Toronto and Montreal are the Best Cities to Live in - According to the Economist

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The Economist's Intelligence Unit (EIU) Safe Index 2015 released on Monday, which rates the safety of major cities all over the world, placed Toronto in eighth for its safety measures (and first for North America), while Montreal came in fourteenth. But when it came to looking at where the best place to live overall were, Toronto was on top, and Montreal came in second place. Read Article

Toronto - One of the Top 10 Safest Cities in the World

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The Economist's Intelligence Unit has released a ranking of the safest major cities in the world, and Toronto comes out in the top 10. Read Article

iQ Office Suites launches Second Toronto Location in Historic Building on University Avenue

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Based on the increased demand for flexible workspaces that inspire creativity, encourage collaboration and meet the needs of a rapidly changing mobile workforce and entrepreneurial economy, iQ Office Suites is opening its second shared office location at 250 University Avenue in Toronto's vibrant downtown district. Read Article

Four Square Blocks: Toronto by the New York Times

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The latest installment of a series about creative urban neighborhoods explores the cultural highlights of an area near downtown Toronto. Part of the city’s designated Art and Design District, this section of Queen West is experiencing a jolt of popularity and prosperity and some of the pangs of gentrification. Read Article

Toronto making its mark as a videogame hub

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
If you are a game maker in Canada, Toronto is the place to be. Recently hailed a “Videogame Sanctuary” by Forbes magazine, Toronto has become a hub of talent and creativity with some of the best creators and games in the world. Read Article

30 Top Cities for Real Estate Investment

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto makes the World Economic Forum's top 30 cities for direct commercial real estate investment. Read Article

Why Toronto is a hotbed of pioneering wearable technology

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
A recent report by IDC Canada, a market intelligence network, looked at the Canadian wearables market from 2014-2018 and projected that, while the sector is in its infancy, we can expect to see “hockey stick” growth over the next five years. A recent report by Juniper Research reveals that retail revenue from wearable tech could reach $19-billion worldwide by 2018, up from $1.4-billion in 2013. And while Toronto-specific data isn’t yet available, it seems you can’t throw a stone in this city without landing on a wearable tech startup, conference, or runway show. Read Article

TV stars working in Toronto offer high praise for city, crews, attractions

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
"Toronto is what is considered a 'full-service' production destination with state-of-the-art production infrastructure, in the form of Pinewood Studios, Cinespace Studios and others, while also offering some of the world's best post production facilities, well-stocked and cutting-edge industry suppliers like Whites, PS and others, and some of the best crews to be found anywhere. Many jurisdictions would be lucky to have a handful of 'A-list' crews, while Toronto proudly has 30 such production crews." Read Article

2014 in review: our 5 biggest entrepreneurship stories

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
This was the year it all started coming together. The University of Toronto’s entrepreneurship statistics were already solid. U of T regularly topped international rankings for numbers of companies started; its researchers and alumni were boosting economies in Canada and beyond with university-developed businesses grounded in innovative tech, chemistry, medicine and more Read Article

Toronto tops global liveability index for North Americans

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto is the most liveable location for North Americans according to the latest Location Ratings for expatriate living conditions published by ECA International, the world's leading provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world. Read Article

Minister Holder Announces Investment in University Infrastructure

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Today, the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced more than $35 million in research infrastructure funding for universities across the country where scientists are pushing the boundaries of knowledge in areas as diverse as breast cancer prevention, Arctic science and intelligent drone technology. The investment was made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, a fund designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by equipping them with cutting-edge research infrastructure. Read Article

The Next 36 Introduces Impressive 2015 Class of Young Entrepreneurs

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The Next 36, Canada's most selective program for young entrepreneurs has chosen its fifth cohort from a pool of over 630 impressive applicants from coast to coast. The 38 successful candidates competed for a spot at the annual National Selection Weekend. Supported by more than 200 business leaders across Canada – including W. Galen Weston, Jimmy Pattison and the late Paul Desmarais Sr. as Founding Patrons – The Next 36 provides world class academic instruction, business mentorship and venture building to the country's most promising entrepreneurs. Read Article

The World’s Most Talent Ready Countries, 2014

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The second edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, created by INSEAD, in partnership with Singapore’s Human Capital Leadership Institute and Adecco confirms that talent competitiveness is closely linked to wealth: high income countries again lead the top-scoring countries in the GTCI 2014. With world-class universities, rich countries also have a greater ability to attract foreign talents through better quality of life and higher remuneration – all of which drive up diversity. In the ranking of 93 countries, which measures their ability to attract and incubate talent, European countries continue to dominate this year’s list with 16 of them in the top 25. Switzerland maintains its number one spot, while four non-European countries are among the top ten: Singapore, the United States, Canada and Australia. Read Article

Former dean of Ivey Asia returns to Toronto as board of trade president, CEO

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
On Jan. 12, Janet De Silva moved into her new job as president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She takes over from Carol Wilding, who left the post after seven years to head CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) Ontario. Raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ms. De Silva, 54, returns to Toronto after 14 years in Asia, 11 of them in Hong Kong. She led Sun Life Financial and its mainland China joint venture, then co-founded a company that helped international retail firms manage their business in China. Most recently, she was Dean of Ivey Asia, heading the Hong Kong and China operations of the Ivey Business School. Toronto columnist Marcus Gee spoke to her in the board of trade offices. Read Article

Canadian Tech Sector Poised for Increase in IPO Activity in 2015

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Kensington Capital Partners announced today its first four investments in the Kensington Venture Fund. Launched in November 2014 with an initial closing of investor commitments totaling $160 million, the Fund is part of the Government of Canada's Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP). These new investments coincide with the resurgence in the Canadian tech sector. After witnessing declines in the oil and gas and mining and materials sectors, many Canadian investors are now looking to technology for growth. Read Article

Record-setting year for Canadian wind industry

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
For the second consecutive year, Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), a total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centred in Ontario (999 MW), Quebec (460 MW) and Alberta (350 MW). Read Article

Toronto’s Rubikloud raises $7 million Series A round

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Toronto-based Rubikloud announced today that it has secured a $7 million Series A funding round, led by TOM Group and Ule. The oversubscribed round brings the retail intelligence platform’s total funding amount to $8.5 million, $1 million of which was raised through a 2013 seed round led by Horizons Ventures. “Omni-channel retailers are waking up to the fact that the future of retail will be data driven,” said Kerry Liu, co-founder and CEO of Rubikloud. “If they don’t understand their customer across all their channels, they will become obsolete or lose their brand recognition and loyalty. We have seen tremendous customer growth in North America and Asia, and this round will allow us to double down on our product and customer efforts.” Read Article

The Next Founders on the Lookout for Canada’s Most Promising Startups

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT
The Next 36 is seeking 20 founders of massively scalable, high growth ventures, to join the 2015 cohort of The Next Founders. The Next Founders builds on a world-class academic model and provides advanced business education designed for entrepreneurs who want to scale their company or commercialize technology. The program will also expose the participants to an extraordinary community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, professors and investors. Read Article