Thursday September 19, 2019


Lighten Up

A free world needs political cartoons

With simple lines and pointed jokes that skewer injustice, Patrick Chappatte's editorial cartoons view the tragic, the farcical and the absurd through a lens of unfettered humor.

We need humor like we need the air we breathe, says editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent skewering everything from dictators and ideologues to selfies and social media mobs, Chappatte makes a resounding, often hilarious case for the necessity of satire. "Political cartoons were born with democracy, and they are challenged when freedom is," he says. Born in Pakistan to a Lebanese mother and a Swiss father and raised in Singapore, Patrick Chappatte has lived in New York, Los Angeles and Geneva, Switzerland -- a cosmopolitan life that explains his way of looking at world events.


Vidyard Extends Partnership with Adobe

Expanded partnership helps Marketo Engage customers personalize their marketing experiences and drive greater audience engagement through the power of video content and video analytics.

Vidyard announced an expanded partnership with Adobe to bring the power of video content and video engagement analytics to B2B marketing teams around the world. The new partnership enables businesses to easily add video hosting, publishing, optimization, and analytics to their Marketo Engage deployments, and to integrate video with their lead and account-based marketing automation programs. Through this partnership, Marketo Engage customers can now work directly with a Marketo Engage sales representative to add Vidyard to their Marketo Engage contracts. This means working with one trusted advisor to build a holistic marketing solution that includes video.


Engineering, technology and trades welcome new executive dean

Conestoga recently appointed Tony Thoma to the role of executive dean to the Schools of Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing Technology. The announcement was made in July following Dr. Julia Biedermann’s retirement after more than two decades at the college and nearly six years as executive dean.
Tony Thoma was appointed to the role of executive dean to the Schools of Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing Technology in July. A respected leader in education and heavy industry, Thoma comes to Conestoga from Niagara College where he held positions in administration and special projects focusing on engineering technology, skilled trades and applied research. According to Thoma, his decision to make a move to Conestoga stemmed from the college’s reputation as a leader in polytechnic education.


Empty-nest boomers driving small business economy

RBC poll shows that boomers are driving the small business economy while millennials are looking to expand it

Boomers – specifically empty-nesters – are leading the way when it comes to entrepreneurship, challenging the traditional notion of 'sliding into retirement'. Nearly half (42 per cent) of small business owners are boomers compared with 24 per cent who are millennials. Among Canadians who have thought about starting a business, empty nesters are the most likely (46 per cent) to actually have started or purchased one, according to the 2019 RBC Small Business poll.

Math is Awesome

New mobile app from Maplesoft to help students learn math

Easily bring math into Maple for analysis from handwritten notes, textbooks, more

On Tuesday Maplesoft announced the release of the Maple™ Companion, a free mobile app that complements the mathematical software product Maple. The Maple Companion app enables users to easily bring mathematical expressions into Maple simply by taking a picture. Once in Maple, the user has the full power of Maple available to solve, visualize, analyze, and explore these expressions, and incorporate them into other work. Students can use the Maple Companion to check their homework, visualize a problem they are working on, explore variations of the problem, and more, all without having to enter the equations into Maple manually. The expressions can be handwritten, such as in the student’s own notes, or typeset, such as in a textbook.


7 Reasons Not Share Ownership with Key Employees

By Patrick Ungashick

Many business owners consider at some point sharing ownership of their company with one or more key employees. Sharing ownership can create powerful advantages—retaining employees for the long-term and incentivizing them to increase business value are usually top motives. Sharing ownership appears to elevate top employees into true partnership with the owners in the ongoing effort to sustain company growth.


Canadian SMEs are shifting strategies to drive growth amid declining forecasts

Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are forecasting slower revenue and profit growth this year, according to the third annual American Express Global SME Pulse Survey. When asked about revenue projections, only 6 per cent of SMEs forecasted a 5.1-10 per cent growth rate, a significant decline from 2018 where 28 per cent of respondents forecasted the same rate. Similarly, SMEs are forecasting lower profit margins. Last year, 22 per cent of SMEs reported a 5.1-10 per cent net profit margin and in 2019 that number dropped to only 5 per cent.

Beer and Education

New Waterloo Brewing Taphouse and Expanded Retail Store

In conjunction with the Taphouse grand opening and its legacy of craft brewing leadership, Waterloo Brewing has committed to a 3-year scholarship commitment to the Brewmaster program at Niagara College.

Waterloo Brewing, officially opened the doors of its brand-new Waterloo Brewing Taphouse and expanded Beer Store. "The Taphouse represents the crown jewel of our hometown brewery and the culmination of a 5-year transformation of our facility from a distribution centre to a "must see craft brewing destination," declared George Croft, President and CEO, Waterloo Brewing. "We are Ontario's first craft brewer and our new Taphouse is an outstanding tribute to that legacy of craft brewing leadership."

