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Gene Networks

Tal Danino: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

Federal Election 2015

Councillor Diane Freeman seeking NDP nomination in Waterloo

Waterloo – Waterloo City Councillor Diane Freeman has announced that she is seeking the Waterloo NDP nomination for the upcoming 2015 federal election. She made the announcement at Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre, where she was joined by Catherine Fife and other supporters. “We cannot manage the complex challenges of the future through policies created in the past. Canadians need new people with new ideas,” said Freeman. “I’ve seen what Catherine has been able to accomplish as an NDP MPP, and I want to bring the same kind of representation to the community at the federal level.”


Waterloo Region's Ultimate Early-Stage Pitch Competition Returns Today

Waterloo Region – Today eight of Waterloo Region’s most promising startups will compete in the annual GTAN|START pitch competition. Taking place at Bingemans Kingpin Bowlounge at 12PM, these talented early-stage companies will pitch for $10,000, $5,000 or $2,000.


Quarry Gets ‘Sirius’ with New Hire Cosmo Mariano

A savvy b-to-b marketer, Cosmo to focus on operationalizing SiriusDecisions methodologies for shared clients

St. Jacobs - Quarry welcomes Cosmo Mariano, a certified SiriusDecisions expert and customer-centricity evangelist, as its Practice Lead, SiriusDecisions Methodologies. It’s a new role at Quarry, signaling the value that SiriusDecisions frameworks can deliver for clients interested in making the fundamental move to a more modern, customer-centric way of achieving high-performance growth.


Key Addition Bolsters Canadian Power and Energy Specialists’ Development Capabilities

Oakville - Jason Sparaga, Co-CEO of Spark Power Corp, announced that leading renewable energy developer, Jay Wilgar (photo) has joined the company as Partner to help drive development activity at the Canadian renewable energy and power firm. “Jay is well-known in Canadian and International renewable energy circles,” said Sparaga. “He has a reputation as an innovator and a doer and we’re pleased to welcome him to the Spark Power team,” he added.


Building permits for March 2015

Edmonton and Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo posted the next largest declines; Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo, every component contributed to the drop, with residential structures accounting for much of the decline.

Ottawa - The total value of building permits rose 11.6% from a month earlier to $6.9 billion in March. This was the first increase in three months. Higher construction intentions for non-residential buildings in British Columbia and Alberta and for multi-family dwellings in Ontario and British Columbia were responsible for much of the advance at the national level.

Marking Territory

Waterloo Gets Sponsor for leash-free dog park at Bechtel Park

Signage will mark Royal Canin territory, to make the leash-free area more identifiable

Waterloo - Royal Canin plans to bring a little advice and a few upgrades to Waterloo’s leash-free dog park through its two-year sponsorship agreement.


Dr. Elizabeth Tullis of St. Michael’s Hospital appointed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research

Toronto - Dr. Elizabeth Tullis (photo), a respirologist and clinical researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, has been appointed to the first Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chair in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research. This chair, the first in adult CF research in Canada, will support research and innovation in care to adults with CF. The $1 million, five-year chair was jointly funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada and donors and friends of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.


Western establishes The Bone and Joint Institute

London - Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.

Big City Needs

Ontario Big City Mayors Talk Jobs, Transit & Housing with Federal Parties Heading into the Election

Ottawa - On May 6, Kitchener’s Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined local representatives Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Cambridge Acting Mayor Michael Mann and mayors from large cities across Ontario as they met to discuss key priorities for citizens in large urban centres in advance of the upcoming federal election. Priority issues for discussion included: gridlock and transportation; job creation, and affordable housing.

Directors Elected

Manulife Announces Election of Directors

Toronto - Manulife Financial Corporation (Manulife) announced today that the nominees listed in the management information circular dated March 11, 2015 were each elected as a director at the Annual Meeting held in Toronto.


Niagara Region, ON Water and Wastewater Director, Paul Smeltzer, Named APWA 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leadesr

Kansas City. – The Niagara Region, Ontario Canada Director of Water and Wastewater Services, Paul Smeltzer, was recently named as one of the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. Each national Top Ten Public Works Leader will be honored during the Awards Ceremony of the APWA 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.

Research Approved

Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS is Approved for Power Utility Applications

US utility company receives FAA Section 333 Exemption approval to explore the use of sUAS technology in the power industry

Waterloo – Aeryon Labs Inc. announced that the Aeryon SkyRanger is the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) named in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption granted to Southern Company subsidiary Southern Company Services, Inc. (SCS). The Aeryon SkyRanger will be used to conduct research on sUAS applications for assessing damage to power lines due to storm events and performing routine power line inspection.


