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Deep Insight

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

Bigger Space

Magnet Forensics Officially Opens New Waterloo Headquarters

Waterloo - Magnet Forensics, a Waterloo-founded and based digital forensics company, officially opened their new headquarters at an open house event that brought together community, business and educational leaders from Waterloo and the surrounding areas.

Innovator Award

Innovation in Waterloo Region Means Food for Those in Need

Waterloo Region - The unique, collaborative Community Food Assistance Network in Waterloo Region was recognized with the Food Bank Innovator Award at the recent Food Banks Canada conference. Working together has meant access to more nutritious food and increased effectiveness in delivering the many services needed to help the most vulnerable in this community.


Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age

In collaboration with technology partners BlackBerry, Cisco and ThoughtWire, nurses and physicians working on the Innovation Unit will be equipped with BlackBerry smartphones connected to the secure clinical alerting and messaging system enabled by our technology partners

RICHMOND HILL/VAUGHAN - Mackenzie Health continues to advance its Innovation Strategy with the launch of Phase Two of the Innovation Unit. The first project of the Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2) and a first-in-Canada initiative, the Innovation Unit features a unique integration of advanced technology that transforms the delivery of care.


Exporters more confident about international opportunities, wary of domestic economic conditions

OTTAWA - Canadian companies that sell abroad are feeling more optimistic about international business opportunities over the next six months, says a semi-annual report by Export Development Canada (EDC).


Canada’s Auto Industry Driving Towards Increased Profits

Parts producers also see increased profits this year

Ottawa - Thanks to record North American sales and the lower Canadian dollar, Canada's auto manufacturers will likely see their highest profits in years in 2015, according to The Conference Board of Canada Spring 2015 Industrial Outlook reports. Industry profits are forecast to reach $2.3 billion in 2015, up from $1.3 billion in 2014.

Renovating - Programs

Insulation association launches Canada-wide listing of energy efficiency incentive and rebate programs

NAIMA Canada provides one-stop resource to save money on insulation upgrades

Ottawa - We all know there are a variety of incentive programs designed to encourage energy conservation. The trouble is knowing how to find the right program for the right location, building type or energy-efficiency upgrade. To simplify the search, NAIMA Canada has enhanced its website to include an easy-to-use source for information on energy saving incentives and rebates across Canada.

Expansion Commitment

The Co-operators pledges $10 million to Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund

Guelph - The Co-operators has announced that they will increase their pledge to the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF) to $10 million. The Fund, which will be launched in the coming months, will support the development and expansion of Canadian co-operatives with loans and other funding sourced from the co-op sector.

Global Health

World must drastically accelerate AIDS efforts or face more HIV infections and deaths than five years ago

New report ‘Defeating AIDS–Advancing global health’ shows that innovations in the AIDS response should be exploited to meet future global health challenges.

New York - Countries most affected by HIV must focus on stopping new HIV infections and expanding access to antiretroviral treatment or risk the epidemic rebounding, urges a major new report from the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission.


Economical Insurance announces result of the annual general meeting

Waterloo — Economical Mutual Insurance Company announced that Dan Fortin, Gerald A. Hooper and W. David Wilson were elected to the board of directors of Economical Mutual Insurance Company for a three-year term of office ending at the close of the annual general meeting in 2018.

Addressing Hataasment

The Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment Releases Interim Report

Queens Park - Yesterday, the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment released its interim report which reflects the important contributions made by all presenters. This committee was formed to engage directly with women and men across Ontario whose experience or expertise may help to address the harassment and violence that is far too prevalent in our society. “In communities across Ontario, survivors and stakeholders shared their experiences and insights with our Select Committee examining the serious issue of sexual violence and harassment. Our ultimate goal is to shift social norms and barriers preventing people from coming forward to report abuses," said Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre.

Electric Grids

Distributed Technique for Power ‘Scheduling’ Advances Smart Grid Concept

Raleigh - Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for “scheduling” energy in electric grids that moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. The approach advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by both conventional and renewable sources.

Expansion Leader

Leading EHS software company recognized by GTA tech-sector peers

Toronto - Medgate is proud to announce that it has been named “Market Expansion Leader” at the 2015 Techconnex Awards. The Techconnex Awards celebrate the achievements of technology sector companies from the Greater Toronto Area across four categories. Nominations are submitted by Techconnex members and individuals from the wider technology community, and nominees are then judged by a panel of industry experts.


Region acknowledges exemplary citizens in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region - Last night at Regional Council, several individuals were recognized for their dedicated and tireless contributions that make a real difference in Waterloo Region.

Trail Named - Waterfront

Former Premier Honoured at Ontario Place

Province Names New Waterfront Trail in Tribute to Bill Davis

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced yesteday that Ontario is recognizing the vision and leadership of former Premier Bill Davis with a dedicated waterfront trail along the East Island of Ontario Place. “This is a great first step for the revitalization of Ontario Place," said Bill Davis, former Premier of Ontario.


Convergence in closing

All the participants agreed that the meeting was extremely valuable for bringing together people from different fields, for asking tough questions, and an experiment worth repeating. - by David Harris

Waterloo - Yesterday was the last day of Convergence as it had a lighter schedule but started off just as intensely as the rest of the meeting. Peter Olver delivered a lecture on the mathematics of Noether’s theorems, a fundamental piece of mathematics that has play an outsized role in physics since its development 100 years ago. Olver co-presented a public lecture on Noether on Monday night but today he went into the detailed mathematics. I won’t go into any of that here but will just mention why Noether’s theorems are important.

Fairness Campaign

Labour Council to Address Unfair Employment Practices

Kitchener - Waterloo Regional Labour Council President Marc Xuereb will be among many local residents presenting to the Ontario government's Changing Workplaces Review today in Guelph. He will be raising the demands of the $15 and Fairness campaign, which is calling for sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act as a way to address the growing phenomenon of exploitative workplace practices in low-paid, part-time, contract, and temporary jobs.


28th Annual Energy & Environment Forum to Host Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray

Kitchener – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is excited host the 28th Annual Energy & Environment Forum today which will feature a keynote address from Ontario Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Glen Murray.

Council Info

From the June 24, 2015 Regional Council meeting

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