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Current Issue: January/February 2014

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Ted Talks

Maya Penn: Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist…

Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk.

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Recognition

Image processing expert awarded prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Waterloo - A University of Waterloo professor is the recipient of an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship – the prestigious award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – for his work in understanding how people view the quality of images and videos. Professor Zhou Wang, of the Faculty of Engineering, leads a research team that is developing next-generation ways to measure and improve the visual experience for a variety of multi-media applications. Wang’s work is helping to understand how we view the quality of video on demand, HDTV, 3DTV, Internet television and wireless video services, as well as the imagery in the medical, entertainment and education industries.

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Northern Ontario

New Doctors Learn the Business of Operating their Medical Practices on their Own

Sudbury – New physicians and recent graduates were recognized by the Sudbury business community recently as they began their journey of choosing a business model for their healthcare practices in their community. The new doctors will decide whether or not to open their own practices, work as employee physicians or offer locum services as they learn more about the business of healthcare.

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Energy

The Co-operators Powers Offices Across Canada with clean, Pollution-Free Energy

TORONTO & GUELPH - Bullfrog Power and The Co-operators announced a new partnership that will see The Co-operators reduce its environmental impact across Canada as part of its 2011-2014 Sustainability Strategy. The Co-operators is choosing 100 per cent green electricity for the head offices of subsidiaries Co-operators Life Insurance Company in Regina and The Sovereign General in Calgary, as well as six corporate offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

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Moving On

Scott Carson retires from Economical's board of directors

WATERLOO - Gerry Hooper, chair of the board of directors of Economical Insurance, announced that Dr. A. Scott Carson is retiring from the board to focus on his academic and administrative responsibilities at Queen's University.

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LRT

61% majority of Torontonians prefer LRT over subway for Scarborough: Poll

56% in Scarborough oppose $3.5 billion subway extension and the $1 billion tax increase

TORONTO - A majority of Toronto voters, including a solid majority in Scarborough, want to build a seven-stop Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Scarborough rather than a three-stop subway extension that means a $1 billion tax increase over 30 years. These are the key findings of an independent survey conducted by Leger Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014.

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Award Winners

ANTIMATTER TEAM WINS NSERC JOHN C. POLANYI AWARD

Canadian-led measurement brings scientists one step closer to understanding the anti-world

Vancouver, BC – Canadian scientists who were part of an international collaboration that narrowed the gap between sci-fi legend and reality will be receiving a prestigious national award at a ceremony in Ottawa today. For their work in creating, capturing, and characterizing the antihydrogen atom, the ALPHA-Canada Team are being presented with the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award for 2013, which “honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based research has led to a recent outstanding advance in the natural sciences or engineering.”

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Orders

Sandvine Receives $5 Million Expansion Order from Cable Operator

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced that it has received a follow-on order in excess of $5 million from a leading North American cable operator that has been a Sandvine customer since 2003. The order represents ongoing expansion of the operator's deployment of Business Intelligence and Traffic Optimization solutions. Sandvine expects to recognize most of the associated revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014.

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Tap App

Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul bought coffee for BlackBerry customers at a downtown

Toronto - BlackBerry has always taken particular pride in its Canadian roots, and in 2013, the company announced partnerships with fellow Canadian icons Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Tim Hortons.

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ICI

Commercial Construction Churning Economic Growth

Provinces’ commercial market poised for another solid year

TORONTO — A trend that is seeing more businesses eyeing downtown addresses is fueling arobust commercial construction market, which will be explored during the 14th annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference, to be hosted by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) at the Hilton Toronto Hotel in early March.


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March 18-20, 2014

Look to Women to Help Tackle Manufacturing Workforce Shortage, FABTECH Canada Panel to Propose

Diversity-focused panel discussion to kick off three-day conference on key issues facing manufacturers today

Toronto – Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH Canada, the only event of its kind in this country, which takes place March 18-20, 2014, at the newly-renovated Toronto Congress Centre.

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Today

Region welcomes local business to second ION workshop

Waterloo Region – Small business owners along or near the ION rapid transit route are invited to the second of four free workshops hosted by the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre.

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2014

Drayton Entertainment Announces Les Misérables As 2014 Season Flagship Production

Cambridge – After months of rampant public speculation, Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas today announced Les Misérables as the organization’s flagship production for the 2014 Season.

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