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Wednesday September 22, 2010

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Ted Talks

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

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Appointment

Ian McLean Appointed as President and CEO

Kitchener - Mary D’Alton, Chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce announced that Ian McLean will be the Chamber’s new President and Chief Executive Office effective October 5, 2010.

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Technology

Covarity Receives $2.3 Million Funding to Accelerate Growth

Adds New Investor in Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund

Kitchener-Waterloo - Covarity Inc., announced that it has received an additional $2.3 million in investment funding from BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada - , GrowthWorks , Tech Capital Partners, VentureLink Group of Funds and OETF (Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund). The funds will be used to execute the company’s growth plans to expand its presence in the U.S. financial services market.

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Milestone

Stemmlers are proud to be listed in a Canadian Top 100 food manufacturers

Heidelberg - Stemmler Meats has been honoured as one of the Top 100 Canadian Food and Beverage Processors as listed in the September 2010 issue of Food In Canada magazine.

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Our Pleasure

University of Waterloo honours Canada's next Governor General, key staff member and academics at convocation

WATERLOO - David Johnston, Governor General Designate, is among four people being honoured during the University of Waterloo's fall convocation to be held next month.

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Arts & Culture

KW|AG Begins Search for New Director General

Alf Bogusky Moving On After 9 Years at the Helm

Kitchener - The Board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and its Director General, Alf Bogusky, are pleased to announce plans to facilitate a new era of leadership at KW|AG. Bogusky will be concluding more than nine years of transitional and transformative leadership at the Gallery, as of March 31, 2011.

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Philanthropy

The Whip Boxing Academy is hosting the 10th annual Tri City Boxing Championship, Sat Sept 25th at Bingemans.

Kitchener - This card will have 8 to 10 action packed ,Olympic stlye boxing matches. The main event ,fight of the night will be competing for the Tri City Championship belt .

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Paper

Laurier awards first annual Gunn Award in immigration research

WATERLOO – Stephen Fielding, a PhD student at the University of Victoria, is the inaugural winner of the Gunn Award for best essay on international migration in Canada, to be presented Friday, Sept. 24 at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.

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Energy

Solar Industry Converges in Cambridge

Cambridge - Today the Solar Industry Networking Groups (SING) will hold the third in a series of events designed to foster the growing cluster of solar firms in the Waterloo Region. Sponsored by the City of Cambridge Economic Development Division and supported by Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc., the Manufacturing Innovation Network; the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo; and the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

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Equity

DALSA Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid

Waterloo - DALSA Corporation, announced yesterday that it has received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to acquire for cancellation, by way of a normal course issuer bid, up to 920,299 Common Shares of the Company, which, as of September 17, 2010, represent approximately 5% of the issued and outstanding shares. The Bid will commence on September 22, 2010 and expire on September 21, 2011.

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Appointment

Tim Novak joins Avison Young’s Toronto brokerage operations

Toronto — Mark Fieder, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company’s Ontario region, announced today that Tim Novak – one of Toronto’s top commercial real estate brokers – has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Toronto.

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Water

Barlow says more must be done to meet MDG on water

A former UN water advisor is warning that water and sanitation should be much higher on the core MDG priority list given they are essential to reaching the other goals.

Ottawa - Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and more than 140 leaders have now gathered in New York City for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit, which runs September 20-22.

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Global Trade

World Trade Expected To Grow 13.5 Percent In 2010

WTO - "World trade is expected to grow by a brisk 13.5 percent this year, a turnaround from a 12.2 percent drop in 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Monday. This figure compares with a previous estimate of 9.5 percent in March, the global trade body said, and would set a record for expansion since data started being collected in 1950...." [Kyodo/Factiva]

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Habits

2010 WorkTrends Annual Report

This Year’s Report Examines Leadership and Managerial Effectiveness; Analyzes Correlation between Employee Confidence and Leadership Trust

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) has published its annual WorkTrends™ report. This sought-after body of research was presented for the first time yesterday at the company’s Fifth Annual World Conference.

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Food Safety

Groups in the US and Canada urge the FDA to heed yesterday's warnings by scientists regarding the safety of genetically engineered salmon and reject company's request for approval

Ottawa - Yesterday the FDA's Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee finished two days of public hearings in Maryland on the safety of genetically engineered (GE) salmon: "The committee could not avoid pointing to serious problems with the science.

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Technology

The Quebec Technology Association Launches the AQT Accelerator to Support the Growth of the ICT Industry

MONTREAL - During its 20th anniversary celebration bash attended by some 375 guests, the Quebec Technology Association (AQT) issued a strong call to action in support of the growth and commercialization of ICT companies. The Association took the opportunity to launch "Step into the AQT Accelerator" - a new positioning campaign that clearly confirms and highlights the Association's role as a driving force in the growth of the Quebec Information and Communications Technologies industry.

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Guest Column

3 Myths of the mind that sabotage even the most motivated achievers
By Douglas Vermeeren

What is holding you back in your profession? Do you think that a stock boy can become a CEO? Does your office have a general sense of gloom, a malaise that spreads throughout departments, affecting productivity? Our attitudes towards work and the way we think and feel about certain concepts have direct results in the workplace.

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