Can the Ebola outbreak rejuvenate global health security?

Boston - The west African Ebola epidemic has rekindled interest in global health security, but it has also highlighted a troubling lack of political commitment to public health, and it is far from clear whether the crisis will be enough to rejuvenate global health security, say leading global health experts writing in The Lancet.


J.D. Power ranks The Co-operators highest for customer satisfaction in the Alberta and Atlantic regions

Ranked second in Ontario

Guelph - The Co-operators has been awarded the 2015 J.D. Power Canada award for Canadian Auto Insurance Customer Satisfaction in Alberta and tied in the Atlantic region. The 2015 Canadian Auto Insurance Satisfaction Study released yesterday by J.D. Power also showed The Co-operators ranked second in Ontario.


NFU warns of Bill C-48’s effect on feed mill licensing, low-protein wheat class proposals

Saskatoon - Bill C-48, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act, introduced on December 9, 2014, would make significant changes to how the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) operates, change the CGC’s mandate and eliminate the CGC’s duty to report to Parliament annually. The National Farmers Union has taken an in-depth look at this Bill, and has also considered its effect on proposed changes to feed mill licensing and a proposed new low-protein milling wheat class, which were the topics of recent CGC public consultations.

Heritage Buildings

Best new additions to Doors Open Ontario 2015

The top underrated Ontario heritage sites opening their doors this year

Toronto – Doors Open Ontario is officially underway and there’s no better way to start your journey than exploring some of Ontario’s hidden heritage gems. Hundreds of historical buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes and other interesting venues – many of which are rarely accessible to the public – are opening their doors in 44 communities across the province from April 25 to Oct. 17, 2015. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge.

Urban Streetscape

Laurier students work with City of Cambridge on urban projects

Waterloo – A team of Wilfrid Laurier University students in Geography and Environmental Studies were awarded first prize for assessing the economic impact of streetscape improvement plans for King Street East in Preston as part of their coursework for the university’s Capstone Urban Studies Project (CUSP).

Event Management

The International Centre Selects EventMobi as its Preferred Service Provider for Event Technology

Mississauga - The International Centre announced its newest partnership with EventMobi as its preferred event technology provider. Having support over 7,000 organizations worldwide, EventMobi will work with The International Centre clients to successfully launch their event technology to attendees.


Pacific Alliance Prepared for Free Trade and Expansion

Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru to slash tariffs by 2016; Alliance is looking beyond trade towards greater regional integration; Over 30 countries have observer status with view to joining alliance

Riviera Maya, Mexico – The Pacific Alliance is not even three years old but has already made remarkable progress towards integrating the economies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and opening them to the world.

Open for Business

“Cuba is Open to Investment from the US”, Cuban Finance Minister Tells Business Leaders at World Economic Forum on Latin America

Cuba has put in place transparent, stable regulatory framework for foreign businesses, says country’s delegation, with agriculture and biotechnology key sectors for investment; Mexican businesses are leading investment in Cuba

Riviera Maya, Mexico – Senior Cuban officials told participants at the 10th World Economic Forum on Latin America that the government is eager to receive foreign investment, and has taken measures to make Cuba an attractive investment destination. The meeting was a historic one for the country, which has recently initiated diplomatic relations with the US after half a century.

Latin America Business

Despite Headwinds in the Global Economy, Outlook for Latin America Still Looks Positive

Global economic conditions such as the Chinese economic slowdown are more challenging for Latin America; The region, however, can still take advantage of opportunities for growth such as the strengthening recovery of the US economy

Riviera Maya, Mexico – While the evolving global context is more challenging, Latin America is poised to take advantage of continuing opportunities for growth. This is according to business and government leaders, speaking in a World Economic Forum on Latin America session focusing on how economic and political shifts are shaping the region’s future.

Economic Forum

Mexican President Peña Nieto: “Reforms are the Foundation for Building a Better Country”

The 10th World Economic Forum on Latin America opened with the leaders of Mexico, Panama and Haiti stressing the importance of pursuing necessary structural reforms

Riviera Maya, Mexico, 7 May 2015 – With Latin American and Caribbean countries facing a more competitive and volatile global economy, implementing necessary reforms will build their resilience and allow them to achieve the next level of development, the leaders of Mexico, Panama and Haiti told over 750 business, government and civil society leaders in the opening session of the 10th World Economic Forum on Latin America.

Corporate Sustainability

United Nations Secretary-General appoints DNV GL CEO Henrik O. Madsen as new Global Compact board member

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, Group President & Chief Executive Officer of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

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