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Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

Reuben Margolin makes wave-like sculptures that undulate, spiral, bob and dip in gloriously natural-seeming ways, driven by arrays of cogs and gears. As a kid, Margolin was into math and physics; at college, he switched to liberal arts and ended up studying painting in Italy and Russia.


Rotary Club gives $50,000 for new Guelph Lake Nature Centre

Guelph - The Rotary Club has donated $50, 000 to the Grand River Conservation Foundation, which is leading the effort to raise $3 million to build a new Guelph Nature Centre. The GRCF is the fund-raising arm of the Grand River Conservation Authority.


Laurier appoints Gohar Ashoughian to role of university librarian

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Gohar Ashoughian to the role of university librarian for a five-year term commencing Aug. 1, 2012. "We are very pleased to have Ms. Ashoughian join Laurier as university librarian,” said Deborah MacLatchy, the university’s vice-president: academic and provost. “She brings extensive library leadership experience and excels at working collaboratively with academic units within the university as well as with external partners.”


New Executive Director of Canadian insulation association sets sustainability and energy efficiency as top priorities

OTTAWA - The board of directors of NAIMA Canada announced the appointment of Jay Nordenstrom as Executive Director of the association. "Jay brings extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, with established relationships with government and other organizations. He is well suited to help meet the insulation sector's priorities and challenges," stated NAIMA Canada chairman, Ric McFadden, Vice President and General Manager Owens Corning Canada Building Materials Group.

Guest Column

Making Business Decisions Can Be Simple: Let It Be Easy
By Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D.

With the challenges in the economy in the last few years, many leaders are getting discouraged. It used to be so easy to succeed. Now it’s more challenging. Leaders everywhere have to do more with less working with fewer resources, lower budgets and smaller staffs.

Records Set

Manulife Financial reports 1Q12 income of $1.2 billion and 35 per cent growth in insurance sales, including all-time record in Asia.

Delivered net income attributed to shareholders of $1,206 million; Strengthened underlying earnings from 4Q11; Grew total Company insurance sales1,2 35 per cent. Record insurance sales in Asia; Achieved record level of $512 billion in funds under management1 as at March 31, 2012; Reduced strain through improved business mix and lower new business expenses.

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation reported today net income attributed to shareholders of $1,206 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The quarter's performance reflects strong markets, growth in insurance sales and strengthened underlying earnings compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Fully diluted earnings per share, excluding convertible instruments1, were $0.66 and return on common shareholders' equity1 was 21 per cent.

Guest Column

Social advertising invokes peer pressure
By Doug Lacombe, Columnist Troy Media

Question: When is an ad not an ad? Answer: When it’s a story, maybe even one shared by a friend.

In the ever-changing world of digital advertising, and the never-ending quest for business models for online publishers, “social advertising” is suddenly all the rage.


Home Hardware Dealer Recognized as North American Retail Hardware Association Young Retailer of the Year

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Dealer-Owner Tyler Knight of Knights’ Home Building Centre in Meaford, Ontario, has been recognized as a Young Retailer of the Year by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) at a ceremony in Las Vegas.


Artist Steve Lambert to present lecture in Kitchener as part of the Big Ideas in Art and Culture Lecture Series

Kitchener - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) and Musagetes are pleased to announce that Steve Lambert will present his practice at the Big Ideas in Art & Culture Lecture Series. The lecture will be taking place in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W., Kitchener, ON) on Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.


FCM president Berry Vrbanovic comments on accompanying delegation of Governor General to support Canada’s trade and assistance agenda in Caribbean

OTTAWA – Following his participation this week in the accompanying delegation of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to support Canada’s trade and assistance agenda in the Caribbean.


Canadian solar company expands its presence in South-East Europe

Kitchener - Canadian Solar Inc. announced its further strategic expansion into South-East Europe by supplying 3.3 MW of solar modules for a PV project in Bulgaria. The solar power plant was built in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, on the grounds of the leading Bulgarian food and beverage company Philicon 97 SA and was connected to the grid in February.


Manulife Financial Hires 20-Year Veteran of Asia's Financial Services Sector, Steve Roder, as Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation today announced the appointment of Steve Roder as incoming Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Prosperity Institute

Insight: Focus on the East Region and Brockville

This week, they take a look at the Eastern Region and the benchmarking community of Brockville, Ontario.

Toronto - The Martin Prosperity Institute recently completed a large scale research project for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which provided benchmarking and analysis of Ontario’s rural Creative Economy.

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