Thursday October 20, 2016



International students in Canadian Universities, 2004/2005 to 2013/2014

To put this growth in perspective, the international student population at Canadian universities grew 88% from 2004/2005 to 2013/2014, while the comparable growth rate for Canadian students was 22%.

Ottawa - The international student population at Canadian universities almost doubled in the decade from 2004/2005 to 2013/2014, rising from 66,000 students to 124,000. In 2013/2014, international students represented 11% of all students on Canadian campuses, up from 7% in 2004/2005. To put this growth in perspective, the international student population at Canadian universities grew 88% from 2004/2005 to 2013/2014, while the comparable growth rate for Canadian students was 22%.

Technology & Entertainment

Christie Boxer adds new dimension for the Radio City Rockettes live theatrical productions at the iconic Radio City Music Hall

Installation of projection mapping backdrop enhances the Rockettes productions, creating an unparalleled live entertainment experience for audiences

CYPRESS, Calif. / Waterloo – Christie has partnered with Radio City Music Hall to provide its state-of-the-art Boxer 4K30 projectors to enhance and add a new dimension to the world-famous Radio City Rockettes productions, including the upcoming Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes and the 2016 engagement of New York Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes.

Workplace death and injury

Waterloo Thanked for Voting to "Stop the Killing" by Steelworkers

Waterloo - United Steelworkers (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Marty Warren thanked Waterloo city council for joining hundreds of municipalities across Canada that support the campaign to improve enforcement of a 2003 law intended to hold corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for workplace death and injury.

Arts & Creative Spaces

An "Air BnB" for Artists: SpaceFinder launches inWaterloo at Amplify 2016

ArtsBuild Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of SpaceFinder Waterloo Region to artists and creative spaces in the City of Waterloo on Oct. 26, 2016 at Amplify - a full day summit, organized by the City of Waterloo, that celebrates creativity and innovation in the region.


Trial finds Red Bull additive taurine improves symptoms of young people suffering first episode psychosis

Donegal, Ireland - New research presented at this year’s International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (20-22 October) shows that supplementation with taurine (well known as an additive found in drinks such as Red Bull) improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).


Mobile Payments Awareness Grows, Cash Use Declines; Consumers Demand More to Make the Leap to Mobile, Survey Finds

Consumers Say Cash and Plastic are Fine for their Payments Needs

Toronto - Sixty-three percent of consumers in Canada use cash at least weekly to make purchases at a merchant location, down five percentage points from 2015 – the most significant decline in use of traditional payment methods over the past year, according to a new report from Accenture.

FinTech - Security

SecureKey Completes $27 Million Strategic Investment Round

Leading Financial Institutions team up with SecureKey to Drive the Future of Digital ID

Toronto - SecureKey Technologies Inc., announced that it has raised $27 million CAD in growth capital to fund the commercial rollout of a privacy-enhancing digital identity network. Teaming up with SecureKey on this initiative and participating in the funding round are leading financial institutions: BMO Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada and TD.


The Intelligent Community Forum names the Smart21 Communities of 2017

New York City & Niagara Falls, ON - The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017. This select group of communities, which emerged from a group of nearly 400, will now move on and remain in contention for the prestigious designation of an Intelligent Community Top7, to be named in Taipei, Taiwan in February 2017. One of the seven will then be named Intelligent Community of the Year at the Intelligent Community Summit and Awards Dinner in New York on June 8, 2017.


Canadian companies lagging behind global use of Chinese RMB

Vancouver - Canadian businesses may be seriously underestimating the importance of renminbi (RMB) payments in improving their relationships with business partners in China, according to a new survey from HSBC Commercial Banking. In fact, Canadian businesses are the second least likely - after South Korea - to see a business or relationship advantage in using RMB (22% and 29% respectively vs. global average of 40% and 44% respectively).

Book Launch

University of Waterloo hosts conversation and book signing with the Governor General

Waterloo - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present his latest book, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation, at the University of Waterloo this week. A conversation and book signing with the Governor General will take place at the new Hagey Hub, in the Hagey Hall addition, on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 5 p.m.


