• 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...
  • 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

    WEF's 2015 Human Capital Index ranked Canada first out of 124 countries in the youth talent category and fourth overall, placing them ahead of Japan, U.S.A. and Germany.
  • 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.

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