Brain Matter

Sandrine Thuret: You can grow new brain cells. Here's how

Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way. Sandrine Thuret studies the way adult brains create new nerve cells in the hippocampus — a brain area involved in memory and mood. In her lab at King's College London, Sandrine Thuret studies adult neurogenesis -- the process by which adult brains create new nerve cells. (Until the 1990s, we didn't even know they did this!)

Global education

Maplesoft Announces its First Latin American User Meeting in Brazil

Conference to deliberate on new trends in STEM education; CEO Cooper will lay out the company’s vision for the education market

Waterloo - Maplesoft will host its first User Meeting in Latin America at the Rio Othon Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next week on October 15th, 2015. This event will examine new ways in which education will be consumed in the future, and discuss emerging online technical solutions that can be used to improve the learning experience. Current and prospective Maple users will gather to discuss new trends in online STEM education, new features in Maple 2015, as well as new solutions for testing and assessment.

Education - Global

UW an HKUST Launch Dual Engineering Phd Degree

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo, Canada’s leading innovation university, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, one of the world’s top engineering schools, will introduce dual doctoral degrees in engineering that will allow select students to simultaneously earn a PhD from each institution.


New Housing Price Index for, August 2015

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.3% in August, largely a result of higher new home prices in Ontario. The combined region of Toronto and Oshawa was the top contributor to the increase, with prices up 0.6% over the previous month. Builders reported market conditions as the main reason for the gain. This marks the seventh straight month of price increases in that region.


Building a Sales Culture in Your Business
By Todd Cohen

If you’re reading this, then you are in sales. Everyone is part of a sales culture, whether you are in the “C” suite, or a member of the legal or administrative department; whether you own your business or are the receptionist in a Fortune 500 company. A sales culture means that everyone’s in sales. Does this mean that all employees have to stop doing what they are doing and make some cold calls? Nope. A sales culture means that each and every employee—regardless of title or tenure—understands that they have a profound impact on a customer’s decision to say “yes.” Put simply, everyone’s in sales because everyone needs to sell themselves well to succeed!


Provincial Manager of the Year Award Goes to Your Neighbourhood Credit Union CEO

Kitchener – John Haines, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU), is overjoyed to share that Kerry Hadad (right), CEO of YNCU, was recognized as Manager of the Year by the Credit Union Management Association (CUMA) at their conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Ontario Launches Online Education Portal

College and University Students Can Access More Than 13,000 Online Courses

Queens park - Yesterday, the province launched a new online education portal that will give Ontario postsecondary students access to thousands of accredited online college and university courses. The new web portal, which will give students greater flexibility to complete their courses, houses more than 13,000 online courses and includes:

Chart of the Week

Hope springs eternal

The chart below shows the consistently sliding revisions of analyst expectations versus the reality of corporate profitability


Thinking Capital Joins MaRS' FinTech Cluster

MaRS Discovery District expands its group of financial technology (fintech) companies by welcoming established Canadian alternative lender Thinking Capital

Toronto - Thinking Capital, Canada's leader in alternative lending for small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced its induction into MaRS Discover District's FinTech Cluster. The MaRS FinTech Cluster was established in February, 2015 and is dedicated to supporting startups and entrepreneurs who develop next generation technology in emerging payments, financial services, peer-to-peer transactions, crypto-currencies, and alternative lending.

Ongoing and New

Ontario Appoints Advisor on Auto Insurance and Pensions

David Marshall to Help Reduce Auto Insurance Costs and Support ORPP Implementation

Queens Park - Ontario is appointing David Marshall as Advisor on auto insurance and pensions, starting Feb. 1, 2016. As an advisor to the Minister of Finance, Marshall will provide recommendations to the government on further ways to reduce auto insurance costs in Ontario, as well as guidance on implementing the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).


Unincorporated self-employment in Canada, 1989 to 2010

Ottawa - Canadians aged 55 to 64 are almost twice as likely as their 25-to-44-year-old counterparts to work in unincorporated self-employment. A new study looking at the period from 1989 to 2010 found that 1 in 10 Canadian workers—more than 1.7 million people on average—over this period received their primary source of income from employment from an unincorporated business.

Bad Habit

Smoking set to kill one in three young men in China

Oxford, UK - One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco, unless a substantial proportion stop smoking, according to new research published in The Lancet.


Canada's international trade in services, 2014

Ottawa - The deficit on international transactions in services edged up $0.2 billion to $23.4 billion in 2014. This change mainly reflected a higher deficit in the transportation account and, to a lesser extent, the travel account. On a geographical basis, the deficit with non-US countries widened, led by European and Asian countries, while the deficit with the United States narrowed.


OpenText Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Daegis Inc.

Waterloo -- Open Text Corporation announced yesterday a definitive agreement to acquire Daegis Inc., a global information governance, data migration solutions and development tools company.

Global Finances

UNEP Inquiry Shows How to Align Global Finance with Sustainable Development

LIMA - A new UNEP report released at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Annual Meetings shows how to harness the assets of the world's financial system for sustainability – the key findings are that:


Seven questions to ask yourself before you retire
By Kevin Press

Guess what new retirees say their biggest surprise is when they finally leave work? “Seven days of fishing or golf just isn’t as much fun as they thought it would be,” according to Eileen Chadnick, principal and certified coach at Big Cheese Coaching. She and I spoke about the value of a retirement plan that takes more than financial questions into consideration.

Mental Health - Guelph

New service encourages young men to access mental health support

The Co-operators supports Kids Help Phone's BroTalk™

Guelph - Starting now, young men going through a difficult time have access to a new support zone designed specifically for guys aged 14 to 18. With the help of sponsors including The Co-operators, Kids Help Phone today launched BroTalkTM, which includes professional counselling, a mobile-friendly website and a downloadable chat app.

Giving Tuesday - Ambassadors Needed

After Black Friday & Cyber Monday Giving Tuesday is coming to Waterloo Region on December 1, 2015

We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we’ll have a day that is good for the community!

Waterloo Region - What is GivingTuesday? After Black Friday and Cyber Monday - imagine a day dedicated to giving back —around the world, across Canada and now in our first year here in Waterloo Region. Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, and GivingTuesday (December 1, 2015) will mark the opening day of the Giving Season in our community.

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