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Collaboration


Collaboration took centre stage at 2015 TEDxUW


Waterloo - This year's TEDxUW conference featured a varied roster of speakers, some with a Waterloo connection, but all addressing the common theme of collaboration and the role it plays in their lives. There are 12 featured speakers including Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature's Path, an organic food company, Harry Gandhi from Medella Health, a University of Waterloo startup, and Gloria McRae, best-selling author of BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss, who presented with Ricardo McRae, her husband and an award-winning entrepreneur. Each guest speaks for a maximum of 18 minutes.

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Ingenious Award

IMS wins 2015 Ingenious Award for Achievement in Innovation

Nominated by Intel Corporation for IMS' DriveSync platform that helps ensure safer, smarter and greener driving.

Waterloo - Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) has received a prestigious 2015 Ingenious Award recognizing excellence in the innovative use of information and communication technology for the DriveSync® connected car platform. The award was backed by nominations from Intel Corporation and presented by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

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Trade

Wholesale trade for September 2015

Ottawa - Wholesale sales edged down 0.1% to $55.2 billion in September. Declines in the motor vehicle and parts and the building material and supplies subsectors were partially offset by higher sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors.

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Awards

2015 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award winners

Six outstanding female entrepreneurs awarded out of a record-breaking 5,000 nominees

Toronto - The 23rd annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards have named six winners of this year's prestigious awards, including: the president of Calgary's premiere boutique construction company; the visionary behind Canada's leading provider of loans for almost 20 years, and; the CEO and founder of the most well-known seal of approval for children's products in Canada.

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App for That

Bridging The Gap Between Professional And Grassroots Hockey

iSports Development emerging as an influential app in sports

Waterloo - AC Client iSports Development (iSD) is a new, e-learning app that is bridging the gap between professional and grassroots hockey. The online coaching tool allows aspiring athletes to receive equal and unrestricted access to top-level experts, regardless of income or location. “Young players need translatable skill development and mentorship from those who have competed at highest level,” says Todd Bidner, Detroit Red Wing Alumni and Cofounder of iSD.

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New Order

Sandvine Receives $4 Million Order for Market-Leading 100 GE PTS 32000 Platform

Waterloo - Sandvine announced that it has received an expansion order for more than $4 million. The order expands the implementation of Sandvine's solutions for a major fixed line Communications Service Provider in North America that has been a customer since 2005. The purchase relates to Sandvine's Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) 32000 hardware. Approximately $1 million of the order value is expected to be recognized as revenue in the company's fourth quarter, with the remainder to be recognized in FY 2016.

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Travel

Travel between Canada and other countries for September 2015

Ottawa - Residents of overseas countries made 477,000 trips to Canada in September, up 3.6% from August. The gain was mainly attributable to a 10.2% increase in visitors from China.

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Economy

Is Alberta's economic engine dead?

New comprehensive report examines lessons from previous downturns and paints a pessimistic picture of Alberta's economy

Calgary - With layoffs and cutbacks in the oilpatch and the ripple effects spreading out through Canada's economy, it may seem as though the latest drop in oil prices could stall the economic engine in Alberta for a long time. The current oil rout is unlike the other three major ones (when the price of oil dropped more than 60 per cent) experienced in the last 30 years. The factors affecting the current oil price drop and its potential for rebound differ significantly.

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Financial Literacy

CPA Canada promotes the value of workplace financial literacy programs

Toronto – The workplace offers excellent potential to help Canadians become better money managers, according to Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

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New Board

Guelph Chamber Membership Elects New Board at Annual General Meeting


Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce announced its incoming 2015-2016 Board of Directors – duly elected at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held Wednesday November 18 at Holiday Inn Guelph.

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Corporate Culture

Cowan Insurance Group Named One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures

Cambridge – Yesterday, Cowan Insurance Group, a pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated brokerage and consulting firm announced that it has been named as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2015. This award was created by Waterstone Human Capital to annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

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Study

Vision test gives insight into the effect of prenatal exposure to recreational drugs

Exposure to marijuana improved global motion perception, a measure of processing within the brain’s dorsal visual pathway which is responsible for motion processing and visual-motor control

Waterloo - Children exposed to marijuana in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to new vision research. But researchers are warning that the results do not mean marijuana has a benefical effect on foetal development.

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Chart of the Week

A Dubious Record for Gold

by Mike Hayhoe

In the past 20 days, gold was down 17 of them. How's that for painful! That is the most down days in one month ever.
Just to recap gold's recent trading history. After putting in a new 4 year bear market bottom of $1,080 in early August gold bounced strongly to almost $1,200 and briefly broke above its 200 day moving average (normally a bullish technical sign which brings in more traders) which led some to speculate the bear market was finally ending.

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Fund Raising

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign Raises $111,160 for KidsAbility & Nutrition for Learning

Kitchener-Waterloo – For one week in September, Tim Hortons guests were able to purchase a specially baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie for $1, with all proceeds being donated by Tim Hortons restaurant owners to support hundreds of local charities, hospitals and community programs across the country.

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Behaviour Modification

Ontario Launches Next Phase of Campaign to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Study Shows Many Ontarians Unsure What Sexual Violence or Harassment Looks Like

Queens park - Speaking to hundreds of front-line workers, community leaders and advocates, Premier Kathleen Wynne launched Ontario’s latest public education campaign on sexual violence and harassment.

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Honour

ITAC Canadian CIO of the Year Award Honours Lydia Lee and Eugene Roman

Toronto - The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) along with its partners CanadianCIO Magazine and the CIO Association of Canada presented the ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year Award to Lydia Lee, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at University Health Network and Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation at the 2015 Ingenious Awards held November 17, 2015.

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Sustainability Challenge

Laurier BBA students compete to propose IKEA Canada’s next big sustainability push in first-ever competition

WATERLOO – For the first time ever, over 150 Wilfrid Laurier University second-year students at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics will compete in the IKEA Sustainability Challenge, a competition sponsored by IKEA Canada to find groundbreaking ideas to integrate sustainability with the IKEA brand.

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Hard Workers

Passion Drives the World's Entrepreneurs to Contribute More Than C$11.1tn to the Global After-Hours Economy

This survey highlights the true sacrifices made by entrepreneurs around the world.

RICHMOND, BC - The world's small and medium business owners have contributed C$11.1 trillion to the global economy by working beyond the standard industry hours for their businesses, according to a new global survey by Sage. Canadian small and medium businesses have contributed nearly C$281 billion of that C$11.1 trillion.

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Syrian Refugees

Ontario Forms Ministers’ Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees

Province Coordinating Efforts to Support the Federal Government’s Plan to Settle Refugees

Queens Park - The Ontario Government has established a Ministers’ Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees in order to support its commitment to help settle thousands of refugees before the end of the year. Ontario stands ready to support the federal government's strategy, and will work to increase the capacity of settlement and integration services to meet the needs of the refugees who will be settled in Ontario.

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Letter to the Editor

Your article re distracted drivers

New partnership aims to reduce distracted driving in Canada

Guelph - Right on! How many times do we all get behind a vehicle weaving in the lane, constantly looking down while texting, looking for something in the passenger seat. Someone told me 2-stories last week. He was behind one lady driving in Guelph. She was eating cereal from a bowl in her lap.



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