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Waterloo firm, Energent Inc, takes smart approach to saving energy

Waterloo firm, Energent Inc, takes smart approach to saving energy | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Energent's software will collect data on electricity, water and natural gas consumption from up to 250 buildings with more than two million square feet of space located in 10 cities. It will also monitor energy expenditures for chilled water, heated water and steam.


All of that information goes to Energent's data centre in Waterloo — some in real time, some every five minutes, and some once a month. Each university can see the information displayed on a dashboard


"When you have our system in place it gives the facilities management professionals the insight they require to optimally run their facilities," Reid said. With the software comes an "energy analyst" who also looks at all the information and works with the clients to identify efficiencies and opportunities.

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"We like to refer to ourselves as a software and a service company because we offer a platform, but we also offer engineers, assist our customers in interpreting the data, and planning for some of the energy conservation measures," said Steve Bradwell, the company's director of product strategy and development.

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Doing business in an intelligent community

Doing business in an intelligent community | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
A talented labour force, competitive business costs and the most diverse economy in Ontario are all driving the continued expansion of the Waterloo Region
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Outstanding higher education institutions within the Region feed into the constant regeneration of a highly skilled workforce, increasing the use of advanced technology in product development and manufacturing processes.

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PaperWorks to invest $11M in Kitchener's Boehmer Box facility, create 150 jobs

PaperWorks to invest $11M in Kitchener's Boehmer Box facility, create 150 jobs | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

PaperWorks Industries has announced it will invest more than $11 million to expand the capabilities of its Boehmer Box facility in Kitchener, Ont. 


The company said investment in Boehmer will include new sheet-fed lithographic printing presses and related carton-making equipment. By upgrading the 340,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space the Kitchener facility will be able to increase carton production by almost 75 percent.



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“We purchased Boehmer Box because of its demonstrated excellence in operational effectiveness, customer service and quality,” PaperWorks president and CEO, Kevin Kwilinski, said.

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Waterloo start-up wants to get cables out of the meeting room

Waterloo start-up wants to get cables out of the meeting room | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
A start-up in Waterloo, Ont. is aiming to get the cables out of the meeting room and allow anyone to walk in
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Ubiq began with that frustration of end users with meeting room technology, and their lack of understanding of why making a presentation has to be so difficult. Chan said what makes their solution unique is that while other wireless presentation tools just focus on hardware, Ubiq’s focuses on software but has a hardware component.

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Chinese contracts will lead to hiring at BWXT in Cambridge

Chinese contracts will lead to hiring at BWXT in Cambridge | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Three large steam generator contracts for a Chinese nuclear power plant facility will keep BWXT Canada Ltd. busy over the next three years.
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Cutler said it is too early to say how many jobs the contracts will create in Cambridge, since BWXT will reassign some personnel who are working on current contracts that are winding down.

But it will result in some hiring. "Our head count will be increasing as a result of both this and other work we have booked," Cutler said. "We have already commenced recruiting for these contracts, which will continue this year and into early 2016."

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Locally developed mobile app to bridge gap between consumers and merchants

Locally developed mobile app to bridge gap between consumers and merchants | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Streetcast is a mobile application designed to connect users with interesting things happening nearby. 


The app allows merchants to quickly create an advertisement or message and distribute it broadly to anyone with the app. Mobile users will be able to see any messages broadcast, or "Streetcast", within a radius of seven kilometres, and the ads will let the user know how far they are away from the shop or event.

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Ramsey Marra, co-founder and CEO of the app, said Streetcast is different than Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms because it allows merchants to reach out to new audiences, not just those who already subscribe to their feed.

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Startup and research centre join forces to develop wearable technology to aid stroke recovery

Startup and research centre join forces to develop wearable technology to aid stroke recovery | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The Advanced Aging Research Centre at the University of Waterloo partnered with a startup called Pervasive Dynamics to develop wearable technologies that will help people recover from strokes, falls and accidents.
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When he heard about the wearable sensors developed by Khan, the two started working together. And Wednesday a formal partnership between the startup and the research centre was announced to develop and test wearable technologies for the applied health sector.

Up to now, wearable technologies focused on fitness, diets and exercise, or sounding an alert for incoming emails.

Now, Khan and McIlroy's research will take the technology into one of the fastest-growing areas of applied health — rehabilitation for people who had strokes. About 50,000 elderly Canadians have strokes every year.

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Thalmic’s Myo armband now in Best Buy locations across Canada

Thalmic’s Myo armband now in Best Buy locations across Canada | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Thalmic has partnered with a traditional, big-box retailer, launching the Myo in 45 different Best Buy locations across Canada.
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Today, Thalmic has partnered with a more traditional, big-box retailer, launching the Myo in 45 different Best Buy locations across Canada. Also available online in black and white, the Myo will set you back $249.99 CAD – $25 more expensive than if you order the Myo directly from Thalmic.

