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International Women's Day

Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."

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Jobs

Steady Hiring Climate Expected For Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

Waterloo Region – Employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area expect a steady hiring climate for the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

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Nutrition

Creating Community Through Healthy Meals In Waterloo

For those of us with access to fresh, healthy food, it’s hard to imagine that many families are food insecure, meaning they lack reliable access to adequate amounts of nutritious food. In some cases, they lack access to any food at all.

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Winning

University of Waterloo Awarded Local Winners of CFA Institute Research Challenge

(Left to right: Rudder Zhang, Adnan Khan, Kam Dhaliwal, Brent Small, Daniel Zhang)
(CNW Group/CFA Society Toronto)

Toronto - CFA Society Toronto and CFA Society Ottawa are pleased to announce the winning team of the annual local final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge held in Toronto last week. Congratulations to University of Waterloo for their second consecutive win. Student Team members, Rudder Zhang, Adnan Khan, Kam Dhaliwal, Brent Small, and Daniel Zhang, each received a thousand dollar prize and will be advancing to the regional level of the CFA Instititue Research Challenge in Chicago, Illinois on 12 – 13 April 2016.

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Invention & Commercialization

In Position: Ontario is betting on innovation to drive our economy

by Julie Garner

Unless you are a political hack like me, you probably took about one second last week to register that something was happening with the Ontario budget. If you have huge amounts of student debt, you may have paused a little longer on the free tuition announcement – while a twinge of jealousy rose up – before you returned to your long list of to do’s.

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Training APP

Goverance Content On Capacity APP Fills Up Idle Moments

By Christian Aagaard

Waterloo - To pass time in a waiting room or checkout line, Alison Boyd does what many people do these days. She uses her smartphone to sift through email and see what’s happening on social media.

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Board Highlights

Waterloo Wellington LHINBoard Highlights

Kitchener - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on February 25, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting.

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Trade

Building a Better Border for Canada and the U.S.

Cross-Border Institute conference on Thursday, March 10 to explore trade opportunities created by new bridge planned for Windsor-Detroit border crossing

Windsor – Business leaders from Canada and the United States will come together at a day-long conference in Toronto next week to discuss the future of the busiest commercial land crossing in North America.

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More for Less

Accomplish More in Less Time by Climbing the Seven Step Productivity Pyramid

By Eric Bloom

The establishment of an ongoing, organization-wide productivity improvement program requires the right company culture, a continuous improvement mindset, innovative thinkers and the active support of senior management—but this is not enough. To be successful, it must also have a defined set of processes, the ability to measure and communicate your results and a clear understanding of how each productivity enhancement provides value to the organization. These processes are established on each of the seven steps on the Productivity Pyramid, which—if followed—creates a company environment where more is done in less time.

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Council Maters

City of Waterloo council summary

Changes intended to make many aspects of the planning process more transparent

Waterloo - The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at this evening’s council meeting.

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MakerSpace

MakerSpace program creates opportunities at the grassroots

Brampton - Elizabeth Gyurán was in the Brampton Public Library when she saw the flyer. It was promoting MakerSpace Brampton, a unique program developed by the City of Brampton, Sheridan College and the Library to make advanced technology generally available to Brampton residents and businesses. Her first thought was that it might be a fun thing for her family to try. Her husband, a car buff, was excited at the prospect of 3D printing for car parts that are no longer available. She wasn’t thinking about how it would change her home-based business.

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Statement

NDP demands Wynne government stop proposed price hike for seniors prescription drugs

Kitchener – After meeting with seniors and a local pharmacist in Kitchener, Catherine Fife, NDP MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo, demanded the Wynne government stop its proposed increase to the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, included in the recently released 2016 provincial budget.

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Making Your Point

Aristotle in the Boardroom

Using Philosophical Arguments to Succeed in Meetings - By Joe Curcillo

As the sales team takes their seats in the boardroom, CEO, A.C. Tosser, rises from his seat and begins to address the staff. He introduces the new product line and explains that it will be marketed differently, and will be implemented with a new commission structure. The team grumbled at the change, but Tosser explained and discussed how the next level of sales will positively affect the commissions and bonuses for the people in the room.

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Recognition

Local Conservationist Honoured for Lifetime Achievement at Queen’s Park

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

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Convention

Ontario Showcasing Mining Industry at Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention

Province Opens Ontario Pavilion at Annual International Convention

Queens Park - Ontario is welcoming thousands of delegates attending the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual convention and promoting its position as Canada’s leading mining jurisdiction.

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Organic

Canada Organic Trade Association Appoints Executive Director

Ottawa - The Canada Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has appointed Tia Loftsgard as Executive Director of the association, effective March 21, 2016. COTA Board President Dag Falck said, "We're very pleased to welcome Tia to COTA in her role as Executive Director: a position that is critical to providing leadership for Canada's rapidly growing organic sector. Organic in Canada continues to have the momentum of strong consumer demand, but faces the challenges of increasing domestic supply, building on our success in international markets, and representing our needs to the new federal government.

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Health Risks in Space

Simulating space on Earth to help protect astronauts - Four new experiments will benefit both space travellers and Earthlings

LONGUEUIL, QC - Four new Canadian studies in the field of space health research have received funding from the Government of Canada to reduce health risks for astronauts on long-term missions. These experiments will simulate space conditions on Earth to investigate the physiological and psychosocial adaptation to space.

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Research Resource

Region of Waterloo Public Building Inventory Launches

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is excited to launch a new research resource, the Waterloo Region Public Building Inventory.

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Accelerator Program

Launch of a new Canadian startup accelerator program

The Belron Group’s initiative will make $380,000 available to businesses

Montreal – Belron, the parent company of Lebeau Vitres d’auto and Speedy Glass in Canada, announced yesterday the launch of a new startup assistance program alongside its innovation partner and investor L Marks. This initiative will allow a Canadian company to drive its service offering worldwide by partnering with Belron’s international network.

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Tech Awards UK

The Tech Trailblazers Awards Expand To Acknowledge Trailblazing Startup Personalities

On International Women’s Day, the Tech Trailblazers Awards introduce new categories to recognize the faces behind great startup innovations

London, UK – The Tech Trailblazers Awards, the pioneering annual awards program for enterprise information technology startups, has announced the addition of new categories designed to reward the women and men behind innovative startup technologies, campaigns and company success. This expansion of the awards brings new categories for C-level startup employees, awarding Female Tech Trailblazer of the Year and Male Tech Trailblazer of the Year accolades to two successful candidates.

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Expat Survey

New Zealand takes top spot, Canada ranks 7th when it comes to quality of life amongst women living abroad

Vancouver - As the world celebrates International Women's Day on March 8, newly released data from the latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey reveals how nearly 10,000 expatriate1 women across 25 countries ranked them across six different criteria: quality of life, career advancement, financial rewards and ability to save, the ease of settling in, and achieving an active social life.



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