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Current Issue: January/February 2014

Ted Talks

Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

There are many leadership programs available today, from 1-day workshops to corporate training programs. But chances are, these won't really help. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.


New study’s findings overturn theory of personal risk preference as a ‘stable trait’

Study show that real source of instability in risk behaviour “lurks deep in the physiology of traders and investors. "It is frightening to realise that no one in the financial world – not the traders, not the risk managers, not the central bankers – knows that these subterranean shifts in risk appetite are taking place - John Coates."

Cambridge, UK - High levels of the stress hormone cortisol may contribute to the risk aversion and ‘irrational pessimism’ found among bankers and fund managers during financial crises, according to a new study.

Municipal Election 2014

Santos ready to deliver fresh leadership on city council

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge City Council Ward 3 candidate Brian Santos thanked Councillor Karl Kiefer for his years of service to the people of Cambridge upon hearing the news that Mr. Kiefer will not seek reelection to city council.

Pump It Up

Stratford Accelerator Centre to join University of Waterloo

Waterloo - An unique collaboration will provided University of Waterloo students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to work together when Stratford's Accelerator Centre relocates to the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus this spring.


More Choice for Canadian Wireless Consumers

The result of the 700 MHz spectrum auction raises $5.27 billion in revenue

OTTAWA - "Consumers are the big winners" this says the release sent out following the conclusion of the 700 MHz spectrum auction. Industry Minister James Moore announced that 97 licences have been awarded to 8 Canadian companies.


Waterloo physicist awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Waterloo - The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has recognized Waterloo professor, Dmitry Abanin, for his groundbreaking theoretical research in condensed matter physics of Dirac materials, such as graphene. Thirty-two-year-old Abanin’s work has resulted in a number of significant theories related to graphene and other, so called, Dirac materials that exhibit potentially game-changing properties as conductors. He was named as a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship yesterday.

Arts & Culture

Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Announces Extension of Music Director Edwin Outwater’s Contract to 2017

Now in his seventh season, Outwater is equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives.

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced the extension of Music Director Edwin Outwater’s contract to the end of the 2016/17 Season, bringing his tenure to a total of 10 years with the KWS. Outwater began his post as Music Director of the KWS in 2007 and has since revitalized the orchestra and gained international attention for his brilliant performances and innovative projects. Now in his seventh season, Outwater is equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives.


Sun Life Financial announces new President of U.S. business group

TORONTO and WELLESLEY HILLS, MA - Sun Life Financial Inc. announced that Wes Thompson, President, SLF U.S., is retiring from the Company and will be succeeded by Dan Fishbein, M.D., a 25-year veteran in the employee benefits and group life insurance industries.

Global Health

Despite unprecedented investment in malaria control, 57% of Africa’s population remains at moderate to high risk of contracting the most deadly form of malaria

Nairobi, Kenya - Despite unprecedented investment in malaria control in Africa over the past decade, about 57% of the population still live in areas where risk of infection remains moderate to high, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Community Health

Improving the Lives of Stroke Patients in Waterloo Wellington

Kitchener – Residents in Waterloo Wellington now have a better chance at a fast and full recovery from a stroke because of $1.16M in funding from the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) towards home-based care and speech- language support, and recent improvements to how stroke care is delivered in area hospitals.

February 23 - 28, 2014

Explore, connect during global engagement week at Laurier

BRANTFORD – Laurier International will host events in Brantford and Waterloo during global engagement week Feb. 23 to 28. The theme of the week is exploring food, connecting culture. Events include public lectures, human libraries, photo exhibits and film screenings.

Suborder/Climate Change

Science Graduate Makes Major Discovery About Seal Evolution

Findings Shed Light on Past and Future of Species

Ottawa - In the world of science, one of the most exciting things a researcher can do is pin down an answer to a widely asked question. This experience came early for Carleton graduate Thomas Cullen, who made a discovery about pinnipeds, the suborder that makes up seals, sea lions and walruses, while doing research for his master’s in science at Carleton.

Rental Housing

City of Waterloo shines spotlight on rental housing licensing by- law

Waterloo - Municipal enforcement officials have embarked on a campaign to increase awareness of the rental housing licensing by-law. “The city has worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety, as well as human rights, of those residing within rental units,” stated Jim Barry, director of municipal enforcement for the City of Waterloo. “We are making every attempt possible to ensure tenants and landlords are aware of the by-law and that landlords obtain their licenses accordingly.”


Economical Insurance donates $25,000 to kick off the 2014 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

Funds will support families at YMCAs in Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Goderich-Huron, Lambton Shores, North-Middlesex and Central Huron.

SARNIA-LAMBTON — Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, is pleased to provide the lead donation of $25,000 to kick off the 2014 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in Southwestern Ontario. This campaign helps ensure no child is left behind and every family member who requires financial assistance has access to local YMCA facilities and resources.


