Thursday September 20, 2018


Health Care Futurist

Why the hospital of the future will be your own home

Nobody likes going to the hospital, whether it's because of the logistical challenges of getting there, the astronomical costs of procedures or the alarming risks of complications like antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what if we could get the lifesaving care provided by hospitals in our own homes? Health care futurist Niels van Namen shows how advances in technology are making home care a cheaper, safer and more accessible alternative to hospital stays.

Drivers of Growth

Premier Li Keqiang: China Will Foster ‘New Drivers of Growth’ for Development

A shift from traditional to emerging drivers of economic growth is transforming China’s economy, said the Chinese Premier, and should be encouraged; China will cut taxes and fees in order to stimulate the market, based on multilateralism and free trade; Intellectual property theft will be strictly punished, and the Renminbi will not be depreciated

New drivers of growth will spearhead sustainable and fair development of China’s economy in the new era, said Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, in his opening address at the 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

Tech Scale-Up

The Lazaridis Institute selects 10 Canadian companies for third cohort of flagship Scale-Up Program

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, based at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, has selected 10 of Canada’s most promising technology companies to participate in the third cohort of the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program.

Shaping Societies

Embracing New Tech, Innovation, China Poised to Thrive in Fourth Industrial Revolution

Education, reskilling and government willingness to incentivize the private sector are key factors in adapting to this fast-transforming environment

The World Economic Forum’s 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, held in the city of Tianjin, closed on a note of resounding optimism on Wednesday. The three-day meeting broke several records this year, drawing some 2,500 participants from more than 111 countries to discuss the theme: Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Provinicial Debt

FAO Releases Update on Ontario's Credit Rating

The Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario (FAO) has just released an Update on Ontario’s Credit Rating. Ontario’s debt is rated by four principal international credit rating agencies, based on their assessments of the province’s economic and financial outlook and future risks. These credit ratings represent the agencies’ opinions on the ability of Ontario to meet its debt-related financial obligations.


Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership boost funding

Regional Council approved a funding increase of almost $110,000 for the Immigration Partnership, fully funded by the federal government and the United Way. This funding will be used to support public education, marketing, training and networking events.


Bunzl Canada's Intelligent Restroom System Captures Global Interest

Demand for exclusive IoT solution grows in Canada, Europe and Australia

Burlington - Bunzl Canada announced its IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNEXT™ is about to be installed in another Canadian airport and several shopping malls, adding to its growing presence in healthcare, retail, commercial and conference facilities across the country. "First-to-market innovations that help to maximize operational efficiencies and deliver an improved customer experience are one of the key reasons that our customers choose Bunzl as a strategic supply partner," said John Howlett, President, Bunzl Canada.

120 Maps

World Economic Forum Transformation Maps Available in Chinese for First Time

The World Economic Forum’s Transformation Maps are a free-to-use strategic intelligence tool designed to promote understanding and solutions for the world’s greatest challenges

The World Economic Forum launched the Chinese-language versions of its Transformation Maps. Nearly 100,000 people around the world currently use the maps in English. These maps are a strategic intelligence tool providing insight on key industries, countries and issues that are shaping the world.

Health App

Cambridge Memorial Hospital launches patient-centered healthcare app

Cambridge – Cambridge Memorial Hospital announced the launch of a patient information app in the Women and Children’s Program. Developed by CoHealth (formerly DashMD), the phone app improves access to high quality after care information, empowering patients to be more active, informed and engaged partners with their healthcare team.


Most IoT Solutions Fail – But Six Are Primed for Worldwide Adoption and Impact

New roadmap to accelerate global impact of internet of things (IoT) technologies, in six clusters; IoT solutions will not necessarily replace humans; China and wider Asia region will be among greatest beneficiaries

More than $1.2 trillion will be spent on internet of things (IoT) solutions over the next four years, notwithstanding that three-quarters of IoT projects currently fail. New analysis released today by the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, aims to help governments and companies think more strategically about which IoT solutions can generate the greatest impact and return on investment.


