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Published Thursday January 12, 2017
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MONITOR

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President and Vice-Chancellor

Distinguished scientist and academic leader Deborah MacLatchy named president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo – Deborah MacLatchy, a distinguished scientist with extensive experience in research, teaching and senior administration, has been appointed the next president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. A former dean of science who has served as Laurier’s provost and vice-president: academic since 2009, MacLatchy will begin her five-year term as president and vice-chancellor on July 1, 2017. She succeeds Max Blouw, who will complete his second five-year term on June 30, 2017.

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Housing Prices

Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge House Prices See Double-digit Increases in the Fourth Quarter of 2016

Employment opportunities and affordability increasing competition among buyers migrating from the Greater Toronto Area

Waterloo Region - The aggregate price of a home in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge region increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2016, rising 12.9 per cent year-over-year to $390,715, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today.

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Deal

Sandvine wins $4 million deal

Waterloo - Sandvine announced that it has received orders totaling over $4 million from a Tier 1 converged mobile/fixed communications service provider (CSP), headquartered in Sandvine's APAC sales region.

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Update

New Version of Maple T.A. Offers Enhanced Connectivity, Workflow among Other Features

New enhancements in direct response to customer requests

Waterloo - Maplesoft announced an update to its popular testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A.™. Maple T.A. is a powerful online testing and assessment system designed especially for courses involving mathematics, making it ideal for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. This new version includes a wide range of features and improvements that have been requested by customers.

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Appointment

Sortable hires VICE CRO Ryan Fuss to lead Sales and Marketing

Waterloo startup continues explosive growth, bringing on big name CRO to fuel sales

Waterloo – Sortable, one of Canada’s fastest-growing businesses, announced the hiring of Ryan Fuss in the newly-created role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). In a bold move that brings in one of the industry’s biggest talents, Fuss comes to Sortable from VICE Media Canada, where he acted as CRO for the Canadian arm of the world’s preeminent youth media company and content creation studio.

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Global Crises

Under-Employed, Under-Inclusive and Under Threat: the World in 2017

Trends such as rising income inequality and societal polarization triggered political change in 2016 and could exacerbate global risks in 2017 if urgent action is not taken, according to the Global Risks Report 2017; Key drivers of risks can be arrested or reversed through building more inclusive societies, for which international cooperation and long-term thinking will be vital

London, United Kingdom – Economic inequality, societal polarization and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next 10 years, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017 found. Collaborative action by world leaders will be urgently needed to avert further hardship and volatility in the coming decade.

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Health Care

How Embracing Germs Can Encourage Good Health

by Susan Bubak

Germs play an important role in our daily lives — they can make us ill, but they also work to keep us healthy. Despite a sickly childhood, University of Guelph graduate and visiting scientist Jason Tetro (right) developed an infectious appreciation for microbes. Now a germ expert and the author of two books, The Germ Code and The Germ Files, Tetro (also known as “The Germ Guy”) wants us to develop a healthy appreciation for the germs that live in, on and around us.

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Report

Bank of Canada: Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2016-17

The results of the winter Business Outlook Survey indicate that business prospects have improved following two years of overall modest activity. The responses reflect building domestic demand, a supportive export outlook and an expected recovery in energy-related activity.

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Personal Health

Pregnant women should increase vitamin D levels - new studies suggest

New studies have shown how important it is for pregnant women to have optimal blood levels of vitamin D to help lower the risk of their babies developing multiple sclerosis and autism. A newly published study in Neurology from Danish researchers has found that babies born within the lowest quintile of vitamin D levels had twice the risk for future multiple sclerosis (MS) as infants born in the highest quintile. This led the researchers to conclude that low concentrations of neonatal vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of MS.

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Education

Program connects international students to Conestoga community

Conestoga’s Student Life team reports an increase in volunteerism has supported growth of the college's English Conversation Partner (ECP) program. Popularity of the program has been increasing annually since its inception in 2012 and it just wrapped up its most successful term yet; during Fall 2016 it connected more than 80 students to conversation partners at the college.

