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Jim Simons: A rare interview with the mathematician who cracked Wall Street

Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers. After astonishing success as a mathematician, code breaker and billionaire hedge fund manager, Jim Simons is mastering yet another field: philanthropy.

Inside Blackberry

BlackBerry to Acquire Good Technology: Executive Point of View Enterprise

Waterloo - On September 4, 2015 BlackBerry announced plans to acquire Good Technology. For some, this news may be a surprise. That’s why Inside BlackBerry sat down with BlackBerry COO Marty Beard and Good CEO Christy Wyatt to discuss how the two companies are coming together to deliver on a combined vision.

School of Business Naming

Laurier to name School of Business & Economics after leading Canadian entrepreneur

WATERLOO – A significant announcement at Wilfrid Laurier University will occur today regarding the naming of the School of Business & Economics in honour of one of Canada’s most distinguished and successful entrepreneurs.

Maker Movement

Underground Studio MakerSpace Comes to Downtown Kitchener

New hands - on activities promote creative thinking and engineering

Kitchener – THEMUSEUM is proud to announce the creation of the Underground Studio MakerSpace which will open in 2016. The Underground Studio will become home to young Makers ages six to seventeen who, through experiential learning, will explore new hands - on programs and activities.


Strong Hiring Climate Expected for Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

Kitchener – Employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area expect a strong hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. “Survey data reveals that 23 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (October to December), while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Nikki Sharpley of Manpower’s Kitchener office. Another 70 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining five per cent are unsure about their hiring intentions.


Waterloo welcomes top Canadian students

Waterloo - Four incoming first-year students at the University of Waterloo are recipients of Schulich Leader Scholarships, for their demonstrated leadership in areas such as academic excellence and entrepreneurship. This year's scholars have averages ranging from 94 to 99 per cent, and extracurricular activities that include founding a humanitarian group and participating in international robotics competitions and competitive sports. All of the scholars were drawn to the University of Waterloo for its reputation for innovation, high standards, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Labour Deal

Salit Steel Negotiate Four-Year Deal

NIAGARA FALLS - Employees of Salit Steel in Niagara Falls have ratified a four-year collective agreement with the company. The new contract takes effect retroactively to Sept. 1 and covers approximately 100 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 14241 employed by Salit, a structural steel manufacturer. Union members ratified the agreement by a 74% margin.

Global Jobs

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey 4Q 2015 Results

Milwaukee - Strongest hiring plans again reported by employers in India and Taiwan. U.S. forecast remains upbeat, while opportunities for job seekers expected to remain weak in Brazil and Italy.


Most Countries are Missing Major Opportunities to Reduce Inequality

Report says that all countries are failing to exploit opportunities to reduce income inequality without harming growth

Geneva, Switzerland – Amid increasing concerns about rising income inequality and its negative economic and social impact, the World Economic Forum, the international institution for public-private cooperation, today publishes a new contribution to the discussion. In its first edition, The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015 provides a new framework for stimulating growth that translates into broad-based improvements in living standards, touching all citizens.


Labour Day Study Released Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec New Top Spot for Hot Jobs, Western Canada Markets Cool, The East Holds Steady

In terms of the larger cities (population 500,000 plus), four cities made the top 20 list; Edmonton (Ranked 8th overall), Mississauga (10th), Vancouver (15th), and Calgary (19th).

Guelph – In a annual survey of hot job markets in Canada the once over-heated Western Canadian job markets have cooled, while Eastern Canada has held steady. Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, is now the hottest job market in the country, measured by jobs available per 1,000 population.

Administration Deal

Four-Year Contract with Queen's

KINGSTON- More than 1,000 United Steelworkers (USW) members have reached a new, four-year collective agreement with Queen's University. Members of USW Local 2010, who work as office, administrative and technical staff at Queen's, this week ratified a tentative agreement negotiated by their union and the university.


Region to present Chicopee Tube Park with Water Efficiency Award

Waterloo Region – Regional Chair Ken Seiling will be at Chicopee Tube Park this Friday, September 11, 2015 at noon to present the Water Efficiency Excellence Award to the facility for the large water re-use project they recently completed.

Grants - Festivals and Events

Celebrate Ontario 2016 Now Open for Applications

Province Investing in Local Festivals and Events

Queens Park - Ontario is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario 2016, a program designed to support festivals and events across the province.

Federal Election 2015

Economic Competitiveness

Building a Federal Agenda for Guelph

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce released A Federal Agenda for Guelph – fostering Growth and Prosperity by Strengthening our Competitive Edge. With the federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015 and accelerating of campaigns both locally and nationally, the document identifies key focus areas related to economic competitiveness that will bolster Guelph’s future prosperity.

Federal Election

Trudeau's three-point plan for Canadians

MISSISSAUGA – Yesterday, Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau launched his three-point plan to deliver change for Canadians by creating jobs, growing the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it.

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