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Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects — from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see. Logging countless hours behind an X-ray machine, Nick Veasey illuminates the labyrinthine secrets hidden beneath the exteriors of everyday objects.


Waterloo researcher discovers molecules that could kill cancer cells while protecting healthy cells

Waterloo - Researchers have identified new molecules that kill cancer cells while protecting healthy cells and that could be used to treat a variety of different cancers. The research shines a light on what happens to cells at the moment they become cancerous.


Testing hand-grip strength could be a simple, low-cost way to predict heart attack and stroke risk

Hamilton - Weak grip strength is linked with shorter survival and a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke, according to an international study involving almost 140000 adults from 17 culturally and economically diverse countries.

New accelerator Program

Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Announces Launch of Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program

Kitchener – The Chamber announced the launch of the Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program (CAMP). This program will provide established SME’s focusing on non-tech industries the opportunity to work with mentors to set and achieve new goals and accelerate their businesses. With the guidance of 6 experienced and reputable mentors, 5 local businesses will develop milestone-driven action plans for their specific needs and challenges, and attend bi-weekly mentor-led sessions for 6 months to learn, connect, and achieve.


Alan Quarry joins the Accelerator Centre

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo Accelerator Centre announce that brand strategist and marketing pioneer Alan Quarry has joined the AC as Brand Architect.

Under 30

The IAVM Foundation Announces the Inaugural 30|Under|30 Class of 2015

Sean Loyst with the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to be a part of the inaugural 30|Under|30 program

IDallas, TX – Through the generous support of SearchWide and Ungerboeck Software International, 30 young professionals, 30 years of age and under, will receive full complimentary registration to VenueConnect in Baltimore, a travel stipend of $850, and a one-year complimentary Young Professional IAVM Membership.

Care Giving

Ontario’s new plan for home and community care includes an increase to home care nursing service hours to meet the needs of patients with complex care needs.

Queens Park - Funding for an additional 80,000 hours of nursing care is part of the 2015 Budget commitment to increase investment in home and community care by more than $750 million over the next three years. These extra hours of care will make it possible for individuals with complex conditions to receive care where they want to be – in their home and community, instead of in a hospital or in long-term care.

Wealth Trends

Researcher Finds Nearly Half of Canadians Don’t Have Enough Money to Cover Costs for Three Months

Ottawa - Canadians’ incomes may be rising, but their wealth is not. New research co-authored by Carleton University’s Jennifer Robson, assistant professor of Political Management indicates that the story of household wealth in Canada has been one of a long, slow march toward a two-tier system. The research recently published in Policy Options titled A Tale of Two Trends suggests that close to half of Canadian households surveyed by Statistics Canada between 1999-2012 do not have enough financial assets to cover three months of living costs.

Gender in Tech

Gender-Diversity Could be Holding IT Industry Back in Innovation

Many businesses have found themselves vulnerable to data breaches within the recent years, with the stat of afflicted companies on the rise. The lack of a gender-diverse workforce could be holding the tech industry back from creating the innovative solutions needed to curb this problem.

Tampa Bay, FL – Currently, only 15% of technical roles are held by women (1), demonstrating a lack of gender-diversity that could be holding the industry back when it comes to innovation. The National Center for Women & Information Technology reports that an analysis of 2,360 companies found that those companies with women on their executive boards outperformed companies will all-male executive boards. Furthermore, gender-diverse management teams showed superior return on equity, debt/equity ratios, price/equity ratios, and average growth. (2) Monica Eaton-Cardone, founder and CIO of Global Risk Technologies, most well known by its US counterpart, Chargebacks911, insists that costly mistakes could be prevented if the IT world was more diverse.

Looking for Members

St. Mary’s General Hospital Seeks Patients and Family Members for Patient and Family Advisory Council

Kitchener – St. Mary’s General Hospital is seeking 10 patients and/or family members to join its inaugural Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).

Promotional Campaign

Economical wins IABC Gold Quill Merit Award for Select Sweepstakes campaign

Waterloo - Economical Insurance is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2015 Gold Quill Merit Award from the International Association of Business Communicators for the 2014 Select Sweepstakes. This promotional consumer campaign is run in partnership between Economical Select, one of Canada’s leading providers of group home and auto insurance, and 55 insurance brokers across Canada, offering eligible group members an opportunity to win great prizes.


Volunteer Winners Abound at the Guelph Community Foundation

Guelph - The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) has always been proud and appreciative of their talented volunteers. But the secret is out – two GCF volunteers have been selected and awarded the distinction from the Guelph community that they whole - heartedly deserve.

Global Talent

Pricing Talent: Fulfilling People’s Potential Could Boost Global GDP by 20%

First study of its kind measures countries’ ability to nurture talent through education, skills development and deployment at all stages of the human life cycle; New Human Capital Report finds that a world where “nobody is left behind” remains a distant prospect, even in advanced economies

Geneva, Switzerland – When it comes to developing people’s talents and helping them reach their full potential, the concept of a world where no one is left behind remains a distant prospect. This is the case even in rich countries with well-developed educational systems and robust employment, the World Economic Forum’s new Human Capital Report reveals today. Included in the report is the Human Capital Index, a study of 124 countries covering 46 indicators.

Council Info

From the May 13, 2015 Waterloo Regional Council meeting

Waterlo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Waterloo Region council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.

Music Festivals

Jazz fest set to take the stage

27th Beaches International Jazz Festival highlights the Pan Am Games

Toronto - Celebrating its 27th year, Toronto’s summer mainstay the Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place July 10 – 26, 2015. The Festival will feature a dynamic musical roster, multiple stages and an enticing line-up of gourmet food trucks.

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