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Waterloo firm scores deal with NHL

Waterloo firm scores deal with NHL | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Athletica Sports Systems scored a big deal with the NHL

The Waterloo company, which specializes in making boards for hockey rinks, is now supplying goals to the National Hockey League"

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Founded in 1996, Athletica makes and installs dasher boards for ice and in-line hockey, indoor soccer and other recreational activities.

The company has 100 employees during its busy season from August to November, Staines said.

he newly redesigned goals were manufactured in Waterloo and delivered to all 30 NHL teams by a Sept. 15 deadline, Athletica said.

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Silicon Valley a key part of Kitchener’s economic hopes

Silicon Valley a key part of Kitchener’s economic hopes | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

— A key factor in Square's decision to open shop here was "just the massive amount of talent coming out of the
University of Waterloo and the area.

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Building relationships through repeated contact is a key way to increase companies' understanding of what the region has to offer.

"Those who come back on a regular basis, you begin a relationship," Jung said. "In economic development, relationships eventually manifest themselves into a business deal."

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Lloyd Robertson talks “Canadian brand” at Tech Triangle event in Kitchener

Lloyd Robertson talks “Canadian brand” at Tech Triangle event in Kitchener | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

A group dedicated to attracting foreign investment in Waterloo Region is hosting its 6th Annual International Reception & Dinner tonight, featuring keynote speaker Lloyd Robertson.


Janet Grondin, Marketing and Communications Manager of Canada’s Technology Triangle, tells 570 News Mr. Robertson will talk about what she calls the “Canadian brand.” Says Grondin, “How can businesses here take advantage of that brand and compare themselves internationally and how they might leverage it in their abilities to focus on and source new markets for them?

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Grondin says the purpose of the event at Bingemans is to help attract foreign investment in Waterloo Region. “It’s an opportunity for business people to come to the event and meet these people and talk to them about their countries and their business climates.


Grondin says about 30 officials will be taken on a tour of the Region throughout the day, before gathering tonight for the reception and dinner. “We showcase key aspects of the Region – what goes on here, what makes this such a dynamic region, so that when they go back home to their home countries they’re carrying with them the message of just how fantastic this region is.


The event provides an opportunity for local business executives to network with representatives from a number of countries, including Italy, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

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Aeryon Labs wins Ontario Exporter of the Year award

Aeryon Labs wins Ontario Exporter of the Year award | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Aeryon Labs has been named Ontario’s Exporter of the Year.
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The Waterloo-based manufacturer of small unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, also won an award in the consumer products and technology category at the Ontario Export Awards ceremony.

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Series 401 builds bridge between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo | BetaKit

Series 401 builds bridge between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo | BetaKit | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The second Series 401 event brought startups and investors together from Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo.
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Initially a joint venture between Communitech and OneEleven, the event was designed to create a physical connection between Kitchenter-Waterloo and Toronto, allowing startups from both ecosystems to network with and pitch to investors.

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Waterloo students create microbe to weaken superbug

Waterloo students create microbe to weaken superbug | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo have designed a synthetic organism that may one day help doctors treat MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant superbug.


The synthetic bacterium, Staphylocide, essentially turns off the antibiotic-resistance gene in MRSA, making it responsive to treatment again. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is at the core of many skin infections that spread easily and can cause serious, untreatable infections for hospital patients.

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“Our members are enthusiastic and always strive for excellence. I think that’s part of the Waterloo culture, the idea of why not, which opens up the possibilities to pursuing bigger and better projects,” said Suzie Alexander, fourth-year Science student and iGEM director.

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International Reception & Dinner 2014

International Reception & Dinner 2014 | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Don't miss the premier, regional, senior management networking event of the year--6th Annual International Reception & Dinner!


Our keynote speaker, Stratford-born, Lloyd Robertson has for over 30 years, been 'the trusted voice of Canada'.  He has reported on national and global events with an integrity and sincerity that has not only defined his own brand, but also helped to nurture Canada's reputation for trustworthiness, compassion and fairness.  Lloyd has offered to share with our guests his perspective on the Canadian brand and how businesses can benefit from the established positive view the world holds for Canada.


