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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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Mazak to host Lunch & Learn for Manufacturers-Titanium Milling

Mazak to host Lunch & Learn for Manufacturers-Titanium Milling | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Mazak Canada is hosting a lunch and learn for manufacturers on Friday, March 27 from 10:30 am to 2 p.m. at the company’s Technology Centre in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Titanium, because of its lightweight and exceptionally strong properties, is an ideal workpiece material for part manufacturers in the aerospace and medical industries.


Manufacturers interested in attending this free lunch and learn must register in advance at www.mazakcanada.com/events.

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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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Economic forecast for Waterloo Region rosy despite Canadian slowdown

Economic forecast for Waterloo Region rosy despite Canadian slowdown | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
When Douglas Porter, chief economist for BMO Financial Group, asked his audience in Waterloo for a show of hands to indicate how people here feel about the Canadian economy in the coming year, most people voted for “cautious.”
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Porter, who spoke at a breakfast event hosted by Canada's Technology Triangle at the Waterloo Inn on Tuesday, said the Canadian economy will take a hit from low oil prices, but this region should benefit from the lower Canadian dollar, growth in the U.S. economy, lower gasoline prices and strong local construction activity.

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OpenText Buys Actuate Corporation

OpenText Buys Actuate Corporation | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

OpenText announced Friday that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Asteroid Acquisition Corporation, it has successfully completed its acquisition of Actuate Corporation, the leader in personalized analytics and insights...

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ctuate offers increased business process efficiencies, greater brand experience and personalized insight for better and faster decisions via analytics and visualization. OpenText customers will now benefit from added analytic capabilities to their existing deployments and a new breed of analytics that provide insight across entire business flows.

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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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Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Catalyst Supports Manufacturing Startups

Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Catalyst Supports Manufacturing Startups | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

AMT Catalyst, is a new program designed to support early stage startups engaged in developing advanced manufacturing technology enterprises. 

 

The program. delivered through the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Conestoga College will provide the training, support and lab space young entrepreneurs require to get their manufacturing-related startup businesses off to the right start.


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There is NO fee for the AMT Catalyst program. You do not need to be a Conestoga student or graduate to participate. 


Applications are accepted on a continuous intake basis. Please contact the Centre for Entrepreneurship c4e@conestogac.on.ca

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Martin’s Family Fruit Farm apple chips now available at Starbucks

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm apple chips now available at Starbucks | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Local company Martin’s Family Fruit Farm has partnered with coffee giant Starbucks, who will now be offering their Crispy Apple Chips for sale.

Officials with Martin’s Family Fruit Farm say they were approached last fall by Starbucks after the company saw their apple chips at a trade show in the United States.

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The Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium set to launch in Waterloo Region

The Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium set to launch in Waterloo Region | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
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According to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Ontario, manufacturing is still  our largest sector with almost 800,000 direct jobs and about 1.5-million indirect jobs.

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Stable housing market forecast for Waterloo Region in 2015

Stable housing market forecast for Waterloo Region in 2015 | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The housing market in Waterloo Region seemed to land in a Goldilocks zone last year — sales were not too hot, not too cold, and the prices increased, but not too much.
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Stability is the word that Mark Wolle, president of the Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors uses to characterize the year-end housing market statistics,


"It's exciting to be in a region that has such great potential," Wolle said. "There is such diversity in the economy."

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Danielle Goldfarb: Five trade trends for 2015 and how Canada can take advantage of them

Danielle Goldfarb: Five trade trends for 2015 and how Canada can take advantage of them | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Despite challenges in the global economy, in 2015, there will be important opportunities available for Canada to grow its international trade. The federal government is opening doors to new markets...
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Growth in emerging markets is going to drive Canada’s future trade. Huge opportunities await Canadian businesses that can operate effectively in emerging markets and meet rising demand.

