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Leadership

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ... Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic "Start With Why"; his latest book is "Leaders Eat Last."


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Police Check System

Waterloo-based digital solutions company accepts prestigious Distinction Award Medal on behalf of Calgary Police Service

Electronic Police Information Check (ePIC) web application recognized for Excellence in Collaboration

Waterloo – eSolutionsGroup attended the annual Distinction Awards Gala this week to accept the highly respected Distinction Award Medal for Excellence in Collaboration on behalf of Calgary Police Service. Calgary Police Service received this national award in recognition of their ePIC project – an electronic Police Information Check system, developed in partnership with eSolutionsGroup.

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Smart Cities

Innovation through collaboration

Miovision Partners with Ecopia Technology and Brisk Synergies; Accelerator Centre companies join forces

Waterloo - AC Graduate Miovision announced a new partnership with Ecopia Technologies and Brisk Synergies that will pioneer real-time visualizations of cities and transportation networks. Today, cities have very little data on the performance of their transportation infrastructure, which makes it difficult to base sound investment decisions on it. When cities start new projects, they often map and model the traffic for that particular area, but after the project is completed, the data model is thrown out or becomes obsolete. Even if the city keeps the map and model, the data on which they were based quickly becomes outdated.

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Technical Computing

Maple improves quality of life for people with limited upper-body mobility

Waterloo - Kinova Robotics designs and manufactures innovative robotics products for personal assistance and service functions. Their flagship robotic arm JACO, now in its second generation, enriches the lives of people with limited upper-body mobility by enabling them to perform routine daily tasks safely and independently. Maple™, Maplesoft’s flagship product for technical computing and documentation, was used by engineers at Kinova to derive and manage the complex matrix equations that underlie the advanced algorithms which control the JACO robotic arm, leading to improved functionality.

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Health Care

All-cause and circulatory disease-related hospitalization, by generation status: Evidence from linked data

Ottawa - Immigrants tend to have better health than the Canadian-born. However, the "healthy immigrant" effect diminishes over time and varies by source country. Over successive generations, immigrants' rates of hospitalization overall, and for circulatory diseases in particular, tended to rise and converge with those of the third-plus generation, according to an analysis of census data linked to hospital administrative records.

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Weather

2015-2016 Canada Winter Forecast: El Nino to Promote One of Warmest Winters on Record

State College, PA - AccuWeather reports the winter of 2015-2016 could end up as one of the warmest winters on record for Canada as a whole, as a strong El Niño persists into the upcoming season.

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Productivity

Creating a Productivity Culture

By Eric Bloom

What does productivity mean to you? To many, it means more time, money and resources to get other things done. For example, if you have five people working toward the completion of a specified task and can find a way to complete it using only four people, you can have the fifth person working on something else. Productivity is the art of doing more with the time, money and resources you have at your disposal.

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Energy

Natural Gas Outlook Positive Despite Pricing, Regulatory Pressures

Exports/Power Markets Remain Bullish While Production Issues Mount

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A new report finds U.S. natural gas industry leaders are optimistic about the sector even as global forces reshape commodity pricing forecasts. The 2015 Strategic Directions: U.S. Natural Gas Industry report explores factors such as the ongoing supply boom, tempered demand growth and the impacts of a drastic drop in the price of oil on the industry’s ability to plan for the future.

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Council Matters

Region of Waterloo Council Info From the Oct. 21, 2015 Regional Council meeting

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting.

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Honorary Degrees

Journalist Chantal Hébert and entrepreneur Peter Brown to receive honorary degrees at Laurier’s fall convocation

Waterloo – Acclaimed journalist Chantal Hébert and Canadian entrepreneur Peter Brown will receive honorary degrees at Wilfrid Laurier University’s fall convocation. Laurier will hold its fall convocation on the Waterloo campus Oct. 29 and 30 while the university’s Brantford campus will host its first-ever fall ceremony Nov. 3.

