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Social Change

Audrey Choi: How to make a profit while making a difference

Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices," she says. "So change your perspective. Invest in the change you want to see in the world." Audrey Choi is a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address public policy challenges.


Stratford campus hosts inaugural Game Design Camp

Stratford - Students, game designers, developers, educators and industry leaders will join forces this weekend at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus to compete in developing a novel one-button video game.

New York Pad

Phillips Lytle LLP Teams Up With Communitech to Create a Landing Pad for Canadian Startups in NYC

Phillips Lytle LLP and Communitech announce the opening of Communitech NYC, a workspace for Canadian startups to gain access to resources, business connections, customers, and funding opportunities in New York City. The workspace will be open to Communitech members, as well as to startups affiliated with partner hubs across the Canadian Digital Media Network.

Innovation Constraints

Government needs a licence to innovate

People expect more from government, and government is forced to do more with less. This requires policy makers, stakeholders, and delivery agencies to innovate.

Toronto - Today, the Institute for Competitiveness & prosperity release thei 24th Working Paper, Licence to innovate. This reviews why the Ontario government should innovate and how to do it.

Model for Care

Innovative Western-led palliative care approach implemented by U.K.-based hospice

London - An innovative, new approach to delivering community-based end-of-life care – developed and piloted by South West Community Care Access Centre and being evaluated by Western researchers – is now being used by a palliative care centre in the United Kingdom.

Jobs Fund

Ontario Helping Businesses Take New Technologies to Global Markets

Investment Will Boost Knowledge Economy and Create Up To 2,600 Jobs

Queens Park - Ontario is partnering with IBM Canada and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to help up to 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) create jobs, embrace next-generation technologies and compete in the global marketplace.

Social Innovation

Proving the Link between Corporate and Societal Value

The report profiles best practices from major multinationals and leading regional companies; hotspot reveals social innovation highly active in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, IT, agriculture, consumer goods and retail, chemicals, energy and telecommunications

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum today launched a new report, “Social Innovation: A Guide to Achieving Corporate and Societal Value”, profiling companies helping underserved communities and showing why social innovation is becoming an increasingly relevant strategy for companies to pursue. The report illustrates what social innovation strategies and business models look like, what the range of opportunities are, and the business benefits companies can get from pursuing them. It also covers best practices from companies on how best to implement such models in ways that support business goals.

Gender Poll

Seven in Ten (70%) Canadians Believe Gender Inequality Exists in Canada

Canadian Men (68%) and Women (71%) are Equally as Likely to Agree

Toronto – In anticipation of International Women’s Day, a new Ipsos poll provided exclusively to Global News in Canada has revealed that seven in ten (70%) Canadians ‘agree’ (21% very much/49% somewhat) that there is ‘currently an inequality between men and women in terms of social, political and/or economic rights’ in Canada. Three in ten (30%) ‘disagree’ (9% very much/22% somewhat) that this inequality exists. Interestingly, men (68%) and women (71%) are nearly equally as likely to agree that there is gender inequality in Canada.

Web Management

Get Your Website on Track This Season: 16 Tips for 2016

By Jill Schoolenberg

We may be in the dregs of winter, but spring will be upon us before we know it. Now is the best time to give your website the boost it needs with a design and content makeover.


Sharecare and Blackberry Launch New BBM Channel

Partnership to provide actionable health information to millions of BBM users

Barcelona/Waterloo — BlackBerry Limited announced yesterday an expansion of its partnership with Sharecare, a leading digital health and wellness engagement platform, to provide consumers with better and more secure insights into their health.

Tracking Down Moths

Researcher’s Work on Camouflage Catches Eye of National Defence

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Richard Webster, a visiting researcher in the Biology Department, spent several months tracking down moths for his camouflage research, proving just how frustrating – and effective – camouflage can be.

Office Trends

Collaborative work spaces are the office revolutionary trend, says Colliers International’s Waterloo Region Market Outlook Report

Waterloo – Employers have recognized the corporate value of collaborative work spaces and are calling employees back into the office, according to Colliers International’s seventh annual Waterloo Region Market Report.

Expanding Deficit

Ottawa's Plung into Deficits Needs An Exit Strategy

A plan for ensuring Ottawa’s short-term deficit plan doesn’t slide off the rails - by Ian Lee and Sean Speer

Ottawa – That Canada’s newly-elected government has a mandate to plunge our national finances into deficit is beyond dispute, they were quite clear about their intentions to run modest deficits for a few years in last year’s election campaign.


Blackberry Launches New Professional Cybersecurity Services Practice To Expand Portfolio

Waterloo — BlackBerry Limited also announced the launch of its new Professional Cybersecurity Services practice that will further expand BlackBerry’s security portfolio by offering organizations new consulting services, tools and best practices to assess and thwart ever-changing cybersecurity risks.

Women's Rights

Canadians Among Most Progressive in Endorsing a Women’s Right to Choose

Six in Ten (57%) Canadians believe Abortion Should be Permitted Whenever a Woman Decides She Wants One, Up from 36% in 1998

Toronto – Six in ten (57%) Canadians say that abortion should be permitted whenever a woman decides she wants, putting Canadians among the most progressive countries when it comes to public opinion on the controversial topic. The global average among the 23 countries tested is 45% believing abortion should be allowed whenever a woman wants it.

Moving Forward

National Chief, Dwight Dorey, pleased with support from premiers

Ottawa – National Chief, Dwight Dorey issued the following statement regarding the premiers’ support for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ inclusion in the First Ministers’ Meeting (FMM):


DeafBlind Ontario Services & The Cowan Foundation join together to make accessibility a priority

Newmarket – For over 25 years, DeafBlind Ontario Services has been enriching the lives of individuals who are both deaf and blind, through Intervenor and other specialized services.

Business Awards

AIR MILES for Business recognizes Canada's rising entrepreneurs at 2016 Small Business Achievement Awards

Third annual awards ceremony celebrates big achievements by small businesses

Toronto - To celebrate some of Canada's most accomplished small business owners, the AIR MILES Reward Program is hosting the third annual Small Business Achievement Awards, presented by Bank of Montreal, on March 7, 2016.

Climate Change

Ontario Introduces New Climate Change Legislation

Proposed Law to Ensure Transparency, Accountability for Use of Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds

Queens Park - To build on the work already underway to fight the effects of climate change, Ontario is laying a foundation to join the biggest carbon market in North America by introduced new legislation yesterday that, if passed, would ensure that proceeds from the province’s cap and trade system are transparently reinvested into green projects and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Making A Difference

Denise Vallee receives Community Achievement Award for outstanding community involvement

Peterborough - Denise Vallee has received The Co-operators Community Achievement Award for her outstanding community involvement. The award was created to honour Co-operators financial advisors who demonstrate outstanding support for the community in which they work, both through financial aid and volunteerism.


What is the Future of Agriculture?

The public is invited to attend the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) annual convention and AGM on Saturday, March 5 in Kingston, ON.

Kingston - Farmer panelists Emily Dowling, Oliver Haan, and Chris Wooding will focus on how farmers, from gardeners to grain and livestock producers, can work for environmental and social sustainability and financial viability. They will examine how farmer-to-farmer networking, and community engagement are political acts that can change the discussion about the future of farming.

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