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Friday April 16, 2010

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Ted Talks

Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet.

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Aquisition

COM DEV Completes Asset Purchase to Add Space Instrument and Microsatellite Capabilities

CAMBRIDGE - COM DEV International Ltd.,announced that it has purchased substantially all of the assets of Routes AstroEngineering (“Routes”), a privately owned, Ottawa-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of advanced instruments for space science research applications.

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Education

Canada's brightest math students train at Waterloo for Olympiad gold

WATERLOO - Canada's top students in computer science will attend a week-long training camp next month at the University of Waterloo in preparation for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) to held August 14-21 at Waterloo.

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ICI

Investment in non-residential building construction - First quarter 2010

Statcan - Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $10.3 billion in the first quarter, down 0.7% from the previous quarter and 5.7% below the first quarter of 2009.

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Recognition

Sun Life declared "Most Trusted Life Insurance Company"

Recognized for product, service, and brand excellence

WATERLOO - Canadians have voted Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada as the "Most Trusted Life Insurance Company" in the country based on a Harris/Decima poll commissioned by Reader's Digest for its 2010 Trusted Brand awards program.

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Recognition

Laurier names Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence recipients

Waterloo - Wilfrid Laurier University has named Tammy Rowe and Kyle Crawford as this year’s recipients of the Teaching Assistant Award of Excellence.

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Philanthropy

Conrads donate $1 million to support Institute for Music Therapy Research

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will proudly unveil the newly named Manfred & Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research on Monday, April 19 in recognition of the Conrads’ $1-million gift to the Faculty of Music.

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Appointment

Manulife Bank of Canada names new president to lead continued growth

WATERLOO - Doug Conick has been named President and CEO of Manulife Bank of Canada, to lead the Bank's future growth.

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Survey

TIME NOT ON YOUR SIDE

Executives Say It Takes a More Than a Month to Fill Accounting Positions

TORONTO - For already-stretched accounting departments, waiting over a month for help may seem like an eternity. Yet, a recent survey found it typically takes even longer than that for employers to hire for open positions. Chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said it takes an average of five weeks to fill a staff-level role and six weeks to bring a new manager on board.

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Quarterly Results

The Co-operators Announces Year-End Financial Results

REGINA, SK - The Co-operators today announced net income for the co-operatively-owned group of companies of $55 million for 2009, a decrease of 25 per cent from $73 million the previous year. During its Annual General Meeting, which wrapped up today in Regina, the organization reflected upon a year of significant achievement despite a very challenging operating environment.

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Education

McMaster University Switches to Desire2Learn Learning Management System

Pedagogical focus, service and reliability are key attributes in decision to implement Desire2Learn online learning management system

Kitchener-Waterloo – Desire2Learn Incorporated welcomes McMaster University, one of the world's leading universities and renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery, to the growing list of clients adopting Desire2Learn Learning Environment®.

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Guest Column

Becoming An Inner Winner in Your Sales Career:
Secret Sports Psychology to Skyrocket Your Sales Performance

By Jack Singer, Ph.D.

Matt is a sales manager with a computer software company. His sales people have the responsibilities of generating new business by making “cold calls” and following up on leads from potential customers who respond to inquiries that his company receives. Besides making sure that his sales people can answer any questions about their products, Matt has also trained them in the traditional practices of how to communicate with potential customers, how to get them to realize how his company’s products will make their jobs simpler and more efficient, and how to close a deal.



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