Thursday November 14, 2019


Quantum Challenge

$100,000 Hackathon Kicks Off! CEO of Canadian Company 01 Communique Challenges The World

Communique Laboratory Inc. launched its quantum hackathon tackling the threat of quantum computing. Cybersecurity companies, computer science students and hackers have begun challenging the Company’s ‘quantum-safe’ encryption in a $100,000 hackathon.

On November 6th, Communique Laboratory Inc. hosted an innovation celebration event with technology presentations from industry experts in artificial intelligence and cyber security. Andrew Cheung (photo), 01 Communique’s CEO, was one of the presenters addressing business people, students, and hackers on the threat quantum computers present with respect to keeping your data safe. He revealed the purpose behind the hackathon and why he is confident enough to offer a $100,000 prize.

Health Care

It’s official! CMH to open its new patient care wing January 18, 2020

Cambridge Memorial Hospital took possession of its new wing today, starting a 10-week process to prepare it for patient care. “Today marks the beginning of a new healthcare chapter in Cambridge and North Dumfries,” says Patrick Gaskin, president & CEO. “We have a beautiful, modern health care facility that will serve our community for generations. We could not have done it without the patience of our staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers and the support of our generous community. Our focus can finally turn to equipping the wing and training our people,” adds Gaskin.


Community investment gives corporations a decisive edge in the talent war

Eighty-six per cent of employees who are convinced their company is highly committed to community say they are ‘extremely or very likely’ to stay in their job for the next two years, according to a new study from Imagine Canada. The 2019 Corporate Community Investment Report, entitled Profit, Purpose and Talent: Trends and Motivations in Corporate Giving and Volunteering, shows conclusively that high levels of community engagement lead to long-term business advantages. The research underpinning the report included the opinions of 1,506 private sector employees and a survey of 65 leading Canadian corporations in community investment. Collectively, these corporations invested $592 million in communities over the past year.

Skills Gap

New World. New Skills. Upskilling at the forefront of Canada's success

PwC Canada invests $150 million over three years to upskill its people to be future ready

It's become increasingly apparent that one of Canada's most pressing challenges is the growing mismatch between the skills people have and those needed for the digital world. That's why PwC Canada is committing $150 million over the next three years to upskill its 7,850 people to be future ready and to share their knowledge to support clients and communities.


Small & Medium Businesses: Trade Key to Canada's Economic Growth

Fees and Tariffs a Significant Barrier to Canadian Importers and Exporters

Canadian small and medium businesses (SMEs) have made it clear that economic improvement and international trade are closely linked, with 83 per cent agreeing that increasing trade between Canada and other countries will improve the economy overall. This comes from the 2019 FedEx Trade Index, a poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of FedEx Express Canada, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.


Co-operators to offer new Mental Health Medical Second Opinion service with proven results

The Co-operators, in partnership with WorldCare Health, Inc. (WorldCare), are proud to announce that a new, innovative Medical Second Opinion (MSO) product for mental health is now available to its group benefits clients. With phase two of the research program successfully complete, and a 100 per cent positive satisfaction rate from participants, The Co-operators and WorldCare are ready to officially launch the MSO product – which will be the only institution-based MSO product that virtually recreates the experience a client struggling with either a critical medical or mental health illness would receive if they were to visit a physician or psychiatrist in-person.

Health Care

More Options Part of Province’s Plan to End Hallway Health Care

"Ontario's new Digital First for Health strategy will bring the patient experience into the 21st century and help end hallway health care by offering more choices and making health care simpler, easier and more convenient for patients. At the same time, this new strategy will harness the imagination and capabilities of Ontario's digital health innovators to improve care for all Ontarians".

Yesterday, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Trillium Health Partners' Credit Valley Hospital to announce the five pillars of the government's Digital First for Health strategy. Once this new strategy is fully implemented, patients can expect:


Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan approved

The Waterloo Region Housing (WRH) Master Plan was approved by Council. This plan provides a framework for revitalization of the WRH housing stock, mapping out a 20-year timeline to (click on headline to go to items):

Adapt or Die

Council approves Community Climate Adaptation (CCA) plan

Region of Waterloo Council approved the Community Climate Adaptation (CCA) plan, which identifies climate-related risks to Waterloo Region (affecting health, buildings, roads and other structures, water and the natural environment) and includes 36 adaptation actions to help our community prepare for and respond to these risks. The CCA plan acknowledges and connects the diverse work on climate change adaptation that is being undertaken and planned for by the Region, Area Municipalities and other stakeholders across the region.