Joining Lloyd at the podium will be our Master of Ceremonies, Neil Aitchison, a well-known entertainer, story teller and good friend of Lloyd Robertson.


Corporate Tables and individual tickets are available.

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Kik acquires visual messaging company, also raises $38.3 million

Kik acquires visual messaging company, also raises $38.3 million | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Kik Interactive, creator of the chat network Kik, has acquired Relay, a Toronto-based company that has developed an animated visual messaging application. It is the first acquisition for Waterloo-based Kik, which was founded in 2009.

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Kik, which employs about 60 people, has 185 million users. The company says its worldwide user base is growing by 250,000 people per day and they tend to be young.

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Husband & wife team from Perimeter win $100,000 physics prize

Husband & wife team from Perimeter win $100,000 physics prize | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

A husband and wife team who work out of Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute have won a prestigious New Horizons in Physics Prize.


Natalia Toro and Philip Schuster were honoured for their “groundbreaking approach to new physics searches at the Large Hadron Collider, and for spearheading new experimental searches for dark matter and unknown forces.”

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This award marks the third year in a row Perimeter faculty members have won a New Horizons Prize.


The prize is awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

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Waterloo company gets $713K for veggie chip production

Waterloo company gets $713K for veggie chip production | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Martin's Family Fruit Farm plans to add vegetable chips made from locally-grown produce to its offerings. The Waterloo company received a $713,000 federal grant to start the project, which could create up to 10 local jobs.
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Martin’s says its new vegetable chip production could add around 10 jobs and lead to a potential expansion of its Elmira plant.

The company says it is exploring expansions into the United States, India and the Middle East.

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Canadian manufacturing PMI reaches 11-month high in October

Canadian manufacturing PMI reaches 11-month high in October | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The pace of growth in the Canadian manufacturing sector for October hit its strongest level in nearly a year, rebounding from the pull-back in September and helped by an increase in new orders, data showed on Monday.
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Waterloo approves $88M Engineering 7 building | Waterloo Stories

Waterloo approves $88M Engineering 7 building | Waterloo Stories | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

The University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors has approved the construction of a new $88-million Engineering 7 (E7) building.

The 230,000-square-foot, seven-storey building will house Waterloo Engineering’s ongoing transformation of how it delivers education to students.

“As the University of Waterloo continues to emerge as one of the world’s top innovation universities, the construction of E7 will enable us to attract even more of the best and brightest students and faculty who will undertake their studies and research here

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E7 will have some of the best research facilities in the world, including an additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—laboratory, and an indoor flight arena for testing autonomous and robotic vehicles

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Dyson engineers select 20 international ingenious ideas for shortlist, Two University of Waterloo teams reach the top 20

Dyson engineers select 20 international ingenious ideas for shortlist, Two University of Waterloo teams reach the top 20 | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Chicago - More than 600 James Dyson Award projects from 18 countries have been whittled down to a final shortlist. These 20 inventions enter the next stage of the international competition where James Dyson will decide the international winner, which will be announced on November 6th. The international winner will receive $46,000 and is encouraged to continue prototyping their invention and a further $18,000 for their university.

Dyson engineers selected two Canadian teams – both from the University of Waterloo – to make the international shortlist. EyeCheck, Ashutosh Syal and Daxal Desai, University of Waterloo: EyeCheck solves the problem of providing prescriptions for millions of people in the developing world using a smartphone app, standalone camera and server-side image processing. Suncayr, Derek Jouppi, Rachel Pautler, Andrew Martinko, Chad Sweeting and Hayden Soboleski, University of Waterloo: Suncayr is a colour changing marker that can be drawn on skin and changes colour when sunscreen is no longer working and the user needs to reapply.



Nick Schneider, Dyson design engineer and one of the judges said, “the EyeCheck team have managed to engineer an affordable way of diagnosing eye problems quickly. Potentially improving quality of life for many.”

