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Ted Talks

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

Dr. Quyen Nguyen’s research (working with Roger Tsien, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) is focused on the development of fluorescently labeled probes for molecular navigation during surgery. Their first collaborative effort yielded a “smart” probe that makes tumors margins fluoresce, or “glow” and thus easier for surgeons to see and remove accurately during surgery.

TEDx Waterloo

First Three TEDxWaterloo Speakers Announced: They Draw History, Make Science Accessible and Take Long Walks Around the Earth

Region of Waterloo – One man has literally walked around the world for peace, while another brings Canadian history alive through graphic novels. Half a world away, a particle physicist, who searches the universe for dark and antimatter, shatters the knowledge barrier between science and the public.

Martin Insights

The Occupational Classes: Not All Jobs are Created Equal - Conclusion

Too often, the creative and service occupational classes are misrepresented as being in opposition with each other. This series of snapshots has established that the classes are hardly homogenous, and emphasized that considering them as such obscures some very real/worthwhile differences both within, between, and among the classes.


John Bar joins Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Guelph, Ontario

Guelph — Ray Robinson, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company’s Southwestern Ontario regional office, announced today that leading Southwestern Ontario industrial broker John Bar has joined Avison Young’s brokerage operations in Guelph.

Ecomomic Development

Hong Kong Tops Financial Development Index for the First Time

Hong Kong overtakes the United States and the United Kingdom to take the top spot of the Financial Development Index for the first time while 90% of countries surveyed have not returned to pre-crisis levels in terms of access to capital

New York – Hong Kong SAR overtakes the United States and the United Kingdom to top the World Economic Forum’s fourth annual Financial Development Report released today. As the first Asian financial centre to achieve this rank, Hong Kong’s position was bolstered by strong scores in non-banking financial services such as IPO activity and insurance.

Elective Surgery

Canada Ranks 15th in Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Internationally, lipoplasty remains the most performed procedure

Hanover - The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has released the results of the second International Study of Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures.


American Eagle Airlines announces new double daily jet service to Chicago O’Hare from the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Waterloo Region – Yesterday American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced that they will launch round-trip service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Waterloo Region starting June 14, 2012. The 13 round-trip flights per week will be operated with 50-seat Embraer Regional Jets.

New Chair


Kitchener – On November 15th Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region Board Members and staff welcomed Robin Todd, President & CEO of Marks Supply Inc. as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Guest Columns

Avoiding Merger Pitfalls: 7 Tips

By Robert Whipple, MBA, CPLP

Mergers are attempts to pool strengths and eventually drive costs down to improve competitive positioning. Normally envisioned as a way to ensure survival, mergers often lead to demise. Failure rates for mergers and acquisitions run from 50% to 80%, depending on the author and the criteria used to define "success." Given the huge financial risks involved in M&As, it is important to find ways to improve the odds.

Standard Model


Canadians Involved in the Experiment Are Excited and Eager to Press Forward

Vancouver, BC - In a seminar held at CERN this morning and then repeated across Canada at multiple partnering institutions, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Finding this particle would snap in the last missing puzzle piece of the Standard Model that describes the universe at its most basic level.

Content Management

OpenText Positioned as an Enterprise Content Management Leader by Two Independent Research Firms

Continues to Push Forward on Key Initiatives Including Cloud-Based Content Management, Mobility, Social Business, BPM

Waterloo – OpenText announced that it has been named a Leader in the latest Gartner, Inc. “ Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management ,”(1) based on the company’s ability to execute and its completeness of vision and that Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned it as a Leader in its November 2011 report, " The Forrester Wave TM : Enterprise Content Management, Q4 2011 ."


Ontario Rental Vacancies Decline in October 2011

TORONTO - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Fall 2011 Rental Market Survey, Ontario vacancy rates(1) declined to 2.2 per cent in October 2011, compared to 2.9 per cent in the October 2010. Vacancy rates moved lower for all bedroom types. Most urban centers registered lower vacancy rates. The lowest vacancy rates among major centers were in Eastern Ontario while the highest vacancy rates were in south western Ontario.


Canada's Rental Vacancy Rate Decreases

OTTAWA - The average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada's 35 major centres decreased slightly to 2.2 per cent in October 2011, from 2.6 per cent in October 2010, according to the fall Rental Market Survey released yesterday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).


CFIB compares Workers’ Compensation Boards

Ontario workers’ compensation system in need of complete overhaul; WSIB scores dead last

Toronto – New groundbreaking research, A Small Business Assessment of Workers’ Compensation, from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveals that overall all workers’ compensation boards in Canada are doing a poor job in meeting the needs of small business.


New Facility in Arizona for Renewable Energy

Positions company for future growth in non-automotive markets

AURORA - Magna International Inc. announced that its Cosma International operating unit will strengthen its manufacturing presence in the renewable energy market by opening a manufacturing facility in Phoenix , Arizona. Cosma is a leading global metalforming supplier in the automotive industry, and has recently expanded into non-automotive markets.

Standard Model

Carleton Researchers Play Key Role in Higgs Boson Announcement

Ottawa – The eyes of the scientific community were on Geneva today as the particle physics lab at the European Organization for Nuclear Research ( CERN) presented the latest results from the ATLAS and CMS collaboration in their search for the Standard Model Higgs boson.

Guest Column

Is Investing Abroad Realistic for Small Business?

By Denis L’Heureux, Regional Vice-President, EDC Canada

From an office to a whole operation, more and more SMEs are investing abroad and thriving. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) dismiss the idea of investing overseas. They view it as too complex, costly and risky. After all, aren’t we talking about opening a manufacturing facility far from home in an environment that is drastically different from Canada’s?


Local Emergency Departments Urge Patients to Prepare for Holiday Season

Waterloo Wellington – With family physician offices and urgent care centres closing or reducing hours over the holidays, local emergency departments are the only option for people seeking medical attention between Christmas and the New Year – which could lead to longer than usual waits times for patients who don’t require immediate, emergency care.

Social Entrepreneurship

Christoph Sutter and Renat Heuberger awarded as Swiss Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011

Zurich - The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has named Christoph Sutter and Renat Heuberger as the winners of the 2011 Switzerland Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award recognizes the work of their company, South Pole Carbon Asset Management, which combines local commitment to sustainable development in emerging and developing countries with solutions for global climate change.


National network formed to accelerate discoveries about the human immune system

London - When SARS struck the Greater Toronto Area in 2003 causing over 40 deaths, there was no national network of immunology scientists to quickly mobilize a search for answers. The H1N1 Pandemic also demonstrated the need for a “single stop” contact point to access national and international research groups and key organizations.

Guest Column

Kids Can Learn to Control Their Lives by Controlling Their Money

Dropout-to-Millionaire Offers Tips for Raising Take Charge Children

As a teenager, Trevor Bolin was a drug-abusing high school dropout who weighed in at more than 300 pounds. He supplemented his meager income pumping gas by hauling possessions to the pawn shop, where he picked up just enough money for hot dogs and Kraft mac and cheese.

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