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Ted Talks

Fiorenzo Omenetto: Silk, the ancient material of the future

Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature's most elegant materials -- in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff.

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Symposium

Waterloo expert will chair Nobel Laureates discussion on global sustainability

Francis Westley will help draft recommendations for UN conference in Rio

WATERLOO - A University of Waterloo social innovation expert will join more than 50 leading thinkers, including 17 Nobel Laureates, next week for a high-level meeting to draft an action plan to save a world under siege from climate change, deteriorating ecosystems and poverty.

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Conference

Laurier hosts Canadian Political Science Association conference May 16-18

WATERLOO – More than 600 political scientists from Canada and around the world will gather at Wilfrid Laurier University May 16-18 to discuss a wide range of topics, from the recent federal election to Canada’s role in Afghanistan, as part of the 2011 national conference of the Canadian Political Science Association.

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Awards

OpenText Awarded Two 2011 SAP Pinnacle Awards; ECM Solutions to Gain Wide Exposure at SAPPHIRE NOW

Global Partner Awards Presented to Top SAP Partners for Delivering Unparalleled Technology, Services and Solutions to Mutual Customers

Waterloo - OpenText announced it has been awarded two 2011 SAP Pinnacle awards: Global Software Solution Partner of the Year and Global Enterprise Support Partner of the Year. SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to leading SAP partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAPand driving customer success.

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Health

Grand opening: acute inpatient mental health at GRH’s KW Site: 835 King Street West in Kitchener

Kitchener - Grand River Hospital wishes to invite members of the media to a celebration to officially open expanded and renovated inpatient mental health units at the KW Site.

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Council

Region of Waterloo Council Meeting

Waterloo - Council Info from May 11, 2011 Region of Waterloo Council Meeting.

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Competition

Business case competition winners from Vancouver high schools head to Laurier

WATERLOO – Four high school student winners of the first-ever Laurier Business Case Competition in Vancouver, BC will head to Wilfrid Laurier University May 12 to attend the Leadership in Business Conference.

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Education

Catholic Board’s Students Excel at SKILLS

Waterloo - Students from Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools have once again come up big at the provincial Skills Canada competitions held May 3rd at RIM Park in Waterloo.

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Conference

Laurier conference to assess the complexities of South Asian migration

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s International Migration Research Centre is hosting a conference May 19 to 21 on the topic of South Asian migration at its Waterloo campus.

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PSA

Artist-in-residence workshop puts the focus on photography as art

KITCHENER – Pressing the shutter button on a camera is the least important part of photography, according to Sean M Puckett, the City of Kitchener’s 2011 artist-in-residence. Puckett is teaching a workshop on mindful photography on Saturday, May 21, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Conestoga Room, on the ground floor of Kitchener City Hall.

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Appointment

Bill Chesney Named as Cambridge Fire Chief

Cambridge - Cambridge City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of William (Bill) Chesney as Fire Chief for the Cambridge Fire Department.

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Community

From Poverty to Performing Arts

The Guelph Community Foundation is Accepting Grant Applications for a Variety of Projects

Guelph – Soon your garden will be growing just like the pool of available grants from The Guelph Community Foundation! The Foundation announced that $91,000 is available for community organizations that have projects in the areas of Building Vital Communities and Arts & Culture as part of its overall 2011 Community Grants Program.

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Award

Xylotek Solutions Recognized for Excellence in Workforce Training & Development

IT Company Honoured with Mayor’s Award

CAMBRIDGE – Xylotek Solutions, a full-service, IT consulting firm, was honoured with the 2011 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Training & Development during a televised awards reception and presentation last night at Cambridge City Hall. Xylotek was selected in the small business category for companies with fewer than 50 employees.

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Agriculture

Ontario Food Cluster declares increased hunger for international business at SIAL Canada 2011

Toronto – Choosing SIAL Canada 2011, an international tradeshow with 200,000 visitors from more than 200 countries, for its launch, the newly formed Ontario Food Cluster is declaring an increased hunger to attract more agri-food firms outside Canada to join or expand an existing 2,500 food and beverage companies in the province.

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Aquisition

Equation Technologies Announces Acquisition of Balgord Software Solutions

Acquisition bolsters Equation Technologies’ Sage practice and extends presence across the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario

Toronto – Equation Technologies, a leading provider of integrated business technology solutions, announced that it has acquired the Sage practice of Balgord Software Solutions, a provider of business application software for small to mid-size companies and nonprofit organizations with a focus on Sage ERP Accpac, Sage CRM, and Sage Fundraising solutions.

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Theft

Value of PC Software Theft in Canada Totals Nearly US$1.1 Billion in 2010

Study finds computer users overwhelmingly value legal software; yet many lack awareness of which software is legal and which is not

TORONTO - The commercial value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers in Canada reached US$1.066 billion in 2010 as 28 per cent of software deployed on PCs during the year was pirated. These are among the findings of the Business Software Alliance 2010 Global Software Piracy Study.

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Award

Dr. Duncan Stewart to Receive Biomedical Science Ambassador Award

OTTAWA Dr. Duncan Stewart, CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Vice-President of Research at The Ottawa Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, will receive the prestigious Biomedical Science Ambassador Award from Partners in Research on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at The Ottawa Evening Gala.

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R & D

ARBORANANO LAUNCHES NINE NEW PROJECTS TO DEVELOP HIGH-PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS USING FOREST-DERIVED NANOMATERIALS

Cross-sector and academic research collaboration to support the development of competitive manufactured products and revitalize the Canadian forestry sector

Pointe-Claire – ArboraNano, a member of Canada’s Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program, is pleased to announce the launch of nine new research and development projects targeting innovative paper grades, improved foams and nanocomposite developments using forest nanomaterials. Seven of these projects will focus on the use of non-toxic and environmentally-friendly nanocrystalline cellulose.

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Prices

New Housing Price Index

Statscan - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) was unchanged in March following a 0.4% advance in February. Monthly increases in some metropolitan regions were offset by decreases in other regions resulting in no change to the Canada level index.

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Guest Column

Increase Your Potential by Improving Your Perception
By Dr. Jill Wade and Dr. Kelly Martin

John was accustomed to having Superhero status with his family, friends and business colleagues. He was handsome, strong, witty and had been a motivated executive in his company for many years. Recently, as he was leaving a long day at work, he caught a glimpse of his reflection and was shocked at what he saw. He was unable to recognize the defeated, unhappy, overweight, and tired version of “Superhero” John. He felt the weight of the world on his shoulders but was completely unmotivated to do anything about it. So he began to wonder: is perception the reflection of what is going on inside of you?


 


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