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Wednesday October 30, 2013

Ted Talks

Mohamed Hijri: A simple solution to the coming phosphorus crisis

Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that's a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm -- with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution?


Matt Rendall, CEO of Clearpath Robotics, Named Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Kitchener - The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards, celebrating 20 years of honoring entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada, announced CEO of Clearpath Robotics, Matt Rendall, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013 Ontario award winner in the category of Young Entrepreneur. The Ernst & Young Awards Gala was held at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre Thursday evening. “I am thrilled and incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Matt Rendall, CEO and co-founder of Clearpath Robotics. “Entrepreneurship is a team sport; this milestone is shared equally amongst my dedicated business partners and the whole Clearpath team – we are in this together 100%.” With Matt Rendall’s leadership, Clearpath Robotics became profitable within 18 months of its inception, and has since developed a customer base of leading researchers in over 25 countries around the world.


Catholic Board Sets Dates for Rural West Waterloo School Closure Review Public Meetings

Waterloo Region - On May 27, 2013 the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board voted to establish an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) to conduct a school closure review on the west side of the Region of Waterloo involving the following schools: St. Clement CES, St. Agatha CES, Holy Family CES, St. Nicholas CES, and Holy Rosary CES. The review will conclude in late Spring, 2014.


Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Los Angeles - Be Great Partners, a Los Angeles incubator with a $6 million investment fund and a 500 company startup goal, has put together two months of comprehensive research and analysis to release a semi-annual report on the current status of the Los Angeles startup industry and what it needs to surpass the other leading tech ecosystems to become the number one startup ecosystem in the world. Be Great Partners has broken down Los Angeles in the areas of geographical hubs, Hollywood connections, talent, and venture capital.


Maple Leaf Foods Reports Results for Third Quarter 2013

The Company disposed of its Rothsay by-product recycling business during the fourth quarter, pursuant to an agreement to sell the business to Darling International Inc.

TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. "This is a very challenging period of transition for the Maple Leaf organization, as the short-term impact of volatile protein market conditions, combined with the significant cost of change, has been material," said Michael H. McCain, President and CEO.


Canada Bread Reports Results for the Third Quarter 2013

TORONTO - Canada Bread Company, Limited today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Third quarter highlights include: "The business delivered solid earnings growth in the third quarter, benefiting from a very strong focus on efficiency gains, cost reduction and innovative new products," said Richard Lan, President and CEO. "We are realizing some of the benefits of our strategic initiatives already implemented and moving forward with others to realize this potential."


The Ottawa Hospital and Heart Institute recognized among Canada’s leading research hospitals

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), have moved into fourth place from sixth in the national Top 40 Research Hospital rankings, published by RE$EARCH Infosource. The ranking is based on total research funding, which grew to $153M in the 2011-12 fiscal year, up from $130M in 2010-11. TOH and UOHI also moved into fourth place from eighth in research intensity (funding per investigator). The ranking for TOH and UOHI was combined as a result of the organizations’ close relationship and ongoing research collaborations.

Column - Directing Change

Why Proven Change Methodologies Fail
By Tom Somodi

It’s astonishing how businesses and individuals are continually influenced by solution providers and consultants of change methodologies. These solution providers and consultants somehow have the ability to convince an organization and/or individual that if they want to obtain a desired change, then all they have to do is “execute this,” “do that” or “buy into this methodology.”

Record-Breaking Total

TOYOTA Invest in Community

Cambridge - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) is known for being successful at building cars, but the company is also successful at building up our community. TMMC launched its annual United Way campaign at TMMC automotive assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock in September and achieved a record-breaking total of $561,569 in less than 3 weeks.


More Than Half of Canadians Have Never Checked Their Credit Report Reveals Study

TORONTO - According to a recent Google Consumer Survey conducted by TransUnion, more than half (54.5 percent) of Canadians surveyed said they have never checked their credit report or credit score. Another 20.9 percent surveyed said they had not checked credit report or credit score in the last year.

Research Study

Research links personal and public histories of German-Canadians

Waterloo - Researchers at the University of Waterloo would like to talk to members of the German-Canadian community for a book and archive project that will both document and reveal the connections between personal life stories and public history.


