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Thursday June 21, 2018

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MONITOR


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Food Accelerator

Arlene Dickinson's accelerator announces its Demo Day roster

Arlene Dickinson's national accelerator for food, beverage and health companies, District Ventures, has announced six Canadian companies that will pitch at its prestigious Demo Day on June 27. The six companies, who will travel to Calgary from across the country to pitch to over 100 industry leaders for investment and distribution, span multiple trending categories including vegan foods, snacking, artisanal, and pet food and treats. As part of District Ventures' new program structure announced in late 2017, each company has received a $130,000 investment from Dickinson's venture capital fund, District Ventures Capital, in exchange for a minority equity stake. After taking part in a five month program to increase their sales, distribution, and valuation, the companies will now pitch to external investors to build on their growth.


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Financial

The new Interac Lab immerses the company in the tech community in the Waterloo Region

Faced with many payment options in development by non-financial organizations like Google, Facebook and Apple Interac Corp. (“Interac”) announced the launch of the Interac Lab, an innovation outpost and accelerator in Kitchener, Ontario. The Interac Lab will support research and development, offering a space for hands-on experimentation in the payment and fund transfer industry. The focus will be on tackling product and industry challenges, which will in turn accelerate the development of the next generation of products and features for Canadians.


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Global Economy

Global Economy to Expand by 3.1 percent in 2018, Slower Growth Seen Ahead

Emerging, Developing Economies to Accelerate as Commodity Exporters Recover

Despite recent softening, global economic growth will remain robust at 3.1 percent in 2018 before slowing gradually over the next two years, as advanced-economy growth decelerates and the recovery in major commodity-exporting emerging market and developing economies levels off, the World Bank reported in early June.


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Trade

Norway initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties

Norway has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United States regarding US duties on certain imported steel and aluminium products. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 June.


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Community Building

SVP Waterloo Region Announces 2018 Investee

Carizon Agency to Receive Three-Year Grant and Capacity-Building Support

Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) met on June 19th at their All Partners Meeting to announce the latest charity they will invest in. In addition to investing in carefully vetted local charities, SVPWR cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens the local charitable sector by contributing thousands of volunteer hours designed to help nonprofits develop strong management practices, strategies, and systems that will increase their ability to fulfill their mission. In turn, SVP partners realize rewarding benefits from their relationships with local nonprofits and each other, resulting in shared learning and increased giving.


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Education

Waterloo Region Catholic Board Trustees Approve $292.1 Million Balanced Budget

Raising grad rates, supporting student equity & well-being, fostering faith development & enhancing technology are key budget goals

Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have approved the Board’s $292.1 million 2018-19 school year budget. The 2018-19 budget anticipates enrolment will continue to increase in both elementary and secondary schools in the upcoming year. This increased enrolment, along with a number of targeted provincial investments and funding for provincially-negotiated labour agreements, accounts for the significant year-over-year funding change for the Board. The planned expenditures are based on the Ontario Government’s Grants for Student Needs, and incorporate the aforementioned investments, along with new funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continued supports to reach provincial student achievement goals.





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International Cred.

CPA Canada announces new reciprocal membership agreement

Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) announced the signing of a Reciprocal Membership Agreement (RMA) with the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).


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Agriculture

NFU calls on CFIA to publish GM wheat test plot sites

Saskatoon - The recent discovery in southern Alberta of genetically modified wheat plants with Monsanto’s glyphosate resistance trait has renewed concern about the risk of GMO contamination to Canada’s wheat. Japan and Korea have suspended imports of Canadian wheat pending their own investigation of the situation.


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Attract & Retain

Program to support newcomer employment

Hiring pilot project will connect newcomers with jobs in the hotel industry

The Feds announced funding for an innovative pilot project that will connect newcomers with jobs in the hotel industry. The Ministers were accompanied by Philip Mondor, President of Tourism HR Canada, and Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada.





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COLUMNS & COMMENTS


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AI

Technology that knows what you're feeling


What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how "empathetic technology" can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. "If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide," Crum says.


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Communication

Silence Can Make You A Better Communicator

by George Kiorpelidis

On a cool spring morning with the sun just breaking through the early morning mist and a loon calling to welcome the day, I asked my dad, “When will we start catching fish?” He put his finger to his lips and my uncle leaned over and whispered, “Silence is golden.”


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Opinion Editorial

Cereals Canada’s Irresponsible GM Wheat Policy

by Stewart Wells, President of the National Farmers Union from 2001 to 2009.

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) spring wheat plants growing in Alberta is disappointing and damaging to Canadian farmers. And so is the reaction by Cereals Canada -- an industry-dominated group that falsely claims to represent Canadian wheat farmers. In Saskatchewan, where over half the wheat produced in Canada is grown, the Saskatchewan Wheat Commission has refused to join Cereals Canada, no doubt due to negative policy positions taken by Cereals Canada.






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RESEARCH & EDUCATION


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Research

Eleven Perimeter researchers awarded NSERC Discovery Grants

A record number of Perimeter Institute researchers have received prestigious Discovery Grants as part of the recent round of funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Eleven Perimeter researchers have been awarded more than $2 million in grants to pursue long-term research of high potential. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program is the Council’s largest and longest-running funding mechanism. It provides researchers with the flexibility to explore promising research avenues as they emerge. The recently announced Discovery Grant recipients are: Faculty members Timothy Hsieh (left) and Beni Yoshida.


