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Mileha Soneji: Simple hacks for life with Parkinson's

Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson's. In this inspiring talk, Mileha Soneji shares accessible designs that make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson's a bit easier. "Technology is not always it," she says. "What we need are human-centered solutions." Mileha Soneji believes that having empathy and being able to put yourself in another person's shoes is what makes for great design.

Three Pillars - Education

Laurier unveils aspirational Strategic Academic Plan

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has developed an aspirational Strategic Academic Plan for 2015-2020 that focuses on three pillars: advancing academic excellence, expanding experiential learning, and enhancing diversity. Each pillar is connected to specific, measurable strategies that will be enacted over the next five years.

50 & 51

Two businesses founded by Lazaridis School alumni graduate from Accelerator Centre

Waterloo – Two companies founded by alumni of Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics are the latest graduates of the Waterloo-based Accelerator Centre. Alaunus, founded by Andrew Ringer, and Traffic Soda, founded by Jessica Chalk, became the 50th and 51st companies to complete the Accelerator Centre program. They were both honoured at a ceremony held at the centre March 10.


Concept design approval and agreement to go to Cambridge City Council April 18

Cambridge - At Wednesday's special meeting Cambridge City Council voted to defer approval of the concept design for the proposed multiplex facility until April 18, 2016. A final agreement between the City and Conestoga College is also scheduled for Council decision mid-April together with these concept designs.


Teaching Success for Canadian Manufacturers at FABTECH Canada

More than 20 educational sessions and industry-leading speakers come to Toronto Congress Centre, March 22-24, to better prepare Canadian manufacturers for growth

Toronto – According to the Manufacturers’ Outlook 2016 report, 71 percent of Canadian manufacturers are prioritizing employee training, while more than 50 percent are investing in technologies, to fuel business growth. Supporting this industry – the third largest for employment in Canada – is FABTECH Canada, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in the country. With more than 20 educational sessions and top industry speakers, the event gives attendees access to targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial solutions that address their top priorities.


Investment in FinTech is the Future of Canadian Banking

Canadian Banks Continue to Perform Strongly Despite Economic Volatility

Toronto - According to PwC's Canadian Banks 2016: Embracing the FinTech movement report released today, Canadian banks are laser-focused on responding to the threats – and opportunities – posed to the banking industry, at the hands of a group of new companies building financial technology (FinTech) solutions. FinTech offerings range from competing financial services such as alternative lending, to additive solutions atop existing banking services, to enabling technologies for the banks themselves. Capitalizing on the latest mobile, cloud and digital technologies, Canada is now home to many FinTech firms who are trying to shake up and be accretive to the banking value chain.

Gun Guns Guns

Universal background checks for purchasing guns and ammunition could substantially cut gun deaths in the USA

Boston - A nationwide study analysing gun-control laws in the USA has found that just nine of the 25 state laws are effective in reducing firearm deaths. The research, published in The Lancet, suggests that if all US states were to expand the three laws that have the strongest effect on gun deaths—universal background checks for purchasing guns and ammunition, and firearm identification [1]—the national rate of gun deaths could be cut by over 90%.


Americans Pessimistic about Economic Opportunities and Current Political Climate

Washington, DC — Americans pessimistic about economic opportunities and current political climate. Many Americans feel pessimistic about the economic opportunities available to them. Two-third of Americans believe that the American economy is rigged to help the rich and powerful, while the majority of Americans also believe that the middle class is dying (68%)


Intel Honors 27 Companies with Preferred Quality Supplier and Achievement Awards

Santa Clara, Calif. – Intel Corporation recognized 26 companies with its 2015 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award, which celebrates exceptional performance and continuous pursuit of excellence. The 2015 recipients exhibited extraordinary achievements across key focus areas of quality, cost, availability, technology, customer service, labor and ethics systems, and environmental sustainability.

Online Testing

Maplesoft and Instructure team up to allow easy integration of Canvas and Maple T.A.

Collaboration unites course management with STEM testing tools

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced a Certified Partnership with Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service technology company and designer of the Canvas learning management system. Maple T.A., Maplesoft’s online testing and assessment platform designed especially for technical courses involving mathematics, can now be easily accessed from within the Canvas environment.


New Housing Price Index, January 2016

Ottawa - The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.1% in January, following an identical increase in December. The advance was led by higher new home prices in Vancouver and the combined region of Toronto and Oshawa. The increase was largely moderated by lower or unchanged prices in two-thirds of the metropolitan areas.


Lieutenant Governor to Honour Local Conservationist for Lifetime Achievement

Waterloo Region - Local conservationist Craig Campbell was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at Queen’s Park on Feb. 26, 2016.

Capacity Utilization

Industrial capacity utilization rates for fourth quarter 2015

Ottawa - Canadian industries operated at 81.1% of their production capacity in the fourth quarter, down from 81.6% in the previous quarter. The construction as well as mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries were the main sources of the decline.


Ontario Improving Alzheimer’s Support Services

More Service Providers to Receive Training in Wandering Prevention

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s Finding Your Way program to help improve training and reach more people who come into contact with persons affected by dementia.

Speaking Event

The Confederation Club Proudly Welcomes Guest Speakers David W. Aston & Paul Britton, Partners, MHBC Planning

On Behalf of the Waterloo Region Home Builders’ Association David & Paul will be speaking on “Development in Waterloo Region”

Waterloo Region - The presentation will provide an overview of planning in Waterloo Region and how planning considerations shape the community and the future growth forecasted for the community. Observations on local initiatives and general trends that are related to growth and development will be presented by two highly respected planning industry executives based in Kitchener.

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