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  • 20 Jan 2100 2:58 PM | YTA Admin (Administrator)
    To submit a press release you must be a member of the YTA.  Visit the Member Connection page and Submit a Release.
  • 22 Apr 2015 8:28 AM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

    On April 21, 2015, the Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver, tabled the Conservative government’s tenth federal budget. This is the fourth budget released as a majority government. 

    Click here to view a summary of the tax measures that were announced in this budget. 

    Highlights include:
     

    • Increasing the annual contribution limit for TFSA’s – to $10,000 per year, beginning in 2015
    • Reducing the minimum withdrawal factors for Registered Retirement Income Funds (for ages 71 to 94), beginning in 2015
    • Extending the exemption of capital gains tax to donations of proceeds on the disposition of private corporation shares and real estate, subject to certain conditions
    • Simplifying the foreign asset reporting system for tax years that begin after 2014 where the cost of relevant foreign assets held at any time in the year is less than $250,000
    • Reducing the small business corporate tax rate on the first $500,000 per year of qualifying active business income of a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) from 11% to 9% by 2019. This is good news for small businesses – it will allow them to retain more after-tax cash for investment purposes
    • Extending the accelerated Capital Cost Allowance rate for manufacturing and processing machinery and equipment to 2026, based on a 50% declining-balance rate.  This is good news for manufacturers and is intended to encourage investment


    We invite you to contact your local Grant Thornton office to discuss any questions you have regarding any of the proposed measures.



  • 14 Apr 2015 10:10 AM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

    ATLANTA, GA—April 22, 2015: Nulogy announces that CEO, Jason Tham, will be speaking today at Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering on cloud-based design and manufacturing (CBDM). Nulogy was invited to present in front of a select audience from the school’s M.S. Supply Chain Engineering Program for its thought leadership in employing CBDM concepts in order to enhance efficiency, reduce production costs and increase integration capacity for contract manufacturers and packagers.

    “Our program serves to increase the knowledge of supply chain engineering and management best practices, and our students look to learn more about how to embrace innovation to improve their operations,” said Benoit Montreuil, Professor and Coca-Cola Chair in Material Handling and Distribution at Georgia Institute of Technology. “A big component of that will be interconnected manufacturing, extending networked manufacturing that is already enabling the industry to become more transparent, interconnected, and responsive. I’m thrilled to invite Jason to speak in front of this group to shed light on how these trends are being brought to life in the industry today.”

    “I’m honoured to be invited to speak at Georgia Tech, which boasts an excellent reputation for research and education in supply chain management and logistics,” said Jason Tham, CEO at Nulogy. “Their thought leadership in academia mirrors the progress that we seek to drive in the industry, and from my work with Benoit in the past, our vision for the future of the industry is very much aligned..."


    https://nulogy.com/news/nulogy-speak-cloud-based-manufacturing-supply-chain-logistics-thought-leader#.VS0fsvnF9Ld


  • 30 Mar 2015 12:04 PM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

       


     March 30th 2015 – Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched an online platform (www.etalentcanada.ca) to assist Canadians, industry, educational and professional development institutions, as well as policy makers make informed decisions about the Information and Communications (ICT) job market in Canada.


    ICTC’s recently published Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019 report highlights a vibrant and rapidly growing digital labour market in Canada.  The impending smart and hyper connected economy is creating a cumulative hiring needs of over 182,000 ICT professionals by 2019. Despite this growing potential for employment, Canadians are not fully aware of the jobs in demand; the industry continues to find it hard to localize talent from across the country, and educational and professional development institutions are increasingly challenged to predict the talent and skills needs of the future.
     