Money is the biggest stress in the lives of Canadians

Stress even greater for people who take out payday loans; Multiple payday loans gets borrowers into a financial hole; Nothing preventing customers from taking out concurrent loans

Toronto - Two thirds of all Canadians say that having enough money is a major stress in their lives, but the numbers are even higher for people who have had to resort to payday loans to make ends meet.

Projects and Tenders

Waterloo Region Council Info from Oct. 19, 2016

Waterloo Region - Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at last nights Council meetings.


When It Comes to Hiring, Wait For Resumes or Cast a Wide Net?

Majority of CFOs Don't Actively Recruit for Open Roles, Potentially Losing Out on Talented Candidates

Toronto - Competition for skilled professionals is fierce, yet employers may be missing out on big segment of potential candidates for those hard-to-fill positions. In a recent survey from specialized recruiting firm Robert Half, 50 per cent of CFOs reported they typically post an open job and wait for resumes; only 6 per cent actively recruit beyond sifting through incoming applications. Yet when employed workers were asked if they would consider a job offer from a recruiter regardless of whether they had been considering a move, most (64 per cent) said yes.



Laurier celebrates donors to Building Canada’s Best Business School campaign

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has announced four donations to its Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. The gifts are part of the university’s Building Canada’s Best Business School Campaign. Cumulatively, the four donors, who represent alumni, friends and corporate partners of the university, have given more than $1.2 million to the Lazaridis School.

Wiring Technique

New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Waterloo - Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.


Laurier named one of Canada’s most environmentally responsible campuses

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University is one of 10 Canadian post-secondary institutions featured in the seventh edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges. The book highlights 361 of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.


High school students test local drinking water at Laurier’s Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science

Waterloo – Over 70 high school students will learn about current water issues and gain invaluable hands-on experience in a research laboratory during the Aquatic Science Outreach Network for the Grand (AQUAsong) workshop at Wilfrid Laurier University this fall.

Fossil Fuels

Carleton-led Climate Change Project Receives Approximately $5.5 Million

Ottawa - A network led by Carleton University studying the impact of pollutants on air quality and climate change to develop responsible methods of extracting fossil fuels has received $5.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Waste Management

UWaterloo to lead national initiative to manage hazardous waste from mining

Waterloo - The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $5.5 million to the University of Waterloo to lead a national team of experts in developing sustainable strategies for dealing with hazardous mine wastes.


New life hack for de-blurring visual images without glasses

London - An international team of neuroscientists has shown that a person's ability to see fine visual detail can be sharpened by simply staring for a few seconds at a rapidly flickering display. These counter-intuitive findings of Derek Arnold from the University of Queensland, Melvyn Goodale (photo) from Western University and their collaborators were published by the high-impact journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


University of Waterloo holds 113th convocation this week

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will award five honorary doctorates when more than 2,200 students receive degrees at convocation ceremonies taking place this week.


Laurier to graduate over 1,300 students at fall convocation

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will hold its fall convocation in Waterloo Oct. 27 and 28 and in Brantford on Nov. 1. Eileen Mercier will be installed as Laurier’s incoming Chancellor during the Oct. 28 afternoon ceremony.


Public Private Cooperation, the Ideal Way to Achieve Sustainable Urban Development

The World Economic Forum releases findings of its emerging report, Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda; The purpose of the report is to drive the implementation of sustainable urban development and housing following the agreement of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference

Geneva – The World Economic Forum highlights that best-in-class public-private cooperation needs to be employed to implement and address the key priorities set out in the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. This can be achieved only through dialogue and engagement between multistakeholders that include government, business and civil society.


Bioelectronics Innovator

Todd Coleman: A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. UCSD bioengineering professor Todd Coleman integratively spans the disciplines of medical electronics, machine learning and public health.


Zeynep Tufekci: Machine intelligence makes human morals more important

Machine intelligence is here, and we're already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don't fit human error patterns — and in ways we won't expect or be prepared for. "We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines," she says. "We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics."



