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Wednesday December 5, 2012

Ted Talks

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.


Laurier’s Deborah MacLatchy named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

WATERLOO – Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: academic and provost for Wilfrid Laurier University, has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2012 in a Top 100 list compiled by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). MacLatchy was honoured in the category for public-sector leaders. Nominees are assessed on four criteria: management role, vision and leadership, financial performance, and community service. Photo Deborah MacLatchy

Prestigious Medal

Waterloo’s Joshua Huff receives top accounting honour

Secures Governor General’s Gold Medal with help of comprehensive training program

WATERLOO – Waterloo's Joshua Huff has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal for achieving the highest standing in Canada in the 2012 Uniform Evaluation (UFE). Joshua is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Business Administration program, and joined KPMG LLP (KPMG) in September 2011.


Top 10 Business Issues with Legal Implications 2013

TORONTO - From a global economic perspective, Canada made it through 2012 relatively unscathed compared to many other advanced economies. Growth has been modest but steady, thanks to the lumber, auto and financial sectors, and Canada's policies and responsible banking practices have shielded it from the global economic crisis to a degree.


Ontario Government Retreats on Climate Change

Queens Park - Ontario's Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, says the Ontario government is backing away from its plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).


Christmas Fantasy and Christkindl Market open Thursday, Dec. 6

Kitchener – Christmas Fantasy and Christkindl Market will share their opening ceremonies again this year, on Thursday, Dec. 6. These festive events mark the beginning of the Christmas season in downtown Kitchener.


Individuals and Corporations celebrated at Game Changer Awards

OTTAWA – The Canadian Solar Industries Association celebrated its leaders and innovators with an edgy gala during Solar Canada 2012 – the Game Changer Awards.


University of Waterloo's Environment 3 building earns LEED Platinum certification

WATERLOO - Environment 3, the newest building at the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment, has earned platinum status for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).



OTTAWA - A group of industry association is joining forces in a new Bio-economy network (BEN) to explore ways to take advantage of the significant emerging potential in the global marketplace for bio-based products.


Grand River Hospital declares an end to influenza A outbreak on Union Terrace Two at Freeport Site

Waterloo Region - Grand River Hospital has worked with Region of Waterloo Public Health to declare an end to the influenza A outbreak on Union Terrace Two at its Freeport Site.


Clare Beckton Named One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2012 Awards

Ottawa - Clare Beckton, executive director of the Carleton Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership, has received the prestigious 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Champions category.


Canadian Wireless Industry Veteran Joins eRecyclingCorps As General Manager for Canadian Operations

Patrick Button brings two decades of executive experience at leading OEMs and Bell Canada to device trade-in leader

IRVING, Texas - eRecyclingCorps (eRC), the provider of carrier-grade wireless device trade-in solutions, announced the appointment of Patrick Button as vice president and general manager for Canada. Based out of Waterloo, Ontario, Button will lead eRC's Canadian operations and expansion strategy, including management of the company's existing device trade-in programs with TELUS and other leading wireless operators and retailers throughout the country.


Operationalizing Privacy by Design: From Rhetoric to Reality

Commissioner Cavoukian outlines the steps for organizations to take to implement strong privacy practices, for enduring success

TORONTO - Information management and its protection is imperative to any organization's success, regardless of its size. Privacy breaches can have profound and long-term adverse consequences, including significant financial impact and damage to the reputation and brand of the organizations involved.

Digital Event

Annual Event Attracted More than 1,400 Global Attendees

WATERLOO - OpenText concluded OpenText Enterprise World 2012, one of the most widely attended customer conference in the company's history. Last month, more than 1,400 OpenText customers, partners and industry experts from around the world converged in Orlando, and participated in over 140 sessions and workshops to learn how they can securely and effectively unleash the power of their enterprise information to drive differentiation and business value.


New Collaboration Will Result in Optimal Media and Process Parameters for Affordable Stem Cell Therapies

Cambridge, UK and Toronto - TAP Biosystems, a supplier of innovative cell culture systems and consumables for life science applications, has joined the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine’s (CCRM) industry consortium to translate laboratory cell culture conditions into optimized processes and media for commercial production of cellular therapies.

Honorary Patron

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario becomes Honorary Patron of Carleton University’s READ Initiative

Ottawa - Carleton University is pleased to announce the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as Honorary Patron of the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design (READ) Initiative under the direction of the Faculty of Engineering and Design.

Fund Raiser

Kick Off of Fundraising Campaign for Langs

Celebrate Christmas in Style: STARS Men’s Wear Kicks-off Fundraising Campaign for Langs!

Cambridge – On Saturday December 8th 2012, STARS Men’s Wear in the Cambridge Centre Mall will host an event marking the kick off of a two-week long fundraising campaign for Langs. STARS Men’s Wear will donate a portion of their day’s sales from Saturday December 8th to Langs and will also be selling paper tree ornaments for the 2 weeks preceding the event for $2 each, all proceeds to Langs.


Laurier appoints AIDS expert Alan Whiteside as CIGI Chair in Global Health

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed the internationally recognized academic and AIDS researcher Alan Whiteside to the position of CIGI Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His term will begin in 2013. Prior to joining Laurier, Whiteside was the founder and director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has written numerous articles and several books on HIV/AIDS, including AIDS: The Challenge for South Africa (2000) and HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2008).

Arts & Culture

Local youth create artwork for Langs

New facility is site of d3’s Youth Vision art installation
Cambridge – On Friday, December 7th, at 4:30 p.m. the artists and youth participants of Cambridge’s d3 Artworks Inc. will unveil another installment of the United Youth Vision Cultural Artwork series of projects dating back to 2002. With previous projects unveiled in Newfoundland, Cambridge YMCA Z beside the Y, and the Galt Legion, this 32’ piece, depicting the importance of Langs to its community, adds to the team’s impressive array of public art throughout the Region.


Conergy awarded “Distributor of the Year” prize at CanSIA’s Game Changer Awards Gala

Toronto – The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a national trade association representing approximately 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada since 1992, hosted a new event at this year’s Solar Canada 2012 Conference – the 2012 Game Changer Awards Gala.


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