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Caves & Karst

Francesco Sauro: Deep under the Earth's surface, discovering beauty and science

Cave explorer and geologist Francesco Sauro travels to the hidden continent under our feet, surveying deep, dark places inside the earth that humans have never been able to reach before. In the spectacular tepuis of South America, he finds new minerals and insects that have evolved in isolation, and he uses his knowledge of these alien worlds to train astronauts.


Aeryon Labs Inc. Secures $60 Million in Growth Financing to Extend Its Lead in the Enterprise-Grade Drone Market

Summit Partners, a global growth equity firm investing in rapidly-growing companies, has invested $60 Million in Aeryon Labs

Waterloo – Aeryon Labs Inc. announced that it has closed a $60 million investment from Summit Partners. This investment will help the company realize its ambitious vision for the sUAS market, which sees widespread adoption across military, public safety and commercial operators worldwide.


Farms in the Sky, Reprogrammable Buildings among Top 10 Urban Innovations of 2015

World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities launches its inaugural list of top urban innovations

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The world’s cities are in dire need of innovation as they struggle to cope with unprecedented growth, which is expected to result in an extra two billion city-dwellers by the year 2050. In response to this need for better use of technology to improve urban environments, drive economic growth and inclusion and improve social cohesion, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities publishes today its Top 10 Urban Innovations.


Failing to Account for Climate Change

Mining Land Reclamation may cost Billions

Waterloo - Researchers at the University of Waterloo are warning that plans to reclaim mined land risk failure and could cost industry and government billions in future cleanup costs if they do not take into account the affects of climate change.


New TPP trade deal offers huge long-term gain

Freer trade under the TPP will lower tariffs barriers, open up new markets, and provide new customers to Canadian producers - by Roslyn Kunin

Vancouver - Many words have been shared on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a lot of them negative. This may be, as the French say, a lot of noise for an omelet. First, the TPP agreement is far from certain. It has to be ratified by the legislatures of 12 countries, many of which have political leaders who aren't necessarily onside.

Tender Offer

OpenText Commences Tender Offer for Daegis Inc.

Waterloo -- Open Text Corporation announced that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Company D Merger Sub Inc., has commenced its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Daegis Inc. (OTC Pink: DAEG) at a price of U.S. $0.82 per share.

Update on RTO's

New Strategic Framework Will Strengthen Regional Tourism Organizations

No date has been set for the launch of the strategic framework of the RTO's by Ontario's MTCS.

Thornbury - The thirteen Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) established by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) are working collaboratively on the implementation of a ‘strategic framework for tourism’, being developed by the Ministry as part of its ongoing efforts to build the tourism industry in the province.

Financial Services

Fintech Companies Hold Key to $2 trillion SME Funding Gap

Fintech companies could provide much needed relief for SMEs, helping to close a $2 trillion funding gap for SMEs worldwide, says new World Economic Forum white paper; While many fintech start-ups are in the US and UK, hubs have sprung up in emerging countries as well

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Financial technology companies are leading the way in disruptive innovation in financial services, helping to bridge a $2 trillion funding gap for millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking credit to grow their business. This is the conclusion of a white paper released yesterday by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Finance & Capital.

Name Change

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre to Become WellSpring Grand River Effective January 2016

Kitchener– After 20 years of operation, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre will join forces with Toronto-based Wellspring to become WellSpring Grand River, effective January 1, 2016. The event to announce the transition was be held last Thursday.

Fourth Revolution

Time to Rethink Global Challenges and Find Innovative and Sustainable Solutions

The fast pace of technological change requires greater collaboration and integrated thinking to address the impact of this revolution and the key global challenges

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The Fourth Industrial Revolution – the wave of new technologies and innovations that will change practically all aspects of life – is coming, and the world and every individual needs to prepare for its impact, warned Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, in the opening plenary of the Forum’s eighth Summit on the Global Agenda.