Economic Development

Waterloo Region approves Strategic Plan 2019-2023

The development of the Strategic Plan has been guided by Regional Council, and has been based on significant public and staff consultation throughout the process. The Strategic Plan, based on input, settled on five focus areas: Thriving Economy; Sustainable Transportation; Environment and Climate Action; Healthy, Safe and Inclusive Communities; and Responsive and Engaging Public Service.

Innovation Cambridge

Council awards Community Innovation Grant

Council approved $50,000 be awarded from the Community Innovation Grant to the Kinbridge Community Association for their Neighbourhood Table project. This project has been developed by a large group of community partners with the goal of creating connected neighbourhoods through communal dinning. The long term goal of the project is to create neighbourhood tables in five communities in Cambridge.


Easier, Faster for People to Resolve Claims

Changes will help people address legal issues quickly and spend less time in court

Ontario is making it easier for families, businesses and individuals to resolve their legal issues quickly and affordably by expanding access to the Simplified Procedure process in civil court. Beginning January 1, 2020, people with civil court claims up to $200,000 will be able to use the Simplified Procedure process, up from the previous claim amount of $100,000. This change will require more people to file claims under the Simplified Procedure rule, reducing the cost of resolving disputes to families, businesses and taxpayers.

55 Thursday

New Program Launches for Those 55 & Better

Government of Ontario Supports FREE Admission

THEMUSEUM has announced enhanced programming on Thursdays for those aged 55 & Better. With the support of the Government of Ontario Thursdays will now be free general admission for those 55 & Better every Thursday through March 2020. THEMUSEUM had originally planned free admission just during the month of October.


Cyber Security: Breaking Down Barriers

Remarks by Filipe Dinis - Chief Operating Officer Information Technology Association of Canada held in Toronto, Ontario on November 12, 2019

I welcome this opportunity to talk about the work the Bank of Canada is doing on cyber security and the role of information technology and industry professionals like yourselves. It’s an opportunity to open a dialogue about our common objectives. In fact, ITAC’s goals and those of the Bank are quite similar. You help Canada achieve a world-class, leading digital society that delivers prosperity and competitiveness in a global market. We help promote the economic and financial welfare of Canada, as mandated by the Bank of Canada Act.


The 5 Myths of Business Strategy

By Rich Horwath

Consider some of the most popular myths: Lightning never strikes the same place twice—it does. There is no gravity in space—there is, just less. Humans only use 10% of their brains—actually, a lot more—yes, even men. Pigeons blow up if fed uncooked rice—they don’t. Which myths or half-truths have permeated your organization and what effect have they had on your business? Running a business on myths, flawed business principles, and baseless assumptions creates needless confusion and a lack of strategic direction. A study of 10,000 senior executives showed that the most important leadership behavior critical to company success is strategic thinking at 97 percent. As good strategy is at the core of any organization’s success, it’s important to understand the strategy myths that may be holding back your team from reaching greater levels of success.

Consumer Privacy

California Consumer Privacy Act – Preparing for Compliance

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is coming into force in less than two months, on January 1, 2020. The CCPA has an extraterritorial scope, as discussed in section 1 of this bulletin, which means that certain Canadian organizations may be covered by the statute. In order to comply with the law, these organizations will need to observe new transparency requirements (such as by adding specific notices on their websites and revising their privacy policies), adjust their practices to respond to new consumer privacy rights and adjust their contracts with service providers.


OpenText Delivers a Flexible Path to the Cloud, Enhanced Security and Compliance and Visibility into Supply Chain Risk

New Release Responds to Enterprise and Government Demands with Updates to Market-Leading EIM Portfolio

OpenText announced its latest technology update, with innovations across its entire portfolio. This release further improves the capture, governance, exchange and use of information to drive productivity, growth and a lasting competitive advantage.