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Study

Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish

Waterloo - Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

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Housing

December 2016 Housing Starts in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo and Ontario

Toronto - Housing starts in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending up at 5,218 units in December compared to 4,338 units in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

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Manufacturing

Ontario and Canada are Partnering with Honda to Strengthen Alliston Assembly Operations

The governments of Ontario and Canada are partnering with Honda Canada to help the company modernize its Alliston assembly operations.

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Technology Cost

Cost of an iPhone Around the World

Countries without VAT for technology top list as most affordable for tech; Venezuela the most expensive due to hyperinflation; Japan and China 2nd and 3rd most affordable for the iPhone; The UK was found to be the 12th most affordable

Berlin, Germany - Rocket Internet Venture and largest online retailer for Latin America, Linio, observing that the price for the same tech items varied significantly from country to country, even in neighbouring states, conducted the 2017 Tech Price Index in order to better understand this worldwide phenomenon. The research took into account the various aspects which alter the cost. They presented their findings, including the wide-ranging costs for iPhone products, in the 2017 Tech Price Index.

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Personal Health

Study unveils how stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke

Heightened activity in the amygdala – a region of the brain involved in stress – is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Intelligent Antennas

University of Waterloo awarded funding to expand access to the Internet

Research at the University of Waterloo that has the potential to affordably connect billions of new users to the Internet via intelligent antennas will receive $6.1 million in joint funding from C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (C-COM) and the federal government.

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Code on Genetic Testing

Canada's Life and Health Insurers Announce Commitment on Use of Genetic Testing Information

Toronto - The Canadian life and health insurance industry committed that insurers will not request or use genetic testing information for new life insurance applications up to $250,000 effective January 1, 2018. This commitment will be included in the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) Industry Code on genetic testing and will be implemented by all CLHIA members.

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Mental Health Support

Manulife Employees in Canada Receive $10,000 Per Year in Mental Health Benefits

Waterloo - Under its redesigned benefits plan, Manulife employees will now receive a mental health support benefit up to $10,000 per person per year, including family members. These benefits are fully paid by Manulife. This amount represents among the highest mental health benefits offered by Canadian employers. The new plan became available on January 1, 2017.

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Budgets

Waterloo Regional Council approves 2.95 per cent tax increase

Council approved the 2017 budget

Waterloo Region - The 2017 tax increase of 2.95 per cent will help provide the enhanced citizen services and infrastructure necessary to meet the growing needs of our community. The Region is a major provider of essential community services including: helping families, children and seniors; getting people to the hospital in emergencies; ensuring availability of affordable housing; providing public transit and the Regional transportation network; garbage and recycling collection; ensuring the quality of our drinking water; planning for growth; and supporting other vital community interests.

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Education Appointment

Message to Alumni from Laurier's incoming president

Earlier yesterday, Wilfrid Laurier University announced that Deborah MacLatchy has been named the university's new president & vice-chancellor. Linked is the message, from Laurier's incoming president to WLU's alumni.

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Expansion

Drone Delivery Canada Advances Toward Compliant Operator Certificate at the First Transport Canada Approved Drone Test Range

DDC expands its current testing area in Waterloo Region to include Transport Canada's first approved drone test range in Foremost, AB; As testing advances, DDC is actively progressing on further agreements with additional customers as demand remains very strong

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Expansion

Miller Thomson Makes Further Investments in The Greater Toronto Area

First national law firm to establish footprint in the City of Vaughan

Vaughan - Canadian business law firm Miller Thomson is establishing a new office to be located in the City of Vaughan. The 22,000 square foot facility in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre will initially support 30 lawyers backed by more than 525 partners and associates working across the country. The Vaughan office will offer a full range of legal services in what has become one of the top cities for business in Canada.

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Cyber Threat

One in Three Cyberattacks Result in a Security Breach, Yet Most Canadian Organizations Remain Confident in Their Ability to Protect Themselves

Survey indicates overconfidence may be putting organizations at higher risk for attacks

Toronto - A new security survey finds that in the past twelve months, roughly one in three targeted attacks resulted in an actual security breach, which equates to three effective attacks per month for the average Canadian company. Still, about two-thirds of Canadians surveyed are confident in their ability to protect their enterprises from cyberattacks.




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TALKS

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Pioneer

Dan Bricklin: Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet

Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.

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Technology

George Tulevski: The next step in nanotechnology

Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can't get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?





