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Enjoyable

Larry Smith:Why you will fail to have a great career

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions. A professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love. Larry Smith is a professor of economics at University of Waterloo. A well-known storyteller and advocate for youth leadership, he has also mentored many of his students on start-up business management and career development. The most notable start-up he advised in its infancy is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry.

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Milestone Scholarship

Dematic Announces Scholarships for University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering

Waterloo - Dematic, a global leader in supply chain optimization, celebrates the one year anniversary of its location in Waterloo by announcing scholarships valued at $10,000 for the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, called the Dematic Scholarship for Excellence in Supply Chain Optimization. Dematic strategically established an office in the Region of Waterloo to capitalize on the world-class technology and engineering talent in the area. Shortly after opening this office, Dematic established a strong relationship with the University of Waterloo to also contribute to the educational community.

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Next Phase

Economical starts on the road to demutualization

Board of directors’ resolution initiates demutualization process; Demutualization will allow Economical to unlock its full potential and compete with the top players in the P&C insurance industry

Waterloo — Economical Insurance announced that its board of directors has formally decided to proceed with demutualization, launching the process to convert the company from a mutual to a stock company with shareholders.

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Closing

The Legacy Establishment Known as Waterloo Inn Announces "It's Closing" on Dec 15

The hotel occupies just a quarter of the 19 acres being sold, owners determined the property is currently under-utilized

Waterloo – The Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel today announced its decision to close on December 15 and prepare for the sale of the property. The Legacy Hotel has been host to a variety of local, provincial, federal and national private and public events. "They're not many people who don't know the Waterloo Inn" says Publisher Jon Rohr, "Mary D'Alton, and the many wonderful staff, made it a go to, memorable destination, not only for over night stays, but for a coffee, drink, dinner and convention use - that unique atmosphere will be missed."

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Water

Government not charging full cost for water

"Ecosystems in some parts of the Grand River watershed are periodically stressed by low water levels” says the acting Environmental Commissioner

Queen’s Park - – Ontario’s acting Environmental Commissioner, Ellen Schwartzel, says the provincial government is recovering only a tiny fraction of its management costs for the water supplied to many industries.

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University Golf

Warriors reach century mark of provincial titles

Waterloo - When the Waterloo Warriors men’s golf team hoisted the Ruttan Cup as Ontario champions for the second straight year in October, it marked an iconic moment in the history of Waterloo’s Department of Athletics. The win marked the 100th provincial championship for the Warriors since entering interuniversity competition in 1957.

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Environment

Invasive Species Legislation Receives Royal Assent

Province Takes Action to Protect Against Invasive Species

Queens Park - Ontario is taking further action to protect communities from the significant social, economic and ecological impacts of invasive species by passing the Invasive Species Act.

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xQuarterly

Economical Insurance reports financial results for the Third Quarter and Year-to-date 2015

Increased gross written premiums by 2.9% over third quarter 2014; Recorded a combined ratio of 89.8% for the quarter; Generated net income of $66.1 million for the quarter; Increased total equity by $42.3 million since December 31, 2014 to $1.72 billion

Waterloo — Economical Insurance announced it's consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015. “Economical delivered excellent performance during the quarter with each line of business providing a strong contribution to our underwriting profit,” said Karen Gavan, president and CEO.

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Aging in KW

The City of Kitchener receives funding to support Age Friendly Communities

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener is one of 56 recipients of the Government of Ontario’s Age Friendly Community Planning Grant. This program is designed to assist municipalities and non-profit organizations to promote healthy and active aging and support older adults in maintaining their independence and having access to the community supports and services they require.

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Changing Workplace

The Rise of Intelligent Technology and the Fast-Changing Role of the CIO

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The workplace of today is dramatically shifting as technology becomes more deeply connected to core business outcomes like growth, customer experience and profitability. From Insight’s partner event, Synergy, Insight Enterprises’ Chief Information Officer Mike Guggemos shared survival tips as “Information Technology” rapidly evolves into “Intelligent Technology™.”

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Hiring

Christie is recruiting to meet increased production demand

Recruitment drive will focus on hiring technologists, distribution technicians and mechanical engineers to support laser projection design and production

Kitchener – Christie announced it is hiring highly skilled technologists, engineers and technicians in order to meet a growing worldwide demand for its products and solutions. All positions require a college diploma and are located at Christie’s Canadian headquarters for engineering and advanced manufacturing in Kitchener, Ontario.

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xQuarterly

ATS Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results and Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid

Cambridge - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. reported on financial results for the three and six months ended September 27, 2015.

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Appointment

Tesla Announces New Leadership in Finance and Global Sales/Service

PALO ALTO, CA - - Tesla announced today that Jason Wheeler will be Tesla's next Chief Financial Officer and Jon McNeill has joined as President of Global Sales and Service. Jason joins Tesla after 13 years at Google Inc. where he was Vice President of Finance and led Google's global finance function. Jason has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in finance from Colorado State University, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Best Month Ever - Lexus

Toyota Canada Inc. Reports October Sales Results

Best month ever for Lexus; annual sales record set two months before year-end; Best month ever for TCI truck sales, with tenth consecutive monthly record; Best October for overall TCI and Scion sales

TORONTO - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) sold 19,174 vehicles in October, up 6.7% compared to last year, making it the best October ever for TCI sales. At a divisional level, Toyota and Scion reported October sales of 16,891 units, up 4.2% compared to last year. Scion set another record sales month, with 541 units sold, up 84% compared to 2014, following the launch of the all-new Scion iM in September.

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Growing League

Canadian Basketball League announces franchise awarded to Hamilton United Basketball Club

New franchise will operate as a not-for-profit

Hamilton - Hamilton United Basketball Club will become a part of the Canadian Basketball League. The team will be led by a board of directors, which is currently headed by President Jeff Young, and VP of Basketball Operations, Rob Bowden. “This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance the local basketball community. We still have a lot of work to do. As a core group, we have been meeting for the several months,” Said Young, “In the next 30 days, our team lead by Rob Bowden will be focused on all the details surrounding our launch plan”.

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Power

Pratt & Whitney PurePower Engine For Embraer E-Jets E2 Begins Flight Test Program

Mirabel, Quebec - The Pratt & Whitney PW1900G PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine for the Embraer E190-E2 and E195-E2 aircraft, successfully completed its first flight, initiating the engine's flight test program. The PW1900G engine model, which was assembled at Pratt & Whitney's Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut, flew on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed at the company's Mirabel Flight Test Center, in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.

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Meetings

5 Strategies For Getting The Most Out Of Meetings

Companies Can Waste Less Time And Be More Efficient With A Few Simple Steps, Says Business Development Expert

Many employees probably groan and grumble when they see that the boss has scheduled yet another meeting. But Cameron Herold, a business development expert and author of “Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less”, insists it doesn’t need to be that way.


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