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Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: 4 lessons I learned from taking a stand against drugs and gun violence

Throughout her career in banking Ilona Szabó de Carvalho never imagined she’d someday start a social movement. But living in her native Brazil, which leads the world in homicidal violence, she realized she couldn’t just stand by and watch drugs and guns tear her country apart. Szabó de Carvalho reveals four crucial lessons she learned when she left her cushy job and took a fearless stand against the status quo.


Google ignites fresh batch of startups

by Trish Crompton for Communitech News

Kitchener - On Friday, Google’s Waterloo Region office, above the Communitech Hub, hosted the incoming and outgoing cohorts of the Google for Entrepreneurs program. The four new companies, Coqui, FunnelCake, and WeMesh, pitched their solutions to Googlers and shared what they hope to get from the program.


COM DEV Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

Cambridge - COM DEV International Ltd. announced first quarter results for the three-month period ended January 31, 2015. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.


CRTC Issues $1.1Million Penalty for CASL Violation

Vancouver - On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission (“CRTC”) issued the first Notice of Violation under Canada’s anti-spam law (commonly known as “CASL”). The Notice, which imposes a $1.1 million administrative penalty, was issued to Compu-Finder for sending commercial electronic messages (“CEMs”) without the recipients’ consent and with an ineffective unsubscribe mechanism.

Import Exports

Canadian international merchandise trade for January 2015

Ottawa - Canada's exports declined 2.8% in January while imports were largely unchanged from December. As a result, Canada's merchandise trade deficit widened from $1.2 billion in December to $2.5 billion in January, the largest since the record $2.9 billion deficit in July 2012.

Cystic Fibrosis

U of G Researchers Get Funding for Cystic Fibrosis Studies

Guelph - University of Guelph researchers hope to develop better treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF) and improve patients’ lives through new awards from Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Vessel Tracking

COM DEV provides strategic update on exactEarth

CAMBRIDGE- COM DEV International Ltd. announced that exactEarth Ltd. has presented its shareholders, COM DEV and Hisdesat Servicios Estrategicos S.A., with strategic growth plans that are expected to expand its existing vessel tracking business into the much larger maritime data services market.


Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost for fourth quarter 2014

Ottawa - Labour productivity in Canadian businesses edged down 0.1% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.2% gain in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, business output increased at roughly the same pace as hours worked.


David Black, Appointed VP Business Development Ontario, Cowan Insurance Group

Cambridge- Heather McLachlin, President of Cowan Insurance Group is pleased to announce that David Black has been promoted to the role of VP, Business Development Ontario effective March 2, 2015. In this position Mr. Black is accountable for leading the continued growth, overall strategy and development of Cowan’s Ontario branch distribution network.  In addition, Cowan’s Industry Leaders in Manufacturing, Technology and Transportation will report directly to David.  He will also be responsible for driving the alignment between sales and corporate marketing to support multi-lines sales across all lines of business and operations within Cowan Insurance Group.  

Sexual Violence

Concrete Measures to End Sexual Violence and Harassment

Premier Kathleen Wynne Unveils New Action Plan

Queens Park - The Ontario government has released It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The ground-breaking plan outlines concrete steps to help change attitudes, provide more supports for survivors, and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment.


Manulife Joins Consortium Acquiring Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership at Port of Montreal

TORONTO - Manulife together with four Quebec-based institutional investors acquired an equity interest in Montreal Gateway Terminals, which operates two of the three international container terminals at the Port of Montreal. The transaction closed on March 5th. The seller was Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.


Festival and Events Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards Announced

Provincial organization recognizes industry leaders

Ontario - Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the new inductees to the FEO Hall of Fame, presented by OLG as well as the 2015 FEO Volunteer of the Year Awards, presented by Smart Serve. FEO believes it is important to recognize the significant contributions of these individuals to the festival and event industry; without passion and dedication, this industry could not survive. The Volunteer of the Year Awards and Hall of Fame Awards were handed out on Friday, March 6th during FEO’s Annual Conference Let the Inspiration Flow in Niagara Falls, ON.


Building permits for January 2015

Ottawa - The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 12.9% to $6.1 billion in January, following a 6.1% increase the previous month. Lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario were responsible for much of the national decline.

Service Clubs

Local service clubs support childhood arthritis backpack program

March is Childhood Arthritis Awareness Month

Kitchener - The Arthritis Society - Ontario announced Friday the support of five Waterloo Region service clubs in purchasing special backpacks for local children with arthritis. Thanks to the Optimist Club of Lakeshore Village, the Optimist Club of West Cambridge, Optimist Club of Kitchener – Southwest, Bridgeport Lions Club and Elmira Lions Club, six children under 10 recently diagnosed with arthritis will receive backpacks designed to relieve joints that are sore and inflamed, as well as distribute weight appropriately. Each is filled with resources to improve the child’s quality of life.


Goodyear, Holder, Truppe host Manufacturing Roundtable in London

London – Manufacturing representatives joined FedDev Ontario on Friday to discuss how to support manufacturers in the London area to embrace advanced technologies.

Health Conference

Global health expert talks role of private sector in universal health coverage, at CIGI public lecture

Waterloo — What role should the private sector play in universal health coverage? As the post-2015 development agenda is established, this question has been driving the debate. Global health expert Jeffrey L. Sturchio will shed light on the debate at an upcoming CIGI Signature Lecture on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

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