CPA Canada announces climate change funding agreement with Natural Resources Canada

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) announced a funding agreement of $1.45 million over two years with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help Canadian business leaders recognize and anticipate the emerging financial impacts of climate change and to help their organizations better respond to the increasing demand for enhanced climate-related disclosure.


Liberals Must Step Back from Job-Killing CPTPP say Steelworkers

Amidst the turmoil of a tariff war and trade negotiations with a hostile U.S. administration, it is unacceptable that the federal Liberal government is pushing ahead with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – a flawed trade deal projected to kill 58,000 Canadian jobs.

Retiring Canadians

Longer Living Retirees Need Insurance Option for Financial Risk

Longer living retirees need the option of pure longevity insurance, according to new report published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Making the Money Last: The Case for Offering Pure Longevity Insurance to Retiring Canadians,” author Don Ezra explains and makes the case for the provision of longevity insurance, and argues for governments to take the necessary steps to facilitate its offering by Canadian insurers.

Supply Management

Canada's trade hurdle is all about supply management

The federal government has not explicitly stated that supply management is non-negotiable - By Steven Globerman and Gary Hufbauer

As North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks continue, much remains undecided. The United States and Mexico have already reached an agreement in principle on a new free-trade arrangement. But in light of Trump's complaints about Canadian dairy tariffs, the highest hurdle for Canada will be our supply management programs.


Canada's Grain Grading System is Not Discriminatory

Grain farmer with his brothers near Hanley, Saskatchewan and is Vice President (Operations) of the National Farmers Union explains grain grading system - by Cam Goff

Contrary to the opinion piece published in the September 11, 2018 Financial Post (Here's the one Ottawa policy in NAFTA that even Canadian farmers think is unfair) Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being imported and sold into Canada. In fact many southern Alberta feedlots regularly import American corn and barley with no restrictions. Our system just does not allow American grain to pretend to be Canadian -- and there are good reasons for that.

Innovative Society

Education, Talent and Experimental Mindsets to Fuel ‘Innovation Nations’ of Tomorrow

The innovative societies of tomorrow will be facilitated by investment in education, talent, R&D, as well as a willingness to experiment and fail, before gains can be leveraged; Ten of the top 100 global companies in terms of spending and R&D now come from China

An analysis of Fortune 500 companies over the past decade says it all – the companies that failed to adapt to perpetual change and disruption were the ones left behind. “I would argue that the most successful companies in the world are those that are investing the most in innovation,” observed Betsy Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, 1871, USA. “There is lots of evidence to suggest that companies should be investing more and working more quickly, embracing the rate of change and level of ambiguity and complexity that we are all experiencing.”

On-Demand Insurance

Canadian homesharing hosts now have a customizable on-demand insurance option

duuo by co-operators™, The Co-operators new digital insurance brand, launched Tuesday as its first on-demand, pay-per-use insurance product at The first insurance product to launch under the duuo brand is an on-demand insurance product for homesharing hosts who rent their properties using popular platforms like Airbnb®, HomeAway®, VRBO® and others. The duuo product, which is purchased only for the nights that guests are renting a property, is intended to cover the additional risks hosts face by homesharing, which are typically not covered by their standard home insurance. At an average of $8 per night, the policy provides coverage for the full replacement cost of a home and its contents, plus additional protection specific to homesharing including vandalism, infestation, liquor liability, loss of income, and more.

Fund Raising

United Way Waterloo Region Communities launches 2018 with colourful march along King St.

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is inviting community members tojoin them on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 for a colorful and boisterous march along King Street celebrating the launch of the organization's 2018 fundraising campaign. Starting at Waterloo Public Square in Waterloo, Ontario and ending at Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener, Ontario, the 3km march - titled the March of 1,000 Umbrellas - aims t o raise awareness and funds for the network of local services supported by United Way.