Drugs commonly used in kidney transplant patients not as effective as previously thought

Ottawa - Kidney transplants saves lives and dramatically improve quality of life, but transplant recipients often must take dozens of pills a day to keep their new kidney functioning and prevent complications. Now, three new studies led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa show that three of these drugs are not nearly as effective as previously thought and may have serious side-effects. The results are expected to change medical practice around the world.


Ayr’s Grand River Adventurers net 2015 Watershed Award

By Janet Baine

For Derek Lippert and JP Bartle, a Grand River paddle is more than a simple diversion from the daily responsibilities of life. For four years running, the pair has brought their canoe to the top of the Grand River and travelled all the way down to Port Maitland on Lake Erie, no matter what the weather or river conditions. They call the nearly 300 kilometre trip The Grand River Adventure. They do this to raise funds to plant trees and increase awareness of the local river. They received a 2015 Watershed Award, and are hoping more people will join them when they paddle the river a fifth time in 2016.

Black Market

Fight Against Global Illicit Economy Turns Dark as Size and Growth Remain Unknown

The value of the global illicit economy is regularly placed at over $1 trillion. However, data is often out of date, sometimes by more than 10 years.; This lack of information, and lack of coordination in fighting it, has encouraged illicit trade to proliferate, according to a new paper by the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Illicit Economy Technology offers many solutions to tackling crime, but poses challenges too. Other best practices include harmonization of databases and better global coordination across agencies.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The illicit economy is a giant, global and growing problem, a new paper by the World Economic Forum Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy shows. But as the widely varying estimates of its cost show, the illicit economy needs to be measured before it can be combatted.

Global Shapers

Millennials Rate Social and Economic Inequality as Top Challenge Globally and Locally

Millennials see inequality as the greatest challenge both in their home cities and the world at large
With responses from 125 countries and 285 cities, the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015 is one of the most geographically diverse surveys of millennials.

Geneva, Switzerland – A survey of over 1,000 young people aged between 20 and 30 from around the globe finds that millennials rate social and economic inequality as the top challenge the world faces globally and locally. Asked what sectors will drive growth in their cities in the short term, technology, tourism and government were the top answers. On the question of what they look for in a job, the opportunity to make a difference in society dominated the survey, with 65% of respondents selecting this choice. Ninety-one per cent of respondents indicated that they would be willing to relocate to advance their careers.

Global Change

Last two decades see rising life expectancy in every province of China, but substantial health inequalities remain

First ever comprehensive studies of life expectancy, causes of death, and child mortality at provincial level in China suggest that localisation of policies will be crucial to government health reforms

Beijing, China - Two new studies, published in The Lancet, reveal for the first time how health in different regions of China has changed in recent decades. The articles analyse life expectancy, causes of death, and child mortality for 31 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions of China, and Hongkong and Macao special administrative regions, finding that in the last two decades, life expectancy has risen, and deaths in children under 5 years have fallen, in every province.

Western Thoughts

Western Canada wants out - into the world's markets

But not out of Canada. Rather, western Canada wants to compete in the world for market share - By Trevor McLeod

CALGARY, AB - The election is over and we've got a Trudeau in Ottawa. Western Canadian issues haven't changed much, however, since the last Trudeau. The West still needs to get our food, energy and materials to the world market and we are afraid that Trudeau will get in the way. The energy sector is most concerned - there is a reason that the dark blue on the electoral map almost perfectly traces western oil and gas deposits (with some exceptions in our cities).


How Being Busy Makes You Unproductive

by Dr. Travis Bradberry

Being busy has somehow become a badge of honor. The prevailing notion is that if you aren’t super busy, you aren’t important or hard working. The truth is, busyness makes you less productive. When we think of a super busy person, we think of a ringing phone, a flood of e-mails, and a schedule that’s bursting at the seams with major projects and side-projects hitting simultaneously. Such a situation inevitably leads to multi-tasking and interruptions, which are both deadly to productivity.


UW 111th Convocation Concludes

Waterloo - More than 2,300 students received degrees as part of the University of Waterloo's 111th convocation, which took place this week. The University conferred 1,317 undergraduate degrees and 1,017 graduate degrees.

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