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Published Thursday June 22, 2017
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MONITOR

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Appointment

Alan Quarry Appointed Chair of BPA Worldwide Board of Directors

Quarry Integrated Communications announced the appointment of our Chairman, Alan Quarry, to the BPA Worldwide Board of Directors. BPA Worldwide made the official announcement during a recent meeting held in New York City. Alan Quarry will serve as BPA’s Chairman through May 2019.

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Convention ROI

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Generates Over $500M in Economic Benefit, Anticipates Record-Breaking Summer

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is celebrating a very successful 2016/17 fiscal year by confirming that it hosted 569 events and generated over $500 million for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario in total direct spending economic impact from April 2016 to April 2017. Based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM), the MTCC also sustained 5749 jobs in the city and generated $163 million in taxes.

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Award Recognizes

GTAN Announces Winners of 6th Annual Pauli Awards

On Tuesday night, the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) celebrated seven years of unprecedented success for its members and our community when presenting the three winners of the 6th annual Pauli Awards at Bingemans in Kitchener. Recognizing members for their outstanding efforts over the past year, the distinction of Angel of the Year was awarded to Brian Hunter, the honour of Company of the Year went to Top Hat and the David Borges Community Builder of the Year award to Benton Leong.

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Recognition

Mary Jane Patterson receives lifetime achievement award

Reep Green Solutions receives three awards from Green Communities Canada

Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of Reep Green Solutions received the environmental lifetime achievement award on Monday from Green Communities Canada as part of its Annual General Meeting. Also recognized with awards were board chair Tania Del Matto as an outstanding board person and the innovation award went to the organization’s Home Energy and Rain Coaching services.

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Theoretical Physics - Video

PSI celebrates another adventure in research and discovery

Eighth class of Perimeter Scholars International urged to pursue truth, no matter where it takes them. by Tenille Bonoguore and Stephanie Keating


Learning physics and doing physics are two very different things. One provides a pathway of discovery that leads to a destination; the other might hit one frustrating dead-end after another.



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DEVELOPMENTS

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Breaking Ground

The Cora Group breaks ground on evolv1

Developer of Canada’s first net zero positive commercial office building welcomes TextNow as project’s latest anchor tenant

The Cora Group will officially break ground on evolv1, Canada’s first net zero commercial multi-tenant office building this Friday. The company also announced that TextNow, one of North America’s fastest growing tech companies, will make evolv1 its new corporate headquarters.

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Trade

Premier Expands Economic Opportunities with Georgia

Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement regarding her mission to Georgia on June 21, 2017

"Today in Atlanta, I met with the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, as well as business leaders from across the state to build on our trade partnerships and support new opportunities to grow our economies and create good jobs on both sides of the border.

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Designations

Ontario Recognizes Merger of Accountant Designations

New Law Creates Greater Clarity and Transparency in the Accounting Industry

Ontario is improving clarity and transparency in the accounting industry through a new law that establishes a single self-regulating body for professional accountants in the province. Previously, three separate laws governed three separate designations for accountants, which set out similar rights and duties and was confusing for consumers and businesses alike.

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Environment

Reforestation grants from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro enhance urban forests

The tree canopies in the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot just got a little greener, thanks to reforestation grants from Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro.

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Diversity

Grant helps Waterloo Region’s newcomers and diverse populations address trauma and attachment needs

The Cowan Foundation has donated $84,000 to Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region to adapt its Trusting Loving Connections © (TLC) group to meet the needs of Arabic - speaking refugees , First Nations, Metis and Inuit families , and French - speaking audiences.

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Global Talent

World Economic Forum Young Scientists Class of 2017 Celebrates Breakthrough Talent from across the Globe

World Economic Forum honours 55 Young Scientists under the age of 40 in recognition of their contribution to cutting-edge research; 2017 cohort hails from 38 academic institutions across 18 countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore from Asia as well from top universities from the US and UK

The World Economic Forum today announced its 2017 class of 55 Young Scientists, assembling a distinguished cohort of top talent making an impact on research as diverse as quantum and computer science, physics and materials science, biology and bio-engineering, medical and neuroscience, and energy and environment. Collectively, their research is at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Canada Day 150

Governor Poloz unveils new Bank of Canada Museum ahead of public opening on July 1, 2017

On June 20, 2017 Governor Stephen S. Poloz welcomed special guests from the government, business and the tourism sectors for a preview of the Bank of Canada Museum, which is opening soon. Located at the corner of Bank and Wellington, in the Bank’s head office complex in downtown Ottawa, the re-designed Museum will help visitors learn about the economy and the role of the central bank in fun, interactive ways.

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Agriculture

NFU-O Calls on Minister Leal to Take Immediate Action to Prevent Vomitoxin Losses

Florence - The National Farmers Union – Ontario has formally requested that Minister Leal require end users and receivers of corn to immediately provide secondary testing for vomitoxin at the farmers’ request.





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TALKS

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Refugee

David Miliband: The refugee crisis is a test of our character

Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, tangible ways to help refugees and turn empathy and altruism into action.





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COLUMNS

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Disruption

Amazon's appetite for disruption takes a bite out of the food industry

Given its ability to fuse efficient distribution and strategic market insight, the e-commerce giant could well become the leading food retailer in North America - By Sylvain Charlebois

Amazon is intent on becoming the world's most powerful retailer, with the help of food sales. Amazon's US$13-billion takeover of Whole Foods isn't shocking. It's been rumoured for months. Now the mammoth Amazon, with its large revenues and small profits, has confirmed those rumours by making the biggest deal in its history. And acquiring troubled Whole Foods is more than timely for both companies.

