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Flying Robots

Vijay Kumar: The future of flying robots

At his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar and his team have created autonomous aerial robots inspired by honeybees. Their latest breakthrough: Precision Farming, in which swarms of robots map, reconstruct and analyze every plant and piece of fruit in an orchard, providing vital information to farmers that can help improve yields and make water management smarter.


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Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement Waterloo Region revives local Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Waterloo Region - JA Waterloo Region is excited to announce the revival of the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as an evolution of their long-standing Business Spirit Awards. “We are excited to celebrate Waterloo Region’s spirit of entrepreneurship and business excellence by reviving the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame,” said Karen Gallant, President & CEO of JA Waterloo Region. “Youth involved in JA’s entrepreneurship programs are fortunate to have role models such as these individuals to learn from.”

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New Building

85 Willis Way, Waterloo

Newest Class A Office Building in Waterloo Region

Waterloo - PrimusPM, Tricap Properties , and Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region are excited to announce Waterloo Region’s newest Class A building, 85 Willis Way . This new addition to Waterloo Town Square will add 85,000 sf of space for both office and retail users. With 2 floors of office space and main floo r retail space, Waterloo Town Square will continue to be the premiere address in UpTown Waterloo and Waterloo Region for a variety of office users and retailers making their entry to or expansion in the Region.

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Attention to Students

UWaterloo commits $10 million for improved space for students, learning

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will spend $10 million to help fund renovations to existing classrooms, social space, student services and the Physical Activities Complex. The investment is part of the University's commitment to providing a vibrant student experience and outstanding academic programming.

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Mammography Suite

Grand River Hospital opens new mammography suite with enhanced imaging technology

Waterloo Region - October is breast cancer awareness month and Grand River Hospital’s Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre (WWBC) is celebrating with the opening of a new mammography suite with state-of-the-art technology.

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Award Winner

Local Hair Stylist Wins Gold at OMC Hair World European Championship

A Canadian has not received the top honour at the European Championships since the 1980s.

Kitchener—Local hair artist and salon owner, Lina Shamoun, recently won gold at the OMC Hair World European Championship held in Paris, France September 19-21, 2015 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles convention centre. As the world’s largest professional hairstylists’ organization, OMC Hair World hosts the highest level international hairstyling competitions.

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Autonomous Vehicles

Ontario First to Test Automated Vehicles on Roads in Canada

Province Supports Innovation in Transportation Technology


Queens Park / Waterloo - Ontario is launching a new pilot to allow for the testing of automated vehicles on Ontario roads. “In the world of transportation, Ontario has the opportunity to show leadership on automated technology. Today, Ontario is making its claim in the global marketplace by taking the next steps in automated vehicle innovation. The automated vehicle pilot will ensure that the province’s roads remain safe without creating burdens that stifle investment and innovation in Ontario’s dynamic business environment", said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

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Competition

Waterloo campus hosts masonry competition

Waterloo - Last week, the Roofing Skills and Training Centre at Conestoga's Waterloo campus hosted the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 - an annual industry competition held in 20 regions throughout Canada and the U.S. Conestoga was just one of three Canadian locations to host.

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Healthy Community

Ontario Giving Parents More Choice with Free Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children

Providing Broader Protection for Kids this Flu Season

Queens Park - Ontario is now offering parents more choice in helping to protect their children and youth against the flu with a free nasal spray flu vaccine. Starting on October 26, nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children and youth aged two to 17 as an alternative to an injection in the arm.

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Vulnerable Children

Government scheme to improve the lives of first-time teenage mothers and their babies in England called into question

Cardiff, UK - The UK Department of Health’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), set up in 2007 to help first-time teenage mothers in England to support their parenting and to give more vulnerable children a better start in life, shows little benefit over usual care and is not cost-effective, according to new research published in The Lancet.

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Vital Signs

Annual Report on Community Vitality to be Released Thursday

Belonging the top priority for Waterloo Region.

Kitchener – The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) is releasing the eighth annual Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs report card, on the health and vitality of Waterloo Region, at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15th, 2015. The 2015 Priority Report continues to focus on the priority areas outlined in the 2013 edition of Vital Signs: Belonging & Leadership, Arts & Culture, Getting Started (in life as well as in this community) and Health & Wellness.

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Merger

Orc Group and CameronTec Group join forces

Addresses latest financial market challenges and emerging technology requirements.

Stockholm, SWEDEN – Orc, a global market leader in electronic trading technology, today announced that Cidron Delfi S.à r.l*, the owner of Orc Group Holding AB and CameronTec Intressenter Holding AB, the global standard in financial messaging infrastructure and tools for the capital markets industry, intends to combine both companies under a new entity.

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Economy

National economic pessimism surges: CPA Canada Business Monitor

Toronto - Pessimism about the national economy climbed sharply among professional accountants in leadership positions in the third quarter of 2015, according to a survey conducted for Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

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Certification

DUCA is Canada's first credit union to achieve B-Corp Certification

GTA-Based Credit Union Meets International Social Sustainability Standards By Integrating Social Responsibility Principles Into All Products, Practices and Profits

Toronto - DUCA Financial Services Credit Union which serves the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is Canada's first-ever credit union to achieve B-Corporation (B-Corp) Certification from B Lab, a not-for-profit, global organization that aims to redefine business success to include corporate social responsibility.

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Gen Z

New Study from Universum Details Gen Z's Attitudes About Future Careers

STOCKHOLM - Universum's latest research report, Generation Z Grows Up, shows the next wave of digital natives are optimistic about the future and fascinated by entrepreneurship.


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