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COLUMNS

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Remaining Relevant

6 C’s of A Visionary Organization

By Eliakim Thorpe

Peter and Christine are co-owners who’ve now been in business for more than ten years. They have experienced tremendous growth but recently decided to schedule a meeting to discuss the current state of their organization and how they can remain relevant, competitive, and sustainable in an ever-changing economy.

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Office

Employees Crave Justice in The Workplace

by Allison Taylor

Detroit – As we enter 2017, workplace trends are emerging that will have significant ramifications for employers and job seekers alike. A key theme is employee demand for a more flexible working environment that will allow greater latitude for a “work/life balance”. Employers wishing to attract – and retain – new talent will need to be mindful of this general trend, as well as the need to utilize newer, non-traditional tools such as instant messaging, people analytics, etc. Another key trend: reference checks will be vetted differently than in the past, with supervisory references gaining increasing prominence.

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Oil

Pipeline protests should not overpower good governance

Potential protesters should understand that good governance requires decisions be made for the good of all Canadians, not just one interest group - By Ken Green

Calgary - In November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Canada, and particularly Alberta, not one, but two oil pipeline project approvals - the Trans Mountain expansion and the Line 3 replacement project.

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Navigating Change

Corporate leaders need to teach workers resilience to navigate change

by Ernie Philip

My first job in sales at a small Canadian printing company more than 20 years ago was far from easy or glamorous. I sold printers out of a van and had to meet a daily quota of at least 30 cold calls. This entailed lugging a printer from my van into prospective customers’ offices to provide demonstrations and free trials.



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EVENTS

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January 13, 2017

Community Growth & Environmental Sustainability: Vibrant & Competitive Now and Into the Future

Waterloo Region - This is the 3rd event in a 6-part Visionary Speaker Series focused on “Why Waterloo Region? that explores both the exceptional attributes of this region, and challenges attendees to consider how they can engage to ensure we continue to be a destination of choice.

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January 13, 2017

Epic series by acclaimed artist Kent Monkman shown together for the first time

Kitchener - Kent Monkman’s four epic canvases — each measuring about 7 by 11 feet — are on view at the Kitchener - Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) as part of the exhibition The Four Continents until 12 March 2017. A Canadian artist of Cree ancestry, Monkman has been lauded for his work, a humorous and often sexually - charged criti que of Canada’s colonial past. Monkman will speak about his work at the Gallery on 13 January at 7 pm, and will attend the exhibition reception that same evening from 8 pm onward.

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February 4, 2017

Stone Soup: A Party For Good

Kitchener - It’s a truth Waterloo Region is no stranger to: when we come together, great things happen. It’s this truth that inspired Alan Quarry to launch Stone Soup - an evening built on the idea that when we all bring a little something to the table we can make a real difference for our community. Coming together for the third annual Stone Soup - February 4 at THEMUSEUM - the community will be helping to support the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.

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Innovation Show

Collective Identity Brings Unusual Collaborations to THEMUSEUM

The work of Waterloo Region artists will be on display in #Exnovation this January 2017

Kitchener – For a second year, THEMUSEUM has turned over their fourth level gallery space to display an exhibition by Collective Identity, a group of local artists in the Waterloo Region. The exhibition, titled #Exnovation, will feature the work of twenty seven local artists.

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Responsive and Responsible

47th Annual Meeting to Call for New Model of Leadership Championing Collaboration, Growth, Reformed Capitalism and Preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Priorities of the Meeting are strengthening global growth; reforming market capitalism; preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and re-imagining global cooperation

Geneva, Switzerland – A record 3,000 leaders from government, business and civil society will convene at the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which will take place on 17-20 January 2017 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

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Interactive Arts

The audience picks the music in Live by Request—the interactive voting concert

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony gives the power to the audience in their first ever interactive voting concert with Live by Request on January 20 and January 21 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS favourite John Morris Russell, the concert features orchestral hits chosen by the audience in real time using their smartphones. The program includes everything from waltzes and sing-alongs, to Hollywood blockbusters and rousing finales!

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Art & Culture

Art In Public Spaces: Call for Proposals

CAFKA is seeking submissions for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo in June 2018. The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee, which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.

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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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