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Building Awareness

Nancy Frates: Why my family started the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The rest is history

When 27-year-old Pete Frates injured his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS. Better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes paralysis and death—there is no cure. And still, Pete saw an opportunity to drive awareness about the disease.

Taking Stock

The Crooked Yardstick: Redefining Success

By Gerry Sandusky

Take inventory of your successes. What comes to mind? The title of your position in your company? How much money you make? The value of your home? An award you won? If you had to measure your success, would you place yourself in the top ten percent? Top five percent? Did your company or your team meet this quarter’s sales goals? Regardless of which success percentile you stand in, does the nagging sensation that something isn’t quite right tug at you? You’re not alone.

Fund Raiser

260,000 Canadians raise over $16 million through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


OTTAWA - ALS Societies across Canada announced the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Canada raised $16.2 million due to the generosity of more than 260,000 Canadians. This represents a record for donations to the ALS community in support of Canadians living with ALS and ALS research from one event.

Health Report

Parkinson's disease: Prevalence, diagnosis and impact

Ottawa - In 2010/2011, an estimated 55,000 Canadians aged 18 or older living in private households reported that they had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This represented 0.2% of the household population. As well, 12,500 (4.9%) of residents of long-term residential care facilities were reported to have a Parkinson's diagnosis.

Future Growth

Ontario manufacturing industries team up to address critical skills shortage

The CNC Machinist Learning Program has initially launched in the Greater Toronto Area but there are plans to expand it to other manufacturing areas in Ontario in early 2015, including the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph area.

TORONTO - Four manufacturing organizations have banded together to actively hire and train unemployed/underemployed youth to help their industry address a critical shortage of CNC Machinists. Facing an immediate need for 270 CNC machinists now and for 700 in the next two years, they formed the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) and launched an industry-led hiring and training initiative called the CNC Machinist (Level 1) Selection and Learning Program. The Ontario government has selected this program for funding under the Youth Skills Connections Program.

Sandvine Report

Netflix dominates (still), Amazon Instant Video growing

Facebook video autoplay causing major increase in average usage on fixed and mobile networks

WATERLOO - Sandvine today released its latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report, entitled "Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014". The report is based on data from a selection of Sandvine's 250-plus communications service provider (CSP) customers spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.


RDM Corporation Reports Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results

Adjusted EBITDA grows 20% in 2014

WATERLOO - RDM Corporation today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2014. All figures are reported in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.


Economical Insurance appoints Chris Van Kooten to senior vice-president and chief underwriting officer

Accountable for personal and commercial insurance, pricing and analytics

WATERLOO — Karen Gavan, president and CEO of Economical Insurance, announced the appointment of Chris Van Kooten as senior vice-president and chief underwriting officer. Reporting to Ms. Gavan, his new mandate now includes accountability for both personal and commercial insurance, as well as continuing to increase the level of sophistication in Economical’s pricing and analytics.


Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed: are there interventions that will help them?

Hamilton - The cost of patients not taking their medications as prescribed can be substantial in terms of their health. Although a large amount of research evidence has tried to address this problem, there are no well-established approaches to help them, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors of the review examined data from 182 trials testing different approaches to increasing medication adherence and patient health. Even though the review included a significant number of the best studies to date, in most cases, trials had important problems in design, which made it hard to determine which approaches actually worked.

Global Healthcare

Western University helps address family doctor shortage in China

London - Throughout the next three months, Western University will be hosting delegates from the Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China with the aim of helping to solve one of China’s greatest healthcare challenges.


Laurier celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Student organization Enactus Laurier is leading celebrations of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at Wilfrid Laurier University Nov. 17-21.

WATERLOO – Enactus Laurier is a student-run group that creates extra-curricular opportunities for students to stimulate economic growth, inspire entrepreneurship and raise the standard of living for their local and global communities. In mid-October, the group was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the “Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur” educational grant competition, where universities from across Canada submited proposals to celebrate GEW on their campuses. As one of just two Ontario universities in the top 10, Enactus Laurier received a $4,000 grant towards funding its GEW events.

