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Tuesday May 10, 2011

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Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse

At TEDxCaltech, cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.


Deans appointed for Social Work and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has named Nick Coady as dean of the Faculty of Social Work and reappointed Joan Norris to a second term as dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


Young homeowners optimistic about when they'll be debt-free: Years of experience give older homeowners a more realistic perspective on debt

WATERLOO - More than four out of 10 Canadian homeowners aged 30-39 expect to be debt-free by the end of their forties and another third expect to be debt-free in their fifties, according to Manulife Bank of Canada's quarterly Debt Freedom Survey. The reality, though, is that only seven per cent of homeowners aged 40-49 and 16 per cent aged 50-59 have actually paid off all their debts.


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 SAP and driving customer success. Winners were selected based on over 150 nominations in 18 categories received from partners and SAP employees.


What in the world are we thinking about? CIGI takes part in CU Expo 2011

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation is pleased to take part in CU Expo 2011, a Canadian-led conference expected to draw 600 people to Waterloo Region from May 10-14. The CU Expo provides an opportunity for global issues to be discussed at a local level, and to raise awareness about the positive impact that community-university partnerships can have locally and on a larger scale for social change.


CIGI appoints Susan Schadler and Simon Zadek as senior visiting fellows

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Schadler and Simon Zadek as senior visiting fellows.


The Co-operators gives nod to St. Joseph's new Acquired Brain Injury Centre

GUELPH - St. Joseph's Health Centre has opened Guelph's only centre for survivors of acquired brain injury thanks in part to a generous $100,000 donation from The Co-operators.



Guelph - The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is hosting this exciting and innovative conference Growing the Food Continuum on May 12, 2011 in Guelph. The primary focus of this event is to highlight what the workforce challenges and opportunities are likely to be in the food industry now and in the future as innovation and consumer demand shape the industry.


Awards Highlight Excellent Local Approaches for Workforce Development

Cambridge - The annual presentations for the ‘Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Training and Development’ took place this evening at the Cambridge City Council meeting. Council paid tribute to local organizations that demonstrated exceptional initiatives in workforce training and development. Three organizations rose to the top this year for the training and development honours: Xylotek Solutions Inc, Cambridge Libraries and Galleries, and Aecon Industrial.


The Summer Activities Guide is out early this year

Change Notice for Registration Deadline

Cambridge - The Summer Activities Guide, with over 70 pages of recreation opportunities for all ages, will be issued two weeks earlier this year to coincide with earlier registration dates for selected summer programs. This year’s Summer Guide will be released on Tuesday May 17th.


Research Plenary features work of rising stars
by Laura Thompson

Hamilton - Alison Fenney knows we (or perhaps that should be Wii) have a lot to learn about the role video games can play in treating people with dementia. The McMaster University PhD candidate in neuroscience studied the capacity of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia to learn new physical tasks. Using the Nintendo Wii bowling game, Fenney completed a nine-week training session with three patients with dementia who served as case studies. Five months later, the participants received a follow-up retention test.


FedEx Courier of the Year

Mississauga - FedEx Canada announced the winners of the fifth annual Courier of the Year Award. The award recognizes couriers who demonstrated commitment and superior customer experience. More than 5,300 Canadians placed their votes for their favourite couriers and after tabulating the results, Barry Feszczyn, who works in Cambridge was chosen as one of four award recipients.

Real Estate

Waterloo’s real estate market set to outperform other regions of the province over the next 3 - 5 years

Toronto - The Real Estate Investment Network, Canada's leading real estate research organization has just released its latest report on the top Ontario cities and towns for real estate investment. Out of the hundreds of cities and towns in Ontario, Waterloo ranked #4 in the province.


J.D. Power and Associates Reports: With Smartphone and Data Usage Continuing to Rise, Canadian Wireless Customers Indicate Dissatisfaction with the Cost of Service to Support their Mobile Needs

Koodo Mobile, SaskTel and Videotron Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Wireless Providers in Their Respective Regions

TORONTO - As average monthly wireless charges increase from 2009, wireless customers indicate they are particularly dissatisfied with the cost of their service, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction StudySM just released.


York University becomes 17th member of MARS Innovation

MARS Innovation to act as commercialization agent for York’s life sciences and technology discoveries, leveraging potential for $70 million in existing research initiatives

TORONTO – York University has become the latest member of MARS Innovation, the commercialization agent for many leading Toronto-based universities, hospitals and research institutes.


CAW Urges Improvements to Public Health Care, Celebrates Nurses Week

TORONTO - In honour of National Nurses Week, May 9-15 2011, CAW President Ken Lewenza commended the important contributions of nurses and all other health care workers in their efforts to enhance and preserve the well-being of Canadians in the nation's publicly funded, universal health care system.


2011 ICCO Business Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Five outstanding leaders honoured by the Italian-Canadian business community

TORONTO - The ICCO is pleased to host the 9th Annual Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario Business Excellence Awards in Toronto on May 12. The awards are presented to the most outstanding and innovative leaders from the business community. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be none other than Rick Campanelli of Entertainment Tonight Canada.


Future Innovations Marketing Announces Partnership with Environmental Communication Options

Alliance forged to service Green conscious businesses

Toronto - Future Innovations Marketing, Canada's first membership-based environmental and health & wellness marketing firm, announces its new partnership with Environmental Communication Options.


Wholesale Services Price Index

Statscan - The Wholesale Services Price Index edged down 0.1% in the fourth quarter. A decrease in petroleum margins contributed to this decline.

Guest Column

Longevity and the General Manager
By Norm Spitzig

Why is it that relatively few general managers can work-and succeed-in the same company for a long period of time, while the majority cannot and do not? Conversely, why is it that a good number of businesses, given their history, tradition, culture and/or governance structure, cannot keep-or choose not to keep-a general manager who has the talent, temperament and desire to successfully manage their operation for a long period of time? This issue is clearly one that, properly understood, can be of significant value to businesses of all types and sizes as well as the many general managers who operate them.


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