How digital DNA could help you make better health choices
What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they'll also factor in other kinds of data as well, from food intake to sleep to data collected by a "smart toilet." With all of this valuable information, Wang hopes to create an engine that will change the way we think about health, both on an individual level and as a collective.
Innovative sensor system for the International Space Station will keep astronauts safe
Ontario-based company awarded $11.9-million contract to design space vision system
Canadians working in the space sector will benefit from new jobs and business opportunities as a result of an $11.9-million contract awarded to Neptec Design Group, an Ottawa-based company specializing in the development of intelligent spaceflight sensors and equipment.
New Research Chair
New research chair in quantum error correction demonstrates continued leadership by IQC and Waterloo in the pursuit of a quantum computer and in the development of other quantum technologies.
The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, has launched a new $8-million research chair to further solidify Waterloo’s leadership in quantum information research.
Female entrepreneurship continues an upward trend in Canada
Latest research shows that women’s entrepreneurial activity is up 10%, closing the gender gap by 5% since 2014, and more women in Canada are now optimistic about the prospects of starting a business.
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Event relocation, new traffic patterns are long-term threats
In recent days, the local news media have been full of reports concerning the challenges faced by the merchants of Uptown Waterloo. Local businesspeople are concerned about loss of trade caused by the extended Light Rail Transit construction, as well as the new, streetscape project.
Global Health Expert Janice Kopinak appointed to Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board
The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announce the appointment of Janice Kopinak to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kopinak is a sought - after global health expert from Guelph who has worked with Global Affairs Canada, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the Canad ian Red Cross, and many others.
Boost in Canadian economy is unsustainable
Concerns in the manufacturing and housing sectors forecast long-term problems for the suddenly surging Canadian economy - Quarterly economic report by Philip Cross
The sudden upturn in Canada’s economic fortunes is masking major problems that will drag down growth in the future, writes Philip Cross in his latest quarterly economic update for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
OpenText Buys Guidance Software
OpenText announced that it has completed the closing of the previously announced acquisition of Guidance Software, the makers of EnCase, the gold standard in forensic security, that includes digital discovery solutions and endpoint information security.
Jobs Aplenty for Agri-food Grads, Report Finds
It’s a good time to be entering Ontario’s agriculture and food industry because there are jobs galore. In fact, there are currently four jobs for every graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), according to a new report.
Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens
Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. The study from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that students in grades seven to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking.
What really motivates people to be honest in business
Each year, one in seven large corporations commits fraud. Why? To find out, Alexander Wagner takes us inside the economics, ethics and psychology of doing the right thing. Join him for an introspective journey down the slippery slopes of deception as he helps us understand why people behave the way they do.
Laurier’s Northern Research
Wilfrid Laurier University researchers have worked for decades in Canada’s North, with a particular focus on the Northwest Territories (NWT). Ranging from scientists examining the hydrological and ecological impacts of permafrost thaw to researchers focusing on food sustainability, the critical mass of northern-focused research at Laurier has influenced development of evidence-based environmental policy that has translated into practical applications to support ecological integrity and human health.
Guelph-based firm RWDI expands and innovates
$4.5 million Government of Canada contribution helps Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. grow and compete
Last Friday, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced that internationally-recognized building performance, climate and environmental engineering consulting firm Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI)is receiving a repayable contribution of up to $4.5 million, through the Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative.
New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent
The Discover Ability Network will showcase the business advantages of employing persons with disabilities
Last week the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.
Ontario Supporting Food Processing Sector in Waterloo Region
Province Partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to Create 170 New Jobs at Breslau Facility
Ontario is partnering with Conestoga Meat Packers to help boost productivity and expand its pork processing capacity by 86 per cent, creating 170 new jobs at its Breslau facility. Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement last Friday.
NAFTA negotiations: Canada has it backwards on worker choice
Worker choice laws encourage unions to be more accountable to their members, and contribute to a stronger economy and labour market - By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre
The North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations have put the spotlight on a number of critical issues, including Canada's wrong-headed insistence that the U.S. limit workers' rights to choose to financially support labour unions.
Through Global Deal, Social Dialogue a Means to Achieving the SDGs
The Global Deal encourages governments, businesses and unions make commitments to enhance social dialogue; it contributes to the success of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; New forms of social dialogue and protection are needed to adapt to growing digitalization
A year after launching the Global Deal, the Prime Minister of Sweden said at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit that the international initiative for social dialogue and better conditions in the labour market is successfully contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing
We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.
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With Stakeholder Collaboration, Fourth Industrial Revolution Will Drive Greater Equality
New technologies, if applied appropriately, could be the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; There is a risk of a divide between those with access to cutting-edge technologies and those without it
Powerful emerging technologies could be the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or they could lead to worsening inequality, business, government and civil society leaders warned in a session on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The session was part of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, which opened September 18.
Public-Private Cooperation Will Speed Progress towards Sustainable Development Goals
The World Economic Forum’s inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit opens in New York; Business, government and civil society must work together to ramp up action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Public-private cooperation needs to be stepped up to accelerate action required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, government and business leaders agreed in the opening session of the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Sustainable Development Impact Summit. “There is no time to waste on this journey,” Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, told participants. “Goals matter. If we are to succeed, we also need business, academia, civil society and trade unions. There will be no progress without public-private cooperation. This is a business case. This will boost our innovation capacity. Innovations are crucial for the transition to a new sustainable society.”