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Tuesday June 12, 2012

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Ted Talks

John Hockenberry: We are all designers

Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry has reported from all over the world in virtually every medium. He's the author of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence."


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Education - Users Conference

Desire2Learn Announces Plans for FUSION 2012, Ninth Annual Users' Conference

With just over a month to go until FUSION 2012 begins, Desire2Learn is gearing up for its largest users' conference

Kitchener-Waterloo - Desire2Learn announced plans and detailed session information for FUSION 2012 - Desire2Learn's ninth annual users' conference in San Diego, California.

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Guest Column - New Media

So You Think You Have Social Media Covered?
Here Are A Few Reasons You Might Want to Think Again!
by Marsha Friedman

I remember when the Internet first gained prominence and it became apparent that having a Web site was essential for any commercial enterprise.

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Document Security

Large businesses may have document security on their radars, but both large and small companies are not doing enough to protect confidential information

Businesses admit they would pay more attention to data security if they were at risk of being fined

TORONTO - Consumers entrust their personal information to companies daily without hesitation—from banks to medical centres to law firms. However, research conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Shred-it shows that many organizations, regardless of their size, are not making document security part of their business culture and could be putting themselves and their customers at risk.

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Human Resources

Groupe Convex Presscott-Russell Inc. receives funding boost from The Co-operators

GUELPH - Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell Inc., a non-profit organization that helps local people gain skills and access to employment opportunities, received a boost today with the announcement of a $20,000 grant from The Co-operators.

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Social Governace

Launch of Landmark Guidebook: The Governance of Social Enterprises

The Governance of Social Enterprises: Managing Your Organization for Success launched at the "Advancing Good Governance in International Development" conference at Oxford University
This landmark document, the result of a collaboration between the Technical University of Munich, European Business School and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, offers actionable tools based on research

Geneva, Switzerland – Yesterday, a landmark resource for social enterprises, The Governance of Social Enterprises: Managing Your Organization for Success, was launched at the first "Advancing Good Governance in International Development" seminar at Oxford University.

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Top 50

Sun Life Financial named one of Canada's Best 50 Corporate Citizens for 2012

Waterloo/Toronto - Sun Life Financial is pleased to be named to the 2012 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list by Corporate Knights. For the seventh time in 11 years, Sun Life has been recognized as one of the country's top companies in the area of corporate social responsibility, which is a testament to the company's ongoing commitment to environmental, social and governance issues.

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Interesting

Association in Ontario Granted Intervener Status by Justice O'Connor

TORONTO—Yesterday, the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) was granted intervener status by Justice O’Connor in the case between Blue Mountain Resorts Limited v. Ontario (the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Labour Relations Board).

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Appointments

OpenText Strengthens Executive Leadership Team

Announces New Leadership for Worldwide Field Operations, Engineering, and Human Resources

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation announced three key appointments to its executive leadership team designed to strengthen and propel the company through its next stage of growth.

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Economic Development

Community-based organizations receive $200,000 from The Co-operators

GUELPH - Today, The Co-operators announced more than $200,000 in funding for 11 community-based organizations across the country. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, which supports programs that help disadvantaged people gain skills and move toward self-reliance.

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Pensions

OMERS Private Equity Acquires Lifeways

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM/TORONTO, ONTARIO- - OMERS Private Equity the private equity arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds - has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lifeways from August Equity for an undisclosed sum, backing Paul Marriner, CEO in a secondary Management buy-out.

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Immigration

C.D. Howe Institute Book Co-authored by Carleton Professor Wins Prestigious Purvis Memorial Prize

Ottawa - The C.D. Howe Institute's groundbreaking study of immigration policyreform has won the 2012 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize. The Canadian Economics Association announced that Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach by Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick won the prize.

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Water

Great Lakes Initiative Cleanup Helps Restore Grand Calumet River

CHICAGO - The recent completion of a $52 million project to rid Roxana Marsh of contaminated sediment will speed the recovery of Indiana’s Grand Calumet River, marking a step forward for one of the Great Lakes’ most complex Area of Concern cleanups.

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Health Care

McMaster study debunks belief insulin puts people with diabetes at risk of heart disease

International study involves more than 12,500 people in 40 countries over six years

Hamilton – Researchers at McMaster University have discovered that long-term insulin use does not harm people with diabetes or pre-diabetes or put them at risk of heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

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Recognition

Conestoga College TV broadcast student recipient of mpGO award for outstanding achievement in writer/producer specialization

Kitchener – Katy Martel has a special reason to smile. The 2nd-year Conestoga College TV broadcast student is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Writer/Producer Specialization Award, a $200 honour sponsored by the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO).

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Fund Raising

Help a Lot & YMCA Strong Kids Campaign working together to build the health of our community

Kitchener – From June 15 to 23, local Zehrs stores will be raising funds for kids in the community. Zehrs’ cashiers in Waterloo Region will be inviting shoppers to add $2 to their grocery bill to help to send a kid to a YMCA Day Camp this summer. All donations generated will remain and be used in our community.

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Economic Development

Co-op supporting Saskatoon youth receives funding from The Co-operators

GUELPH - Saskatoon's Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-operative (CNYC) received a boost today with the announcement of a $15,000 grant from The Co-operators. The funding is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, which supports programs that help disadvantaged people gain skills and move toward self-reliance.

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New Team

New Chief Executive Frank Vettese Takes the Helm at Deloitte Canada

TORONTO - Deloitte, one of the country's leading professional services firms, announced today that Frank Vettese has become the new Managing Partner and Chief Executive for Canada.

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Recognition

City presented WaterSmart award from the Lifesaving Society of Ontario

KITCHENER – The City of Kitchener received a special award tonight for the work its aquatics division has done in drowning prevention public education.

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Financial Supperting Finance

Saint John's Community Loan Fund to receive $60,000 from The Co-operators

GUELPH - The Saint John Community Loan Fund received a boost today with the announcement that The Co-operators will provide $60,000 in funding over three years. The funding is being provided through The Co-operators Foundation's Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, which supports programs that help disadvantaged people gain skills and move toward self-reliance.

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