Christie 3D Visualization Solutions Chosen for Virtual Construction Simulation at Toronto’s George Brown College BIM Lab

KITCHENER – One of Canada’s largest and most diverse colleges, Toronto’s George Brown College, chose Christie’s visualization solutions for its Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab in the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), at the Casa Loma campus. Students, industry professionals and business partners can use the BIM Lab to create digital 3D models and view them on a custom Christie-designed display solution, powered by three 120Hz stereoscopic 3D DLP® Christie Mirage WU7K-M projectors.

Rail Transport

Breaking the Gridlock

Benefits of the Big Move go beyond better movement of people

TORONTO — As Ontario’s economy continues to navigate these uncertain economic times, it is projects like The Big Move that will help spur new economic activity, says Sean Strickland, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS).


REACT clinical trial supports new approach of accelerated treatment for Crohn’s disease

Dr. Brian Feagan, CEO and Senior Scientific Director of Robarts Clinical Trials and a professor in the Division of Gastroenterology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, says the medical management of Crohn’s disease has undergone important changes over the past two decades.

London - The final results from an international clinical trial involving nearly 2,000 patients with Crohn’s disease support the use of a new management strategy referred to as accelerated step-care as a best practice for the care of active Crohn’s disease. The REACT (Randomized Evaluation of an Algorithm for Crohn’s Treatment) study, led by Robarts Clinical Trials at Western University provides valuable new insights for community gastroenterologists which should benefit patients.

Filling A Need

Sunbeam Residential Centre Gets Wheelchair Transportion Mini-Bus

Kitchener - On Friday February 14th, Sunbeam Residential Development Centre, received the keys to a new Para Transit wheelchair adapted mini bus that was made possible due to a donation of $50,000 from The Cowan Foundation, and a $23,500 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation.


Latest Study Reveals Companies Lack “BYOD” Security

A New Independent Survey Reveals 53% of businesses are unprepared to deal with hacked or stolen BYOD devices even though 50% indicated company-owned tablets, notebooks & smart phones may have been hacked in last 12 months.

Boston – A 53% majority of organizations acknowledge that they are unprepared to deal with security breaches to their corporate and employee-owned Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) notebooks, tablets and smart phones. And this despite the fact that 50% of businesses say their BYOD devices may have been hacked in the last year.

Alert News

The top humanitarian headlines this week include

Thomson/Reuters - Chad 's president calls for the creation of UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, Colombia's government and FARC guerrilla negotiators say that they have made progress in their ongoing peace talks, and Britain's foreign minister urges world leaders to make tackling sexual violence and rape in armed conflicts a global priority.


4 Retirement Survival Tips For a Volatile Stock Market

More and more Americans – 28 percent in 2013 -- say they’re not at all confident they’ll have a comfortable retirement, according to an annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute - by Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo and Chris Snyder

Even the wealthiest among us have concerns; 38 percent of U.S. multi-millionaires are not “very confident” about their retirement income, a 2013 U.S. Trust survey found.

175 Years

Cambridge Host Ontario School Curling Championships And Celebrates 175 Years

Cambridge - Cambridge hosted some of Ontario’s finest young curlers this past weekend at the Ontario School Curling Championships, held at the Galt Curling Club. Gore Mutual has been a proud sponsor of this event since its inception in 1948. This is a particularly exciting year as both Gore Mutual and the Galt Curling Club are celebrating 175th anniversaries.


Canadians build financial security with one trillion dollars in mutual funds

TORONTO - Canadians have accumulated savings of one trillion dollars in mutual funds - marking the first time in their 82-year history in Canada that funds have topped this significant milestone. As reported yesterday by The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), assets under management (AUM) for the mutual funds industry reached $1.01 trillion as of January 31, 2014, an increase of $140.1 billion or 16.1% over the previous 12 months.

Tax Credit for Helping Out

Government of Canada Supports Search and Rescue Volunteers with New Tax Credit

COURTENAY, BC - Kerry-Lynne D. Findlaythe Minister of National Revenue visited the Comox Valley Search and Rescue Hall to promote the new search and rescue volunteers tax credit announced in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2014.


Strengthening Immigration in Ontario

New Legislation to Help Attract More Skilled Immigrants, Boost Economic Growth

Queens Park - Ontario is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation today that would, if passed, help meet the province's future labour market needs and support economic growth.

March 5, 2014

Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo to host 11th International Women's Day Celebration

Waterloo Region - The Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo welcomes guest speaker Janet Solberg, senior advisor to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and campaign officer for its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, on Wednesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel as part of its 11th annual International Women's Day event.

February 28 - March 7, 2014

Opera Laurier to explore Aboriginal history in Giiwedin

Waterloo – Opera Laurier will perform Giiwedin, an Aboriginal opera composed by local talent, Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The performances commemorate Laurier’s Aboriginal Awareness Week, taking place March 1-7.


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