    This unique online portal is intended to:
     

    • Assist Canadians and newcomers to Canada in making informed career choices by increasing their understanding about the jobs in demand on a provincial and municipal level, where the jobs are, wages, required education and training options, etc. The tool will also provide links to advertised jobs in the Job Bank (www.jobbank.gc.ca) as well as other job sites;
    • Provide the industry with insights about the talent supply and location, compensation, as well as many other features to help the industry find the necessary talent pipeline;
    • Inform educational and professional development organizations about careers and skills in demand to shape training to market needs and promote their offering; and
    • Support policy makers in making informed decisions.
     
    This unique online offering in Canada will provide practical skills and labour market insights as well as links to currently advertised jobs. This end-to-end talent solution is a positive step in addressing the supply and demand market imbalance for the digital economy.” Said Namir Anani, President & CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council.
     
    “It’s critical that we match Canadians’ skills with the needs of employers. The Harper Government is working to provide more and better labour market information and to support youth in developing the right skills to meet the needs of Canadian employers,” said Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development.
     
    You can access Canada’s first online Talent insights for the digital economy at www.etalentcanada.ca


  • 25 Mar 2015 1:59 PM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

    Good afternoon to you all,

    PANEL DISCUSSION ON QA AUTOMATION

    Greenlight hosts a series of events for like-minded IT Professionals to meet and discuss industry experiences, news and knowledge focused on the world of Software Quality Assurance and Testing.

    You are invited to spend a morning of networking and discussions over breakfast as we explore QA Automation with our panel of experts. Automated testing has largely been seen as a significant boon to the testing and QA industry, however its advantages can be easily lost if misapplied, mismanaged or poorly designed.

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss some finer points of test automation and test automation management with industry experts, to help expand your own (or your organizations') testing expertise and capabilities.

    Come share your thoughts and experiences, unique challenges and successes, and potentially some new practices and trends in QA Automation.

    OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS

    Amit Bagaria - Senior Manager, SAS Shares Services Testing – TD Bank

    Navdeep Pama - Agile Test Engineering Manager, Pivotal Labs

    Steven Lombardi - Manager, Technology and Operations – Royal Bank of Canada

    Susan Finley - Associate Vice President, QA Testing – TD Bank

    QA CONNECT

    One King West Hotel & Residence

    King Gallery Room

    Date: Thursday April 16, 2015

    Time: 9:00am-11:30am

    RSVP: APRIL 8, 2015

    You can register for Free at:

    http://qaconnectapril2015.eventbrite.ca


  • 25 Mar 2015 1:44 PM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)

    The Town of Richmond Hill, ventureLAB, and the Regional Municipality of York, will present the fifth annual MedEdge Summit on Thursday, June 18, 2015. MedEdge is a catalyst for advancing life science ideas, connections and innovation into commercial success in York Region and the GTA’s life sciences sector..

    This year's theme is: “Disruptive Innovations in Health Care”. Our speakers will share how they use disruptive innovations to overcome challenges and how partnering with other organizations have helped them to achieve success. The keynote speaker will be Leerom Segal, CEO of Klick Health and co-author of New York Times Best Seller,"The Decoded Company." 

    Hear about new health care technologies and innovations coming onto the market and how they will impact the future. Also, get the chance to network with leaders in business and health sector who are charting the future of health and wellness in Canada!

    Visit www.businessrichmondhill.ca/MedEdge for more information!

    Registration is now open!

    Thursday, June 18, 2015
    8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m
    Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (map)
    10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
    L4C 3B7


  • 20 Mar 2015 11:39 AM | Ryan Ellis (Administrator)
    New legislation impacting life interest trusts is coming in 2016.  These new rules will be effective as of the 2016 taxation year and will apply to both new and existing life-interest trusts, as there are no grandfathering provisions in the legislation. The new rules, outlined in the Grant Thornton release, may have a significant impact, and in some cases an adverse impact, on common estate planning strategies done for these types of trusts.