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Intern

How NOT to Blend In: Five Ways to Take Initiative and Get Noticed at Your Internship

Being a successful intern today requires more than just showing up. You have to take real initiative and distinguish yourself as a smart, savvy, and hard worker (especially when working in modern stressed-out offices) by Emily White

You've landed a great internship and you're ready to rock at your new job. You may think that it's only a matter of time until you're running the company—or at least getting hired to work there after graduation! Here's a (perhaps sobering) reality check: Modern-day offices are hectic, fast-paced, and more often than not staffed by overworked, stressed-out employees.





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EVENTS

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June 22, 2017

Best Bites takes it Back to the Future at Shade’s Mills

Hospital -Rotary Fundraiser features local Fare with a look at the Past, Present and Future!

Cambridge – This year’s Best Bites - Taste of the Region will transform you from the past to the present, and on to the future.

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June 22, 2017

Bingemans Big Splash to Host

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bingemans Big Splash will be an official host location for the 2017 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Local WLSL events take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 different countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours.

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June 22, 2017

Ike Van Soelen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Guelph - On June 22, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will join leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the 2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. In partnership with Timberworx Custom Homes, Ike Van Soelen, an accomplished business and community leader, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at this gala event.

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June 24 - June 25

50th Annual KW Multicultural Festival Set for June

The 50th Annual KW Multicultural Festival, one of the largest multicultural festivals in Ontario, will take place in Victoria Park on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday June 25th. The Festival, which has grown significantly over the last fifty years, draws upwards of 50,000 people to downtown Kitchener and represents a significant opportunity for local artisans and craft vendors to showcase their work, for community groups to raise money by selling food from their traditional cultures and for dozens of community groups to perform music and dance from around the world.

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June 25 - Candada Day Kick-Off

Summerfest Kicks Off Canada 150 Celebrations at U of G

The University of Guelph will celebrate Canada 150 with Summerfest on the Green, a community-wide event taking place June 25. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes live music, food trucks, a beer garden and activities that highlight U of G and Canadian achievements. Admission and parking are free.

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June 28, 2017 - Canada Day Event

Community invited to a free Canada150 performance of The Dream Catchers - a musical that dares you to dream!

Community invited to a free Canada150 performance of The Dream Catchers — a musical that dares you to dream!

On June 28 Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are hosting a free community performance of The Dream Catchers, a brand new Canadian musical. The performance at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of eight stops in Ontario during the show’s cross-Canada tour.

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Conference - July 4-8

Laurier conference to explore the hidden world of plants

Waterloo – The Canadian Botanical Association/l’Association Botanique du Canada is holding its annual conference at Wilfrid Laurier University for the first time in its 53-year history.

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July 7-30

The stage is set for an extraordinary 29th Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay, the ever-popular Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 7 – 30, 2017. In celebration of its 29th year, the Festival will feature an unparalleled musical roster, multiple stages, venues and the return of renowned and adored festival favourites.

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July 15, 2017

Jennifer Jonas to have book launch at Chapters on July 15th

Conestogo raised Jennifer Jonas has recently published a book in the United States entitled "Touching Lives, One Song at a Time", but many of the stories are from her work in Toronto. Jennifer will be coming up to Waterloo on July 15 for her first book signing.

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Red Day

Waterloo Region wears red on June 9 th in support of the women they love!

Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Canadian Women; most are unaware.

Waterloo Region - When it originated in partnership with the Manulife LPGA Classic in 2013, Red Day aimed to elevate awareness of the serious risk of heart disease in women by having LPGA players, spectators and volunteers dress in red on sit e on the Friday of the tournament. But in recent years, Red Day has stretched beyond the course, rallying individuals, workplaces and community leaders from across Waterloo Region to celebrate Red Day by wearing red and sharing images on social media whi ch tag #RedDayFriday.

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Transit RFQ for Designers

Region of Waterloo launches RFQ for game changing mixed-use transit hub

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. This high profile project is predicted to change the way people think about Waterloo Region.

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Nominations Accepted unitl August 11

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award

Region of Waterloo - Nominations are now open for the 2017 Jack Young Civic Award. Nominations will be accepted by the Region up to 4 pm. on Friday, August 11, 2017.

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August 21-23, 2017

Vastly-Expanded Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada to Unveil Innovations in Smart Apparel and Textiles in First-of-its-Kind Showcase

Anticipation mounting for Toronto-based show, August 21-23, with exhibits already 95 percent sold, attendee registration exponentially higher than 2016

Toronto - Self-heating winter coats and boot insoles, t-shirts that monitor a person’s heart and breathing, leg bands that measure muscle performance and help prevent injuries, LED-backlit apparel and socks that improve balance.

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September 13-15

Hacking the Future — Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017

Canadian futurist Nikolas Badminton will serve as strategic curator for the summit.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together some of the world’s top private and public sector leaders to tackle the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation in Canada and globally.

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Vote for Your Oktoberfest Beer

Craft Beers at Bingemans Oktoberfest

Online craft beer contest launches Bingemans’ 49th annual Bavarian celebration!

Kitchener — Summer may be just beginning, but planning is well underway for the most exciting Oktoberfest festhalle experience in Waterloo Region. With the launch of a brand new Oktoberfest website and a call out to have the people choose the beer that will be poured, Bingemans is putting together its most exciting Oktoberfest program in the 49 years it has been celebrating Bavarian culture in Waterloo Region.

Ongoing

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Ontario Food Festivals

Top 12 Food and Food Themed Summer Festivals

Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds! Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!






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