Thursday January 31, 2019


Rebrand & Makeover

Wildcraft Reinvention Project Set to Unveil in Waterloo

Charcoal Group restaurant rebrands after 12 successful years

After a dynamic planning process and a month of renovations, Wildcraft Grill + Long Bar is set to reopen its doors with a little help from the city. With an extensive planning process at its backbone, Wildcraft Grill + Long Bar will implement changes including menu additions, both culinary and beverage and a complete restaurant makeover.


Your body image is impacted by those around you

Spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body image, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo.

In a new study, researchers examined how social interactions influence body image. They found that in addition to the previous findings that being around people preoccupied with their body image was detrimental, that spending time with people who were non-body focused had a positive impact. “Our research suggests that social context has a meaningful impact on how we feel about our bodies in general and on a given day,” said Kathryn Miller, PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Waterloo. “Specifically, when others around us are not focused on their body it can be helpful to our own body image.”

IoT Innovation

Momentum Developments Selects eleven-x’s Smart Parking Solution to Support Optimization of Commercial Parking Assets

Wireless LoRaWAN™ Solution Provides Secure Real-Time Usage Data Collection for Parking Facilities and Spaces

eleven-x Inc., Canada’s full service low power IoT solution provider and operator of the first and only public coast-to-coast network optimized for IoT, announce that Momentum Developments, one of Southern Ontario’s urban developers, has selected eleven-x’s intelligent parking solution to help them track and optimize the usage of their commercial parking assets.


U of G Releases First Annual Report on National Femicide Rates

On average, one woman or girl is killed in Canada every 2 1/2 days, according to a first-ever University of Guelph-led report on national femicide rates. In its first annual report, the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) reveals 148 women and girls were killed by violence in Canada in 2018. Tracking cases of femicide to understand its causes and consequences is the goal of the observatory, an initiative of U of G’s Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence headed by Prof. Myrna Dawson. The U of G project is the first of its kind in Canada and was created to fill a gap in Canada’s tracking and monitoring of femicide rates. The establishment of the CFOJA followed a call for action from the UN’s Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Special Rapporteur on violence against women.


7 Steps to Turn Employee Potential into Performance

By Brad Wolff

Imagine on Monday, you discover that your meticulous, rule-following accountant and creative, eccentric marketing person have switched positions. How’s this likely to work out? In truth, some variation of this misalignment is common in most organizations. The Waybeloe Potential Corporation was operating at the breakeven point for the past five years. The CEO, Harvey Waybeloe was frustrated. Another CEO told him about an employee-alignment process that was delivering amazing results for other companies. Out of desperation he decided to try it. Within two years, profits increased from breakeven to $3.2 mm! The fix? Putting the right people in the right seats!


Local Entrepreneur Dianah Warrington has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Mompreneur Award of Merit.

Waterloo’s own Dianah Warrington of Allysian Sciences announced that she has been named a finalist for the 2019 Mompreneur Award of Merit. The winner will be announced at The 2019 National Mompreneurs Conference on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019.

The Top 28 finalists have been selected for the seventh instalment of The Mompreneur Awards brought to you by Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. Year seven will be lucky for a new crop of entrants this year as the Mompreneur introduces a new award to their roster, the Mompreneur Award of Distinction, recognizing exemplary service and leadership in business. One of Canada’s most distinguished and coveted recognition awards for women entrepreneurs, the Mompreneur Awards is globally-recognized and introduces some of the fastest-growing and most innovative Canadian businesses and non-profits to the world.


U of T plant biologists find answers to pollination mystery blowing in the wind

New research by scientists at the University of Toronto offers novel insights into why and how dozens of flowering plant species evolved from being pollinated by insects to being pollinated by wind. Although insect pollination is more economical, numerous lineages have reverted back to wind pollination, leaving many biologists to question why that would ever happen given the success of insect pollination. This apparent paradox perplexed even Charles Darwin, and still today, little is known about the conditions initiating this transition.


Economic pessimism climbing: CPA Canada Business Monitor

Pessimism about the national economy over the next 12 months is growing among Canadian business leaders, the top three challenges to the Canadian economy cited by survey participants are protectionist trade sentiment in U.S. (18 per cent); uncertainty surrounding the Canadian economy (15 per cent); and oil prices (12 per cent).

