president and vice-chancellor. “We are thrilled to partner with Shad to ignite young minds and look forward to welcoming their scholars as part of Laurier’s academic community.”

Regulatory Burden

IFIC Welcomes OSC Regulatory Burden Reduction Report

Initiatives will deliver tangible improvements for the investment funds industry

The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) welcomed the report the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued Tuesday outlining its initiatives to reduce the regulatory burden on Ontario’s capital markets. “OSC staff must be both commended for their willingness to consult with their stakeholders and congratulated for the broad nature of the reforms they are contemplating in response to the feedback they received,” said Paul C. Bourque, President and CEO, IFIC. “The investment funds industry, along with the investors it serves, will benefit meaningfully from the OSC’s efforts to streamline and modernize how it regulates.”


Jean Lucas named one of Women’s Executive Network 2019 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

Eco Waste Solutions is excited to announce that Jean Lucas, President & CEO, has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner, presented by KPMG. The list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women was released today, celebrating the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and inspire the next generation of leaders across the country. “We’ve long appreciated the WXN’s work in highlighting the role of female leaders in Canadian business,” says Lucas. “It’s a great honour to be recognized as someone who’s helping to drive that mission forward.”


Ontario losing leadership in energy efficiency policy

Province ranks third in national scorecard

Ontario ranked third in Canada’s first-ever Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today — alongside a Canada-wide database on energy efficiency policy by the Carleton University based energy efficiency advocacy organization Efficiency Canada. “Imagine thinking of all that energy waste from our homes, businesses and industry as a ‘resource’, just like natural gas, oil or wind turbines,” said Corey Diamond executive director of Efficiency Canada. “Now imagine harvesting that ‘resource’ in every community across Canada, creating jobs and meeting our climate change commitments.” “Today’s launch of the Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks progress across the country, creating a friendly competition amongst the provinces so we can reach the potential that energy efficiency has to offer,” added Diamond.

West & East

AIMS merges with the Fraser Institute to create Canada’s largest independent public policy think-tank

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Fraser Institute are excited to announce their formal merger to create the largest independent think-tank in Canada, covering public policy from coast to coast. The merger is an opportunity for a renewed AIMS—within the Fraser Institute—to continue to be a distinctive Atlantic Canadian voice on economic and public policy issues affecting the region. “The coming together of our two great institutions will enhance the important work AIMS has been doing for more than twenty years, providing practical policy solutions to raise living standards and increase prosperity for people in Atlantic Canada today and for future generations,” said Niels Veldhuis, President of the Fraser Institute.

Tax Planning

Charitable Planning — Helping Your Donation Go Further

Carefully planning your charitable giving may improve your personal tax situation for 2019. However, it’s important to consider how you will make your donation, because the tax savings you receive depends on the type of gift you make. Whether you ultimately choose to make a cash donation or a tax-effective gift of property (known as a “gift in kind”), you’ll still have to make your charitable gifts by December 31, 2019 if you want to claim the donation tax credit on your 2019 tax return.


November 22, 2019

Arts Awards Waterloo Region returns in style

Three - year public consultation leads to new structure, format, and awards event

Arts Awards Waterloo Region, on hiatus since 2016 during a full public consultation and strategic planning process, returns in style on Friday, November 22. The arts community – artists, supporters, and fans – will gather at The Tannery for the 2019 Arts Awards Waterloo Region Awards Event. The evening will see 11 awards presented, to artists and arts supporters. The new format will see seven awards presented in the broad category of “the arts”, as well as two emerging artist awards, an arts philanthropist award, and a lifetime achievement award.

November 27, 2019

Making Cent$ of Abilities Breakfast Workshop

Shefali Rajaputra, Associate Lawyer at Gowling WLG, will be one of the speakers at our upcoming Making Cent$ of Abilities Breakfast Workshop. The Making Cent$ of Abilities Coalition is a partnership focused on providing businesses and organizations with an opportunity to tap into a larger hiring pool by providing resources to hire and retain people with disabilities. The coalition will present these resources during a series of presentations, guest speakers and panel discussions. Those in attendance will leave with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully hire and retain people with disabilities.

November 25, 2019

Second public information centre planned for New Hamburg Flood Mitigation Study

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) will be hosting a second Public Information Centre for the New Hamburg Flood Mitigation Study on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the New Hamburg Community Hall (251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg). The information session will follow a drop-in open house format, where an update on the study will be provided and members of the project team will be present to answer questions. The focus of this session is to share updated information on areas at risk of flooding and the associated costs, which are being used to estimate average annual flood damages for New Hamburg.

November 28, 2019

Employers Can Register Now for our Part Time Job Expo

Part-time opportunities can be a solution to the workforce gap.

The Workforce Planning Board, in partnership with the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region, is holding a job expo focused on part time employment. Employers have hard to fill job vacancies, many people want part-time employment whether it is because of school, semi-retirement, parenting or just a preference. Part-time opportunities can be a solution to the workforce gap.

November 29, 2019

CFFB Signature Event: “Jumping the Fences” by Terry O’Reilly

CFFB is hosting Terry O’Reilly, popular radio host from CBC.

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 absolutely necessary! Join business owners, their families and advisors that support family enterprises for breakfast and learning at the CFFB Signature Breakfast Event November 29th (7am – 10am), Bingeman Embassy Room. This event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of skills to navigate through this era of disruption.

February 19, 2020

Picklers Unite! St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic aims to perk your pulse this Heart Month

The Waterloo Pickleball Club will host players of all skill levels in a fun & friendly tournament supporting St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre February 19th – 21st, 2020, on the courts at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex. “Playing Pickleball provides a boost to the entire cardiovascular system, which helps to lower blood pressure and prevent stroke or heart attack. As well, the smaller court format of pickleball gives you a good aerobic workout without much stress and strain on joints and muscles, which can be a concern with other racquet sports.” Endorses Dr. Matt Chamberlain, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

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