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Published Thursday April 27, 2017
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MONITOR

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Medical Care

Laurier health policy expert receives major grant to research why people fail to seek medical care

Waterloo – Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the scientific philanthropy arm of the AXA Group, a French multinational insurance company, Wilfrid Laurier University researcher Karen Grépin is examining why people do not seek medical care at certain times and what it means for health care systems around the world.

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Recognition

Aeryon Receives Top Small & Medium Employer Award

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Leader Named One of Canada’s Best Workplaces

Waterloo – Aeryon Labs Inc. was honored by The Globe and Mail and Mediacorp Canada Inc., the organizer of the 4th annual Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers competition. The provider of trusted small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) aerial intelligence solutions to Military, Public Safety and Energy customers around the world was recognized as one of Canada's best workplaces among small and medium enterprises.

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Prosperity

Regional Economic Summit to Focus on Growing ‘Jobs Powerhouse’

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 2017 Regional Economic Summit on May 12, 2017 at The Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing. This half-day apex forum will generate input from key stakeholders as we map our region’s prosperity into the future. The Regional Economic Summit will look at how to structure the investments required for the region to thrive amid the population and economic growth expected over the next two decades. The event will be the largest single gathering of leaders in the region.

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New Creature

Paleontologists trace origin of millipedes, crabs and insects to new 508 million-year-old sea creature with “can opener”- like pincers

Toronto – Paleontologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have uncovered a new fossil species that sheds light on the origin of mandibulates, the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth, to which belong familiar animals such as flies, ants, crayfish and centipedes. The finding was announced in a study published today in Nature.

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MLI Commentary Summary

Current tensions with North Korea show the need for Canada to pivot towards the Indo-Pacific

Macdonald-Laurier InstituteNew commentary explores how to fit the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region into Canada’s defence policy - by Kerry Lynn Nankivell

Ottawa – North Korea’s willingness to push the envelope on nuclear tests shows how important it is for Canada to pivot towards the Indo-Pacific, and catch up to developments in the region. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has conducted an unprecedented 37 missile tests in the last twelve months. Pyongyang has also announced its intention to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach North America.

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Book Signing - Video

Johnston and Jenkins Book Signing

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Tom Jenkins, Chairman of OpenText and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo discussed Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier. The author event took place on Tuesday, April 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Sedra Design Centre in Engineering 5.

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Appointments

Economical Insurance Strengthens Executive Team

Company Adds Top Talent to Advance its Strategy

Waterloo - Economical Insurance announced two significant additions to the executive team. Effective May 1, 2017, Fabian Richenberger will join as Executive Vice-President (EVP), Commercial Insurance, and Kelley Irwin will join as Senior Vice-President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Existing executive team members Tom Reikman and Alice Keung take on new roles as Chief Distribution Officer (CDO) and Chief Transformation Officer (CTO), respectively.

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VC

Overall Canada funding up year-over-year in Q1 2017

Montreal a bright spot, seeing deal activity rise in the quarter

Toronto- Investors invested $460M (all figures in USD) in Venture Capital (VC) backed companies based in Canada in Q1 2017, a 10% increase from Q1 2016 according to the MoneyTre Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights. Despite the increase in dollars, the quarterly deal figure was the lowest since the 54 deals in Q3 2015.

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Most Impressive

Laurier leads nationally for student career services provided by Canadian universities and colleges

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has the top student career services model among Canadian post-secondary institutions, according to an independent national study. Laurier had the highest score and emerged at the top of the most “impressive” model list among universities and colleges across the country in a study of career services conducted on behalf of the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), an organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development.

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Decision Making - Book Release

Five Critical Ways to Become Indispensable in Business

Competition is fiercer today than ever before, and no matter how much you focus on data, analytics, and performance, it may surprise you that what ultimately matters the most to people is the human touch.

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Green Building

Humber River Hospital Achieves LEED® Gold Certification

Humber River Hospital and its project partners are pleased to announce the facility’s achievement of LEED® Gold certification through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

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Mental Health

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston visits KW Counselling Services to learn about mental health supports for youth and LGBTQ+ services.

A strong advocate for breaking down the barriers around mental health, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston visited KW Counselling Services on Tuesday for a discussion about the agency’s OK2BME program which provides counselling supports for LGBTQ+ people in Waterloo Region.

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Outdoors

Grand River Parks open for the season

Another sure sign of spring happens on Monday, May 1 when the Grand River Conservation Authority swings open the gates for their 2017 camping and recreational season.

