Thursday November 19, 2020


In Coming

Vivek Goel named president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo

Innovator, scholar and bold leader becomes university’s seventh president

Vivek Goel, a distinguished scholar with extensive achievements in research, teaching and leadership across both public and private sectors, will become the seventh president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. Goel, who begins his five-year term on July 1, 2021, is recognized in Canada and around the world as a leading public-health researcher, health-services evaluation expert, and champion for the use of research evidence in health policymaking. Goel has held several senior roles at the University of Toronto, including Vice-President and Provost and most recently as Vice-President of Research and Innovation. The public health physician currently serves as a member of the federal government’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and Scientific Advisor for the CanCOVID Research Network. He was previously the founding president and CEO of Public Health Ontario. more ...


New local Ontario Health Team approved by Ministry of Health

The Region of Waterloo has a rich history of collaboration on initiatives that have successfully improved the health and wellbeing of the community, including Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s vision of an inclusive and thriving community, addressing homelessness through the work of the Inner City Health Alliance, development of a 10 year Older Adult Strategy, community-wide advocacy for state-of-the-art cardiac and cancer care, and most recently, health, social and community service partners rallying together to mount a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These and other similar efforts will now serve as the foundation for a major step in local health system transformation. In April of 2019, dozens of local organizations came together in response to the Ontario Ministry of Health’s call for submissions for the formation of Ontario Health Teams. Following eighteen months of stakeholder engagement which took many forms, the KW4 Ontario Health Team (OHT) received its formal approval from the Ontario Ministry of Health on October 23, 2020. more ...

Our Techy Cities

Canada Scoring Tech Talent 2020

Toronto #1, Ottawa #2, Vancouver #3 and Waterloo Region #4

Scoring Canadian Tech Talent is a comprehensive analysis of labour market conditions, cost and quality for highly-skilled tech workers. 20 Canadian cities were ranked according to their competitive advantages and appeal to tech-talent workers and tech employers. This study also provides insight into the quality of tech talent and how their growth patterns are impacting cities and real estate markets across Canada. more ...

Tech 50

COVID-19 ranked top challenge among Deloitte Technology Fast 50 winners, with majority in support of government's response

Kitchener-based Intellijoint Surgical Inc. tops the list with revenue growth of over 19,300 per cent between 2016 and 2019, Kitchener-based ApplyBoard takes second place

Deloitte is honoured to announce this year's winners of the Technology Fast 50, Companies-to-Watch, and Enterprise Fast 15 awards. Recognizing the world-class achievements of Canadian technology companies for the 23rd year, the Technology Fast 50 program highlights true resilience, commitment to innovation, leadership, and rapid revenue growth between 2016 and 2019. This year, the average three-year growth of the Fast 50 winners is 2,144 per cent, compared to 1,689 per cent in 2019. At the top of this year's Fast 50 list, with three-year growth of 19,311 per cent, is Intellijoint Surgical Inc. The Kitchener-based company develops smart tools designed to enhance the accuracy of orthopedic surgery, increase hospital efficiencies, and improve patients' lives by providing surgeons with effective, easy-to-use technology. Taking second place is the SaaS-enabled recruitment platform, ApplyBoard, with three-year growth of 12,597 per cent. The Kitchener-based company helps international students study at the best institutions of higher education in the world, by revolutionizing the way they experience the application process and empowering them to access the highest quality education available. more ...

Gold Award

ION light rail wins gold award for Service Delivery

Left Tom Galloway, Chair of the Planning and Works Committee. Right Michael O'Neil, General Manager of GrandLinq

The Region of Waterloo announced that ION light rail has been selected as the winner of the Gold Award for Service Delivery by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships for 2020. The Service Delivery award is presented annually to showcase Canadian excellence and innovation in project financing, service delivery, infrastructure investment and/or generation of economic benefit, which result in enhanced quality of public services and facilities. more ...