Likening Suncayr to Dyson, Nick noted, “much like the way Dyson engineers approach every day problems, Suncayr is a simple solution for remaining protected in the sun. It is visual and intuitive, whilst also educating the user about the problem.”

Last year’s international winner was a team of four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania who developed Titan Arm, a battery powered upper-body robotic arm which instantly increases human strength. The team used their prize money to continue to prototype and bring their design closer to commercialization.

For the full list of finalists visit http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/projects/

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Plenty to do and see in Ontario's Waterloo Region

Plenty to do and see in Ontario's Waterloo Region | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Halloween is just around the corner. But what can you do to enjoy your time around Waterloo region? Travel expert Loren Christie tours one of Waterloo Region's biggest attractions -- it's Scream park!
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What a great kick off to Oktoberfest today’s show was! For those of you who have been enticed to visit this fantastic area, there are plenty of things to see and do in the Kitchener-Waterloo region all year long.


For outdoor enthusiasts the Grand River runs 280 kilometres all the way through the Waterloo Region from its source in Wareham, Ontario to Lake Erie. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Grand’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River. There are walking and cycling trails all along the river, but it is perhaps best known for fly fishing and canoeing.

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Quantum Valley Investments New State-of-Art Building

Quantum Valley Investments New State-of-Art Building | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

The new home for technology businesses supported by the Quantum Valley Investment Fund will be a state-of-the-art 90,000 square foot facility specifically designed to foster high technology research and development.
The new facility adds to the 70,000 square foot Research Advancement Centre 2 (“RAC2”) currently occupied by Quantum Valley Investments which is a stone’s throw away in the University of Waterloo Research and Technology Park.  RAC2 benefits from significant investments made by both QVI and by the Institute for Quantum Computing (which occupies a portion of RAC2).  The two organizations regularly share resources in their pursuit of quantum breakthroughs.  RAC2 contains cutting edge research facilities for the development of quantum devices including sensors, actuators and processors.  RAC2 houses a complete suite of tools for the design, development and application of solid-state quantum devices.  These include unique tools for materials science, low temperature physics and new Quiet Labs currently under construction and whose acoustic, vibration, magnetic and electromagnetic ratings are expected to be among the lowest in the world.  Such a quiet environment is necessary for the development of atomic resolution scanning quantum probes and quantum actuators that couple mechanical modes to light.  Quantum Valley Investments will continue to develop RAC2 which will focus on core research activities in support of the existing and future quantum technology based businesses developed by QVI.
The combination of these complimentary and strategically situated facilities provides the capacity and infrastructure to enable the Quantum Valley Investment Fund to commercialize technology and to develop the businesses that we have invested in over the past few years, as well as new businesses that we intend to establish in the future.  As such, the acquisition of the Quantum Valley Investments Building represents a major step forward on our path toward realizing our Quantum Valley vision.

Source: Quantum Valley Investments

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Industry leaders

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Advanced manufacturing is always touted as the wave of the future that will power Ontario’s export economy and lead to prosperity.
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A Waterloo company called Swenco Limited is proving that future is now with its innovative products and its push into the European market with certification approval for its new Steel-Flex steel toe overshoe.


80 per cent of what Swenco makes here is exported out of Canada.

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Startup Day on the Hill: Research partnerships are critical for innovation but more is needed

Startup Day on the Hill: Research partnerships are critical for innovation but more is needed | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
the tremendous economic momentum built through research parks is at risk of slowing, even stalling, if we don’t come together to make the necessary investments in the future.
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The economic ripples created by an R&T park impact all parts of a local economy. In Waterloo region, the David Johnston R+T Park has attracted global technology brands such as Agfa, Google, OpenText, and SAP. It is also home to the world renowned Waterloo Accelerator Centre, which houses upward of 40 young technology startups at any point in time. It is truly a success story that showcases what is possible when government, a university and the business community are united through a common vision for economic prosperity.

