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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality

“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those conversations reflected rigid norms and deep repression, El Feki also discovered that sexual conservatism in the Arab world is a relatively new thing.

New Position Appointment

Region of Waterloo announces Ron Gaudet as the new Manager of Economic Development for the Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region – Mr. Ron Gaudet has been appointed the new Manager of Economic Development, for the Region of Waterloo. ”I am very pleased to welcome Ron into this new position at the Region of Waterloo,” said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer. “As manager of Economic Development, Ron will coordinate the creation of the Region’s first Economic Development Strategy for the Region, while collaborating with a variety of community leaders and stakeholders.”


5 Qualities of a Lasting Leader

By Barry Banther

Leadership isn’t just something you do, it’s someone you become. But that requires a personal transformation, not just a personal agenda. Roger hadn’t learned that lesson. During an interview for a new leadership position, the hiring manager asked why he switched jobs, and sometimes companies, every 3-5 years.


Randstad Canada donates $10,000 to Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Attached Photo- Donna Diebel-nominator, Carly Kuntz-Owner The Waters Spa, Mary Zilney-CEO of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Tom Turpin-President of Randstad Canada, Marc Bardwell-Randstad.

Waterloo - Canadian women have played an increasingly important role in the fabric of Canadian workplaces. Today, women make up almost 50% of the workforce and in some provinces have a much lower rate of unemployment over men. Women are more educated, they are more likely to be working multiple jobs and yet they are still earning less money than men.


Waterloo summer camp wins national award for engineering and science outreach

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo’s Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) outreach program has been awarded the 2013 Actua & GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation in science and technology education.


U of G Names Eighth President and Vice-Chancellor

GUELPH - Following an international search, the University of Guelph has appointed Prof. Franco Vaccarino as the University's eighth president and vice-chancellor. He will succeed President Alastair Summerlee effective Aug. 15, 2014. The announcement was made today by Dick Freeborough, chair of the University's Board of Governors. Vaccarino is currently principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and vice-president at the University of Toronto, a position he has held since 2007. "We had an outstanding slate of candidates from Canada and abroad," said Freeborough, who also chaired the Presidential Selection Committee.

Investment Fund

OpenText Unveils Canadian Venture Capital Strategy: Lead Industry Sponsor in Canadian $217m VCAP Fund of Funds; Announces $100m Enterprise Application Fund to Close in mid-2014

Company Expects to Close on OpenText Enterprise Applications Venture Fund Within Six Months; Enables App Development & Entrepreneurship with AppWorks Platform

WATERLOO - OpenText announced it is the lead industry sponsor in a newly created 'fund of funds' that will invest in high-potential venture capital fund managers across Canada to seed innovation. The company also expects to close in the next six months with its financial partners, a $100 million OpenText Enterprise Applications Venture Fund to infuse funding directly into creative app development. OpenText announced in November, 2013 its own AppWorks developer platform to dramatically accelerate the time to market for enterprise-grade applications.

February 7 & 8, 2014

Sound in Motion: Music & Mindfulness at the KWS

Kitchener/Waterloo - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the innovative 2013/14 Intersections Series with Sound in Motion: Music and the Body on February 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. This unique program explores the act of listening with mindfulness educator Meaghan Johnson, oboist Brian Seaton and the KWS, led by Music Director Edwin Outwater.


Max Weis appointed vice-president, corporate development at Economical Insurance

TORONTO — Economical Insurance announced the appointment of Max Weis as vice-president, corporate development effective January 21, 2014. Mr. Weis will report directly to Phil Mather, Economical’s chief financial officer. “We are delighted to add Max’s expertise and focus to our increasingly sophisticated corporate development capabilities,” Mather said. “Max will be integral to Economical’s continued focus on its demutualization and public company readiness activities. As an active member of the company’s demutualization team, he will be accountable for the further development and implementation of the company’s M&A strategy, strategic partnerships and key stakeholder relationships.”

Response to Closing

Kellogg Employees Credit Union to join Libro Credit Union to collectively serve more people across southwestern Ontario

London - Libro Credit Union (Libro) and Kellogg Employees Credit Union (KECU) announced an agreement which will see KECU join Libro to collectively serve more people across southwestern Ontario. KECU is a profitable, well-run credit union that serves the employees of the Kellogg plant in London, Ontario. The credit union’s 839 Members hold $19 million in assets under administration served by four staff. Staff will be offered meaningful employment at Libro.

Personal Brand

Protecting Your “A” Factor: 16 Accountability Killers to Avoid

It’s easy to assume that you’re an accountable person if you don’t tell outrageous lies and generally follow through on your commitments. But Julie Miller and Brian Bedford say that even small lapses can affect the way others see you. Here, they list 16 common “accountability killers” you might otherwise be tempted to overlook.

Austin, TX — Are you accountable? If you’re like most people, your answer to that question is an automatic “Yes” or maybe even an indignant “Of course, why are you even asking me?” After all, you don’t believe that you’re above the law or lie about your behavior like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. And you’re no Anthony Weiner (Or is that Carlos Danger?), either: You don’t move heaven and earth to shift the blame when you’re clearly the one at fault. And you’re not like Sarah, your reliably unreliable coworker, who is chronically late and always full of convenient excuses.