Future Course

In the Face of Extraordinary Challenges, 36 Pioneer Cities Chart a Course Towards a More Ethical and Responsible Future

The “pioneer cities” includes Toronto, will adopt policies for privacy protection, better broadband coverage, accountability for cyber security, increased openness of city data, and better accessibility to digital city services for disabled and elderly people

The World Economic Forum announced today that 36 cities across 22 countries and six continents have agreed to pioneer a new roadmap for safely adopting new technology as part of the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance. Cities are facing urgent challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and other major disruptions, which are expected to culminate in a budget crisis that could reach $1 trillion in the United States alone. They need data and innovation to become more resilient, responsive and efficient. Yet there is no global framework for how cities should use these technologies, or the data they collect, in a way that protects the public interest. This is set to change with the launch of a new global policy roadmap by the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, designed to give cities the procedures, laws and regulations they need to use new technology responsibly. The secretariat of the alliance is hosted at the World Economic Forum. more ...


Pfizer vs. Moderna and how vaccinating against COVID-19 will work

Pfizer and Moderna announced in recent days that they have vaccine candidates that are over 90 per cent effective in preventing the COVID-19 virus. UW talk to Professor Kelly Grindrod, Canada’s Pharmacist of the Year and an expert in vaccines, to unpack which vaccine will work, the logistics of distributing them, and how long it will take for Canada and the world to go back to “normal.” What is the difference between the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine? With the Moderna and Pfizer announcements over the last week, it appears we now have two promising vaccine candidates. Both vaccines use engineered RNA, which is a new approach for vaccine development. Pfizer’s vaccine is the result of a partnership with German biotech company BioNTech. Moderna, which is an American biotech company, developed their vaccine together with the U.S. National Institutes of Health as part of the country’s Operation Warp Speed program. more ...


Property Management Cleaning Practices

Majority of Property Managers Report Lower Cleaning Costs and Strong Communications Efforts

DCS Global (“DCS”) announced the results of its recent survey amongst property managers on cleaning costs, plans and communications. “Our survey clearly shows the majority of property managers are staying on top of cleaning issues during the pandemic,” said Randy Burke, President and CEO of DCS. “Approximately three-quarters of respondents have detailed written pandemic cleaning plans in place, and almost all are communicating their cleaning efforts to employees, tenants and visitors. My biggest concerns from the responses are the relative lack of hygiene testing and the potential for significant cleaning cost increases next year.” The survey was sent to approximately 200 property managers in mid-October. It contained seven questions, and the full results of the survey can be viewed here. Asked if they or their contract cleaner have a detailed written plan for cleaning during the pandemic, three-quarters said yes. This is foundational for effective and efficient cleaning, ensuring clear expectations are set and cleaners and property management are on the same page. more ...


Ontario Auditor General audit finds the province falling short on energy efficiency, new provincial scorecard report explains why

Ontario slipped in national rankings, and risks not achieving its 2030 emission-reduction target

Yesterday, the Ontario Auditor General released a 2020 Value-for-Money-Audit which includes a section on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in buildings. Efficiency Canada’s 2020 Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released on Monday and covered by, provides added insight to the Auditor General’s findings, showing how Ontario compares to other provinces and US states. The Audit noted that: more ...


GRCA Chair calls special board meeting in response to proposed changes to Conservation Authorities Act

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) Chair Helen Jowett (right) is convening a special meeting of the GRCA board for members to review and discuss the Province’s proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act. On November 5, the provincial government identified a number of legislative amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act through Schedule 6 in Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures). The GRCA is encouraged that the Conservation Authorities Act continues to provide for a watershed-based approach to conservation, restoration, source water protection and natural hazards management. The GRCA is also supportive of the Province’s stated objectives to modernize the Act, enhance transparency and accountability. However, the GRCA is concerned that some of the proposed changes, if enacted, may have a significant impact on conservation authorities and their watershed management responsibilities. more ...

Tax Errors

CRA and Revenu Quebec must be held accountable for audit mistakes, CFIB tells the Supreme Court

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Quebec (RQ) should be held liable when its employees make mistakes that impact small businesses, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Last Thursday, CFIB submitted an affidavit in support of Restaurant Le Relais de Saint-Jean and its owner Gary Chionis’ petition to have their case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Restaurant Le Relais de Saint-Jean and Mr. Chionis of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, are petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to review a decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal on whether CRA and RQ are liable for errors committed by their auditors and collection agent. In 2005, an audit by RQ mistakenly claimed Restaurant Le Relais de Saint-Jean owed $1 million in sales taxes. It took the restaurant and Mr. Chionis five years and $350,000 in accountants and lawyers’ fees to prove the error, but they have not been compensated by CRA or RQ for the stress and damages it has caused them, including the permanent closure of their restaurant. more ...

