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Ted Talks

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

David got his start with Engineers without Borders when he founded the organization's Calgary chapter. He then worked for four years as the Engineers without Border's director of Southern African programs, consulting with governments and NGOs on agriculture, sanitation and development.


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Global Change

Outlook on the Global Agenda 2012 Report Identifies Top Global Issues and Proposes New Models for Crisis-ridden Economy

Geneva, Switzerland – The world needs to embrace new ways of running its institutions to rise to the challenges of 2012, concludes the World Economic Forum’s Outlook on the Global Agenda 2012.

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Growth

New CEO outlines Sun Life Financial growth strategy

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced the completion of a major strategic review of its businesses. Dean A. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, said the company will be repositioned to accelerate growth, improve return on shareholders' equity and reduce volatility by concentrating its future growth into four key pillars:

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Media

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan divest Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Toronto - Rogers Communications announced that it, along with Bell Canada, are jointly acquiring a net 75 percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

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Guest Column

Improve Productivity: Identify Your Staff’s Motivating Factors

By Diane Ciotta

What’s In It For Me? This common phrase exemplifies the reality of how people are primarily focused on the things that matter most to them. This is well depicted in the story of a young car salesman who enthusiastically shared with his 75-year-old female prospect the feature of how the new model SUV’s spare tire bin was designed to double as a beer cooler; perfect for tailgating!

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Economic Development

Region of Waterloo launches its Open Data portal to Regions Resources

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo has officially launched its Open Data portal. Releasing a preliminary group of data sets, that are made available to the public through it's latest website. The release of data, said a report, had very few restrictions. It's designed to encourage community collaboration then innovation through the creation of a applications based, cloud service system, one that solves unique problems and provides services the public, as it grows.

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Telecommuting

Tips on how to ensure network security when working from home

As many people struggle to find work-life balance, the concept of telecommuting- the ability to work from home- is gaining traction. According to the latest Statistics Canada data, 1.4 million Canadians work at home at least part of the time and a 2010 study by Workopolis found that more than h alf of Canadians would like the option to work from home in order to avoid long commutes and increase productivity.

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Politics

Carleton Celebrates First Semester of Unique Political Management Program

OTTAWA – Carleton University’s unique graduate program to train the political leaders of tomorrow celebrated a successful first term Thursday at a reception hosted by Assistant Deputy Speaker Barry Devolin on Parliament Hill as new Fellows of the program were announced.

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Wrapping Up

Government Wraps-Up Year

Ontario Focuses On Creating Jobs, Strengthening Economy

Ontario is moving forward to address the most important priority for Ontario families: jobs and the economy. The fall session of the Ontario Legislature wrapped up yesterday with a number of important initiatives and bills being introduced including:

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Big Business

Longevity insurance, answer to employers defined benifit pension plan

Innovation protects pension plans from unexpected increases in members' life expectancy

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial has introduced an innovative solution designed to lessen life expectancy risk for companies that offer defined benefit (DB) pension plans to employees. Longevity insurance provides plan sponsors with protection from the extra pension costs that arise if their plan members live longer than expected.


 
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