World Economic Forum launches Forum Academy in partnership with edX

Davos, Switzerland – he World Economic Forum today launched Forum Academy, an online learning platform, in partnership with edX, a non-profit initiative created by founding partners Harvard University and MIT for online education. Forum Academy will provide continuous leadership development and updating, offering courses for professionals and organizations to enhance their strategic knowledge in a fast-changing world.


Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act - Growth for whom?

By Jan Slomp

Rimbey, Alberta - On December 9th 2013, Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act went to Parliament for first reading. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV ‘91, a much more restrictive form of Plant Breeders’ Rights than we currently have. The second part of the Act will prepare Canada’s regulatory regime for fast track approval of feed or food additives, drugs or other inventions that are already approved in jurisdictions we trade with. Bill C-18 also opens the door for farmers to tap into multi-year advance payments secured by crops in storage or grown in the future.


Sandvine corporation announces $33 million bought deal financing

WATERLOO - Sandvine Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. (the "Underwriters"), to sell, on a bought deal basis, 10,000,000 common shares of Sandvine (the "Common Shares") at a price of $3.30 per Common Share (the "Offering"). In addition, Sandvine has granted to the Underwriters an over-allotment option exercisable at any time up to 30 days after closing of the Offering to acquire up to an additional 1,500,000 Common Shares of the Company. In the event that the over-allotment option is exercised in full, the aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering will be approximately $37.95 million.

Commercial Real Estate

Blackberry To Divest Canadian Real Estate Holdings Most In Waterloo

Waterloo – BlackBerry Limited announced yesterday that it intends to divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada. In partnership with CBRE Limited, BlackBerry intends to strategically divest the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. The properties to be offered for sale comprise over 3 million square feet of space.


Confidence in growth improved worldwide; Canadian CEOs looking primarily to the US to drive growth with innovation as an important priority

Government debts and over-regulation areas of concern

TORONTO - According to the 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, released by PwC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today, 85% of the CEOs surveyed both worldwide and in Canada are confident in their revenue growth prospects over the next 12 months.

Funding Growth

New Fund Builds on Venture Capital Success

Kitchener - Yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Communitech in Kitchener to announce Ontario's new venture capital fund that is in partnership with the federal government, along with corporate and institutional investors. “We want to continue to attract investments to Ontario and support our most innovative companies. Funds like these are a great tool to help companies access the capital they need to grow, create more good jobs and expand into global markets," said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.


Social media will become more important for investor relations, new survey shows

Institutional investors globally remain skeptical but recognize growing importance of social media

TORONTO/MONTREAL - In a new global survey, a majority of institutional investors around the world said social media will grow in importance as an investor relations tool, even though seldom consulted today by investment professionals.

A Message

Pope Francis Reminds Leaders of Their Proven Ability to Make a Difference “for the Authentic Development of the Human Family” as Annual Meeting Begins

Pontiff calls on political and business leaders to adopt inclusiveness and openness in decision-making

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Pope Francis, in a special message to participants of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, today called on the world’s business and political leaders to use determination and far-sightedness in their efforts to promote inclusiveness and rid the world of social exclusion.

Colour Launch

Beauti-Tone Paint to Launch Colour Comes Home

Burford – After two years of extensive research, Canada’s paint experts at Beauti-Tone are set to unveil the new Colour Comes Home paint system at the Interior Design Show in Toronto this week. The new system features the best colours for the home in the industry. Available exclusively at Home Hardware, the core of the colour system consists of 1,288 haute hues, 42 essential whites and eight-all new colour palettes - all designed to make choosing colours easy.


Laurier earns silver STARS rating for sustainability efforts

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s efforts to create green, environmentally friendly campuses have earned the university a silver rating from the internationally recognized Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Laurier first completed a STARS assessment three years ago, receiving a bronze rating.

Ladder Climbing

You Can’t Tweet Your Way to the C-Suite: The Irrefutable Laws You MUST Obey to Forge Power Relationships

Social media makes us feel “connected” to industry leaders and trendsetters. The problem, says Andrew Sobel, is that these digital relationships are an illusion. Here’s how to move beyond the superficial and build the influential relationships you need to succeed.

Hoboken, NJ — It seems like we’re all just a click away from communicating with the most influential people in our industries. We can get “linked in” to potential employers across the country. We can be Facebook friends with former colleagues we haven’t spoken to in years. The degrees of separation between us and the movers and shakers have collapsed. And yet, are any of these so-called relationships real? Will any of these online connections actually go out on a limb to help you? Will they actually take an interest in your success? And ultimately, will they get you to where you want to go?


MEDA prioritizes engaging young adults

New role to inspire millennials with MEDA’s mission

WATERLOO - MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) announced that Ethan Eshbach has joined the organization as Coordinator, Young Adult Engagement. Based in the Lancaster, PA office, Ethan will serve as a consultant to the entire MEDA Engagement team, which includes marketing, resource development and association engagement.

Special Events

January 26, 2014

Holiday Planning for Kidney Disease Patients

Hamilton - Like to travel, but worry because of your recent organ transplant or regular dialysis treatments? You are not alone. On January 26 in Classroom B of the Juravinski Innovation Tower at St. Joe’s at 50 Charlton Ave. East in downtown Hamilton, kidney disease patients will discuss planning a holiday.

January 24, 2014

Fast Growth Opportunities in a Slow Growth World

Centre for Family Business Lunch Seminar

Waterloo Region - By popular demand, keynote speaker is the facinating and entertaining economist, a real world story teller, Larry Smith.


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