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Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken

What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.
Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life. Lately, working with Ken Sharpe, he's studying wisdom.

School of Business

Laurier names School of Business & Economics after visionary technology entrepreneur Mike Lazaridis

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is proud to announce the naming of its renowned School of Business & Economics in honour of visionary technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis. The newly branded Lazaridis School of Business & Economics marks the start of an exciting new era for Laurier as the university prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its business and economics school and open a $103-million state-of-the-art facility in 2016.


WLS appoints a founding member of Kijiji Canada

Waterloo — Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Pierni as its institutional advancement manager, and executive director of The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre. “We are delighted to be adding Eric to the WLS leadership team,” says Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, the seminary’s principal-dean. “Given his impressive background in the business world, Eric brings a truly unique set of skills and perspectives to his dual responsibilities as the executive director of the Glebe centre and the manager of institutional advancement for the seminary.”

Global Markets

Asia’s Future Success Depends on Business Leadership and Multilateral Cooperation

Business plays an important leadership role in fostering cooperation in Asia; Role for trade and industry federations to resolve cross-border tensions

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – Panellists agreed that geopolitical tensions have always existed and can present obstacles to business in the region. Speaking on a panel at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Anthony F. Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia, Malaysia, said that business plays an important leadership role in fostering cooperation in Asia, but businesspeople sometimes contribute to these tensions because of their calls for protectionism. He said he believes that the growing threat of nationalism can derail a lot of good work that has been done to foster economic integration within the region.


Recognizing an Outstanding Contribution to Adult Literacy in Kitchener

Council of the Federation Literacy Award Celebrates Excellence in Education

Waterloo Region - Adult literacy volunteer Brenda Krys, of the Waterloo Region District School Board in Kitchener, is the winner of this year’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award. For the past eight years, Ms. Krys has dedicated her retirement to helping people in the Waterloo Region improve their reading, writing and math skills.

Plant Control

Parts of Snyder’s Flats to be temporarily closed while herbicide used to remove invasive plants

Woolwich - Portions of the Snyder’s Flats Conservation Area will be temporarily closed to the public for a period of 2-3 days, while an herbicide is used to control an outbreak of phragmites, an invasive plant species. The work will be completed sometime between September 14 and 25, 2015. Signs will be posted at the parking lot at the end of Snyder’s Flats Road near Bloomingdale. The affected sections of the trail network within the conservation area will be marked as closed.


Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS secure Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS for Toronto – first JLABS Incubator outside of United States

JLABS @ Toronto will be a 40,000 square foot facility holding up to 50 start-ups focused on biotechnology/pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health

TORONTO - The Ontario Government, University of Toronto, and MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) announced yesterday a collaboration with Janssen Inc. to launch the successful Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS incubator model in Toronto. The new facility, called JLABS @ Toronto, will open in spring of 2016 at MaRS Discovery District and will support start-ups with lab space, programs, and potential investment partners as they work to build important, successful early-stage companies.

Military Memorial

Light Armoured Vehicles to serve as memorials

Waterloo Region - Two of Waterloo Region’s three cities may soon have monuments to honour area soldiers who served in Afghanistan in recent years. Most military monuments in the region are more than 70 years old and not relevant to this generation.


Guelph Hydro preparing to switch customers to monthly billing

Change will impact Guelph and Rockwood customers’ payment due dates

GUELPH – Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. is making preparations to switch residential and small commercial customers in Guelph and Rockwood from bi-monthly bills to monthly bills on a phased-in basis starting in November 2015. This means that customers will be required to pay their Guelph Hydro bill every month instead of every two months.

Global Markets

Despite Economic Slowdown, China Strongly Committed to Green growth

China’s political leaders are strongly committed to green growth and are focusing on renewable energy technologies; China’s renewable energy industry has seen rapid growth, which is set to continue; The country is a “world leader” in green coal technologies

Dalian, People’s Republic of China – China’s ambition for greener growth is real – and expedient – as the country moves closer to keeping its commitments, panellists agreed at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which opened today in Dalian. Despite the country’s current economic slowdown, political leaders are strongly committed to green growth as the country rebalances its economy to overcome unsustainable economic growth rates and focuses on renewable energy technologies.