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Chat app Kik valued at $1-billion after investment from China’s Tencent

Chat app Kik valued at $1-billion after investment from China’s Tencent | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The Waterloo-based startup is vying to become the 'WeChat of the West'
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The funding will be used primarily to grow the Kik team and to expand offerings on the app, and is not a precursor to a sale. “This is just a straight financial investment,” Mr. Livingston insisted. “There’s no strings attached; it’s an investment as a venture capitalist would make, but we will benefit from the informal advisory and sounding board Tencent will be for us.”

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Brick opens new brewhouse in Kitchener

Brick opens new brewhouse in Kitchener | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Waterloo beer is now flowing from a gleaming new brewhouse in Kitchener.
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Brick became Ontario's first craft brewery when it started making beer at the Waterloo location in 1984. Along with the Waterloo brand premium craft beers, Brick's brands include Laker, Red Baron, Red Cap and Formosa Springs Draft.

The company also owns the Canadian rights to Seagram coolers.

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How BlackBerry changed everything

How BlackBerry changed everything | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
RIM revolutionized communications and put Waterloo Region on the map
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What she had was a BlackBerry 950, and we all knew at that moment that something fundamental had changed. Email was no longer something you did at a desk. And being away from the office no longer meant being out of touch.

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Girls Learning Code camp aims to boost ratio of women in technology

Girls Learning Code camp aims to boost ratio of women in technology | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Girls Learning Code summer camp teaches girls aged eight to 13 coding skills and aims to boost the ratio of women in technology.
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Researchers use MapleSim to develop musculoskeletal arm and robot models for rehabilitation

Researchers use MapleSim to develop musculoskeletal arm and robot models for rehabilitation | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Waterloo, Canada (PRWEB) August 13, 2015 -- In a recent project, the University of Waterloo used MapleSim to develop new model-based controllers for a musculoskeletal model of the human arm for an upper limb rehabilitation robot. This ultimately will help improve the rehabilitation process for post-stroke patients.
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An emerging area of research is the use of musculoskeletal models to study human movement, making them an appropriate tool to interact with rehabilitation devices in simulations. In this project, researchers at the University of Waterloo, Borna Ghannadi and Dr. John McPhee [used MapleSim from Maplesoft to develop a musculoskeletal model of the human arm that provides the human action for an upper limb rehabilitation robot, in order to develop new model-based controllers for it. The controlled robot is tested in partnership with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) and Quanser Inc.

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Communitech Partners With Ontario Centres of Excellence to Strengthen Corporate Innovation Program

Communitech Partners With Ontario Centres of Excellence to Strengthen Corporate Innovation Program | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
OCE will work with Communitech's corporate partners to identify and support collaboration with colleges, universities and research hospitals aimed at developing new technologies for world markets. Eligible and qualified projects can tap into OCE's industry-academic and commercialization funding programs including the Collaboration Voucher Program and the Market Readiness program, among others.
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"We're excited to deepen our partnership with Communitech and to establish further academic-industry partnerships that can help commercialize the technical innovations coming out of Ontario academic institutions," added Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE.

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Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in New Technology for Perth and Huron Organizations

Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in New Technology for Perth and Huron Organizations | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Ontario is investing in an innovative web-based tool,
created by the University of Waterloo, to help community organizations lift
people and families out of poverty.
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This tool will help identify the areas of greatest need in the community and identify the local initiatives that best help the community, allowing civic leaders to target resources to those who need them the most and invest in the right supports.

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Nightshift lets rural Netflix users beat slow speeds, usage caps

Nightshift lets rural Netflix users beat slow speeds, usage caps | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Waterloo, Ont.-based Aterlo Networks is trying to solve that problem. The four-person startup, made up of veterans from networking company Sandvine, has a clever solution called NightShift that automatically downloads Netflix videos at night while the user is sleeping.
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Aterlo announced a deal last week with Wireless Nation, an ISP in New Zealand, that will see the internet provider offer NightShift to its customers. The company is pursuing similar deals around the world, Nagelhout says.

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Media Spot Me Launches to Connect Experts With Journalists Looking for Source

Media Spot Me is the latest startup to launch out of the Communitech hub in Waterloo, and looks to give journalists a way to research and quickly access experts
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Co-founded by former journalist Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh, a University of Waterloo engineering grad, the duo met at a local startup event and decided to solve what was often a painstaking process for Rougas. The company received a $30,000 grant from VentureStart, and is now part of the VeloCity accelerator at the University of Waterloo.

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Reactor boosts early stage startups at Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre

Reactor boosts early stage startups at Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Alert Labs Inc. is off to a running start with founders who already have a wealth of experience in the technology sector.
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"The mentorship is unbelievable," says Peter Whitby, O2 Canada's's CEO and one of its founders. He and one of the other founders are graduates of Western University, while a third founder is from China. They had an idea for a smart respirator but they needed scientific expertise, so they came to Waterloo.

