Ushering breakthrough inventions out of the lab and into the market When the Canadian team Ionomr recently won the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) award in Berlin, the competition’s congratulatory tweet noted that Ionomr’s “disruptive and revolutionary membrane technology offers to turn the energy world itself upside down.”
To avoid reno pitfalls, plan ahead A combination of steeply rising prices and lack of supply in many markets is forcing a growing number of Canadians who need more living space to consider renovating their existing homes rather than selling and buying a bigger house.
Collaborations leveraging data for better decision-making What will future cities look like? Will they consist of green buildings, autonomous vehicles and garbage robots? And more importantly, can technologies and data be harnessed for improving quality of life?
Highlighting ‘what mental health really is’ during Mental Health Week
We often automatically say “fine” when someone at work asks how we are. Yet the same question can trigger a more meaningful exchange – one that acknowledges how we truly feel and whether we reach out when we need support. What are some of the conditions that are conducive to opening up at our place of work on days when we’re not feeling like ourselves?
The Canadian life and health insurance industry welcomes the renewed focus on finding a way to ensure that all Canadians can get access to affordable prescription drugs. We strongly support the need for comprehensive reform so that Canadians can have access to medicines and, equally importantly, Canada’s prescription drug system is put back on a secure financial footing for the foreseeable future.
At a time when society is INCREASINGLY IMPACTED by changing demographics, rapidly evolving technology, climate change and a competitive environment, the insurance industry is charged with responding to new realities, expectations and risks.
New business models are disrupting the global legal services landscape as companies find different and more cost-effective ways to access services, and lawyers discover the personal and professional benefits of having control over the types of work they do.
Older adults at risk of experiencing harm related to substance use
When a 24-year-old person walks into a doctor’s office appearing confused, agitated or tired, the physician will know something is amiss and will explore the potential that this person has consumed drugs. But there is a good chance that the same symptoms will not raise red flags for a 74-year-old patient. In addition, an older adult’s dwindling social circle can increase the risk of challenges related to substance use going unnoticed.
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Intergenerational succession is a hot topic for the Canadian family business community as many leaders belonging to the boomer generation are looking to hand over the reins. Relinquishing control over a business into which a leader has invested indeterminable hours, efforts, hopes and dreams can be challenging – but it can also present opportunities for revitalization.
It has been over two years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its calls to action, but the journey to reconciliation requires perseverance and involves everyone, says Robert Joseph, hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and co-founder of Reconciliation Canada.
Don’t risk losing your quality of life to a vaccine-preventable disease
As children, about 95 per cent of today’s North American adults endured the itch and misery of chickenpox. And while we may not even remember being sick, we’re still harbouring its cause – the dormant varicella zoster virus – in nerve structures near the spine called the dorsal root ganglia.
Moving forward requires honesty about Canada’s collective past and present actions
As Canada enters its 151st year as a nation, the call for healing, reconciliation and justice rings loudly from coast to coast to coast, says Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba.
Business leaders face many questions with the impacts of climate change creating new and emerging operating landscapes.
Those questions include: Is climate change affecting my business or could it in the future? Could severe weather events occur in places where my organization operates facilities or cause disruptions to my global supply chain? Could government policy responses to climate change to meet targets under the Paris Agreement create new business risks and opportunities?
Women who inspire us can be of all ages and come from every walk of life. They may be friends, family or colleagues, or high-profile leaders, such as activists, athletes, celebrities. They remind us of what is possible.
The shame and embarrassment of being caught by a scammer is one of the main reasons why only about five per cent of fraud is reported to the authorities, according to Josephine Palumbo, deputy commissioner of competition, deceptive marketing practices at Canada’s Competition Bureau.
There is less than a month to go before spring officially begins, yet people experiencing sniffles, coughs, fevers and chills are reminded that the flu season is far from over. True, these symptoms could also indicate a common cold, but it is the influenza virus that has captured international attention over the past month with its alarmingly high rates – and dramatic outcomes.
Most patients opting for weight-loss surgery are more concerned about their overall health – including illnesses like heart disease and diabetes – than they are about appearances, says Dr. Chris Cobourn, medical director and CEO of SmartShape Weight Loss Centre with six locations across Canada.
Algonquin College’s integration of the latest high tech with personalized learning is burnishing its reputation as a leader in online learning. The Ottawa college currently offers over 130 online certificates, diploma programs and graduate certificates, and these are growing in popularity as students seek the credentials to jumpstart their careers, switch professions or simply stay up to date in a quickly changing field.
At first glance, Alazar Elyas may not seem your typical college student. At 47, he already has 23 years of experience working as a plumber under his belt. Yet when the Eritrean refugee arrived in Canada with his wife in 2016, his English language skills were not yet at a sufficient level to successfully gain employment in a field where communication and safety are essential.
Canadians across the country are invited to join the millions of people who celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dog on February 16, 2018, with a variety of age-old traditions
It makes sense to start new beginnings with something you love, so when Jen Sookfong Lee wakes up on the morning of the Chinese New Year, she and her son “eat a piece of candy to ensure the coming year is sweet,” she says. “And we greet each other with Gung hay fat choy.” In exchanging wishes for a prosperous new year – Gung hay fat choy in Cantonese and Gong xi fa cai in Mandarin – Lee joins the millions of people around the world who observe this important celebration, which is rooted in the lunisolar calendar.
Some of Brad and Tanya Pelletier’s fondest family memories have happened in the snow and cold. Skiing is one of the few activities their clan of six, with kids ranging in age from eight to 15, can enjoy together. So getting on the slopes together is a priority, and Big White Ski Resort is one of their favourite places to ski as a family.
With the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, less than a month away, ski resorts across British Columbia are rekindling memories of past Olympic glory and rooting for a new generation of athletes, many of whom spent their formative years on local slopes.
The underfunding of government services needed to support strong growth in air traffic is the single biggest issue facing Canadian airport operators, with security screening at the top of the list, says Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC).
In considering the best location to grow produce in Canada, Saint-Félicien, situated at a latitude of 48.65° north and about 280 kilometres north of Quebec City, would not necessarily be the first place to come to mind. Yet the town is now home to the Toundra Greenhouse project, which currently produces some 45 million cucumbers per year and aims to contribute to making Quebec self-sufficient and reduce high-carbon footprint imports.