Pessimism soared to 35 per cent among the professional accountants in leadership positions surveyed for the CPA Canada Business Monitor in the fourth quarter of 2018. That is up from 28 per cent in the previous quarter and is significantly higher than a year earlier when pessimism stood at 16 per cent in the final quarter of 2017. Note that these findings came before the Bank of Canada reduced its 2019 GDP growth forecast to 1.7 per cent from 2.1 per cent.

Cross-Training your brain

A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity

Tim Harford's writings reveal the economic ideas behind everyday experiences.

What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross-training their minds.

Public Pensions Uncertainty

Public-Sector Pensions Using Risky Projections says C.D. Howe Institute

Public-Sector pensions are using risky projections to calculate their future liabilities, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Managing Uncertainty: The Search for a Golden Discount-Rate Rule for Defined-Benefit Pensions,” authors Stuart Landon and Constance Smith find that many pension plans use high discount rates that increase the risk they will have insufficient assets to meet their future obligations.

Environment & Education

Apply now for Community Conservation Grants for community, school projects

Applications are now being accepted for grants for schoolyard and community environmental projects offered by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

Deadline for applications is February 28. Grants will be distributed in the spring to schools and in the fall to community groups. The two organizations are offering Community Conservation Grants in two categories:

Book Review

Don't Let Poor Negotiation Skills Doom Your Entrepreneurial Venture

In Entrepreneurial Negotiation, Experts Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind Reveal Eight Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make And Provide Proven, Commonsense Ways of Avoiding Them

Eighty to ninety percent of all start-ups will fail. While there are many reasons for this, one of the biggest problems new ventures face is poor negotiation skills. According to experts Samuel Dinnar, a Harvard instructor and business mediator, and Lawrence Susskind, a professor at MIT who also co-founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, “the single biggest threat to entrepreneurial success is an inability to handle the negotiations that arise in the evolution of a start-up.” Founders must be able to prevent, detect, and respond to potential negotiation mistakes in each of their interactions.

Striking a Balance

How Human Are You?

Prioritizing People over Profits - By John Waid

How human are you? At work do you care more about profits or people? In sales, are you and the company more interested in making quota than taking care of the customer? If you’re being honest, business today is about profits over people and quotas over customers. So what is missing in people that keeps them from striking a balance to make companies and sales more human? Have we lost our humanity? If so, how do we regain it?

Cyber Security

Instead of lobbying for their Huawei ties, Telus and BCE should change the 5G conversation

Telus, which made the largest investment in Huawei equipment, has been running a spirited campaign in favour of retaining ties - By Andrew Willis

You don’t need a crystal ball to predict where the Canadian government is going to come down on who should build the country’s 5G wireless networks. Or rather, who shouldn’t.

Cyber Security

Consumers at Risk: 126% Increase in Exposed Consumer Data, 1.68 Billion Email-Related Credentials

Annual End-of-Year Data Breach Report for 2018 reveals other alarming trends

The Identity Theft Resource Center, a US nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity crime, and CyberScout, a full-spectrum identity, privacy and data security services firm, released the 2018 End-of Year Data Breach Report.


Everything You Need to Know About Industry 4.0

by Anna Kucirkova

In the late 19th century, the world was transformed by the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of the steam engine. In total, there have been four major waves of industrial revolutions. The second was the introduction of electricity and assembly lines in the early twentieth century. The third, in the 1970’s, was computer powered automation that allowed people to program machines and robots to complete tasks. Today, there is a fourth revolution that is quickly changing the landscape of industries: Industry 4.0.


USU’s Jon M. Huntsman School Wins Top National Entrepreneurship Award

University’s Small Enterprise Education and Development Program (SEED) Helps Budding Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship awarded first place to Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business for Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation for its Small Enterprise Education and Development program, known as SEED. The SEED program sends student interns to Ghana, the Philippines, Peru, and the Dominican Republic to teach local entrepreneurs professional skills and help them grow their small businesses.

Gen Z.

Why Gen Z is Your Next Competition in Business

Move over millennials, Gen Z is here and they are boldly entering the workforce. In the next two years, 61 million Gen Z'ers will make up 20% of U.S. workers. Born between 1995-2010, the post-millennial generation is vastly different than their predecessors. Unlike Millennials who are often associated with negative professional characteristics like apathy and entitlement, Generation Z is hard working, financially savvy, and success oriented.