Trade & Consumption

Trade Dispute an Opportunity for China to Focus on Domestic Demand, Champion Multilateral Trade

China is already transitioning from export-led to consumption-driven growth; With the US and other large economies turning inwards, China could emerge as the philosophical leader of multilateral trade; Global situation worrying, but emerging technologies and new models of business and investment give hope

The ongoing global turmoil headlined by the US-China trade dispute and turbulence in emerging markets such as Argentina and Turkey are a cause for concern, but there are also reasons for optimism, said panellists in a session on the global economic outlook on the closing day of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions.


Cities Need to Be “Agile” to Capture Opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Agility is key for cities to harness new opportunities and address new challenges created by rapidly changing technology, says new World Economic Forum white paper; The white paper proposes metrics to capture the agility of cities in eight areas: buildings, land, energy, mobility, IT, security, education and governance

The world is urbanizing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming life at an unprecedented rate. Cities must be “agile” – able to move quickly and easily – to enable their citizens to thrive. A new World Economic Forum report, Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, explains the concept of agility and introduces guidelines for measuring agility in key areas of city life.

Work Styles

Flexible Work Arrangements Lead to Better Performance, According to Canadian Creative Managers

Two in five employers feel productivity would increase under a compressed schedule, More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of managers say it's OK for employees to engage in non-work-related activities during business hours

Working longer hours fewer days a week could be good for business, according to new research from staffing firm The Creative Group. Two in five advertising and marketing hiring decision makers (40 per cent) surveyed feel productivity would increase if their company instituted a compressed schedule, where employees work four 10-hour days. In addition, more than two-thirds of respondents (68 per cent) support allowing staff to attend to non-work-related tasks while on the clock in order to boost overall performance.

Behavioural Economics

BEworks convenes world's leading behavioural scientists to nudge change and innovation in the Financial Services sector

Behavioral Economics is an interdisciplinary science blending psychology, economics, and neuroscience to understand human behavior and decision-making. Behavioral economics recognizes that constraints in time, energy and resources prevent us from optimally evaluating every decision. To deal with our limitations we devise shortcuts in the decision-making processes. These shortcuts act as interpretive mechanisms used for decisiveness in the face of uncertainty, and they can often lead to sub-optimal choices that tend to be predictably irrational.

Toronto - The world's most influential behavioural scientists convened on September 17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to show how behavioural science can accelerate more innovative approaches in the financial services sector. At the Summit for Science in Financial Services, an elite group of behavioural scientists, including Dan Ariely, George Loewenstein, Kelly Peters, Hal Hershfield, and Nina Mažar, gathered with over 200 business leaders to share scientific research and provide new insights to inspire new approaches to systemic challenges such as rising consumer debt, barriers to saving money, the disclosure of increasingly complex information, trust, financial wellbeing, and transparency.

Energy Outlook

Modelling to meet the energy challenge by 2050

Montréal – On September 19, the Institut de l’énergie Trottier of Polytechnique Montréal and Pôle e3 of HEC Montréal launched Canadian Energy Outlook 2018. Produced with the collaboration of ESMIA Consultant, this report projects the evolution of Canada’s energy production and consumption to 2050, comparing four greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction scenarios with a baseline scenario. It is the first report of this kind covering Canada in over a decade.


Digital Museum

Fallen First World War soldiers remembered through digital memorial at Guelph Museums

Guelph Museums joins 60 other locations across Canada and around the world in presenting The World Remembers, a nationwide commemoration of the First World War. Leading up to Remembrance Day, The World Remembers, a digital memorial, will display the names of 1,003,167 names of those killed in 1918, including those registered as official war deaths from 1919 to 1922.

Collaborate & Contribute

Two Laurier professors named Fulbright Scholars

Two Wilfrid Laurier University professors are heading to California this winter after being named to the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright program provides funding to exceptional scholars from around the world to spend time at academic institutions in the United States to collaborate and contribute to research, as well as to teach.