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Waterloo Region tech veteran takes key role in new investment company

Waterloo Region tech veteran takes key role in new investment company | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Tim Ellis is the chief executive officer of Cadence Ventures, a new firm that will invest in and provide management support to startups.
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Several experienced Bay Street investment bankers with roots in technology are providing the funds and Ellis, the chief executive officer, is providing the expertise on where and how to invest.

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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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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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Moody’s maintains Region’s AAA credit rating

Moody’s maintains Region’s AAA credit rating | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

For the 15th year in a row, Waterloo Region has maintained it’s AAA credit rating.


Moody’s Investors Service has awarded the Region of Waterloo with the highest credit rating possible

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Innovation Highway gets Stronger with Toronto-Waterloo Region Partnership

Innovation Highway gets Stronger with Toronto-Waterloo Region Partnership | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Communitech, the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ) and OneEleven announced yesterday a reciprocal agreement that provides member companies
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The announcement will continue to strengthen the Toronto-Waterloo Region technology corridor which has also been tagged the "Innovation Highway".

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Transition to advanced manufacturing powers region’s job growth

Transition to advanced manufacturing powers region’s job growth | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
The transformation of Waterloo Region’s economy is clearly evident at 66 Hincks St. in New Hamburg, a building that was once the location of Magnussen Furniture Manufacturing Ltd.
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The region is developing a hub of technology companies that are evolving around the robotics and remotely operated vehicle sector. Besides ODG, there is Clearpath Roboticsin Kitchener, which also makes autonomous vehicles; Deep Trekkerin Ayr, a startup that makes a low-cost remotely operated, underwater submersible andAeryon Labsin Waterloo, which makes airborne drones.

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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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Study says more people choose to work from home

Study says more people choose to work from home | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

A new study by global workspace provider, Regus, shows 76% of Canadians have seen an increase in remote workers compared to five years ago.

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Typically clients moving away from the large space in the downtown centers, if you will, moving to allowing their workers to work from their home, work in secondary markets, such as a Kitchener, such as a Waterloo” adds Townsend. “Not only to reduce the cost, but to really increase the work and life balance, and meet the needs of their workplace.”

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Minister Goodyear Announces Investment to JumpStart Waterloo Region Businesses - Canada News Centre

Minister Goodyear Announces Investment to JumpStart Waterloo Region Businesses - Canada News Centre | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

January 15, 2015 – Waterloo, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Entrepreneurs in the Waterloo Region will benefit from up to $8 million announced today by FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear, along with Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid.

The Harper Government is providing the Waterloo Accelerator Centre with up to $8 million to expand its AC JumpStart Program.

AC JumpStart provides seed funding and skills training to help local companies become more market, customer and investment-ready.

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Communitech launches Rev to accelerate sales for startups

Communitech launches Rev to accelerate sales for startups | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Unlike typical accelerators, Rev – which launches this March – will take no equity in its companies, but will match their current capital up to $60,000. Successful graduates of the six-month program will also get a chance to pitch to an investment panel.
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Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes

Drug-infused nanoparticle is right for sore eyes | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Waterloo - For the millions of sufferers of dry eye syndrome, their only recourse to easing the painful condition is to use drug-laced eye drops three times a day. Now, researchers from the University of Waterloo have developed a topical solution containing nanoparticles that will combat dry eye syndrome with only one application a week.


Liu’s research article, co-authored by eight others including Professors Frank Gu and Lyndon Jones from Waterloo, recently appeared in Nano Research, the leading publication on nanotechnology and nanoscience. 

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Focus on manufacturing critical for continued economic growth: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Focus on manufacturing critical for continued economic growth: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

The Canadian economy depends on manufacturers to drive exports, commercialize most new technologies and create high paying jobs across a variety of industrial and services sectors so in many respects our economic prospects are directly tied to the future of manufacturing in Canada.

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In the long-term, the prospects for Canada’s manufacturing sector will depend on our ability to attract, retain and accelerate the investments that manufacturers are making in this country in order to expand production capacity, adopt advanced technologies, find customers in new markets, bring new and improved products to the market and upgrade the skills of their workforce

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Industry leaders

Industry leaders | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
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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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.

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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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