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Raffaello D'Andrea: Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future

When you hear the word "drone," you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that's ambivalent to orientation ... to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage. Raffaello D'Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs.


The Labour Market Report

Waterloo Region - Last year the Workforce Planning Board completed a labour market information (LMI) needs assessment of key stakeholder groups and identified several key indicators which would be helpful to the community on a regular basis. To this end, they have developed the Labour Market Report for distribution in January and September as well as a calendar of other LMI which will be available in 2016.


Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO, The Co-operators to retire at year end 2016

Guelph - The Co-operators President and CEO, Kathy Bardswick, is retiring at the end of 2016, after 14 years in the role. "I have worked alongside the very best in the insurance industry and co-operative sector," says Bardswick. "I am proud of what we have built together and so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead an organization that provides valuable financial security to Canadians and their communities."


Economical Insurance reports financial results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

Increased total equity by $97.9 million since December 31, 2014 to a record $1.78 billion

Waterloo — Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies, today announced consolidated financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2015.


Karen Gavan, president & CEO of Economical Insurance to retire at end of December 2016

Waterloo — The board of directors of Economical Insurance announced that Karen Gavan will retire as president and CEO and director at the end of her contract on December 31, 2016. Gavan joined the board of Economical Insurance in 2008 and assumed the role of president and CEO in 2011. As initial Chair of the Special Committee on Demutualization, she spearheaded the decision to proceed with demutualization and then as CEO she successfully led the company through a period of transformational change.

Supply Management

The TPP attacks democracy and supply management
by Jan Slomp

Courtenay, BC - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is designed to entrench the interests of foreign corporations at the expense of our sovereignty and democratic processes. Its Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism gives foreign corporations the right to sue our government if they believe future profits will be reduced as a result of democratically enacted measures. ISDS puts a chill on public interest regulation, easing foreign corporations’ access to resources and commodities.

Retail Sales

Retail trade for December 2015

Ontario (-2.3%) reported the largest decrease in dollar terms, offsetting the 2.2% gain in November

Ottawa - Following a 1.7% rise in November, retail sales fell 2.2% to $43.2 billion in December. Declines were widespread as lower sales were reported in 10 of 11 subsectors, representing 97% of retail trade. Later snowfalls and unseasonably warm weather in many parts of Canada may have contributed to lower seasonal purchases.

Long-term Care

Seniors in Kitchener Need Long-Term Care Homes Modernized and Better Dementia Care

Kitchener - Seniors living in new or newly renovated long-term care homes are experiencing first-hand the tremendous benefits these homes provide for their care and comfort. With 62% of seniors living with Alzheimer's or related dementias in long-term care homes province-wide, newer homes create a better, safer environment for all residents and staff.

Sharing Economy

Ontario Partners With Airbnb on New Pilot Project

Province Supporting Economic Potential of Sharing Economy

Queens Park - Ontario is recognizing the economic potential of the sharing economy by partnering with Airbnb to launch a new pilot project. The pilot project will raise awareness about homeowners’ and consumers’ rights and responsibilities when offering or booking online accommodations, informing users about:


CPA Canada and AFOA Canada strengthen ties

Toronto – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) are building on a long-standing and collaborative relationship through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Energy Conservation

Ontario Investing in Energy Literacy to Help Fight Climate Change

Educational Program Builds Environmentally Responsible Citizens

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $1.35 million over the next three years to educate students on ways to conserve energy and help fight climate change through the EcoSchools program.

Climate Change

Environment Ministers Will Discuss Climate Leadership at GLOBE 2016

Vancouver - A trio of Canadian provincial environment ministers will share insights on how their respective governments approach climate action in an on-stage armchair discussion accessible to GLOBE 2016 visitors.

Cutting Cost

Big data means cutting big paper down to size

By Ernie Philip, Senior Vice President, Xerox Canada

Mississauga - Big data comes with big promises to most organizations. It can help cut costs, improve customer service, identify the products and services customers want and those they don’t.

Consumer Cost

Consumer Price Index for January 2016

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.0% in the 12 months to January, after increasing 1.6% in December. In January, gasoline prices were up on a year-over-year basis for the first time since October 2014; this occurred despite a monthly decline of 6.0%. The upward contribution of gasoline to the change in the CPI closed the gap between the all-items CPI and the all-items CPI excluding gasoline.

Culture & Talent

5 Steps To Building An Attractive Work Culture For Millennial Talent

West Chapel, FL - As the US economy takes a positive turn, a new concern is keeping employers awake at night: culture, including employee engagement and retention. The proof is in the data.

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