Kitchener’s new innovation lab director brings passion for vision, big ideas to the City
Karl Allen-Muncey a talented, inspiring leader says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic
The City of Kitchener announced that Karl Allen-Muncey (right) will join the city as its innovation lab director on September 5, 2017. Allen-Muncey is well known in Waterloo Region as a creative thinker, entrepreneur and new media and technology expert. “Karl’s passion for big ideas, and his passion for this community make him the ideal choice as the first director of Kitchener’s innovation lab,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Karl’s understanding of the role that technology and innovation can play in the city’s relationship with citizens and the services we provide them will be a key strength for the success of this role.”
New Chief Executive Officer Appointed to lead The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed Katharine Bambrick (Schmidt) as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 11, 2017.
Local Data Hub Launched in Cambridge
Standardized metrics catalyst for local and global change
The City of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada has been selected by the World Council of City Data (WCCD) to be one of the first of a global network of Local Data Hubs using city data to drive change. The launch of the Cambridge-WCCD Local Data Hub, along with seven other hubs worldwide, was announced during a forum this week at the United Nations (UN) in New York City on sustainable development.
Survey finds New Workplace Legislation a Mixed Bag for Ontario Employers
A number of the policy changes could negatively impact Ontario's ability to compete in the global economy
The Human Resources Professionals Association released the results of a survey it conducted of its members to gather feedback and understand the impact of Bill 148 on large and small employers across Ontario.
Capacity Canada announces new partnership to strengthen communities
Capacity Canada announced a new partnership with the Suncor Energy Foundation for a unique program that aims to create strong, sustainable communities in Canada by strengthening the social profit sector. The Fueling Social Innovation program will help not-for-profit organizations build capacity in five Canadian communities over three years.
Presentation calls for conservation of natural capital and investment in human capital
The implications of the targets set for the agri-food industry by the Federal Minister of Finance's Advisory Council on Economic Growth were the focus of a presentation by Ted Bilyea, former Chair of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), last week at the meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in St. John's, Newfoundland.
AI accelerates in Canada: Record high investments in AI in the past five years, according to a recent report
Canadian VC-backed tech deals and funding slow down in the first half of 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted $162M in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the MoneyTree Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights. Despite the record high in AI deals, investments in venture-backed companies based in Canada slowed down in the first half of 2017.
Guelph Chamber Advocates for Economic Impact Analysis on the Implementation of Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan
Last Friday, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. In its submission, the Chamber called on the Government of Ontario to take an evidence-based approach as it considers the implementation of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan.
A new model yields insights into glaciers’ retreats and advances
A University of Alaska Fairbanks study looking at the physics of tidewater glaciers has yielded new insights into what drives their retreat-and-advance cycles and the role that climate plays in these cycles. Lead author and UAF geophysics doctoral student Douglas Brinkerhoff said the study in Nature Communications reveals that shifting sediments drive the cycles among tidewater glaciers in temperate climates such as southern Alaska.
Guelph Chamber Highlight’s Importance of Canada U.S. Trade to Agri-Food Industry
The Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to inform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. Canada, Mexico and the United States of America are currently preparing to renegotiate and modernize NAFTA. The Government of Canada sought the views of individuals and businesses on the renegotiation and modernization of the existing Agreement with the United States and Mexico. Given that NAFTA has been in force for over 20 years, the Government of Canada also sought information on the areas that have proved the most beneficial to Canadian exporters.