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Deloitte Names Aeryon Labs as one of Canada’s 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies

Deloitte Names Aeryon Labs as one of Canada’s 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Aeryon Labs receives recognition for world-class innovation and growth within Canadian technology sector.
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Aeryon Labs Inc., the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), announced today that it has been ranked 7th as a Technology Fast 50™ company in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ awards as well as 14th in the North American Technology Fast 500™ ranking.

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Descartes adds Airclic to its logistics technologies with US$29.7-million deal

Descartes adds Airclic to its logistics technologies with US$29.7-million deal | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Descartes Systems Group has acquired Pennsylvania-based Airclic Inc for US$29.7 million.

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The two companies have complementary technologies used by freight and parcel delivery carriers to manage their logistics.

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Waterloo Region tech companies get $1.5 million in federal funding

Waterloo Region tech companies get $1.5 million in federal funding | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Waterloo Region tech companies get $1.5 million in federal funding
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Clearpath Robotics is getting up to $950,000, In the Chat Communications is getting up to $400,000 and WestonExpressions is getting up to $179,950.

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Waterloo company takes big step forward in Europe with safety approval

Waterloo company takes big step forward in Europe with safety approval | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Swenco Limited, a manufacturer of protective footwear products in Waterloo, Ont., has earned Certification Europe (CE) approval for its Steel-Flex Steel Toe Overshoe.


It is a significant milestone in the company’s 52-year history. “This means we can now sell our overshoe in Europe, which has a huge number of factories and industrial sites,’’ says Matthew Rowlands, Swenco’s assistant general manager (photo). “CE is recognized around the world as a very strong mark of assurance in the occupational health and safety industry.

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COM DEV Wins Commercial Contract For Broadcast Satellite

COM DEV Wins Commercial Contract For Broadcast Satellite | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

COM DEV has been awarded a fully-funded contract valued at approximately $6 million to deliver Ku-band equipment, including  Multiplexers, switches and ancillary equipment to be used on a high Throughput communications satellite.


The satellite is being built to replace an existing satellite and provide direct-to-home television broadcasting and telecom services throughout Asia. In addition, it will have multiple beams enabling it to provide Broadband services in an area encompassing Africa to Russia, Japan and Australia.

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Work on the contract will be carried out at the Company's facility in Cambridge, Ontario with completion expected by May 2015.

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10 influential people who went to the University of Waterloo

10 influential people who went to the University of Waterloo | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
A look at 10 innovative and influential former Waterloo students.
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Waterloo Region benefits tremendously from the exceptional people that our universities and colleges turn out.  Keep pushing the envelope UofW, WLU and Conestoga College!

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New Google office in core a sign of city’s digital transition, experts say

New Google office in core a sign of city’s digital transition, experts say | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The construction of new offices for Google on the edge of downtown Kitchener is a major turning point in the city core’s transition to a centre for the digital economy, say observers in the architecture and real estate fields.
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Google currently employs about 300 people in 60,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the Tannery building at Charles and Victoria streets.

Earlier this year, it signed a 10-year lease, with an option for another 10 years, for 185,000 square feet of space in the Breithaupt Block development to accommodate its growing local workforce.

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Shopify opening sales lab in Kitchener

Shopify opening sales lab in Kitchener | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The e-commerce company Shopify will open what it calls the Sales Lab in downtown Kitchener next month and is hiring at least five people to staff it.
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Waterloo Region has become a leading technology centre in Canada, Finkelstein said, but the region has much more to offer than software developers and hardware engineers. "We actually think there is a huge opportunity to hire an incredible sales team with a particular interest in, and a particular penchant for, technology," Finkelstein said.

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Development of Single-Chip Atomic Force Microscope Wins Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

Development of Single-Chip Atomic Force Microscope Wins Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
A researcher at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE) has received a medal for excellence in research leading to innovative developments in microsystems and related technologies.
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The company will launch the technology by shipping the first microscopes to customers before the end of the year.

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