Ontario Expanding Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit Programs

Province Connecting More Students With Their Preferred Career

Queens Park - Ontario is expanding the popular Specialist High Skills Major and Dual Credit programs to help more high school students turn their passions into career opportunities. The Specialist High Skills Major program offers high school students the opportunity to match their skills and interests with a career path while earning their high school diploma. This year the program is expanding to serve an additional 2,000 students across the province. Students can choose from 19 different sectors including aerospace, healthcare and transportation to help them prepare for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.


Tax Preparer Extradited to Canada for Tax Fraud

Ottawa - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that Ms. Doreen Tennina was extradited to Canada from Italy on September 4, 2015, and is now in custody serving a 10-year sentence for tax fraud.


CFOs Expect Increased Hiring in Next Six Month

Survey Finds 100 Per Cent of Canadian Executives Confident About Growth

TORONTO - The new Canadian Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half shows 29 per cent of Canadian chief financial officers (CFOs) expect their company to create new jobs in the next six months, up 13 points from the previous period. Another 54 per cent of executives plan to hire for open roles.

Game Changer

Robots in the Boardroom and Other Technology Tipping Points

Nearly half of respondents expect the first AI machine to be on the board of directors of a business by 2025, while the first transplant of a 3D-printed liver is likely to become reality by 2024

Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 9 September 2015 – The world is about to enter a period of exponential change, with new technology promising to soon make real concepts that were firmly rooted in the realm of science fiction only a few years ago. This is according to a survey of leading software executives and other experts for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.


SHOP.CA Partners With Drone Delivery Canada

Canada's First Multi-Merchant E-Commerce Marketplace to Pilot Drone Delivery Canada's Next Generation UAV Logistic Service

Toronto - Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) a Canadian drone delivery services provider pioneering drone delivery technology in Canada has been selected by SHOP.CA to utilize its drone delivery technology. This relationship will provide next generation UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) logistic services to its Canadian customers.


Carleton Professor Receives World's Highest Award for Mountain Advocacy

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Jack Ives, eminent montologist and adjunct research professor of Geography and Environmental Studies has been selected to receive the world's highest award for mountain advocacy — the Lifetime Achievement edition of the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.

Mortality Rate

UN study reveals substantial progress in child mortality but the world has missed Millennium Development Goal 4 Target

New York - A study from the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) led by UNICEF on progress to reduce child mortality, published in The Lancet, has revealed that although there has been substantial progress globally during the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Target period of 1990-2015, only 62 of 195 countries with available data have met the MDG target of reducing under-5 mortality (U5MR) by two thirds over these 25 years.


Professional accountants are “the right fit for business”: New CPA national advertising campaign

TORONTO – Canada’s Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) today launched the third wave of a nation-wide advertising campaign emphasizing the attributes that CPAs bring to the business world.

Royal Societu Fellows

Four Waterloo professors named Royal Society of Canada fellows

Waterloo - Four professors from the University of Waterloo are among the new fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today, peer-elected as the best in their field. The fellowship of the RSC consists of individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, the humanities, science, and Canadian public life.

Surf Dog

“Hang 20” Pooch - Gnarly Surfing Dogs Take To The Water!

KWHS Annual Surf Dogs Returns to Bingemans Big Splash Waterpark on Sunday September 13th

Kitchener - Bingemans Big Splash Waterpark is going to the dogs! Presented by Ren’s Pet Depot and Countryside Boarding, Surf Dogs invites your pooch to “hang 20”, catch waves in pool and have some unleashed excitement!


BionicOpter creates buzz at Canada's National Manufacturing Event, SME’s CMTS

Festo’s ultra-light flight model BionicOpter will fly at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto

Toronto - With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. As a technological leader, the German based company will demonstrate how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and create the automation technology of the future at Canada’s leading manufacturing event CMTS which will be held in Toronto from September 28th to October 1st.

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