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Rainforest Proetection

Topher White: What can save the rainforest? Your used cell phone

The sounds of the rainforest include: the chirps of birds, the buzz of cicadas, the banter of gibbons. But in the background is the almost-always present sound of a chainsaw, from illegal loggers. Engineer Topher White shares a simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation — that starts with your old cell phone. Through his startup Rainforest Connection, Topher White transforms used cell phones into guardians of the rainforest.

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Education Manufacturing

New Centre for Smart Manufacturing launched at Conestoga College

Kitchener - The official launch of a new applied research facility that will drive innovation, commercialization, productivity improvement and competitiveness for Ontario’s manufacturing sector was celebrated yesterday at the Cambridge campus of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

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Pension Security

Sun Life and BCE reach groundbreaking $5 billion longevity insurance agreement

TORONTO - Sun Life Financial Inc. and BCE Inc. announced a new agreement that further advances BCE's pension de-risking strategy by transferring longevity risk for $5 billion of pension plan liability to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Sun Life).

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Global Education

Laurier partners with the University of Ghana

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will be expanding its international education opportunities for students thanks to a new project in partnership with the University of Ghana (UG).

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Following

The F-word you need more of at work – or get fired

Everybody can’t be leading all of the time. And, when you aren’t leading, you need to take on an active, engaged, thoughtful followership role: Photo Samantha and Marc Hurwitz

Waterloo - Leadership has boomed into it’s own industry. The US alone spends over $14 billion a year on it; you can get a PhD in it; and we promote it to kids as the way to get ahead in life. But new research from a University of Waterloo lecturer and his wife reveals there might be something most employees are overlooking and, if you don’t do it well, will probably get you fired.


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Innovation

Flying Robots and Brain-Mimicking Computer Chips Among the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015

Aim is to raise attention to technologies’ potential and any risks they may present

Geneva, Switzerland – Zero emission cars fuelled by hydrogen and computer chips that mimic the human brain are among the technological breakthroughs recognized as the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015, a list compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies.

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GDP

Canadian economic accounts for fourth quarter 2014 and December 2014

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.8% gain in the third quarter. On a monthly basis, real GDP increased 0.3% in December.

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Construction

GTA to Lead Ontario Construction Growth in 2015 as Other Regions Express Less Certainty

Industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector calls for continued focus on skilled workforce to meet future demand

TORONTO - Growth within Ontario's construction industry - and its correlating job creation - is expected to occur at significantly different rates across the province in 2015, according to the annual Construction Confidence Indicator, released today by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). This is despite an overall confident outlook for Ontario's $16 billion ICI construction economy.

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Abuse

Are Ontarians apathetic to domestic violence?

New study by Interval House shows 24% blame the victim and only 58% would intervene if abuse disclosed.

TORONTO - The highly publicized celebrity abuse cases in late 2014 resulted in an unprecedented public interest in the dialogue about ending violence against women and many believed it was a tipping point in changing attitudes. However, the spotlight has shifted and a new study commissioned by Interval House, Canada's first shelter for abused women, shows that we still have a very long way to go.

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PSA Health Survey

Public Health invites parents/guardians to complete a survey on the topic of talking to theirchild(ren) about growth, development and sexual health

Waterloo Region - Parents/guardians who live in Waterloo Region and have children 18 years of age or younger are invited to complete a survey as part of a project being conducted by Region of Waterloo Public Health and its community partners.

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Financial Literacy

7 Steps To A Fear-Free Money Plan

Women Overwhelmed By Financial Worries Can Ease Their Anxieties - by Donna Phelan

Money worries can lead to sleepless nights for just about everyone, but surveys routinely reveal that women more than men feel the anxiety from a rocky financial situation. In a 2014 Money Magazine survey, for example, two-thirds of women said they were worried about their financial outlook, compared with 54 percent of men.

