The Rt. Hon. David Johnston wins the 2018 International Horatio Alger Award
Canada's 28th Governor General to be honoured at Washington, D.C. ceremony
The Right Honourable David Johnston, Canada's 28th Governor General, has been chosen to receive the International Horatio Alger Award in 2018. The announcement was made Tuesday night at the inaugural Horatio Alger Association of Canada Excellence Gala, held in Toronto. The event raised $2.6 million for the Association's pan-Canadian scholarship program.
Ontario Government muzzle engineers concerned about the health of Sarnia families, First Nations say NDP
Queen's Park On Wednesday, NDP Research and Innovation critic and Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife demanded that the Wynne Liberals finally start listening to government engineers instead of industry lobbyists. Since 2009, the Liberal government has ignored serious concerns raised by engineers at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change about the health impacts of petroleum refineries operating in the Sarnia area.
Maplesoft to Host User Summits in Toronto and San Diego with Focus on Online Education
Canada and United States among five stops in Maplesoft International Summit Series
Waterloo - Maplesoft has announced an International Summit Series on online education, two of which will be in North American cities. The series of five Maple T.A. and Möbius User Summits includes stops in Toronto (November 2-3, 2017) and San Diego (January 9, 2018) and will focus on transformations in online education. Educators, long-time customers and users will gather for discussions on evolving trends and technology in online education, and hear presentations on the latest news and features of Maplesoft’s online STEM courseware platform Möbius, as well as the popular testing and assessment tool Maple T.A.
Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no
While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable - By Ken Green
TransCanada's withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers - a $16 billion project regulated to death.
Hall of Fame
JA Waterloo Region announces Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017
Waterloo Region - JA Waterloo Region is excited to announce this year’s inductees into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The 2017 JA Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, presented by Economical Insurance, will honour the following inductees on November 2nd:
Fisheries Investments and Jobs at Risk
The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) said future investments and jobs in fisheries are being compromised by a lack of clear federal decision making. The Council, which just concluded its Annual General meeting in Ottawa, is calling on the government to live up to its commitment for openness and transparency. "Decisions based on science, collaboration, openness and transparency, this is what the government promised the Canadian seafood sector," said Bruce Chapman, a member from the Atlantic Coast, "instead we face extraordinary uncertainty with the hiring of new workers and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment now on hold."
Art & Sport
Artistic Gymnastics to come to Waterloo
Gymnastics Canada has announced that the 2018 Canadian Championships in Artistic Gymnastics will be hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club and the City of Waterloo from May 22-27, 2018.
Machine learning and AI demand fundamental changes to the Canadian workforce: new report
Joint recommendations from the Human Resources Professionals Association and Deloitte Canada call for urgent action to prepare Canadian workers for change
A pioneering report co-authored by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and Deloitte Canada calls on Canadian policy makers and business leaders to prepare Canadian workers now for the disruption that machine learning and artificial intelligence is having on our economy.
Energy sector competitiveness: The United States breaks new ground, Canada loses ground
The drop in oil and gas investment and the abandonment of projects like the Energy East pipeline may well get worse in Canada due to the erosion of our competitive position relative to the United States. This is the main conclusion of a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
Financial blind spots: Close to 40% of Canadians feel their financial futures are not under control
A survey commissioned by Financial Planning Standards Council (the organization that confers the Certified Financial Planner designation in Canada) evaluated the financial habits and behaviour of Canadians and found a significant number are turning a blind eye to their personal finances due to confusion, a lack of knowledge or simply being overwhelmed. The Financial Blind Spots survey, conducted by FPSC, found that four-in-10 Canadians (39%) feel they don't have their financial future under control, while three-in-10 (29%) admit they are overwhelmed with their financial options.
New World Economic Forum Platform Brings Together Top Global Think Tanks to Address Geostrategic Challenges
New, and often contending, strategic narratives are shaping national, regional and global agendas; Partners to provide strategic insights on critical geopolitical and geo-economic challenges
Geneva, Switzerland The World Economic Forum launches its Global Platform for Geostrategic Collaboration to bring together leading policy research institutions (think tanks) to engage the global public on geostrategic challenges in a multipolar world.
Change & Innovation
Are Managers the Biggest Barriers to Innovation?
Survey: Canadian Employees Want Innovation, Daily Tasks Bog Them Down
Companies may be their own worst enemy when it comes to innovation, research suggests. In a new survey by global staffing firm Robert Half, Canadian CFOs cited being bogged down by daily tasks and putting out fires (33 per cent) and lack of new ideas (26 per cent) and as the biggest barriers to innovation. These obstacles also have the potential to hinder hiring efforts. In a separate survey, 81 per cent of workers said a company's reputation for being innovative is an important consideration when evaluating potential employers.