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Mike Lazaridis and Province to create management institute at Laurier - Electronic Products & Technology

Mike Lazaridis and Province to create management institute at Laurier - Electronic Products & Technology | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Renowned business executive, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis pledged $20-million to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo ON to create a management institute that will enhance business programs and support the growth of a globally competitive technology industry in Canada. The Ontario government is providing $15-million to support the initiative, as announced earlier this spring.

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Micheál Kelly, dean of the Laurier School of Business and Economics, said the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises will play an important role in Canadian business education and research.


“The investment by Mike Lazaridis and the Province of Ontario in the creation of this institute takes advantage of Laurier’s stellar track record for business education and research and will have significant impact on the ability of technology companies — in the Waterloo Region and across Canada — to grow and compete internationally,” added Kelly. “This will be a world-class institute designed to ensure that Canadian technology companies have the management talent and knowledge to compete in global markets.”

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HSBC Webinar: Crossing the Border - Trade with the U.S.

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The U.S. is our biggest trading partner, and Canadian businesses are already benefiting from an established trading relationship between both countries. With the U.S. economy growing faster than Canada's, is your company taking full advantage of the strengthening U.S. demand?


In this webinar, hear about the current economic landscape, find out how the U.S. can affect Canada's export growth and uncover the opportunities that your company can capitalize on.

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Toronto-Waterloo corridor could be Canada’s own Silicon Valley

Toronto-Waterloo corridor could be Canada’s own Silicon Valley | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
With its strong research universities, vibrant immigration and nascent entrepreneurship culture, this region carries the unique potential to develop as Canada’s answer to Silicon Valley
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With its strong research universities and technical colleges, major international airport, population density (more than six million), vibrant immigration and nascent entrepreneurship culture, the Toronto-Waterloo corridor already has many of the ingredients essential to building a Silicon Valley-like innovation super ecosystem in Canada.

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First Autonomous Vehicle to Be Run on a Canadian Road by University of Waterloo Students

First Autonomous Vehicle to Be Run on a Canadian Road by University of Waterloo Students | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - August 17, 2015) - On Tuesday, August 18, local startup Varden Labs will achieve a first in Canada when they run their autonomous
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In late July, Varden Labs won $25,000 at the Velocity Fund Finals event with a pitch that showed how autonomous shuttles will change the way people live and work in campus environments such as hospitals, university campuses, large-campus corporations and assisted living facilities.

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Is peer pressure the answer to addressing the gender gap in tech? | InsightaaS - Insight as a Service

Is peer pressure the answer to addressing the gender gap in tech? | InsightaaS - Insight as a Service | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
IB holds Women in Analytics Network and Leadership Symposium to explore the persistence of gendered experience in ICT.
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Melissa Treier, North American VP, product sales and strategy for Information Builders, began the session by highlighting a long legacy of famous women in technology, including Ada Lovelace (considered to be the first computer programmer in the 1800s); Edith Clark (performed calculations for the first human computer at AT&T in 1912); and Grace Hopper, (invented the first compiler for a computer programming language and popularized the term debugging). Added to the list for modern times were high profile women holding senior technology roles, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, HP CEO Meg Whitman, and Safra Katz, Oracle Co-CEO.

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Canada a new technology hotbed? If so, we need to commit to it

Canada a new technology hotbed? If so, we need to commit to it | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley is superior to any startup ecosystem in Canada, but there’s potential in programs such as the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto and Velocity at the University of Waterloo
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However, we also saw a glimmer of hope in the ecosystem. We met angel investors who wouldn’t quibble over terms and instead focused on the vision and metrics of a startup. We met venture capitalists who were pushing founders to dream of creating multi-billion-dollar companies, not short-term exit plans. We met entrepreneurs bold enough to persuade talented individuals to move their lives from Silicon Valley to join startups in Waterloo. They are an exciting sub-segment of our startup ecosystem that are leading by example.

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APrivacy Ltd. Announces Expansion into Asia

APrivacy Ltd. Announces Expansion into Asia | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

APrivacy Ltd. provides encryption and tracking technology to private banks, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. The company’s embedded security enables its clients to securely store and share sensitive information anywhere, any time and on any device.      



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 “The move to Hong Kong fits with our growth plans to empower the banking sector by providing world-class security that is compliant and transparent for users." said Dr. Cédric Jeannot, founder and Chief Executive Officer.

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Waterloo counterfeit prevention firm lands $25K prize the Velocity Fund Finals

Waterloo counterfeit prevention firm lands $25K prize the Velocity Fund Finals | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

A young company of three Nanotechnology Engineering students from the University of Waterloo is one step closer to its mission of eradicating counterfeit products


Black Box Technologies, which works out of the Velocity Science workspace, is developing an ink for anti-counterfeit application. Each ink has a unique signature and, once applied, is verified by scanning the object with a phone.

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“I cannot stress enough the importance of the Nanotechnology degree program. Without it we would never be able to build this tech,” says Everett. “Velocity Science has created the perfect bridge from initial idea to commercialization. It was the take off point for the business.

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