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Regulator Initiative

Penn Program on Regulation Issues Final Report of Best–in-Class Regulator Initiative

Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Cary Coglianese issued today the final report of the Penn Program on Regulation’s Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative, an effort commissioned a year ago by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to define regulatory excellence and offer recommendations to regulators around the world about how they can improve and measure their regulatory performance.

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Housing

Investment in new housing construction for August 2015

In Ontario, construction spending grew 14.5% to $1.7 billion in August compared with the same month a year earlier.

Ottawa - Investment in new housing construction edged up 0.4% from August 2014 to $4.4 billion in August. Nationally, higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium building construction and, to a lesser degree, row house construction, offset lower investment in single-family and semi-detached dwelling construction.

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Prosperity Fund Grants

More than $500,000 Awarded through London's 2015 Prosperity Fund

London – Libro Credit Union announced the recipients of the 2015 Prosperity Fund, where Libro is investing more than $500,000 to support programs and projects across southwestern Ontario that are helping to grow regional prosperity in three focus areas: economic development, youth leadership and money smarts.

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Looking Forward: TFSA

TFSA limit should remain at $10,000 to ensure fairness for average working Canadians

Working Canadians, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to opposing the negative impact excessive union influence has on the Canadian economy and society

Toronto – In the wake of the election of a Liberal federal government, there has been discussion that the limit of Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) will be reduced from the current $10,000 to the previous ceiling of $5,500. In all of the dialogue about how well-prepared Canadians are for retirement, short shrift has been given to the fact that the 80% of Canadians who do not work in government collectively contribute tens of billions of their tax dollars every year so that government workers can enjoy very generous, defined-benefit pensions, indexed to inflation, with additional post-retirement extended health and dental benefits.

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Looking Forward: TPP

TPP an economic opportunity, not a guarantee of economic success

The TPP will open new doors for Canadian exports and create significant international trade opportunities - By Constantine Passaris Professor of Economics University of New Brunswick

Frederiction, NB - The recent announcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade deal is one more confirmation of the importance of international trade for Canada. I anticipate that the new Liberal government of Justin Trudeau will endorse the TPP agreement. It was international trade in 1497 that started the economic heartbeat of the land mass that would become Canada. And international trade has nurtured Canada as one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

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Recognition

Laurier named a top performer in 2015 Sustainable Campus Index

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has achieved a silver rating in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, which recognized the university as a top performer in the Coordination & Planning category, as well as a Rising Star. The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

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Better Community

Waterloo Author addresses crowd at Georgian College in Orillia

By Andrew Philips

Orillia - The co-founder of a charitable organization dedicated to fostering better community development says Orillia is heading in the right direction. Following a presentation at the city’s Georgian College campus Wednesday afternoon, Tamarack president Paul Born said Orillia continues to put the proper blocks in place toward creating a stronger community.

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Appointment

MasonryWorx builds roster, hires new Executive Director

Concord – MasonryWorx, the association representing brick, block and stone manufacturers in Ontario, has announced the hiring of its new Executive Director, Andrew Payne. A graduate from University of Windsor, Payne previously worked as a Policy Advisor with the Windsor Occupational Health Information Service (WOHIS). His work at the WOHIS included functioning as the organization’s Youth Engagement Officer, educating new workers about workplace environment issues.

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Smart 21

ICF Announces the Smart21 of 2016

New York - The Intelligent Community Forum named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2016. This select group of communities will now be in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year, to be named in June 2016 at the ICF Summit in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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Royal Visit

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair prepares for Royal visit

Countess of Wessex, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor to attend The Royal Nov. 13, 2015

Toronto – The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will welcome a Royal visitor when it returns to Toronto in November for its 93rd year. Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex, will tour The Royal on Friday, November 13 with The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “We’re thrilled that the Countess of Wessex and the Lieutenant Governor will be joining us,” said Charlie Johnstone, The Royal’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve got a special afternoon in store for them that will showcase all that’s new in the world of farming and fresh, local food.”

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