Trade Mission

Ontario Leading Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan

Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade will lead an Ontario trade mission to South Korea and Japan from October 12-24, 2019. The trade mission was announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the 102nd International Plowing Match and Rural Expo and is supported in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Ministers will be focused on helping sectors affected by trade challenges to access new markets. Minister Hardeman will work to connect Ontario farmers and food processors with key importers and buyers in South Korea and Japan. He will also meet with government representatives and grocery chains to promote the high quality of Ontario products, including pork, beef, and soybeans.


Profound impact when one charity invests in another

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, an audience of 250 including volunteers, community partners, and staff, will celebrate the impact of a three year partnership between two local charities, Community Support Connections and the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. “As a result of this partnership we are better equipped to handle increasing demand for our programs and services as a result of an aging population,” said Will Pace, Executive Director of Community Support Connections. “We are able to help even more of our vulnerable clients live at home with independence and dignity thanks to their generous commitment.”


Keeping Pedestrians Cool Focus of First-Ever Research

Prof. Scott krayenhoff and and Ariane Middel (right), Middel’s specially designed mobile cart MaRTy

Cities are likely to get hotter under global warming. But by countering the intense radiant heat given off by sidewalks, buildings and other infrastructure, urban landscaping and construction can make pedestrian spaces feel 10 degrees Celsius cooler or more, said a University of Guelph atmospheric scientist and co-author of a pioneering study. Published recently in Science of the Total Environment, the study provides the first urban micrometeorological measurements of pedestrian “thermal exposure” during extreme heat in a dry climate, said Prof. Scott Krayenhoff, School of Environmental Sciences.


Eight Canadian Food and Agtech Innovators Selected to Compete for USD$1.25m

Nutrien Radicle Challenge Pitch Day brings together entrepreneurs, investors to accelerate innovation; P&P Optica, A Waterloo located food processing technology provider that leverages hyperspectral imaging to detect foreign objects and assess food quality is finalist in $1M growth-stage category

SAN DIEGO - Radicle Growth, an acceleration platform for early-stage ag and food technologies, revealed today the eight Canadian-based entrepreneurs who will compete at the first-ever Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Pitch Day Competition in Saskatoon on October 1-2, 2019. One growth-stage company will receive US$1 million in funding and an early-stage company will receive US$250,000.

New Order

Blockchain, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Freight Cost Management Sector in Europe

Rise in data volumes and increased complexity of supply chain across industries push the need for advanced processing solutions. Dollars are in Euros.

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) across Europe are digitising their time-consuming invoice verification and claims management processes. A recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan reveals that owing to this development, the region's freight cost management (FCM) market is poised to register a CAGR of 17.4%, with gross market revenues predicted to rise from €484 million in 2018 to approximately €1.49 billion by 2025.


Identifying and Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Yourself and in Your Workplace

By Dr. Steve Yacovelli

Three fun facts: (1) Studies show that resumes with “white” sounding names (like “Greg”) were 50% more likely to get a callback for an interview by potential employers than a more stereotypically African-American sounding names (like “Jamal”), even when the resumes were identical aside from the name. (2) Brunette and redhead women’s salaries are approximately 7% less than their blonde counterparts. And (3) almost 60% of corporate CEOs are over six-foot-tall; a large disproportion compared to the fact that less than 15% of American men are over this height. In a popular political television show, one character says, “Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Tall men make great presidents.”


Regional Council endorses Low Income Transit Program

Based on the results of the Affordable Transit Study and an environmental scan of other Canadian transit systems and fare products, Waterloo Regional Council has endorsed a new Low-Income Transit (LIT) program. This program would offer discounted monthly passes and stored value to Region residents whose household income is considered below the Market Basket Measure. It is estimated that the LIT program would include approximately 8,600 customers.

Real Estate 2020

Customer-driven Demand Shapes Real Estate in Canada

E-commerce fulfillment, Proptech and mid-priced housing on upward swing; The expectation of technology disruption is driving the growing trend of Proptech.

Canada's real estate sector is carefully monitoring government policy changes, housing affordability and technology disruption and what that may mean for the industry. Developers, investors, lenders and other leading experts are cautiously optimistic according to the 2020 Emerging Trends in Real Estate report published today by PwC Canada and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The best bets for 2020 are mainly about "beds and sheds," with a focus on mid-priced apartments, transit-oriented development, as well as warehousing and fulfillment.


Blue-green algae observed at Belwood Lake

Observations by Grand River Conservation Authority staff this week have identified the presence of blue-green algae in the reservoir at Belwood Lake.Park visitors, recreational users and cottagers should be aware.