Crisis of Confidence in Canada’s Pesticide Police

Need for urgent action by Minster of Health is key message to Parliamentarians

Yesterday, a team of environmental, health and legal experts went to Parliament Hill to brief Canadian Parliamentarians on why Canada needs an independent review of glyphosate. Each year the equivalent of a dozen or so Olympic swimming pools of this weed killer is used in Canada – that’s about one kilogram of glyphosate for every man, woman and child. In light of a myriad of unanswered questions about the health effects of glyphosate and how Monsanto (now Bayer) may have manipulated the Canadian pesticide registration process, the experts contend the January 2019 decision by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) “to take no action” cannot be allowed to stand.

New Construction

The Co-operators aims to build Canada's first WELL-certified insurance and financial services building

The Co-operators announces new headquarters location in Guelph

The Co-operators announced completion of a land deal for the company's new head office to be located at 101 Cooper Drive in the south end of Guelph. The multi-line insurance and financial services organization also announced its intent to pursue WELL Certification for the building through the International WELL Building Institute™, making The Co-operators the first insurance and financial services company to target this certification for a new building in Canada. The project will also pursue LEED® Gold Certification from Canada Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design.

Scaleup Ecosystems

Drive Conference announces new keynotes, featured speakers and full agenda for 2019 conference

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Wilfrid Laurier University, along with Hockeystick, Toronto data and software provider for the private market, will host a new conference February 20-22nd, 2019 in Waterloo, ON. DRIVE is Canada's global conference on scaleup ecosystems. In its inaugural year, DRIVE focuses on the question of creating domestic value in a global tech economy. Over two days, DRIVE will bring together thought-leaders from around the globe — policy-makers, researchers, accelerators and successful tech CEOs — to compare best practices and highlight bold ideas.

Arts & Culture

Music and Art Combine For A Concert Featuring Speed Painter JESSGO

Canadian artist Jessica Gorlicky (JESSGO) brings her urban chic style and live, colorful creations to the KWS stage for Pops and Paints on February 22 and 23 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by conductor Lucas Waldin, the concert features a unique blend of art and music as speed painter JESSGO creates three unique works of art live onstage while the orchestra plays. Featured music includes hits by David Bowie, George Gershwin, John Williams and The Beatles. The concert also features Maxime Goulet’s Symphonic Chocolates, which pairs a chocolate with each movement. Chocolates will be available for purchase to enjoy along with the piece.

Show Results

61st Annual Toronto International Boat Show Delivers Strong Results

New Initiatives Elevate Canada’s Premier Boating Event

The 61st annual Toronto International Boat Show, North America’s Largest Indoor Boat Show, concluded another very successful year this past Sunday, January 27 with many exhibitors reporting strong sales results, despite a slight dip in attendance due to inclement weather. The 2019 Show attendance totalled 73,464 down 5% from 2018, having experienced 8 out of the 10 days with major snowfall, ice and extreme cold across the province effecting travel for show-goers. The closing weekend had over 1,800 e-tickets unredeemed, likely due to weather conditions.


February 7, 2019

St. Mary’s General Hospital Heart Month Event

Heart Disease: Understanding the Nature of Risk, Prevention and Recovery.

You’re invited to attend this FREE educational session hosted by St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre. Through the lens of his patient’s personal story, Cardiologist Dr. Matthew Chamberlain will share how you can take charge of your heart health. St. Mary’s new president, Dr. Andrew Falconer, will also be on hand to introduce himself to the community. Complimentary parking, entry and refreshments. Thursday, February 7th, 2019. 7pm. RSVP required at

March 28, 2019

St. Mary’s She Shares : Dr. Vivien Brown

Canadian family physician and author of “A Women’s Guide to Healthy Aging” to share her wisdom March 28th.

As a recognized expert on women’s health, Dr. Vivien Brown tells women what they need to do to stay healthy as they grow older. Spanning the topics of the mind and body, Dr. Brown identifies “Seven Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong”. Sweeping away the myths and sales tricks that populate the internet, she offers insightful and sensible advice based on the latest scientific evidence. Join us for this invigorating luncheon event on Thursday March 28th, 12pm – 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Educational Leadership


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.

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