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Mandy Len Catron: To Fall in Love with Anyone

Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love? Mandy Len Catron is a writer living and working in Vancouver, BC. She blogs at The Love Story Project, a collage of research, memoir and family mythology.


Trudeau Foundation Names Waterloo Professor Amoung New Fellows

Waterloo - The Pierre Eliot Trudeau Foundation recognized a Waterloo professor who is an expert on the economy and political situation in the Middle East with a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship. Bessma Momani (right), a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, will receive $225,000 in funding over three years to support her research about Arab-Canadian youth.

Hack This

UW Welcomes1000 Students from Around the Globe for Canada's Largest Hackathon

Following the success of last year’s Hack the North, the University of Waterloo will once again host Canada’s largest international hackathon.

Waterloo - Working in partnership with Waterloo Engineering, the event is organized by Techyon, a non­profit organization made up of University of Waterloo students. It will bring together 1000 exceptionally talented students from across the world and encourage them to learn new technical skills, collaborate with each other and solve problems using technology­ all in one weekend.

Big Data

Waterloo and Thomson Reuters Partner on Big Data Innovation

Waterloo - Researchers from the University of Waterloo are partnering with global information company Thomson Reuters to launch a collaborative research investigation on large-scale data integration and data cleaning.


Xylotek Solutions Ranks No. 473 on the 2015 PROFIT 500

PROFIT magazine unveils 27th – annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Cambridge - Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Xylotek Solutions No. 473 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.


Western University develops first-ever ethical framework for fMRI research

London - A team of doctors, neuroscientists and philosophers from Western University have developed the first-ever ethical framework for researchers and research ethics committees to design, conduct and review functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies for severely brain injured patients being treated in intensive care units.


'Good things take time' says Chen

Waterloo Innovation Summit - Blackberry is here for the long haul, and global demand for security and privacy will be key to its success, says John Chen, chief executive officer of the Waterloo-based smartphone innovator.

Economic Development

Public Sector Investment Key to Innovation Economies

Waterloo Innovation Summit - The world needs a new role for government in the freewheeling private-capital research sector, says Mariana Mazzucato, whose controversial 2013 book, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public Vs. Private Sector Myths, stirred the waters of the international economic community.


OpenText Digital Asset Management Integrates With SAP® hybris® Solutions to Deliver the Future of Customer Experience and Engagement

Solutions from Technology Leaders Help Customers Go Beyond CRM for a Complete Omni-Channel Experience

Waterloo -- OpenText announced that it has extended its integration of OpenText Digital Asset Management (DAM) with SAP® hybris® solutions to deliver a complete omni-channel experience. This announcement heralds a new era of unified customer experience enabling companies to go beyond the capabilities provided by traditional CRM solutions with an engaging and consistent customer experience across all channels of engagement.


Model-based principal field crop estimates, August 31, 2015

Ottawa - Model-based principal field crop estimates, which provide yield and production estimates for Canada's principal field crops, are now available. The estimates are calculated with a new and innovative approach developed by Statistics Canada in close partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. This method uses a model that incorporates coarse resolution satellite data from Statistics Canada's Crop Condition Assessment Program, data from Statistics Canada's Field Crop Reporting Series and agroclimatic data.


Employment Insurance for July 2015

Ottawa - In July, 10,500 more people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits compared with June, up 2.0% to 545,200. On a year-over-year basis, the number of EI beneficiaries increased by 36,100 or 7.1%. Most of the increase in July was in British Columbia and Ontario, where the number of beneficiaries rose 3.9% and 3.6% respectively. Smaller increases were recorded in Alberta (+1.8%), Quebec (+1.4%) and Saskatchewan (+1.2%).


Keynote at SME’s CMTS Advocates Why Canada is a Great Place to Grow a Manufacturing Business

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show and APMA keynote, Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar, to share experiences, lessons learned as company continues to grow on home turf

Toronto – Canadian manufacturers can compete and win on a global scale if they devote themselves to innovation in their products and processes, and efficiency in their operations. That’s the message keynote speaker Linda Hasenfratz, Canada’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year and CEO of Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar Corp. as she prepares to deliver the opening address at SME’s Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2015 (CMTS 2015) and APMA Automotive Outlook Conference, co-located at The International Centre in Toronto.


Excessive daytime sleepiness and long naps linked to increased diabetes risk

Tokyo, Japan - New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) shows that daytime sleepiness and taking long naps during the day are both associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The research is by Dr Tomohide Yamada, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Big Blue Bubble Ranks 116th on the 2015 PROFIT 500

PROFIT Magazine Unveils 27th Annual List of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies

Toronto - Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Big Blue Bubble Inc. No.116 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.


The True Power of Human Resources Realized

By John Stix

Waterloo - I have been an entrepreneur for my entire business career and have had to assume several roles throughout. I started in sales and marketing and eventually became a CMO. I transitioned a year and a half ago to become a workplace culture warrior and just over a year ago was named the president of Fibernetics.


The Seeds of Waterloo's Vibrant Startup Ecosystem were planted 200 years Ago in Farming

Waterloo Innovation Summit - Later on, the community evolved into a manufacturing hub built on boots, bacon and beverages. Now Waterloo is also a focal point for insurance data management and a venue for world-class university education.


5 Overlooked Variables To Consider For Your Longest Unemployment Stretch – Retirement

The Time To Plan Is Now

It wasn’t long ago that most North Americans had a secure three-legged stool on which to rest their retirement concerns – a well-funded Social Security system, substantial corporate pensions with retiree health benefits and, ideally, a strong personal savings rate.


New Craft Beer Zones Launching Across Ontario

Craft Beer Tapped at LCBO’s First Growler Station

Queens Park - The LCBO is marking the launch of its Craft Beer Zones with a unique growler station at the Summerhill LCBO store in Toronto, enhancing choice for Ontario’s consumers.
With plans to open in 25 LCBO locations provincewide, the Craft Beer Zones are innovative new marketing displays that highlight the Province’s work to increase market exposure for small and craft brewers. These zones will bring together Ontario, Canadian and international craft beers, grouped by style.

Open House

Christie celebrating 10th anniversary of co-op program with open house

Open House also kicks off recruitment drive for 20 software developers at all levels

ProfitKitchener – Christie is hosting a public open house on Wednesday September 23rd from 3-7 p.m. at its worldwide center for engineering excellence in Kitchener, Ontario. The open house celebrates the 10th anniversary of Christie’s co-op program, which has ‘graduated’ over 1000 students since 2005. The program has grown from a yearly total of 15 students to the current intake of more than 100 participants from over 50 academic programs and 10 schools - including the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph - with 25 percent of the students completing more than one term.

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