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AI

Infosys Launches Infosys Nia - The Next Generation Integrated Artificial Intelligence Platform

Purposeful Artificial Intelligence Shifts Focus to Solving Complex Business Problems

Palo Alto - Infosys announced the launch of Infosys Nia, the next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform building on the success of the Company's first-generation AI platform, Infosys Mana, and its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution, AssistEdge. Together, both these products have amassed 50+ clients and 150+ engagements across all industry sectors, within a year of operations.

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Funds & Investments

Investment Funds Industry Ready To Tackle CRM3

Toronto - The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) has advised Canadian regulators that its members are ready to discuss a plan for extending disclosure requirements to encompass the full Management Expense Ratio (MER) of investment funds – a proposal known as CRM3. A request to meet with regulators was made in a letter dated April 21, 2017, addressed to Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) chair Louis Morisset and the heads of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

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Healthcare - US

To Save Healthcare Systems, Focus on Patient Outcomes, Global Health Leaders Urge

Global leaders from the healthcare sector unite to appeal for a new model of healthcare delivery in response to rising costs and dissatisfactory patient outcomes. The value-based healthcare model would track and pay for healing, instead of treating, patients

New York — A diverse group of leading stakeholders in the $7.6 trillion global healthcare sector are calling for a major overhaul of healthcare systems, designed to deliver improved patient outcomes at lower cost. The proposal hinges on “value-based healthcare”, a patient-centric system that focuses on outcomes that matter to patients across the care spectrum. The recommendations are presented in a new World Economic Forum report, Value in Healthcare: Laying the Foundation for Health-System Transformation, released yesterday in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, and to be implemented in four pilot locations, starting in Atlanta (USA) this year.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Relocating

Energy + to Establish New Head Office in the ‘ Gaslight District ’



Cambridge - HIP Developments, Energy+ and The City of Cambridge announced that the Gaslight District will be the new home for the head office of Energy+. The electricity provider, will bring over 70 jobs to the Galt Core as it moves its head office to the former Southworks property i n the planned Gaslight District .

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South of the Border

National Association for the Self-Employed Statement on President Trump’s Tax Plan

NASE Applauds Efforts to Place America’s Small Business Community on “Equal Playing Field” with Corporate Counterparts

Washington D.C. – In response to President Trump’s release on his tax reform proposal, Keith Hall, President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, released the following statement:
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Plug In

New Connector by Maplesoft and Phoenix Integration Combines Engineering Insight and Efficiency

Collaboration supports incorporation of Maplesoft tools with process integration platform ModelCenter

Waterloo - Maplesoft and Phoenix Integration announced a new plugin that enables engineers to easily incorporate Maplesoft software products Maple and MapleSim into the ModelCenter workflow integration and automation platform from Phoenix Integration. The plugin allows engineers to take advantage of the reduced risk, improved designs, and shorter development times resulting from using Maplesoft’s engineering tools, along with the efficiencies that come from a process integration platform.

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Settlement

Region of Waterloo approves agreement with UNIFOR Local 1106

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo approved a Memorandum of Settlement with UNIFOR Local 1106 representing support staff at Sunnyside Home.

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Trends

Global survey: Canadians anticipate some of the longest retirements, but amongst least likely to seek information to guide financial decisions

Vancouver - Canadians expect to retire at 62 and live to the ripe old age of 85 on average, resulting in one of the longest retirement windows amongst their global peers (global averages: 61 and 81 years, respectively). However despite expectations of a long retirement, Canadians are amongst the least likely to say they actively seek information to guide their financial decisions (42% vs. global average of 56%).

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Trade

Steelworkers Demand Government Counter Softwood Lumber Tariffs that Will Damage Canadian Industry, Hurt Working Families

Toronto - Leaders of the United Steelworkers union on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border say Canada must do more to protect forest-dependent communities in the face of punishing and escalating tariffs announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.




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TALKS

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The Pope

His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

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Building Character

Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good

We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.






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COLUMNS

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Trade

Trump's milk shake puts Canada's dairy industry on notice

Canada's dairy farmers are about to pay a heavy price for Ottawa's lack of leadership. Dramatic changes are on the way on someone else's terms - By Sylvain Charlebois

Halifax - Supply management is officially on Donald Trump's radar and Canadian dairy farmers are holding their breath. For years, farmers have defended the five-decade old system as perfect for this nation. They're about to find out that the world has changed since the 1960s.