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Expansion

Sandvine Powers Service Innovation for Digicel Group

WATERLOO - Sandvine announced that Digicel Group, the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean is a long time Sandvine customer that is using Sandvine's Network Policy Control solutions to offer their subscribers innovative service plans.

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Communication

6 Ways to Form Winning Business Relationships

In today’s fast-paced and impersonal world, knowing your product better than anyone in your industry is not enough. Those who provide extraordinary service are the ones who are going to attract more customers, close more deals and get ahead of their competitors.


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Knock-Offs

TrustPoint Innovation launches BlackSealTM for the life-cycle management of secure NFC tags

BlackSeal secure NFC tags enables a new era of intelligent goods and services.

WATERLOO – The global trade in counterfeit goods – also known as knockoffs – has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.  Counterfeit good producers are duping customers, potentially putting users at risk and siphoning billions of dollars of profits from reputable manufacturers.  Everything from high-end handbags to crucial aircraft parts has made their way onto the market.  Now there is a solution to this problem for both the manufacturer and consumer.

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Operational

Cochlear Embraces Digital-First World with OpenText

WATERLOO - OpenText announced that Cochlear Limited, the market leader in implantable hearing solutions and one of Australia's most lauded companies for world-class product design and technology, is implementing OpenText Content Suite to improve operational efficiencies and agility, whilst minimizing cost and helping to ensure compliance.

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Economic Growth

The specter of secular stagnation

But there are reasons to suggest that the preoccupation with secular stagnation is overly pessimistic - By Livio Di Matteo

THUNDER BAY - The chronic low growth and slow recoveries of world economies since 2009 has re-ignited speculation that we are in the midst of a period of exceptionally low economic growth or what has been termed 'secular stagnation,' particularly in Europe and America where average annual growth rates in real GDP have been on the decline since the 1960s.

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Agriculture

National Farmers Union-Ontario Annual Convention Examines Retail Chains Effects on Agriculture

Guelph - The National Farmers Union-Ontario is hosting its convention and AGM in Waterloo, ON this year at the Kitchener-Waterloo Naval Association, 315 Weber Street North on Saturday, March 7. Keynote speakers are Haroon Akram-Lodhi, professor of International Studies at Trent University in Peterborough and Gavin Fridell Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

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Main Street

The National Trust Congratulates Middlesex, Ontario, on launch of Main Street Program

Ottawa –The National Trust for Canada announced that The Business Help Centre of Middlesex County, a Community Futures Development Corporation, has launched Main Street Middlesex programming for 2015-2016. The initiative is funded by the Community Futures Program through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The Business Help Centre will be offering downtown revitalization support and matching grants to the communities of Ailsa Craig, Dorchester, Lucan and Parkhill until March 31, 2016.

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Leadership

Are You a THIRTEENER? Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategies (and Why Connectedness Is the Key)

Some 87 percent of businesses fail to execute their strategy each year. Author and consultant Dan Prosser explains why—and offers eight startling insights into human interaction, the hidden forces that drive leaders, and the astonishing power of the conversations we enable and nurture.

Austin, TX - It happens again and again. You come up with a viable strategy that you believe will "fix" your ailing company. You hold lots of employee meetings to talk about it. Maybe you leave fired up with enthusiasm, or maybe you harbor a nagging sense of doubt—worried that perhaps you just have the wrong people. It doesn't seem to matter. As the weeks grow into months, you realize that—once again—what needs to get done just isn't getting done. And damned if you can figure out why.

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Education

Inspiring Future Women in Science Conference

Waterloo - The half-day Inspiring Future Women in Science Conference will bring together 200 women currently in high school and expose them to the rewards, challenges, and possibilities of a career in science.

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Education

Catholic Board Wins International Business Association Award

2014-15 budget process earns kudos

Waterloo Region – For third consecutive year the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. "The award represents a significant achievement by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and reflects the commitment by its staff and the school district to maintain the highest standards of school budgeting," statement from a unknown representative from the Association of School Business Officials International.

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