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R&D

AI startup raises US$1.5 million to accelerate cancer drug discovery

Oren Kraus, who receives his PhD on Tuesday, has launched a startup that develops computer vision tools for a faster and more accurate analysis of microscopy data

Oren Kraus took up coding because, by his own admission, he was not cut out for doing experiments in the lab. Now his artificial intelligence-powered startup has raised US$1.5 million to transform biomedical research and drug discovery.


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Exploring Theory

From learners to creators: Perimeter’s ninth PSI class graduates
by Tenille Bonoguore

Class of 30 students from 23 countries celebrate their year exploring the breadth of theoretical physics at Perimeter Scholars International. After 10 months clambering up a steep learning curve, the 2017/18 class of Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) this week reached the pinnacle, and the view was grand.


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Water Research

$1-Million Gift to Support Water Research, Scholarships

A new gift to the University of Guelph is meant to help the next generation of researchers protect one of the world’s most vital resources: water. Edward Y. (Ted) Morwick (right), an honorary U of G graduate and lawyer-turned-businessman, has pledged $1 million for scholarships for graduate students in water resources engineering and aquatic biology. “This generous gift will help the University do two key things: conserve and protect water and support the talents and potential of our students — the next generation of change makers,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino.


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Man vs Nature

Many wildlife-vehicle collisions preventable

A new study from the University of Waterloo has found that Ontario could save millions by implementing simple measures to help prevent vehicle accidents involving wildlife. The Waterloo study focused on Ontario. It concluded that many of the thousands of wildlife-vehicle collisions — some fatal — occurring each year could be prevented if authorities implemented a few, cost-effective strategies to minimize the occurrences.


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Merit Award

Dr. Veronique Boscart receives Order of Merit Award from Canadian Nurses Association

On June 19, Conestoga’s Dr. Veronique Boscart, director of the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care, received the Order of Merit, Research Award from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) for her outstanding contribution to nursing. The CNA Order of Merit Awards honour excellence in five domains of practice and were created to honour nurses who -- through hard work, leadership, innovation and knowledge -- have had a significant and sustained impact on the nursing profession and the practice of nursing in Canada. The award was presented to Boscart at a formal presentation at CNA’s biennial convention at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.


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Residue Ingested

Neonics Are Being Ingested by Free-Ranging Animals, U of G Study Finds

Health impacts of neonicotinoids may go well beyond bees, according to a new University of Guelph study.

U of G researchers found residues of the insecticides in the livers of wild turkeys, providing evidence that this common agrochemical is being ingested by free-ranging animals. The researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College are among the first to study the broader effects of neonics on wildlife. Published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, the study showed that nearly 10 of the 40 wild turkey carcasses tested had detectable levels of neonicotinoids in their livers. Two types of the insecticide were found in some birds.


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Big Bang New View

Elizabeth Gould earns W.B. Pearson Medal

Perimeter PhD graduate earns top honours for her creative research - by Stephanie Keating

Elizabeth (Beth) Gould has earned the W.B. Pearson Medal from the University of Waterloo for her PhD thesis, titled “New Views on the Cosmological Big Bang.” Gould completed her PhD at Perimeter Institute, under the supervision of Perimeter Associate Faculty member Niayesh Afshordi.


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WATERCOOLER


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Appointment

University of Waterloo names international business adviser, Dominic Barton, as 11th Chancellor

The University of Waterloo is appointing Dominic Barton, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company as the institution’s 11th chancellor. Barton steps down as the global leader of McKinsey on July 1, after serving the maximum of three, three-year terms. In his role at McKinsey, Barton provides strategic advice to national leaders, government and corporations. In addition to leading McKinsey since 2008, Barton also chairs the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.


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Education

WCDSB’s Popular “Extended Day” Program Grows to 37 Sites

Program offers an extension of the daily Catholic curriculum

With the addition of five new sites, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s popular and successful “Extended Day” before-and-after-school program is now offered at 37 schools across Waterloo Region – another sign that more and more families across the Region are seeking a quality, inclusive faith-based education for their children.





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EVENTS


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June 28, 2018

Every Voice Counts - Add your voice for Social Development!

On June 28th, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region will be hosting their 51st Annual General (Social) Meeting at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in downtown Kitchener. Members have always kept them grounded, and they wish to have your voice this year in setting up our Future Focus!

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July 9-20, 2018

Laurier’s BrainWorx summer camp uses fun to teach children about psychology

Crafts, games, sports, outdoor play – and plenty of learning about psychology and the brain. That’s what BrainWorx, a unique summer camp at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus, offers children aged six to nine. BrainWorx is run by Professor Kim Roberts, director of Laurier’s Child Memory Lab and a member of Laurier’s departments of Psychology and Criminology. Campers will have a chance to participate in studies that explore how children learn, remember and differentiate information. In the process, they learn how research works and about the areas being researched – all while having fun.


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July 10-12, 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.


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July 17, 2018

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Show to Unveil Futuristic Clothing

Fashionwear that diagnoses, treats health conditions among products to be featured at Toronto show, August 20-22

Toronto – Canada is leading the way in breakthrough technologies in the rapidly-growing apparel and textile industry, with many innovations set to be unveiled to the public at the upcoming Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show, August 20-22, 2018 in Toronto.


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November 8, 2018

Discover Rockway - Gr. 7-12 Open House

This event is an opportunity to see Rockway in action, meet the faculty, administration, parents and students and see why Rockway might be the right place for your family. Join us! Register at Rockway.ca






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