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  • July 30, 2015
    When Swedish multi-national Syntronic arrived in Ottawa to open its first North American R&D facility late last year, Invest Ottawa delivered. Thanks to their help, Syntronic's president, Hans Molinar, found office space, conducted 100 interviews, hired 30 employees, filed all of the necessary legal paperwork and permits, enrolled his children into schools, hockey and ballet lessons and found a home for his family, all within just 72 hours.
  • July 28, 2015
    Servitization describes the trend in which organizations are creating value through product-service systems. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded sensors and the power of cloud computing offer businesses the opportunity to monitor the performance of their products in real-time. This enables manufacturers to complement their products with, at times, entire field service support systems customized to meet the needs of their customers.
  • July 22, 2015
    Canada remains one of the most peaceful countries in the world according to the 2015 Global Peace Index, which ranked Canada seventh out of 162 countries.
  • July 16, 2015
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. recently added two J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) awards for plant assembly lines, placing first and second in North America, while capping a list of five Ontario plants that ranked among North America's top 10. Oakville-based Ford Motor Company ranked fourth, General Motors in Ingersoll came in fifth and Toyota's Woodstock plant placed ninth.
  • July 13, 2015
    Mercer's annual cost of living report ranks 207 cities across five continents, comparing costs of more than 200 items in each location, including: housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. This year's report details a rise in costs across U.S. and Chinese cities, while Canadian locations became relatively more affordable.
  • July 8, 2015
    "Manufacturers must evaluate the rapidly changing innovation ecosystem and develop a strategy for how they fit into it," states Jeff Dobbs, Global Sector Chair of KPMG's Industrial Manufacturing Sector. "Everything should be on the table, from re-evaluating your internal innovation organization design, access to partnerships with new niche disruptive innovators, utilization of open innovation communities or reallocation of R&D investments to new and bolder product development ideas." Dobbs' advice came as KPMG released its 2015 edition of their Global Manufacturing Outlook, a survey of 386 senior executives conducted by Forbes early in 2015.
  • June 30, 2015
    According to PwC's consulting arm, Strategy&, leading companies are struggling to master the increasing levels of complexity inherent in growth. In a recent report, Winning with Complexity: Operations capabilities that drive profitable growth, Strategy& consultants cite discerning evidence of declining operating margins among companies experiencing revenue growth.
  • June 25, 2015
    "Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century," claim authors of World Economic Forum's (WEF's) 2015 Human Capital Index. WEF ranked Canada first out of 124 countries in the youth talent category (ages 16-24) and fourth overall, placing them ahead of Japan (5th), U.S.A. (17th) and Germany (22nd).
  • June 23, 2015
    Professor Mary Crossan and her team at Western University's Ivey Business School have discovered how the spontaneous and creative facets of jazz and theatre improvisation lead to a better understanding of what it takes to generate the creativity that gives rise to innovation.
  • June 22, 2015
    "Waterloo attracts a very diverse student population," says Lisa Zangari, Chief Human Resources Officer at OpenText, "and diverse ideas bring about greater levels of innovation." OpenText, Canada's largest software company, has been taking advantage of the Waterloo Region's world-renowned talent pool to drive innovation since 1991, when a four-person consulting project at the University of Waterloo led to the formation of the company.
  • June 18, 2015
    About 30 years elapsed between the time Dr. James Till and Ernest McCulloch of the University of Toronto first demonstrated the existence of stem cells, in 1961, and the acknowledgment of their significance by the scientific community in the early 90's. Since then, Ontario has remained at the forefront of stem cell research and in the development of safe, novel uses of stem cell therapy in regenerative medicine.
  • June 11, 2015
    According to a report by Shahar Markovitch and Paul Willmott, customers are demanding a more seamless experience, and it is forcing businesses to innovate, or risk being made irrelevant. The two authors from McKinsey & Company's digital practice describe the urgency with which companies must act while drawing attention to how the standard has been set high by pioneers including Apple and Amazon.
  • June 9, 2015
    Ontario's Synaptive Medical has developed innovative technology that enables surgeons to navigate the brain through clearer, three-dimensional images. The Toronto-based firm is hopeful their ground breaking technology will lead to better patient outcomes.
  • June 4, 2015
    "I once saw an infographic that suggested creative minds require beer and coffee – a beer to stir creative juices, and a coffee to keep the person awake long enough to execute," quipped Dr. Randy McIntosh, Director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. McIntosh, who is working on an international project referred to as the Virtual Brain Project, sat down with us to offer his take on popular beliefs on how such things as culture, environment, life style and group ideation techniques affect cognitive performance and creativity.
  • June 2, 2015
    Dr. Rick Hujibregts, Vice President of Industry Transformation for Cisco Canada understands the importance of keeping up with the speed of change. "Change is the only constant," Dr. Hujibregts echoed during his recent participation in the webinar, Industrial Revolution: How the internet of things is disrupting global manufacturing.

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