Thursday March 22, 2018


Water Reflections

World Water Day/Day Zero

Today is World Water Day, the annual reminder that we shouldn’t take water for granted. The crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is an example of what happens when we do. Here are some comments from the acedemic community at the University of Waterloo.

2018 Ontario Election

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy releases first seat projections for Ontario election

Waterloo – The Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) has published the first in its series of seat projections for the upcoming Ontario election. Based on four polls conducted between March 11 and 14, the projection puts the Progressive Conservative Party on top with a majority government. Associate Professor Barry Kay (right) of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Political Science used a tried-and-tested method to determine which party’s candidate is likely to win which seat. An interactive riding map is available on the LISPOP website along with a brief explanation.


2018 Election Promise

Province To Make Prescription Drugs Free for People 65 and Over After the Election

By expanding OHIP+ it will make prescription drugs free for nearly one in two Ontarians

Yesterday the Ontario Government unveiled its plan to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over, ensuring millions of people can afford the care they need during this period of economic change and uncertainty.


Region of Waterloo receives grant to help end chronic homelessness by 2025

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has received $3.27 million over three years from the Province to help end chronic homelessness by the year 2025. This funding will help triage people experiencing chronic homelessness so that they get help faster. These people tend to be more vulnerable. They often have disabling conditions such as chronic illness or substance use problems, and need support to stay housed.

Economic Development

Town of Ingersoll to conduct Business Retention and Expansion Surveys

The Town of Ingersoll will be implementing a local economic development project in Spring 2018 , according to Curtis Tighe , the Town’s Economic Development Officer . The Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project will focus on the Downtown and Central Commercial Area of Ingersoll.

Freshwater Ecosystems

IFAD leads on sustainable farming on World Water Day

On World Water Day 2018, a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shows that sustainable investment in freshwater ecosystems in developing countries helps farmers reduce the impact from floods, droughts and water pollution.


Preparations underway for year-round access to Laurel Creek Park in Waterloo

Changes are coming to Laurel Creek Park in Waterloo this spring that will allow visitors to enjoy the park year-round. Automatic gates are being installed at the gatehouse along with a small parking lot, and a trailer staging area. These improvements will enhance access to the park during the camping season and provide year-round access to visitors who wish to enter the park during the off-season for hiking and other activities.

Senior Strategy

OSC's Seniors Strategy a Welcome Roadmap to Improved Financial Security for Aging Investors

The Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) applauds the release of the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC) Seniors Strategy.

The Seniors Strategy represents a welcome effort by the OSC to assist in the development of a flexible and responsive framework to help address the needs and priorities of older investors and to recognize and manage the challenges that aging investors may face. The Seniors Strategy contains, among other things, a plan to issue guidance on engaging with older clients, including with respect to information collection, supervising client accounts and effective communication, as well as a proposed safe harbour for firms that place a temporary hold on disbursements from client accounts when they have a reasonable belief of financial exploitation or fraud or that the client's judgement is impaired.



New interferometry technique more powerful and cost-effective

A new neutron interferometry technique developed by researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) will allow for faster and more precise measurements, and could pave the way for advances in imaging, materials science and quantum research.

Efficiency of Combustion

New valve technology promises cheaper, greener engines

Technology developed at the University of Waterloo reliably and affordably increases the efficiency of internal combustion engines by more than 10 per cent. The product of a decade of research, this patented system for opening and closing valves could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

Opiod Use Link

Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide, but too many patients receive the wrong care

Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are waste. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 540 million people at any one time. Yet, a new Series of papers in The Lancet highlights the extent to which the condition is mistreated, often against best practice treatment guidelines.

Study Analyses

2018 Women in Tech Index

Portugal, The United States and Latvia offer the best opportunities for women in tech, with an industry gender pay gap around 6-7% less than the overall average wage gap in each country; The United States offers the highest wages to women working in tech, at $86,608 per annum, followed by Ireland ($60,558) and Switzerland ($59,029); At 30%, Bulgaria has the highest percentage of women working in tech, followed by Australia with 28% and Romania at 26%.

Berlin, Germany - With gender disparity a topic at the forefront of modern discourse, a technology career platform company has released the 2018 Women in Tech Index. The results offer a view on gender-based employment inequalities both at large and in the technology sector. In an effort to position themselves as industry experts, the developer-focused career platform decided to research the role that gender parity plays in the technology landscape by comparing the proportion of female employees, gender wage gap and opportunities for women in the IT field, among other criteria. In sharing the results of this study, Honeypot aims to highlight which countries offer the best opportunities for women in tech and to encourage the industry at large to take further positive steps towards gender parity.

Biofuels Breakthrough

Enerkem makes a major breakthrough by producing a new high-octane biofuel

Montreal - Enerkem Inc. a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint.

Canadian Banks

FCAC finds no widespread mis-selling; recognizes banks get it right vast majority of the time

Toronto - On Tuesday, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada released its Domestic Bank Retail Sales Practices Review, which stated that it "did not find widespread mis-selling," and confirmed that "consumers carry out millions of successful transactions every day without incident and banks and their employees generally strive to comply with market conduct obligations."

Disruptive Tech

GTA Company Teams up with Waterloo Researcher to Develop First-of-its-Kind Finger Prick Test to Detect Heart Failure

Toronto & Waterloo - Monitoring for heart failure both in hospital and at home is about to get easier, more effective and less expensive, thanks to a first-of-its-kind finger prick technology developed by a Mitacs researcher at the University of Waterloo with support from Mississauga start-up LeNano Diagnostics Inc.