Contract language a hot issue at CEO’s 2nd Annual Queen’s Park Day

Toronto - Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s (CEO) 2nd Annual Queen’s Park Day was held Monday at the Ontario Legislature. "Consulting Engineers not only design and contribute directly to the construction of the province’s infrastructure, but our work also directly impacts the health of Ontario’s economy,” says Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of CEO.


NDP demands Premier Wynne stop privatization plans for eHealth

Queen’s Park – During Question Period on Tuesday, NDP Finance critic and Kitchener-Waterloo MPP, Catherine Fife, demanded Premier Wynne stop her plans to sell off eHealth after her government ordered privatization czar Ed Clark to look into how much the market will pay for the public digital health asset.


Angel Network

FedDev Ontario is Helping Early-Stage Businesses by Supporting an Angel Investor Network in Peterborough

Peterborough - Innovative early-stage businesses are getting the tools they need to become more competitive and successful, thanks to a Government of Canada investment in the Peterborough Region Angel Network. This investment of up to $300,000 will help the Peterborough Region Angel Network attract and retain angel investor members, which will help increase the pool of available angel investment funds.


The Canadian Space Agency announces a new human health experiment for the International Space Station

The study aims to advance the knowledge and treatment of neurological disorders

LONGUEUIL, QC - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the University of Calgary are collaborating on a new experiment that will study how long-duration missions to the International Space Station (ISS) impact astronauts' brains.


Canadian retail SMBs who export are most optimistic for 2017

eBay Canada releases SMB Optimism Index and announces 12th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award winners

Toronto - Canadian small and medium-sized business (SMBs) are optimistic about their future, according to eBay Canada's first SMB Optimism Index. Scored out of 100 from very pessimistic to very optimistic, Canadian retail SMBs averaged a 74 on the Index. However, those who export indexed notably higher at 79 points, while non-exporting SMBs are significantly less optimistic at 72 points.



Canada is the Fourth Largest Cybersecurity Hub in the World

Independent report prepared for Toronto Financial Services Alliance and Ontario Centres of Excellence ranks U.S. first, followed by Israel and the U.K., then Canada; Ontario well-positioned to be global leader in cybersecurity, yet needs further investment and coordination.

Toronto - Canada ranks as the fourth largest innovation hub in the world for cybersecurity with Ontario leading the country, concludes a report released October 19, 2016. Commissioned by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), the report states that Ontario has the potential to assume a more dominant leadership role in cybersecurity, given its current strengths in financial services and technology, if it takes immediate steps to seize the opportunity. The ranking is based on venture capital deals in the cybersecurity sector.


Mongolia hosts the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities

Madrid, Spain - The conference gathered Ministers and high-level officials from nine UNWTO Silk Road Member States, official representatives from Silk Road regions, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and UNWTO Affiliate Members to address the potential of nomadic and sustainable city tourism. The event, officially opened by the Chairman of the State Great Hural of Mongolia, Mr. Enkhbold Miyegombo, attracted over 350 delegates from 21 countries.

Global Leaders

Six-hundred top entrepreneurs, academics and policymakers – under 40 years old – are meeting in Tokyo for the Young Global Leader Annual Summit

The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGLs) gather in Tokyo, Japan, from 18-21 October 2016; Group to tackle food shortages, spinal cord injury, health of girls and women in the developing world in a community-wide effort to increase impact of YGL initiatives

Tokyo - 600 of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs, innovators, academics and policymakers are meeting in Tokyo this week to address some of the world’s toughest challenges. The World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community will work on initiatives started by its members, including:



Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issues

Manipulated by politicians and environmental activists, Canadians are often passive rather than pro-active participants in energy policy initiatives - By Bill Whitelaw

Calgary, Alta. - This nation needs a thoughtful dialogue on energy civics, because Canadians must become far more involved in the way energy policy is shaped and grounded in everyday life.


Annual fundraiser, the Black and Gold Gala, takes place Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Bingemans!

• University of Waterloo hosts conversation and book signing with the Governor General - Oct 21

Anti-Racism Community Meeting on October 24 to Kitchener-Waterloo


Western welcomes Alan Alda to Robarts’ Leaders in Innovation Dinner




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