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Tuesday February 3, 2009

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Ted Talks

Bill Gross: Great ideas for finding new energy



Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.

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Marketing

Did you miss the SuperBowl Ads...

In case you missed the SuperBowl Ads here is a link where you can
see them or review them: http://www.youtube.com/superbowl

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Technology

Open Text Web Solutions Add Global Website Deployment Capabilities

Web Solutions for Multi-Sites Helps Customers to More Cost-Effectively Localize and Manage Multiple Global Web Sites

WATERLOO - Open Text(TM) announced availability of the latest release of Open Text Web Solutions. Available to customers now, this new release offers a number of additional enhancements to what is already a core strength of Open Text Web Solutions: Helping customers translate, manage and synchronize multiple websites worldwide.

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Go Train Expansion

PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR EXPANSION OF GO TRANSIT FROM GEORGETOWN TO KITCHENER

Waterloo Region - Residents in Waterloo Region will have their chance to provide input into GO Transit’s proposed expansion from Georgetown to Kitchener at a public information centre this week.

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Car Innovation

Hydrogen-powered Sports Car Concept Points to Future Direction

TORONTO - The Honda FC Sport design study model, a hydrogen-powered, three-seat sports car concept, will make its Canadian debut on February 11 to members of the press at the press preview of the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto which opens to the public on Friday, February 13.

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Education

Celebrating our Heritage – St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres

Kitchener – Friday, February 20, 2009 is the fourth annual Heritage Day at the St. Francis campus of the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres

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Appointment

Cymbria Corp. announces appointment of Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO - Cymbria Corp. (CYB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Norman Tang, CA, to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Cymbria, Norman spent the past 8 years at KPMG LLP, most recently as a Senior Manager. Norman was a member of management since 2004 and is recognized as a financial-instruments and derivatives specialist as well as an International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) technical specialist.

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2009 Economy

Corporate Canada under pressure, reevaluating compensation plans; Potential workforce demographic bottleneck ahead

Salary Budgets are Being Trimmed or Slashed, Bonuses are Down for Most, Equity-Based Incentives are Underwater, Management Challenged To Meet Diverse Shareholder Expectations - What To Do?

TORONTO - Economic pressures are forcing Canadian organizations to make multiple adjustments to compensation programs, according to survey findings released today by global professional services firm Towers Perrin. But while modifications mean lower - or no - 2009 salary increases and lower bonuses, to date Canadian companies are more likely to consider highly targeted, strategic reductions and cuts to other discretionary spending rather than the mass workforce reductions that occurred in previous economic downturns.

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Digital Arts

Arts team promoting theatre technology

From an article by Angela Roorda in the Arts Research Update newsletter

Waterloo - Daily Bulletin - A team of UW arts researchers has plunged into the world of technology transfer and innovation commercialization, demonstrating that scientists and engineers are not the only academics who can swim in those waters.

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Job Fair

University/College Job Fair on February 4

Popular, productive regional event open to students and alumni

Waterloo - Students and alumni of the area’s four post-secondary institutions - Conestoga College, the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University - will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of more than 180 employers on Wednesday, February 4 at the annual University/College Job Fair, at Waterloo’s RIM Park.

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Human Resources

PUT YOUR BEST DIGITAL FOOTPRINT FORWARD

Career Expert Offers Seven Tips for Managing Online Reputation in the Job Hunt

TORONTO - In a competitive job market, a polished professional reputation can make or break someone's chances of landing a coveted position. And since the word google became a verb, that reputation includes information that can be found online.

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Retail Winner

Waterloo Resident is Grand Prize Winner of Home Hardware’s

$50,000 Dream Kitchen Makeover Contest

St. Jacobs –Home Hardware Stores Limited will award the grand prize of the $50,000 Dream Kitchen Makeover Contest to Waterloo resident Sou McManus. The $50,000 prize combined with the expert advice of her local Home Hardware store, Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre, means that McManus will have no problem turning her kitchen into a chef’s dream.

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2009 Profits

Senior Level Chartered Accountants Indicate Profits and Revenues will Dramatically Decline in 2009 Levels of Optimism Hit Rock Bottom

TORONTO — Chartered Accountants in executive corporate positions who responded to the CICA/RBC Business Monitor (Q4 2008) survey indicated that on average, their profits and revenues are estimated to decline in the year ahead. This is the first time that corporate profits have been estimated to decline since the inception of the study in Q2 2007.

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Education

Laurier welcomes American scholar to speak on youth political engagement

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will welcome James Youniss, a psychologist from the Catholic University of America, as this year’s Hunsberger Memorial Lecturer. Youniss, well known for his research on youth development, will deliver his lecture, Youth Political Engagement: Forging Healthy Identities, on February 6.

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Service Industry

Greater Chamber President to Speak

Kitchener, ON – On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Joan Fisk will speak at a Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Point of View series luncheon.

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Book Review

CLOSED. It’s more than just a sign on a door – it’s a sign of the times.

Where You Won’t Shop in 2009 - Expert Explains Crash of Retail Giants

The longest recession in the history of the U.S. is claiming more victims, and they aren’t just mom and pop retailers this time – they are big national chains who are shuttering thousands of locations around the country, according to a new list of troubled retailers recently released by Forbes Magazine.

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Educators Honoured

Order of Ontario honours eight from U of T

Chancellor, two professors and five alumni honoured
By Elaine Smith

Toronto - The newest members of the Order of Ontario, inducted recently at a Queen's Park ceremony, included the University of Toronto's chancellor, two distinguished professors and five alumni.

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Guest Column

Meltdown Creates New Global Champions

We have now arrived right in the middle of that second half of the hyper-accelerated phase, where western brands start to fall like dominos. As pointed in my column of 2006, "The Global Image Repositioning Shifts", in the US alone hundreds of its world-class brands are being erased, from monster banking to mega manufacturing, some 73,000 stores alone being closed in the first half of 2009 according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, overall a Trillion-dollars worth of branding imagery that took decades of image building is getting scrubbed out worldwide.

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Technology and Tourism

AboutAnywhere.com Responds to Backlash of Outraged Travel Agents Regarding Objective to Eradicate Commissions in Hotel Industry

AboutAnywhere.com reinforces and supports the continued need for the traditional travel agency, the one-on-one customer service it provides and its incomparable expertise in the travel industry.

MIAMI - In response to backlash from the travel agency community in reference to AboutAnywhere.com's commission-free online distribution model for the hotel industry, the Company issues the following statement. With the emergence of the "virtual" or Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) came speculation and concern over the "death" of the brick and mortar travel agency community.


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Distribution

FullyLoadedTea announces new distribution agreement

Vancouver-based company expands its reach to Eastern Canada

Vancouver, BC -- FullyLoadedTea (FLT) is pleased to announce its strategic relationship with Toronto-based specialty food distributor Big Ups Inc. FLT continues to make its mark, most recently expanding its presence and availability throughout Eastern Canada.


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