  • 28 Nov 2014 10:12 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. undefined Nov. 27, 2014 undefined The Markham, Ontario campus of AMD (NYSE: AMD) has been presented the 2014 Smart Commute “Employer of the Year” award for York Region. The annual awards aim to recognize employers leading the way on sustainable commuting practices.1 

    AMD’s “Go Green” Commuter Program began in 2007, the same year as Metrolinx’s Smart Commute Program began helping employers and commuters explore smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling and teleworking. Since then the two organizations have collaborated to increase adoption of sustainable commuting at AMD. To gauge progress, an employee survey was conducted in April 2014 and showed approximately 4 out of 10 employees use clean transportation options, a 12 percent increase from 2009.2 AMD employees in Markham have logged 1.75 million kilometers of avoided driving, amounting to 39,000 kg of reduced carbon dioxide emissions since 2007.3

    “AMD is honored to win this award,” stated Matt Skynner, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Canada. “We believe it is the responsibility of employers to provide and support programs that mitigate congestion and pollution from our commuting workforce. In addition to environmental benefits, the programs represent an opportunity to help our employees reduce transportation inconveniences and costs, as well as increase wellbeing in the cases of biking or walking to work, for example. We are proud to have grown AMD’s ‘Go Green’ Commuter Program over the years and value the partnership with Smart Commute.” 

    Various incentives are offered to AMD employees who choose “Go Green” commute options including reserved parking and ride-matching for carpoolers, store discounts to Bike Depot for cyclists, and electric vehicle (EV) charging for EV owners. Additional incentives and promotions are provided by Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill, such as an “Emergency Ride Home Program” for participating employees who need a qualifying taxi ride, and onsite lunch-and-learns covering special topics like eco-efficient driving.

    Supporting Resources

    About AMD

    AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

     

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    AMD and the AMD Arrow logo are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    1 Smart Commute Website: http://www.smartcommute.ca/about-us/what-is-smart-commute/

    2 Smart Commute Markham/Richmond Hill Commuter Survey conducted with AMD in April 2014

    3 AMD’s commuter website


  • 28 Nov 2014 9:42 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    Toronto, October 31st,  2014 – Scarsin Corporation, a software development and services company specializing in providing enterprise-class Business Intelligence (BI) to global organizations, announced that it will be making another significant donation to the GRID (Ghana Rural Integrated Development) initiative, a Canadian Christian charitable organization that enables sustainable community development in Ghana, West Africa.  This is the second year that Scarsin is participating in the program, providing support to the Uxbridge-led Ghana Medical Mission.

     

    GRID, an organization which was founded in 1970, has been helping to drastically improve the quality of life for Northern Ghanaians living in poor communities, by meeting their basic needs in a sustainable manner. GRID includes a number of programs aimed at improving Education, Environmental Protection, Food Security, Health, Water and Sanitation, Peace and Women’s rights.

     

    Scarsin’s donation will go directly to purchasing medical supplies for the Uxbridge-led Ghana Medical Mission’s Heath team who travels to Northern Ghana to offer clinics to thousands of patients who cannot afford medical care.

     

    “We are grateful to receive such significant support from Scarsin.  Because of the generosity of the Uxbridge community, along with the enormous efforts of our volunteers, our team has been able to provide medical, surgical, dental and eye care to about 50,000 patients to date,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Ghana Health Team Leader and GRID Board Member. “Scarsin’s generous donation will help us to equip our team members for our 2015 mission, positioning us to care for another 10,000 people.”

     

    “As a local organization with global clients, we are thrilled when our community positively impacts global causes. Scarsin is touched by the direct efforts of the GRID team and the support of the rest of the community,” said Paul Minshull, President and CEO of Scarsin Corporation. “Dr. Jennifer Wilson’s work is instrumental in providing Ghanaians with access to medicine, clinics and health professionals – services that do not exist and are unaffordable in northern Ghanaian communities.”

    For more information on GRID Programs please visit http://grid-nea.org/.