Developing Market

Canopy Growth Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

Canopy Growth Corporation today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2019. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

Inaugural Cardiac Classic

Picklers Unite! St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic aims to perk the pulse of Waterloo Region and beyond.

The Waterloo Pickleball Club will host players of all skill levels in a fun & friendly tournament supporting St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre this February.

St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, The City of Waterloo and The Waterloo Pickleball Club have teamed up to bring together pickleball players and supporters of St. Mary’s in a 3-day tournament that will excite, unite and help St. Mary’s General Hospital continue to provide the exceptional care it is known for. The inaugural Pickleball Cardiac Classic will take place on February 19th – 21st, 2020, on the courts of the Waterloo Pickleball Club at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex.



Breakfast Series Event: Local Success Stories

Join the Chamber of Commerce as they welcome Brian Bazely, President & CEO of Driverseat and Stephanie Soulis (left), President & CEO of Little Mushroom Catering, as they share how they have grown their businesses to new heights. They will share what it is like being an entrepreneur in the Region and some challenges they’ve overcome throughout their careers.

November 13-15

Premier Ford to Address Business Community at Ontario Economic Summit To Drive Economic Agenda Forward

Ontario chamber announces speaker lineup for annual conference aimed at driving Ontario’s economic agenda forward

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) announced that Premier Doug Ford will be attending the sixteenth annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), “Our Economy. Our Future. Our Ontario.” OES will be hosted in Toronto next week for the first time in almost a decade at Hotel X and Beanfield Centre from November 13 to 15. “Our province has some of the hardest-working entrepreneurs and most innovative businesses in the world. Our government is working with business leaders and communities across the province to remove barriers to success and build Ontario’s future together,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “I’m looking forward to continuing these important discussions at this year’s Ontario Economic Summit.”

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.

November 20, 2019

Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region promote #KidsTakeOver

November 20th is National Child Day in Canada and UNICEF Canada is encouraging people to let #KidsTakeOver. National Child Day celebrates children across the world and marks 30 years since the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In Waterloo Region, the Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) is challenging people to let #KidsTakeOver and engage with children and youth in meaningful ways.


Making Cent$ of Abilities Breakfast Workshop

Shefali Rajaputra, Associate Lawyer at Gowling WLG, will be one of the speakers at our upcoming Making Cent$ of Abilities Breakfast Workshop. The Making Cent$ of Abilities Coalition is a partnership focused on providing businesses and organizations with an opportunity to tap into a larger hiring pool by providing resources to hire and retain people with disabilities. The coalition will present these resources during a series of presentations, guest speakers and panel discussions. Those in attendance will leave with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully hire and retain people with disabilities.

November 28, 2019

Employers Can Register Now for our Part Time Job Expo

Part-time opportunities can be a solution to the workforce gap.

The Workforce Planning Board, in partnership with the Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region, is holding a job expo focused on part time employment. Employers have hard to fill job vacancies, many people want part-time employment whether it is because of school, semi-retirement, parenting or just a preference. Part-time opportunities can be a solution to the workforce gap.

November 29, 2019

CFFB Signature Event: “Jumping the Fences” by Terry O’Reilly

CFFB is hosting Terry O’Reilly, popular radio host from CBC.

In the age of transformational technological change and disruption, technical know-how is no longer sufficient. Building influence and strong working relationships with people in positions of power is absolutely necessary! Join business owners, their families and advisors that support family enterprises for breakfast and learning at the CFFB Signature Breakfast Event November 29th (7am – 10am), Bingeman Embassy Room. This event will be sure to inspire, challenge and encourage you in your pursuit of skills to navigate through this era of disruption.

February 19, 2020

Picklers Unite! St. Mary’s Pickleball Cardiac Classic aims to perk your pulse this Heart Month

The Waterloo Pickleball Club will host players of all skill levels in a fun & friendly tournament supporting St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre February 19th – 21st, 2020, on the courts at RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex. “Playing Pickleball provides a boost to the entire cardiovascular system, which helps to lower blood pressure and prevent stroke or heart attack. As well, the smaller court format of pickleball gives you a good aerobic workout without much stress and strain on joints and muscles, which can be a concern with other racquet sports.” Endorses Dr. Matt Chamberlain, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

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