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Your Finances

Your financial adviser's interests may not align with yours

Do your homework. Look with a critical eye at your service providers. After all, it is your money; Part 1: Tax free savings accounts: controlling your financial destiny - By Joe Batty

CHILLIWACK, B.C. - The tax free savings account market continues to be a great unknown for many Canadians and the big banks apparently aren't helping. Recently, I asked readers if they were amongthe six million Canadians with the savings accounts known as TFSAs, and if they truly understood the value those accounts represented - and the flexibility they offered investors.






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EVENTS

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April 23 -29, 2017

Celebrating Voluteers in Waterloo Region

National Volunteer Week is from April 23 to 29 , 2017 and the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area joins with Volunteer Canada and all our member organizations to celebrate . This week is set aside to recognize the 12.7 million volunteer s that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities. This year we will also recognize how volunteering has been a vital piece of the Canadian culture for its 150 years!

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April 28, 2017

“Striving to constantly improve upon the customer experience!”

JL’s Home Hardware Grange Road location celebrating their Grand Reopening.

Guelph – JL’s Home Hardware has completed an extensive transformation of the Grange Rd member in its group of companies. The ambitious renovation plans began September 2016 with the official grand reopening event and sale taking place April 28, 2017.

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April 28, 2017

Inspirational Women’ luncheon

In the lead up to Mental Health Week, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the ‘Inspirational Women’ luncheon, presented in partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada and The Mortgage Centre. The event will feature Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk, in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation about mental health with Robin Lee-Norris, Partner at Miller Thomson LLP

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Shared Space

The Future of Workspace is Near

Venture X to open in the heart of Mississauga

On Friday, April 28, the business community, along with several dignitaries will gather for the official grand opening of the Venture X venue.

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April 27, 2017

Fashion for Life Finds an Elegant New Venue

Cambridge – The Cambridge Memorial Hospital is very pleased to announce that Fashion for Life has found a new location for its April 2017 “White Party” Fundraiser in support of Breast Reconstruction at CMH.

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April 28, 2017

Wheelchair race to celebrate fabulous contributions of hospital volunteers and GRH Volunteer Association

Ladies and gentlemen… start your wheelchairs!!!!!!!

Grand River Hospital welcomes members of the media to attend the inaugural GRH Grand Prix of Wheelchairs. The event will recognize the efforts of the hospital’s 1,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Many volunteers safely bring patients to care services throughout the hospital with the help of a renewed fleet of wheelchairs.

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April 28, 2017

BREAKFAST EVENT: Family Business Story

Waterloo Region - Hear Dana Shortt's family business story and get some answers from Gary Chung, banker?

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May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International Partner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

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Mental Health - May 3, 2017

Clint Malarchuk Guest Speaker for Children’s Mental Health Week

Waterloo - Former NHL goaltender turned mental health advocate, Clint Malarchuk comes to Waterloo Region on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

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May 5-7, 2017

Waterloo Region walks to discover community

11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival happens May 5 - 7

Waterloo Region - The 11th Annual Jane's Walk Festival is coming up on May 5, 6 and 7. Twenty walks are already scheduled for across Waterloo Region. Hundreds of people will participate in the free, citizen-lead walking tours which put bring people together face to face to engage in spontaneous conversations about our communities. Thousands more will join walks around the world in nearly 200 cities across 6 continents.

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May 7, 2017

Steps For Kids

Waterloo - Lutherwood’s annual fundraising event, Steps for Kids will take place at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Sunday, May 7th. All proceeds raised will support specialized mental health programs that are a critical part of the treatment plan for children at Lutherwood.

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May 15-16

Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017

Ontario Centres of Excellence welcomes the New York Times bestselling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and global strategist Marc Goodman to the Discovery 2017 Day One Cybersecurity Panel as a featured presenter.

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Education May 16

Community town hall on building better public schools

Kitchener – From class size to standardized testing, to support for students with special needs and other issues, it’s important to come together to discuss how our public schools can better serve our children, families and communities.

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June 1, 2017

Kimberly Drew - Big Ideas in Art & Culture

CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area and Musagetes are pleased to announce that Kimberly Drew will be the next speaker in the Big Ideas in Art and Culture lecture series. Please join us for her talk in the Rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM. Admission is free.

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August 21-23, 2017

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Introduce First-in-Canada Artisanal Display of Unique Offerings from Developing Countries

Trending apparel and textiles from more than 20 countries to be unveiled in Canada, as local industry continues to thrive

Toronto –With the steady growth of Canada’s apparel and textile industry, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show have announced that representatives from more than 20 countries will be in Toronto this summer to unveil under one roof all that’s trending in the worldwide industry.

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September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.

Ongoing

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Ontario Food Festivals

Top 12 Food and Food Themed Summer Festivals

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds! Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!






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