Despite Uncertainty Around Protectionism, Businesses in U.S., Canada and Mexico Remain Bullish on Trade and NAFTA, HSBC Study Finds

Half of firms surveyed expect NAFTA to have a positive impact on their business over the next two years; North American firms more optimistic about business benefits from NAFTA than other trade agreements

New York, Toronto and Mexico City - Despite uncertainty around protectionist trade policies, business leaders in the United States, Canada and Mexico maintain a positive outlook for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its impact on their firms, according to a newly released report from HSBC 'Navigator: Now, next and how for business'.


Electric Vehicles

Ontario's first electric vehicle charging station plant officially opens

Markham - This week is opening Ontario's first manufacturing facility dedicated to electric vehicle charging stations in Markham. This plant will be Canada's exclusive manufacturer of JuiceBox charging stations, producing approximately 40,000 stations per year and creating 100 new clean tech manufacturing jobs.

Smart Communities

Intelligent Community Forum and Chung Hua University Launch ICF Institute in Taiwan

Hsinchu City, Taiwan & New York – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) and Chung Hua University (CHU) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) to create ICF’s first Institute for the study of Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities in the Asian region, to be located at Chung Hua University. The signing ceremony took place in Taiwan at CHU in Hsinchu City between John G. Jung, ICF’s Co-Founder and Victor W. Liu, President of CHU.

Festivals & Events

Support for Local Festivals and Events Continues

The province is supporting five festivals and events in Waterloo Region. MPP Daiene Vernile announced that the following festivals and events in Waterloo Region are receiving support through the Celebrate Ontario program:

Skills Competition

Students vie for spots at Skills Ontario Competition

Seven colleges to host Qualifying Competitions on Saturday, April 7, 2018

The future of skilled trades and technology will be in the spotlight on Saturday, April 7, 2018 when hundreds of secondary school students from across the province take part in qualifying competitions to earn spots in the upcoming 2018 Skills Ontario Competition.

Recognition Event

Conestoga College will recognize some of the college’s outstanding employers

In recognition of this year’s National Co-op Week, Conestoga College will recognize some of the college’s outstanding employers, partners and co-op students with a special Awards Breakfast to be held today on Thursday, March 22.

High School Robotics

University of Waterloo's FIRST Robotics Competition features top high school robotics teams from across Ontario

Thirty-two teams of high school students with a passion for designing, building and programming robots will be competing at the annual Ontario District University of Waterloo FIRST Robotics Competition this weekend.


March 23, 2018

Interactive Business Case Study - Breakfast

Ever wonder if your employees are all pulling the rope at the same time, in the same direction? Do they all hear the same thing when you speak? Ever have to give feedback? We will work together to examine how to better deal with individuals, align interests, provide feedback, and improve performance.

March 28, 2018

Workshop on Family Business and Your Will

Did you miss the CFFB's incredibly important workshop on Wills ? Due to the shear importance of this topic, and the ongoing interest of family businesses in Waterloo Region and area, the CFFB is offering the popular workshop for another session.

March 28, 2018

Three Minute Thesis competition to be Laurier’s biggest ever

Wilfrid Laurier University will host its biggest-ever Three Minute Thesis competition on March 28.

The competition, which challenges research-based master’s and doctoral students to present their thesis or dissertation to a lay audience in three minutes or less, has attracted more than 50 students from 18 disciplines. Each will vie for $2,000 in prizes and the chance to represent Laurier at the provincial competition at York University in April.

April 5, 2018

Junior Achievement Theatre & Auction Event

Thursday, April 5th will be the 16th Annual Theatre and Auction fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. Come out and enjoy the pre-event reception with appetizers and drinks before the performance of Hairspray. This is a great night out to enjoy with friends and colleagues while supporting Junior Achievement and helping us deliver our programs to more students in more classrooms in Waterloo Region.

April 21, 2018

Celebrating and supporting our local troops

Highland ball set for april at the new gas light district

Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Highland Ball on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in celebration and support of our local troops. Hosted by the Regimental Council and Officers of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (RHFC), the elegant evening provides a “regimental flare” to a distinguished, black-tie affair. Annually attended by 200+ guests, the Highland Ball provides excellent networking, mouth-watering food, a top-notch silent auction and fantastic entertainment. Along with all the glitz and glamour, guests also get to experience a traditional military-style dinner complete with a toast to the Haggis. The RHFC Pipe and Drums along with Highland dancers will entertain guests as well.

April 24, 2018

St. Mary’s She Shares: David Chilton

Please join the 3rd annual St. Mary's She Shares speaker event!

This year's networking breakfast session will be partnered with the witty and engaging musings of local treasure, David Chilton - former “Dragon” on CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and Bestselling Author of The Wealthy Barber.

July 12, 2018

OpenText Announces Inaugural Women in Technology Summit at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith Leads an Inspiring Full-Day Lineup of Prominent Speakers and Panel Discussions

Waterloo – OpenText™, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its inaugural OpenText Women in Technology Summit at this year’s Enterprise World conference in Toronto, Ontario. In recognition of International Women’s Day and a global call to Press for Progress, OpenText is releasing its lineup of prominent speakers who will focus their talks on the opportunities and challenges of achieving diversity in the technology sector. OpenText Vice Chair, CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea also released a blog on Press for Progress.

August 20-22, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Double in Size, Add New Categories in 2018

Popular China Brand Show to make Canadian debut as part of apparel textile event, drawing visitors from wide range of industry categories

Toronto - The Canadian apparel and textile industry got a boost last week with the announcement that the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show will double in size for 2018 and expand to include additional categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.

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