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Thursday October 13, 2011

Ted Talks

Richard Seymour: How beauty feels

A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object -- how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.


Company Named One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2012 also named a Top Employer for Young People for 2nd Consecutive Year

Waterloo - OpenText has been selected a Top 100 Employer in Canada by editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project for the 2012 competition. OpenText was also named in mid-September as a Top Employer for Young People in a special category of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognition for the second year in a row.


Capstone events put the finishing touches on Laurier’s centennial celebrations

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will cap off its 100th anniversary celebrations with four events the weekend of Oct. 28-30: two concerts featuring alumna and soprano Jane Archibald, a one-of-a-kind “Ahead by a Century” centennial party and a video featuring highlights from the centennial year.


Healthy chocolate? Ontario Food Cluster tastes trade and investment potential with 150,000 global food industry executives at Anuga 2011 in Cologne

“Healthy chocolate” technology an example of commercialization momentum drawing international companies to Ontario’s knowledge-rich food cluster

Waterloo Region - A week after Forbes Magazine rated Canada as the world’s top country for business, the Ontario Food Cluster is bringing its business investment and innovation message to Anuga 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

Public Lecture

Laurier features “Dr. Jill” sharing how she rebuilt her brain – from the inside out

WATERLOO – Laurier welcomes Jill Bolte Taylor (“Dr. Jill”), an author, neuroanatomist, and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, to deliver her talk “How to Get Your Brain to do What you Want it to do” at a centennial event October 18.


The World of Motorcycles Expo is now accepting applications for exhibitor space in our 2012 shows in Hamilton, London and Kitchener.

Kitchener - WOMEX attendees shop for motorcycles and accessories, riding destinations, detailing products, leathers and boots, travel-ready clothing, financial services, jewellery, artwork, and much more. Motorcycle enthusiasts also have other modes of transportation. Vehicle-related products also do well at the shows. If you have a product or service that you would like to showcase to thousands of show-goers who have money to spend, join WOMEX.

Career Planning Workshops

New business targets teens with unique career mapping workshops throughout Waterloo Region

WATERLOO REGION –Interactive and fun new career planning workshops for high school students, featuring a new and unique career mapping tool, aim to help Waterloo Region’s teens make one of the most important decisions of their lives.


Laurier’s Sustainability Office hosts electronics recycling drop-off day

Waterloo Region - Wilfrid Laurier University’s Sustainability Office, in conjunction with Complete Electronic Recovery Services, is holding a “Go Green Electronics Recycling Day” to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing.


Your invitation for "This Close" program to "End Polio Now"

Kitchener - Please join the five Rotary Clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo for a complimentary luncheon so you can be introduced to the Rotary International "End Polio Now" campaign. This initiative has made tremendous in-roads toward eradicating one of the world's most feared diseases of the 20th century. Rotary International is "This Close" to ending polio once and for all.

International Aid

Canadians seek an answer to the $5 billion question

National push for foreign aid transparency comes to Guelph

GUELPH – In cities across Canada, thousands of citizens are asking a $5 billion question of the federal government – are Canada's foreign aid investments achieving their maximum impact?


New Report Applauds Canada's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

TORONTO - A recent report titled "The Power of Many: Realizing the socioeconomic potential of entrepreneurs in the 21st century" prepared for the upcoming G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) in Nice, France, has found Canada to have the most entrepreneurial ecosystem of all the G20 economies.


Who are Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs?

Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs are role models with business smarts to share

TORONTO - They come from all corners of Canada and their businesses couldn't be more diverse, spanning all industries and ranging in size from five to 1,300 employees. The women on the PROFIT W100 ranking of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs do have some things in common, however: fierce drive, deep resourcefulness and razor-sharp business acumen.


Canadian international merchandise trade

Statscan - Canada's merchandise imports grew 0.7% and exports increased 0.5% in August. As a result, Canada's trade deficit with the world went from $539 million in July to $622 million in August.


Mergers and acquisitions and emerging markets top of mind with private companies this year

TORONTO - According to a survey of Canadian private companies, almost half (47%) of the respondents who plan to grow their business in the next 12 months, plan to do so through mergers (11%) or acquisitions (36%), showing an upward trend from last year.


CropLife Canada Supports Commitment to Anti-Counterfeiting

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement enables a strong international framework against counterfeit pesticide products

OTTAWA - CropLife Canada strongly supports the commitment of national governments to join forces to fight counterfeiting and increase intellectual property protection. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will strengthen standards for the enforcement of intellectual property, helping the global fight against counterfeit products.


Canada’s Largest and Longest-Running Manufacturing Event is on the Move

Toronto – Organizers of the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show Canada’s premiere manufacturing event, have announced a new location for 2013: the newly improved Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario


Mobile computing and social media top the list of future technology investment for Canada's private companies

TORONTO - Canadian private companies are optimistic about growth opportunities and are investing in mobile computing and social media to help them achieve their growth aspirations, according to findings from a PwC survey.


Canada's CFO of the Year 2012 Award Nominations Now Open

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TORONTO - Nominations are now being accepted at for the 2012 Canada's CFO of the Year Award. The presenting sponsors for the 2012 award are Financial Executives International Canada, PwC, and Robert Half. Now in its tenth year, the award honours the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial leaders. Nominations close on December 16, 2011.


S.S. Keewatin coming home to Canada

Last Edwardian-era Great Lakes steamship in the world being repatriated
to original home in Port McNicoll, Ont.

TORONTO - An illustrious piece of Canadian maritime history is finally coming home. Skyline International Development Inc. and Douglas, Mich. entrepreneur R.J. Peterson have made an agreement to purchase and repatriate the S.S. Keewatin—the crown jewel in the Canadian Pacific Railway's once-mighty Great Lakes Steamship fleet—to its original home in Port McNicoll, Ont. Municipal council in Tay Township, which encompasses Port McNicoll, has passed a motion allowing the vessel to return.

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