Martin Pistorius: How my mind came back to life — and no one knew

Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a ghost. But then a strange thing started to happen — his mind began to knit itself back together. In this moving talk, Pistorius tells how he freed himself from a life locked inside his own body.


Shopify expansion in Waterloo Region to employ 300
by Anthony Reinhart

The business world has changed and there’s no going back. If anyone is living proof of this statement, it’s Tobias Lütke, CEO of Shopify, the Ottawa-based e-commerce juggernaut that announced a major expansion of its Waterloo Region operations on Thursday. Plans call for a 300-employee office in the former Seagram Museum/CIGI building in Waterloo’s core to open in April 2016.

Material handling

Researchers Measure How Specific Atoms Move in Dielectric Materials

Raleigh, NC/ South Wales, AU - Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and UNSW Australia have measured the behavior of specific atoms in dielectric materials when exposed to an electric field. The work advances our understanding of dielectric materials, which are used in a wide variety of applications – from handheld electronics to defibrillators.

Chart of the Week

Lower for a lot longer than you think!

by Michael Hayhoe

If history is any guide, rates here in North America are going to stay lower for a lot longer than any of us think. Below is a chart comparing today's 3 Month Treasury Yield for the last 8 1/2 years to 1929 - 1956.


German Unity Day!

Toronto - On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were officially reunited into one nation, after decades of division. Today, this date is known as "German Unity Day", and it is the country's national holiday. The path to German unity began with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 - the historic evening that brought down the divisive border between the East and the West. In the months that followed, political decision makers discussed the prospect of political and economic unity between both sides.


Gross domestic product by industry for July 2015

Ottawa - Real gross domestic product grew 0.3% in July, after rising 0.4% in June. The growth in June and July followed five consecutive monthly declines from January to May. The increase in July was led by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, manufacturing, and the finance and insurance sector. The output of goods-producing industries rose 0.8% in July after a 0.7% increase in June, which followed five consecutive monthly declines. The rise in July was the result of a gain in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction and, to a lesser extent, manufacturing. In contrast, utilities, the agriculture and forestry sector, and construction were down.

Ontario Health

OHA Selects Tectonic and Logibec to Investigate Needs of Health Analytics for Ontario Hospitals

Toronto - Tectonic Advisory Services Inc. (Tectonic) and Logibec Inc. (Logibec) announced they have been selected by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to provide services to investigate and understand the health analytics needs of Ontario hospitals. This analysis aligns with the complex and dynamic environment that is being created by the current Health System Funding Reform (HSFR).

Hospital Care

North America’s First Fully Digital Hospital Opening in Toronto

Ontario Investing Up to $2.13 Billion in State-of-the-Art Humber River Hospital

Queens Park - Humber River Hospital — North America’s first fully digital hospital — will open its doors in Toronto on October 18, using the most modern technologies to offer patients more efficient, safe, accurate and reliable care.


Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute receive C$3.7 million to study the impact of the Western diet on the health of the fetus

London - In pregnant women, the “Western diet” – an energy-dense diet that is high in calories from sugars and simple fats – may be responsible for negative changes in the metabolism of the placenta, setting their children and grandchildren up for a predisposition to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Work Place

5 Steps To Unleash Innovation & Improve Work Culture

Investing In People Yields Exponential Rewards

Getting your people to contribute more to your organization while simultaneously establishing stronger talent retention must cost a pretty penny, right? “You don’t necessarily need to add expensive new ingredients to the stew, you just have to know how to use your ingredients better,” says corporate coach Maxine Attong. “A talented chef – or in this case, corporate or organizational leader – knows how to let an ingredient speak for itself, perhaps with just a touch of seasoning, or guidance.”

Manufacturing Month

CME Kick off National Manufacturing Month this October: The future is now

Mississauga - Dead. Dying. On life support. Those three words are frequently used to describe Canada's manufacturing sector today. But there's no need to pull out the defibrillator. "The reports of Canadian manufacturing's death have been greatly exaggerated," says Jayson Myers, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. "It's certainly not a sector that's asleep, let alone dead."


EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant to Central Michigan University to Monitor Coastal Wetlands

Chicago – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, has received a $10 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to monitor coastal wetlands around the Great Lakes basin over the next five years. This project expands an existing GLRI grant to the university for Great Lakes wetlands monitoring.


Five New Investments and Two Exits

"Early stage technology companies is exploding in the Waterloo-Toronto corridor"

Cambridge - Yesterday, NorthSpring Capital announced their mid-year report on 2015 investment activities in private, small and medium sized business located in Southern Ontario. “We are seeing a surge in traditional companies for sale as baby-boomer and older entrepreneurs finally decide to sell after getting their companies back into good shape since the 2008 financial crash”, says Brian Hunter, President. “At the same time, the number of quality investment opportunities with early stage technology companies is exploding in the Waterloo-Toronto corridor.”


Manufacturing Day – October 2nd , 2015

Ayr – The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (WPB) is hosting Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) taking place in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

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