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Introspection

Mariano Sigman: Your words may predict your future mental health

Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. "We may be seeing in the future a very different form of mental health," Sigman says, "based on objective, quantitative and automated analysis of the words we write, of the words we say." Mariano Sigman combines neuroscience, mathematics and social sciences to illuminate the hidden information flowing through our brains.

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Transportation

NEXTJETCANADA plans to launch service to Peterborough, Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal from the Region of Waterloo International Airport

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo International Airport announced that effective May 30, 2016, NEXTJETCANADA plans to provide daily air service between Waterloo Region and the communities of Peterborough, Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal.

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Global Identity

Trulioo Now Verifies ID in BRIC Countries

Trulioo's GlobalGateway Identity Verification Solution Powers Cross-Border Commerce for the Emerging Middle Class

Vancouver - Trulioo, the award-winning provider of global identity verification, announced that its flagship identity verification solution, GlobalGateway, now covers all BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries, regions where B2C e-commerce growth rates are expected to grow faster than more advanced markets, including the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

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B2B Information Flow

Warner Music Streamlines Digital Processes with OpenText Business Network

OpenText Managed Services and Active Invoices with Compliance (AIC) Enable the Music Company to Handle a Significantly Higher Volume of B2B Transactions

Waterloo -- OpenText announced that Warner Music France, the French entity of the Warner Music Group, the world's third largest music company, has strengthened its partnership with OpenText to manage critical B2B information flows with its global retailers.

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Funding Help

Ontario Partnering with Ampacet Canada to Create Jobs in Kitchener

Province Supporting Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Kitchener - Ontario is partnering with Ampacet Canada to expand its Kitchener plant and grow its business, creating 15 new jobs and retaining 73 positions. Ampacet Canada is a leading manufacturer of colour and additive concentrates used in plastic products that go into flexible and rigid packaging. With $400,000 in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Ampacet will expand its facility to meet increased demand for its products. The company will also invest in new equipment to increase production and efficiency.

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Appointment

International marketing expert Nicole Coviello named Laurier University Research Professor

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Professor Nicole Coviello has been named 2016/17 University Research Professor.

“Professor Coviello has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and her work at Laurier has significantly influenced the fields of international entrepreneurship and marketing,” said Robert Gordon, Laurier’s vice-president: research.

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Investigation

Christie part of initiative that developed patented OLED backplane technology

In association with University of Waterloo and DifTek Lasers, new technology will change the way OLEDs are manufactured; Conestoga College to scale production

Kitchener – Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, in association with DifTek Lasers Inc., researchers at the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, is investigating how to merge the high brightness of LEDs with the cost effectiveness and fill-factor of LCDs into an OLED display.

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Research Money

Western University researcher receives $8.9 million project funding to reduce infant and maternal mortality

London - Western University researcher, David Cechetto, PhD, is training front line health care workers in Rwanda and Burundi to treat the most common causes of infant and maternal mortality. David Cechetto, professor, Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, also serves as the director of the program – Training, Support and Access Model for Maternal Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda and Burundi (TSAM), with funding provided by The Government of Canada. TSAM has received an $8.9 million grant from Global Affairs Canada as part of the Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) program.

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Stability

World Bank Group Launches Groundbreaking Financing Facility to Protect Poorest Countries against Pandemics

First-ever insurance and pandemic bonds will save lives and protect economies

SENDAI, Japan —The World Bank Group launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the first-ever insurance market for pandemic risk. Japan, which holds the G7 Presidency, committed the first $50 million in funding toward the new initiative.

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Smartphone Heritage

Laurier students develop heritage maps to highlight Cambridge’s history and culture

Waterloo – As part of a course competition for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Capstone Urban Studies Project (CUSP), a team of Geography and Environmental Studies students was awarded first prize for recommending a smartphone heritage map application for the City of Cambridge, which would include an interactive feature articulating the stories of historical Cambridge residents buried in local public cemeteries.

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Grant Money

New OTF Grantees Who Have Received $1,737,900

Kitchener – On Tuesday, local MPPs Daiene Vernile, Kathryn McGarry, and Michael Harris formally congratulated nine local non-profit organizations that received a combined total of $1,737,900 in grant money from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The event took place at the site of one of the grant recipients, REEP Green Solutions. Gebre Berihun, an OTF volunteer, joined representatives from each organization to help formally the groups with their OTF plaques in recognition of their work, whether it’s a capital initiative, helping to pilot and test new ideas with a Seed grant, or to expand and grow proven strategies with a Grow grant.

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Study

Extended Vacancy: On Average, CFOs Take Four Weeks to Fill Finance Positions

Toronto - Imagine being without a valuable employee for a month. That's the situation accounting and finance departments typically find themselves in when a member of the team moves on. According to a new survey Canadian CFOs said it takes four weeks, on average, to fill an open staff-level accounting or finance position and six weeks to hire for a management-level role.

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Up to $44.4 Million

FedDev Ontario Launches Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

Municipal, regional and Aboriginal governments, public sector bodies and provincial entities delivering municipal-type infrastructure services, and incorporated not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply

Ottawa – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced the launch of Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in southern Ontario.

EVENTS

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

Region of Waterloo International Airport Master Plan Public Information Centre

Wednesday May 25, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is developing a Master Plan to help guide the future of the Airport for the next 20 years (2016 - 2036). The Master Plan will take into consideration the opportunities and challenges the Airport will face, including how to best meet the travel and connectivity needs of our growing community.

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Heritage

City On Edge exhibit opens this summer at Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo Region – City On Edge, a new exhibit, opens this summer at the Waterloo Region Museum. City on Edge tells the story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener on September 1, 1916. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that name change. The exhibit opens Friday, June 24.

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Disaster Management

High-Profile, Global Experts from 40 Countries to Meet in Toronto, June 7-8, for World Conference on Disaster Management

Toronto – As Canadian relief organizations continue to mobilize in response to the northern Alberta wildfire – which led the province to declare a state of emergency with more than 88,000 residents evacuated – experts from more than 40 countries are convening in Toronto next month for a compelling look at how to prepare before, during and after any disaster.


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