Climate Change

Extreme weather in Western New York

Waterloo - Professor Jason Thistlethwaite, a researcher in the Faculty of Environment and director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo commented on the snow emergency in Western New York.


New version of Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite offers more concept readiness tests

New tests for algebra and precalculus based on assessment research

Waterloo - Maplesof announced the release of the latest version of the Maple T.A.™ MAA® Placement Test Suite. The Placement Test Suite is a collection of renowned placement tests developed by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and offered online exclusively through the Maple T.A. testing environment.


Ontario Students Have Superior Computer Information Literacy (CIL) Skills, According to First International Test of its Kind

TORONTO - Ontario students were among the top performers in computer information literacy (CIL) on the first-ever administration of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), in 2013, according to reports released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). No participating jurisdiction's students performed better than Ontario's.

Winter Fun

Early winter has backyard rinks, Laurier’s RinkWatch project in full swing

WATERLOO – An unusually wintry November has Canadians skating on backyard rinks much earlier than last year. And that’s great news for the Laurier researchers behind RinkWatch, a research project that uses outdoor rinks to study winter weather conditions and climate change. Earlier this week, backyard rinks in Edmonton, Lloydminster and Brandon reported good skating conditions to the RinkWatch website, with many rinkmakers in Ontario already flooding their rinks in hopes of skating soon.

Global Marketplace

The Learning Curve: Your Company’s Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage and How to Develop It

Old-school competitive advantages that depend on all-knowing leaders and better mousetraps are dead. In today’s competitive, rapidly evolving global marketplace, says Professor Edward D. Hess, the only way to develop and sustain a competitive advantage is to create a “learning organization.” Here, Hess explains what that means and shares four key points to keep in mind as your company makes the transition.

New York, NY — Like all business leaders, you know that your organization’s survival and success depend on maintaining a competitive advantage. So you’re constantly focused on reaching more of your target market, making your product that much better, and expanding your services.

Have a Voice

Employer One Survey for Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin Businesses

EmployerOne Survey will launch in January and be open for employers to fill out from January 2-30, 2015.

Ayr - A consortium of workforce, economic, education and business groups have come together in order to develop a collaborative, efficient way to obtain reliable local labour market information from employers.

Municipality Matters

Region of Waterloo Council Info

From the November 19, 2014 Regional Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meeting in November. Items covered: Council approves reconstruction of Notre Dame Drive and Snyder’s Road; Child care service contract; Council receives poverty indicators report; Council approves Fountain Street North Improvements; Tenders/Contracts:


Women in Capital Markets Announces 2014 Award Recipients

TORONTO - Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and title sponsor EY announced the 2014 winners of the WCM Rising Star Award, Awards for Leadership and the Visionary Award during a luncheon held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

In its fifth year, the WCM Rising Star Award honours an individual who is a high-performing role model at work and has made a lasting contribution by providing inspirational leadership and mentorship to young women in the industry. The winner of the 2014 WCM Rising Star Award is Jennifer Ocampo-King, Vice President, Prime Brokerage, TD Securities.


Horwath NDP Vote Against Accountability Act – including Public Posting of MPP Expenses

London - Yesterday at Queen’s Park, Andrea Horwath and Ontario NDP MPPs stood up in the legislature to vote against Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act.

Environmental Footprint

New Canadian toolkit helps health care facilities reduce GHG emissions and save water

Toronto – The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (the Coalition) announced the launch of a new critical review tool designed to help Canadian health care facilities reduce their environmental footprint. The free Greenhouse Gas and Water Conservation Guide (GHG Guide) is available to anyone in the Canadian health sector via an innovative web platform, and provides strategies and outreach materials on water and GHG management, two of the key components of climate change mitigation.





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