MIT's Great Dome Reborn with Lumenpulse LED Lighting Technology

LED Retrofit Restores Iconic Features, Turning Building 10 Reading Room Into a Modern, 24-Hour Space

MONTREAL/BOSTON - The iconic Great Dome at MIT's Building 10 has been reborn with a new lighting design featuring LED fixtures from Lumenpulse, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, specification-grade LED lighting solutions. The new lighting scheme has for the first time revealed the full grandeur of the dome -- including the recently reopened oculus -- and turned the reading room into a modern, 24-hour space for students.

Special Events

November 1, 2013


Kitchener – Random Act of Kindness Day® will be celebrated once again in our community this Friday, November 1st, and is sure to be a day of goodwill felt in every corner of our community. Volunteer teams of 2-4 people called Kindness Krews will be out performing random acts of kindness all around Kitchener-Waterloo and area. Watch for them on the street, in your offices, in local shops and restaurants as well as in Waterloo Region schools.


European leaders to meet on behalf of Youth Finance at the European Central Bank

Frankfurt am Main, Germany – During 4-5 November leaders from Europe and Central Asia will meet at the premises of the European Central Bank together in Frankfurt am Main, Germany for the Second Annual CYFI Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia. The objective of the meeting is to strengthen and align financial inclusion, economic citizenship education and entrepreneurship initiatives for youth in the region.

November 27, 2013

Lens on Local Health Care - A Focus on Careers

This evening event brings together local health care employers sharing information on the various careers available within the Health Care sector across the regions of Waterloo and Wellington! It's presented by Health Care Human Resources Committee of Waterloo Wellington and Dufferin, Waterloo Region District School Board and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

November 2013

City lights and movement featured in city hall art galleries for November

KITCHENER – Tracking movement and energy through light and sight are the themes of the two exhibits at city hall for the month of November. Mary Ann Camps’s Street Light and an exhibit curated by the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) titled In Motion feature paintings in acrylic and oil.

November 14-17, 2013

Neruda Arts Presents K U L T R Ú N

Waterloo Region - The Region’s first Indigenous and World Music Festival, Kultrún, will feature three distinctive performances by leading contemporary artists each evening from Thurday to Saturday and a free Family Day concert on Sunday afternoon. Evening concerts will begin in the Conrad Centre at 6pm, move to the Walper Hotel Oak Room for 8pm and conclude at the Ren@41 where audience members can stay on to get social, dance and celebrate with other festival fans after the last performance of the evening.

November 6, 2013

What Makes Family Business Different Than Other Businesses?

Wellesley & District Board of Trade to host meeting with guest speaker: New President of Centre for Family Business – Rick Baker

Wellesley – The Wellesley & District Board of Trade welcomes the community to attend their upcoming meeting on November 6th to hear more about the resources available to family businesses in the area. Guest speaker, Mr. Rick Baker, the new President of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Family Business (CFFB) will speak about “what makes family businesses different than other businesses?” He will also discuss the various services the CFFB offers as they strive to support, educate and energize family businesses.

November 29, 2013

Eastwood Collegiate Institution Integrated Arts Program Gala Pays Tribute To Their Beginning

Kitchener - The Integrated Arts Program at Eastwood C.I. is dedicating their 2013 Gala extravaganza to the founders of their program which began in 1987. The Gala is entitled ‘Oracle’ paying tribute to the men and women who spear-headed the development of the Arts Program and opened a new world of high school integrated arts into the greater Kitchener/Waterloo area. For the past 26 years, arts students have benefitted from the efforts and wisdom of Wilf Baxter, Jim Hickey, George Joyce, Raymond Daniels, John Moses, Sally Hughes, and deceased founders Terry Kobayashi and Rolly Muller.

November 4, 2013

Waterloo researcher shares What Matters Now in university research with Ontarians

WATERLOO – The professor behind the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain joins a public discussion next week to ask if it is possible to build intelligent machines. Professor Chris Eliasmith, creator of Spaun, joins researchers from four other universities at Research Matters, a panel discussion moderated by journalist and broadcaster Piya Chattopadhyay, on November 4, at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton.

Free Hot Chocolate

Smarter Cities Challenge Team To Give Away Free Hot Chocolate

Waterloo - On Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m., the seven members of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team will be at Waterloo’s Veterans’ Green on University Avenue (near King Street across from WLU). The IBM team have volunteered to assist with the annual fall mulching and clean-up at the Veterans’ Green park area. While they are there, they will be handing out free hot chocolate to anyone passing through the park at that time.


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