Art & Culture

Library mural inspires Laurier panel discussion on reconciliation through the arts

Brantford – Can public art be a catalyst for healing and community discourse in the selfie generation? How does public art stimulate the process of reconciliation? How do we translate symbols and ideology across cultures? These questions and more will be explored when Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts hosts a panel presentation and discussion Sept. 21 at the university’s Brantford campus to consider truth and reconciliation through culture and the arts. The topic is inspired by the Brantford Public Library’s new mural La Landscape de Kanata and the journey of creating works of public art that provide a visual story of the evolution of the community.

Municipal X Cambridge

Kathryn McGarry's statement on the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce's candidate interviews and the debate surrounding the questions

States "Some of the questions asked could not be asked in a job interview and have no relevance to how someone would perform their role as an elected official."

"After seeing the stories on social media about how these interviews are being conducted, I reviewed the proposed format and questions with some of the candidates. I have decided not to participate in these chamber interviews. I applaud and stand beside my colleagues in the municipal race who also are refusing to attend these interviews. Some of the questions asked could not be asked in a job interview and have no relevance to how someone would perform their role as an elected official.

About the Kids

Celebrating Waterloo Region’s Role in Supporting the Well-Being of Children

Waterloo Region - The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Waterloo Region (HKCC) Steering Committee will host a closing celebration to recognize the efforts of over 300 individuals and organizations who took part in the program. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge was a four-year initiative to support the well-being of children by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. The Waterloo Region was one of 45 communities across the province to participate in the $1.3 million program between 2015 and 2018.


La Prep rebrand continues with addition of three new restaurants

Expansion includes new locations in Burlington, Mississauga and Markham

Mississauga - La Prep has just opened the doors to one new location and has two more openings on the menu this fall in the Greater Toronto Area as it continues to roll out the rebrand of its popular chain of bistro-style eateries. The chain opened one of its new Social Bistro concept restaurants recently in Burlington at Joseph Brant Hospital at 1230 North Shore Blvd. and will cut the ribbon in November on locations at the Pearson Corporate Centre at 10 Carlson Court in Mississauga and 15 Allstate Parkway in Markham.


September 20, 2018

United Way Waterloo Region Communities Campaign Kick-off March of 1,000 Umbrellas

It all starts with one step

Join us on September 20th as we march along King St. to raise awareness and funds for United Way Waterloo Region Communities. The 3km March of 1,000 Umbrellas will begin at Waterloo Public Square in Waterloo, ON and end at Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener, ON. Whether you walk the entire route or join us at point along the way, show your local love on September 20, 2018 and help ensure support is available in our community for those who need it most.

September 26, 2018

Cambridge Innovation Centre Set to Preview New Facility and Introduce Sponsorship Opportunities With Business Community Celebration

Grand Innovations is scheduled to take occupancy of 25,000 SQFT of newly renovated 1898 industrial space in the former Tiger Brand Knitting Factory on October 1st. In an effort to create awareness and provide corporate sponsorship opportunity details, Grand Innovations invites business owners, executives and community leaders to preview the facility in conjunction with a business community celebration to be hosted at the Gaslight Sales Centre at 64 Grand Avenue South (formerly Southworks Mall) in Cambridge on September 26th.

September 28, 2018

Mom and Dad Unleashed...Unrated

Join us for a fun and informative panel discussion as our Mom’s and Dad’s discuss who let’s the kids in…..CFFB 1st Generation Panel: Lorna Hundt – Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches, Bernie Melloul – Melloul-Blamey Construction, Doug Fisher – Retired, Win-Leader Corp, Marilyn Shaver – Minotaur Stormwater Services.

September 29, 2018

City of Waterloo announces lineup for new festival of light, art, and technology

The City of Waterloo announced the lineup for its newest festival, Lumen, a festival of light, art, and technology, which will illuminate the urban space and engage audiences in a hands-on and participatory experience. Lumen will take place in various locations throughout uptown Waterloo on September 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. The festival will feature 25+ visual, interactive, new media, and performance based installations from local and nationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artists.

September 29, 2018

It’s Our Anniversary & We’ll Eat (All) The Cake If We Want To!