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    About GRID

    GRID is a Christian Canadian charity leading sustainable community development in Northern Ghana in partnership with Northern Empowerment Association (NEA), a Ghanaian organization.  Together the two organizations have enabled thousands of the very poor to escape poverty and become self-sufficient.  Today they are serving approximately 100 villages with activities that integrate food production, income generation, water and sanitation, health care, education, and peace building to achieve long-term, sustainable improvement in people’s quality of life.

    About Scarsin

    Scarsin is a software development and service company specializing in enterprise-class Business Intelligence. Scarsin’s Integrated Insight Environment (i2e) platform supports global organizations' critical business processes. i2e is an end-to-end BI platform designed to integrate all complex BI processes into a unified solution, with a focus on business friendly processes and direct integration with Microsoft Office. Enterprise data management, collaborative forecasting and predictive analytics, robust production PowerPoint reporting and interactive web and mobile scorecards can now be easily managed solely by business teams. Customers choose i2e based on the speed, agility, cost effectiveness and business friendly processes.

    Media Contact:

    Chantelle Bani

    Marketing Communications Manager

    cbani@scarsin.com

    O: (905) 852-0086 x 286

    M: (416) 662-5750

    W: www.scarsin.com

     


  • 28 Nov 2014 9:40 AM | Pamela Montgomery (Administrator)

    -Providing customers with the highest level of data reliability, availability and security is critical to Scarsin’s ongoing growth strategy --

    Toronto, November 12th, 2014 – Scarsin Corporation, a software development and services company specializing in providing enterprise-class Business Intelligence (BI) to global organizations, announced that the company has successfully completed its first customer migration to Peer 1, the award-winning Toronto-based data centre. Scarsin’s BI platform, Intelligent Insight Environment (i2e), is a strategic decision enabling SaaS (hosted) system.  i2e’s value proposition of enabling informed insights anywhere and at anytime requires highly available, reliant and secure infrastructure.  As Scarsin continues its accelerated growth, it determined that its Uxbridge-based hosting site would not be able to scale fast enough to maintain its high performance and service objectives. 

     

    After careful evaluation and a comprehensive shortlisting process, Scarsin chose Peer 1 as its co-location hosting partner of choice, due to its strong reputation for providing sophisticated services, state of the art equipment and strict compliance credentials. Working with Peer 1 will provide Scarsin with the security, reliability and round-the-clock availability required to support large scale international growth.

     

    Uptime and availability are very critical to our globally-based customers and with Peer 1, we have the confidence that no matter where our customers are located, they can easily access their information anytime,” says James Justice, Director of Information Technology at Scarsin Corporation. “We are also laying the technology foundation for future growth in terms of being able to easily scale our physical and network capabilities as we add more customers, while maintaining the highest service levels.”

     

    Scarsin completed five test migrations prior to the company migrating over its first and largest US-based customer in October. Its customers typically include billion dollar business units in the life sciences industry with mission critical decision support solutions on Scarsin’s i2e BI platform. Confidentiality, availability and security are absolutely critical. Complete migration of all Scarsin clients to Peer 1 will be complete by 2015.  As Scarsin aggressively expands into Europe, it will look at leveraging Peer 1’s European data centre to further improve latency and customer support.

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    About Scarsin

    Scarsin is a software development and service company specializing in enterprise-class Business Intelligence. Scarsin’s Integrated Insight Environment (i2e) platform supports global organizations' critical business processes. i2e is an end-to-end BI platform designed to integrate all complex BI processes into a unified solution, with a focus on business friendly processes and direct integration with Microsoft Office. Enterprise data management, collaborative forecasting and predictive analytics, robust production PowerPoint reporting and interactive web and mobile scorecards can now be easily managed solely by business teams. Customers choose i2e based on the speed, agility, cost effectiveness and business friendly processes.

    Media Contact:

    Chantelle Bani

    Marketing Communications Manager

    cbani@scarsin.com

    O: (905) 852-0086 x 286

    M: (416) 662-5750

    W: www.scarsin.com

     

     


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