Personal Health

New study is first to show long-term durability of early combination therapy in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

A new study, VERIFY (Vildagliptin Efficacy in combination with metfoRmIn For earlY treatment of type 2 diabetes) presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (16-20 Sept, 2019), and published simultaneously in The Lancet, is the first to show that early combination therapy using vildagliptin and metformin in patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) leads to better long-term blood sugar control and a reduced rate of treatment failure than metformin alone (the current standard-of-care treatment for patients newly diagnosed with T2D).


September 19, 2019

Greater KW Chamber of Commerce and Waterloo Region Small Business Centre Partner on the Annual Inspiring Women Event

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that it is partnering with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre to host the 13th Annual Inspiring Women Event on September 19th, 2019. The Inspiring Women Event is a full-day designed to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate professional women and entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2006, over 8,000 women have participated in this unique day of sharing of experiences and information, acquiring new connections, and education. This years theme surrounds the topic of health, wellness and the art of resiliency.

September 20, 2019

United Way Annual Campaign Launches with 2nd Annual March of 1,000 Umbrellas

United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is inviting community members to join them on Friday, September 20th, 2019 for a vibrant and boisterous march along King Street celebrating the launch of the organization's 2019 fundraising campaign. Starting at Waterloo Public Square in Waterloo, Ontario and ending at Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener, Ontario, the 3km march - titled ‘March of 1,000 Umbrellas’ - aims to raise awareness and funds for a critical network of local services supported by United Way.

September 22, 2019

The Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice: Supporting End of Life Care

Kitchener – Kindred has joined with Hospice of Waterloo Region for the third year as presenting partner of the Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice. This annual five kilometre walk or run raises funds for the programs and services offered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, including the Community Outreach Hospice Services program. Hospice of Waterloo Region’s vision is to create a community where no one experiences an end of life alone. The Kindred Credit Union Hike for Hospice is one of Hospice of Waterloo Region’s main fundraisers, supporting programs that bring comfort and care to more than 1,400 people each year.

September 30 - October 3

Expanded Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show Returns to Toronto with Focus on Technologies Driving the Future of Canadian Manufacturing

Top-notch speaker roster includes industry innovators Jim Balsillie, Jean Charest and Ric Fulop

The future of Canadian manufacturing will take centre stage later this month as Canada’s leading industry event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), returns to The International Centre in Toronto September 30 to October 3, bigger in both size and scope. The 2019 show – 10 per cent larger in both exhibitor and attendee numbers – is expected to attract more than 9,000 manufacturing professionals from across the country and the world and will feature more than 430 exhibits – with some 700 industry suppliers represented – more than 80 education sessions and 4 workshops.

October 4, 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Find Out What Local Manufacturing Is All About. Register Now For A Manufacturing Day Bus Tour!

MFG DAY is a North American event that addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. In Waterloo Region and Guelph, you have the opportunity to choose between two different tour buses.

October 11 - 19

Be Bavarian with Bingemans

Canada’s best Oktoberfest celebration returns for its 51st year

Kitchener — With authentic German food, German beer (and local favourite Canadian crafts as well) and Germany’s biggest OOMpah/rock band, Bingemans will be hosting the biggest and most explosive Oktoberfest celebration to be had this side of Munich. Making their Canadian debut in Kitchener at Bingemans’ Oktoberfest, Dorfrocker will be kicking off celebrations with back-to-back performances October 11th and 12th at Bingemans Kool Haus. They are headlining another strong roster of entertainment that includes traditional OOMpah bands, DJ music and the ever-popular Tonic Band, The Lulu’s Band and “Mr. Oktoberfest” himself – George Kash. “Oktoberfest at Bingemans is one of the biggest parties you will find anywhere,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “As one of the largest Bavarian festivals outside of Germany, it captures the spirit of a Munich-style Oktoberfest and having Dorfrocker performing is going to take the entertainment experience to a level this region’s Oktoberfest has never seen before. Dorfrocker’s unique sound is made for Oktoberfest celebrations.”

October 23, 2019

Partners in Prevention regional health and safety conference is coming to Kitchener! Hear from leading experts and motivating keynote speakers that will teach and inspire. Stay current with the latest updates in health and safety and visit the trade show to get all the news on trending health, safety and wellness products. Register today!

November 13-15, 2019

Sixteenth Annual Ontario Economic Summit to Address Competitiveness Challenges for Ontario Industry

Ontario’s business community to gather in Toronto to drive Ontario’s economic agenda forward

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced advance access registration for the sixteenth annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), “Our Economy. Our Future. Our Ontario.” OES will be hosted in Toronto for the first time in almost a decade at Hotel X and Beanfield Centre from November 13 to 15.

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