THEMUSEUM Celebrates 15 Years #DTK

THEMUSEUM is celebrating 15 glorious years in downtown Kitchener and everyone is invited to the party on Saturday, September 29 from 10am-4pm. In addition to 2003 pricing ($7.00 admission Saturday AND Sunday, September 30) there will be cake while supplies last, special programming and activities and the official launch of our brand new exhibition, BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head. The parkade off Duke Street, with an entrance to THEMUSEUM, is free on Sundays.

October 3, 2018

Have Your Say on Arts and Culture in Waterloo Region! - Municipal Candidates Prepare to Weigh in

THEMUSEUM is once again hosting a lively conversation on arts and culture in Waterloo Region. A Cultural Exchange 7.0 will be held in the atrium on Wednesday, October 3. Local candidates from Wards 9 and 10, as well as those running for Regional Chair and Kitchener Mayor, have been invited to discuss how best to support the local arts and culture scene. Members of the general public are welcome to attend, as are members of cultural organizations and institutions.

October 6 - 13, 2018

Raise your Steins this October

Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls and grab your Tyrolean hats. Oktoberfest is back and Bingeman's is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest

As the biggest Bavarian festival this side of Munich, Oktoberfest is a beloved autumn tradition in Kitchener — and Bingemans has been a part of the experience since 1968. Home to the largest festhalle, Kool Haus, Bingemans is looking to outdo themselves once again for the 2018 celebrations. “Over the years we’ve been listening to what our guests want and are aiming to provide the best experience for everyone,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “This includes making our tents bigger, adding another tent and expanding our beer selections. We’re really excited about this year’s Oktoberfest events.”

October 13, 2018l

China's and Canada's Leading Innovation Leaders Converge on Sci Innovation Festival 2018

This Year Marks the Appearance of Internationally Renowned Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

Sino-Canada International Innovation Centre (Sci Innovation Centre) announced the launch of the Innovation Festival of Toronto and Shenzhen commencing on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in Toronto. The one-day event is jointly sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the City of Toronto. The Sci Innovation Festival 2018 will be another international innovation summit connecting policy and economy, capital and technology with thousands of guests. The event is co-organized by the Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations (CCSA) and Shenzhen Community Association of Canada (SCAC), which is a newly established subsidiary association of the Sci Innovation Centre. The Shenzhen Community Association aims to enrich its members' lives and help them adapt to Canadian society.

October 17, 2018

Managing The Challenges Of Transition

Symposium for Business Owners

This year’s symposium features companies which have not only survived difficult market conditions but emerged stronger as a result. Rincroft Inc. and Ideal Solutions Financial Services Ltd. are joined by Accord Financial, a special situations lender dealing with companies in some form of transition, and Intrigue Media a local provider of digital marketing and on line advertising services.

October 24, 2018

Partners in Prevention Health & Safety Southwestern

Bringing the Latest OH&S Updates to Your Community

The Canadian health and safety landscape is constantly changing. Whether it’s new legislation, innovations in technology, quality and safety standards, changing demographics or workplace culture, today’s health and safety community is challenged with staying ahead of the curve.

November 8, 2018

Discover Rockway - Gr. 7-12 Open House

This event is an opportunity to see Rockway in action, meet the faculty, administration, parents and students and see why Rockway might be the right place for your family. Join us! Register at

November 13, 2018

SVP Waterloo Region Kicks Off Perfect Pitch Workshop for Charities Wrap Up Event

It’s not just tech companies that need to know how to pitch. Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) announced the first pitch workshop for charities in Waterloo Region: Perfect Pitch. The Perfect Pitch workshop kicks off in September, and six charities will receive guidance from dedicated coaches from the business and tech/startup worlds in Waterloo Region. These charities will build their ability to tell their organization’s story with power and clarity. The workshop series will wrap up with an exciting Perfect Pitch event on Tuesday, November 13. That evening, the charities will take the stage in front of community members and judges with real cash awards on the line. For extra fun, during the evening, each audience member can decide which of the six charities receives proceeds from their admission ticket.

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