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Regina Hartley: Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

Regina Hartley thinks that those who don't always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire. Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the "Scrapper" a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. "Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose," she says. "Hire the Scrapper."

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate’s Bumpy Road to Progress

London & Kitchener-Waterloo will exhibit healthy leasing and investment activity as 2016 unfolds, consistent with positive momentum across the regional economy

Waterloo - CBRE Limited has released the company’s annual forecast for commercial real estate in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. One factor that will unite commercial real estate investors, landlords and tenants across the country is the fact that they face significant change in 2016 – much of it out of their control. The 2016 Canadian Commercial Real Estate Market Outlook provides a city-by-city forecast for the office, industrial, retail, apartment, seniors housing and investment sectors.

Pick Up Site

IKEA Canada Announces Pick-Up and Order Point in Kitchener

Part of a coast-to-coast expansion plan making IKEA more accessible to Canadians

Burlington - IKEA Canada announced that they have secured a location in Kitchener, Ontario for their latest Pick-Up and Order Point at 130 Gateway Park Dr. The location, slated to open in spring 2016, will allow customers who have shopped online or at an IKEA store to pick up their products closer to where they live.

Gift of Health

Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis to advance emergency department exceptional care at Grand River Hospital

Waterloo Region - A $2 million gift from Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis will enhance care to emergency patients and those with complex medical needs at Grand River Hospital. In honour of the gift, GRH’s emergency department will be named the Lazaridis Family Foundation Emergency Department.

Clean Vacation - infographic

Decarbonizing tourism: Would you pay US$11 for a carbon-free holiday?

The damaging effects of CO2 emissions from tourism could eventually be eliminated if travelers paid just US$11 per trip, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.


Google Canada executive Leslie Church joins HEQCO board

Toronto - Leslie Church, head of global communications and public affairs for Google Canada, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) for a two-year term effective immediately. Responsible for promoting Canada's digital economy and the success of Canadian innovators online, Church was vice-chair of Ontario's Open Government Engagement Team in 2013-14, providing recommendations on open data, access to information and civic engagement.

Entrepreneur Pitch Contest

UWaterloo startups to pitch for $125,000 in prizes

Waterloo - Ten startups from the University of Waterloo will pitch their innovative ideas at the Velocity Fund Finals this week for the chance to win one of four prizes worth $25,000. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo.


New insights into protein structure could change the future of biomedicine

Waterloo - Researchers at the University of Waterloo have discovered a new way to create designer proteins that have the potential to transform biotechnology and personalized medicines.

Long-term Care

Long-term care homes recognized for Quality and Innovation

3 of the 7 major awards won at the OLTCA awards last night were won by 2 organizations in KW

Toronto - Seven Ontario long-term care organizations have been recognized for excellence in quality and innovation. The Ontario Long Term Care Association represents nearly 70% of long-term care homes in the province. Every year, Association members submit their quality and innovation success stories to the Ontario Long Term Care Association's quality awards program. The final selections are made by an independent external panel.

Climate Change

Ontario Releases New Climate Change Strategy

Province Charts Course to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Future

Queens Park - Ontario took the next step in the fight against climate change yesterday by releasing the province’s Climate Change Strategy. The strategy lays out the government’s vision for securing a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future by transforming the way we live, move, work and adapt to our environment.

Internet of Things

exactEarth Invests in Satellite 'Internet-of-Things' Technology Company

Cambridge - exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announcedthat it is investing AUD $2M to secure a minority ownership position in technology company, Myriota Pty Ltd of Adelaide, Australia.


10 years, 10 questions: Kurtis McBride on Miovision’s first decade

by Anthony Reinhart, Communitech News

Few jobs are more boring than counting traffic, a fact Kurtis McBride learned quickly during a summer job as a University of Waterloo student. True to entrepreneurial form, McBride decided to solve his own problem when he co-founded Miovision a decade ago.

Capital Stock

Stock and consumption of fixed capital, 2014

Ottawa - The value of Canada's non-residential and residential net capital stock increased 2.7% from 2013 to $3.6 trillion in 2014. Non-residential capital stock represented 51.5% of the total stock in 2014, while residential capital stock accounted for 48.5%.

Trade Mission

Premier Announces Dates for India Mission

Visit Will Open Doors to One of the World’s Biggest and Fastest-Growing Economies

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that she will lead her first mission to India from January 27 to February 6, 2016. India is the world’s fourth-largest economy and a priority market for Ontario. The mission is expected to yield new agreements that will increase exports and draw on Ontario’s expertise in sustainable development and urban infrastructure. It will also help lay the foundations for future business deals and strengthen cultural ties between India and Ontario.


Ontario dominates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Futurpreneur Canada names Whitby, Ontario Canada's top entrepreneurial hot spot for hosting the most GEW events per capita; Ottawa, Ontario hosts more GEW events than any other Canadian city

Toronto - Futurpreneur Canada wrapped up Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with an announcement that Ontario is teeming with entrepreneurial spirit– in communities of all sizes across the province. The town of Whitby, Ontario was singled out as Canada's top entrepreneurial hot spot, based on the number of events per capita held there during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and Ottawa, Ontario was noted for having hosted more GEW events than any other Canadian city.

Medical Use

Medical cannabis patients gain exemption from Ontario e-cigarette regulations

Waterloo - On November 23, 2015 the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced regulations to amend the Electronic Cigarette Act and the Smoke Free Ontario Act to confirm "that the ban on using an e-cigarette in smoke-free places does not apply to a medical marihuana user who uses an e-cigarette for medical [purposes]".

Labour Movement

United Steelworkers Welcome New Leadership at the Ontario Federation of Labour

Toronto - The United Steelworkers celebrated the election of new leadership today at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). "This is a good day for working people and the labour movement in Ontario. With the election of this strong slate of candidates to head the provincial federation of labour, we are entering a new period of thoughtful and strong activism on behalf of Ontario workers both unionized and non-unionized," said Marty Warren, District Director of Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

From Within

Problem: ‘I’m Not Creative’ Solution: Believe You Can Be

Many Difficulties Are Blank Canvases Awaiting Innovative Answers, Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing CEO Says Imagination is the difference between the problems plaguing our every day and the future solutions to those issues; imagination is step one for answers that work, says problem-solving entrepreneur Mona Patel.

Financial literacy

A budget is a powerful first step to personal financial management, but most Canadians do not have one, study finds

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada releases key findings from the 2014 Canadian Financial Capability Survey

Toronto - Canada's Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney today released Managing Money and Planning for the Future: Key Findings from the 2014 Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS) at the University of Toronto's Financial Literacy & Financial Well-Being Forum. The report offers insights on Canadians' knowledge, abilities and behaviours when it comes to managing money and debt wisely, as well as planning and saving for the future.

Fall Prevention

November is the First Falls Prevention Month in Ontario

Waterloo Region – Predictable and preventable falls cost the provincial economy billions of dollars each year. One local charity is working with thousands of seniors and adults with disabilities to provide volunteer and staff led exercise and falls prevention classes to reduce the risk.

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