The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.'s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province's sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana.
The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company's online store software for its online and mobile sales portal.
"Our top priority is fulfilling the province's framework for the safe and sensible retailing of recreational cannabis for when it is legalized by the federal government," said George Soleas, president and CEO of the LCBO.Read more
Kitchener-based tech company Miovision Technologies is expanding to create 275 new jobs in Waterloo region, Kitchener-Centre MPP Daiene Vernile and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic announced on Monday.
The expansion comes with the provincial government investment of $1.5 million into the traffic data company through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, which in turn allowed Miovision to obtain $13.5 million in private investments.Read more
A new form of artificial intelligence (AI) that doesn’t need internet access could become a powerful healthcare tool, according to one of its creators.
Researchers and technicians from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada recently presented the potentially groundbreaking new deep learning AI technology at the International Conference for Computer Vision in Venice, Italy. The team made the AI less reliant on iCloud and Wi-Fi systems, using deep intelligence that mimics nature by incorporating “sexual evolutionary synthesis” to improve deep neural networks, according to the study.Read more
OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since 2014, Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) (TSX: SHOP), the leading multi-channel commerce platform, has been steadily building its presence in Waterloo, the cornerstone of Canada’s technology Corridor. Today, the company announced that it plans to grow its full-time, Waterloo-based workforce by 300-500 new jobs over the next couple of years.
“We initially chose to build Shopify’s presence in Waterloo because we knew we would be supported by the tech community in the region,” said Loren Padelford, General Manager and Vice President of Shopify Plus. “With that support, along with world-class local talent, our growth has outpaced our expectations and projections. By continuing to invest in the region, we are helping build a stronger ecosystem, one that employs great local people, and also brings new talent to the region.”Read more
People living in subsidized housing in Waterloo region will have access to low-cost, high speed internet thanks to a new partnership between the region and Rogers.
Rogers' Connected for Success program launched in 2013 and has provided low-cost internet services to more than 15,000 households across Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.Read more
Brantford's STEAM academy opens its doors to students today, and its first graduating class will leave with a high school diploma and a college certificate in hand.
The high school is run by Six Nations Polytechnique and is the first of its kind in Canada, principal Aaron Hobbs told The Morning Edition's host Craig Norris.Read more
PARIS — Twenty-two startup space companies, each having raised $1 million or more, have been selected as finalists in competition for “most promising” in terms of growth opportunities, with the five winners to be announced Sept. 11.
The FinSpace Awards, organized by the space-industry consultancy Euroconsult and Communications-Smart, a corporate communications company, will end with the five winners giving pitches to to Euroconsult’s annual World Space Business Week, scheduled Sept. 11-15 here.Read more
WATERLOO REGION — Waterloo Region plans to join a project to build a high-speed fibre network across southwestern Ontario that's intended to fill gaps in Internet service, and make it more affordable and reliable.
Most of southwestern Ontario is not served by fibre-based Internet, and there are significant gaps in this region, particularly in rural areas, but also within the three cities that are served predominantly by two providers.Read more
In Waterloo, Ontario, workers are installing wells for a geo-exchange system that will heat and cool a new office development aiming to be one of the most energy efficient in Canada. What will be a LEED Platinum, net-positive office building that produces more energy than it consumes every year, is also known as Evolv1, a name that serves as a metaphor to its surroundings.
Situated within the David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T Park) in the Idea Quarter, near a 270-acre environmental reserve, the construction site neighbours forward-thinking tenants involved in everything from bio-technology and solar-power to the automotive industry and agri-food. The R+T Park is also home to the largest privately-owned green roof in southwestern Ontario, which, at the time it was built ten years ago, was the largest in Canada.Read more
Years of research tells us that human error has long been the biggest factor behind road fatalities in Canada. With the Ontario government’s recent approval of a three-year self-driving car research program at the University of Waterloo, Canadian roads could become a lot safer.
“The autonomous systems … allow the car to stop and to pick up on danger before the accident happens,” says Pearl Sullivan, dean of the faculty of engineering at U of Waterloo and a researcher with the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research, or WatCAR. The WatCAR project is the first university-based initiative to be granted permission to test self-driving cars on Ontario roads.Read more