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Waterloo firm’s emergency beacons can save lives and money

Waterloo firm’s emergency beacons can save lives and money | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

The small Waterloo company designs and makes digital 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter beacons under the brand name SkyHunter406. The beacons can more precisely pinpoint the location of a plane that has crashed in the bush; at the same time, they cut down on the millions of dollars that taxpayers spend each year on false search-and-rescue missions.

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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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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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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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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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COM DEV Announces New Launch Contract for exactEarth™ M3M Satellit

COM DEV Announces New Launch Contract for exactEarth™ M3M Satellit | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

COM DEV International Ltd. announced at a ceremony held at the 65th International Astronautical Congress 2014 in Toronto, that it has signed a contract with the Antrix Corporation (the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)) to launch the M3M satellite on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from India in 2015. 


The M3M satellite was constructed by COM DEV under contract from the Canadian Space Agency/Public Works Government Services Canada for Defence Research and Development Canada and is also subject to a commercial data sharing licence with exactEarth Ltd., a joint venture between COM DEV International Ltd. (73%) and Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos S.A. (27%).

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BlackBerry Named a Leader in Enterprise Mobile Management

BlackBerry Named a Leader in Enterprise Mobile Management | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

BlackBerry Limited has been named a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobile Management, Q3 2014. Forrester Research, Inc. evaluated BlackBerry along with 14 other of the most significant mobile device management vendors.

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BlackBerry earned the highest score in Strategy as well as Global Presence, and tied for the top ranking in Market Presence, which considers revenue, install base and partners.


In addition, BlackBerry received the highest possible score in 12 of the 27 criteria measured by Forrester, including Network Security, Future Vision, and Support.


Today BlackBerry remains the dominant mobile device management (MDM) leader with more customers than its top three competitors combined.

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Final version of ‘futuristic’ Waterloo development gets council go-ahead

Final version of ‘futuristic’ Waterloo development gets council go-ahead | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

WATERLOO — Iconic. Remarkable. Futuristic. Those were just three of the words councillors used Monday to describe a five-building, multiuse project on a massive swath of land at 124 and 130 Columbia St.

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The approved plan includes Five buildings ranging from 6 to 14 storeys.  Six hundred one- and two-bedroom units, 769 bedrooms. 2,250 square metres of commercial space. 283 parking spaces, mostly underground with  walking distance to transit, employment and the universities.

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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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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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Corporate hackers in crosshairs as Canadian tech firms launch fight for security

Corporate hackers in crosshairs as Canadian tech firms launch fight for security | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Canada’s technology hub is looking to emerge as a prized fighter in the battle against corporate hackers, but one of its biggest challenges may be winning over a business community reluctant to ramp up their own protection.


A group of companies in the Waterloo, Ont. region is making headway in an industry focused on the biggest common threat to the business world consumer data and proprietary information falling into the hands of outsiders.

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Sandvine Receives $7 Million in Orders from Two Tier-1 North American Cable Operators

Sandvine Receives $7 Million in Orders from Two Tier-1 North American Cable Operators | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it

Orders further establish Sandvine's leadership in North American market
WATERLOO - Sandvine today announced that it has received approximately $7 million in orders from two tier-1 cable operators in North America – one existing customer and one new customer, through a competitive displacement.


One of the orders, which was originally expected to close in Sandvine's third quarter, relates to an operator who has been a Sandvine customer since 2007. The order represents an initial deployment of Sandvine's Network Analytics software and a major expansion of the deployment of Sandvine's policy traffic switch hardware across the network, to support both Network Analytics and policy use cases that improve subscribers' quality of experience.


The other operator is a new Sandvine customer and one of the ten largest cable companies in North America. The order represents an initial deployment of Sandvine's Network Analytics software and policy traffic switch hardware. The win was a competitive displacement of another standalone solution vendor.

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"Sandvine's customers include five of the top six cable operators in North America. We continue to be the trusted partner for network policy control in this key market and see opportunities for further expansion," said Tom Donnelly, Sandvine's COO, Sales and Global Services.

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Google’s Schmidt still a fan of BlackBerry

Google’s Schmidt still a fan of BlackBerry | Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. | Scoop.it
Google executive chair Eric Schmidt loves BlackBerry smartphones, particularly models with keyboards, but he says iPhones and Android devices are driving the market.
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What is Canada's reputation within Google, what are the offices and employees in Waterloo Region, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto known for?

  • "We have something like 400 engineers and something like 700 or 800 employees here and I always knew Waterloo was a fantastic engineering centre. What's recently happened is the University of Toronto and Montreal have become real centres for machine intelligence. So within Google in the U.S., we're hiring people from Canada to solve the fundamental problems of artificial intelligence and that's a new fact. It didn't used to be, you tend to think Waterloo was a programming languages university and they broadened what they were trying to do."
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