Business Transitions

More than a third of entrepreneurs wish they could sell or retire but aren’t prepared: KPMG in Canada Poll

Pandemic underscores urgent need for business owners to have a plan for succession and business transition

With ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a third (37 per cent) of business owners surveyed in Canada wish they could retire, transition or sell their business but are not prepared, finds a recent poll by KPMG in Canada. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners have been forced to make tough decisions around investments needed to manage through the crisis and beyond,” says Yannick Archambault, national family office leader for KPMG in Canada. “Given the ongoing challenges, more than a third wish they could sell or transition their business to the next generation today. “But these kinds of decisions require serious planning and the persistent economic uncertainty posed by the pandemic has accelerated the normal planning timeframe for these decisions. As a result, there is a greater urgency today to have robust, forward-looking plans in place and solidify leadership and governance structures to protect the business and facilitate a transition.” more ...


A slowing economic recovery – The Conference Board of Canada releases its Provincial Economic Outlook

In its latest Provincial Economic Outlook, The Conference Board of Canada forecasts that localized closures and a retrenchment in household spending and business activity will hold back the pace of economic recovery into mid-2021. For most Canadian provinces, economic activity is not expected to return to pre-COVID-19 levels until the second half of 2021. However, the economic outlook for Canada’s provinces differs because of the varying effects of the pandemic on different industries across the country. Meanwhile, federal and provincial governments will record massive deficits this year that will likely result in weak public spending growth once the pandemic is behind us. “We expect global real GDP to decline by 4.7 per cent this year,” says Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada. “The Global economy partly recovered in the third quarter, but a second wave of the virus, and a delay in additional stimulus measures in the United States, will hamper the recovery in the fourth quarter.” more ...


Centre receives grant funding from Guelph community organizations to further support grieving children and families during this second wave

The newly registered charity has been awarded $60,000 in grant funding from the City of Guelph and Balnar Family Foundation just in time for International Children’s Grief Awareness Day

The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families celebrates International Children’s Grief Awareness Day this year as their efforts to support grieving children and families in Guelph and Wellington County is recognized with welcomed financial support from local community grant funding. Founded in February 2019 to support families with children and youth who have experienced, or are anticipating, the death of a parent or sibling, The Nightingale Centre has seen much success in the last 22 months of operations — helping 57 grieving families receive the support they need. To further the services the Centre has offered, it has also hosted two educational events to benefit the local community, delivered training to various community organizations, and provided a week-long certificate course in partnership with SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health to professionals working with grieving children. more ...


Ontario Chamber Announces Joseph Mancinelli as the 2020 OBAA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

International Vice President and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada of LiUNA, Joseph Mancinelli recognized for exceptional contributions to the province

As part of its Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs), the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is proud to announce Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Mr. Mancinelli is the first labour leader to be recognized as part of the OBAAs. “We are extremely proud to announce that Joseph Mancinelli is the 2020 OBAA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “This award is given to a Leader who demonstrates incredible leadership and has made a significant and positive impact for the province and beyond. Under Joseph’s leadership, LiUNA has become a new face of Labour, working together with the private sector and government to build better communities. His business acumen and ongoing service across communities has and will continue to positively impact the lives of Canadians.” more ...


Shop Safely on Black Friday

Stay out of the stores, and be smart online

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days in North America, but this year is going to look a bit different. The world is still in the grip of a pandemic, meaning people are more likely to be glued to their computer screens than they will be stampeding through a big box store to get the hottest deal. There is also a good chance people will be starting before Black Friday arrives, both to ensure what they want is delivered in time and to increase the odds that it is in stock. But while staying home and shopping online will keep people safe from COVID-19, it does open shoppers to more risks if they don’t know the ins and outs of adding items to a digital cart instead of a push one. more ...


November 13 - December 20

Art$Pay & Farwell4Hire Together!

Get excited for incredible art from some of the region's most talented practitioners AND shop for a good cause! The Art$Pay artists are teaming up with Farwell4Hire and raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. This year Art$Pay is taking our Annual Member Show in a new direction - a unique two part event designed in response to the pandemic and with something for everyone. Part One will be totally virtual so you can enjoy the art from the comfort of your home. We’ll be turning the Art$Pay website homepage into a virtual shopping catalogue of our members’ original art, including an online silent auction and art picks from these well-known people in our community … more ...


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