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The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Sadhna Persaud, RPN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Sadhna Persaud is a Registered Practical Nurse with five years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially mental health, operating room, and endoscopy nursing. Sadhna is currently serving patients within Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, where she works primarily on a Forensic Assessment Unit in Whitby, Ontario, and is also affiliated with Markham Stouffville Hospital. Sadhna Persaud has been working as a Registered Practical Nurse for more than five years, upon graduating from Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario. An advocate for continuing education, she is currently studying for her Registered Nurse Degree at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. Sadhna has completed a number of advanced training courses while working as a nurse, and is a Certified Nurse, Operating Room. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, Sadhna maintains a professional membership with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She attributes her success to the support of her family and friends. She believes nursing is a challenging but rewarding career, and having supportive individuals in her life has given her the courage and ability to fulfill her goals. When she is not assisting patients, Sadhna enjoys fitness, cooking, reading, and traveling. Learn more about Sadhna Persaud here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4136300/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


Wu A.M.S.,University of Macau | Cheung V.I.,University of Macau | Ku L.,University of Macau | Hung E.P.W.,Centennial College
Journal of Behavioral Addictions | Year: 2013

Background and aims: Smartphones allow users to access social networking sites (SNSs) whenever and wherever they want. Such easy availability and accessibility may increase their vulnerability to addiction. Based on the social cognitive theory (SCT), we examined the impacts of outcome expectancies, self-efficacy, and impulsivity on young Chinese smartphone users' addictive tendencies toward SNSs. Methods: Two hundred seventy-seven Macau young smartphone users (116 males and 161 females; mean age = 26.62) filled out an online Chinese questionnaire concerning their usage of social networking sites via smartphones, addiction tendencies toward SNSs, impulsivity trait, outcome expectancies toward the use, and Internet self-efficacy. Results: The findings revealed that those who spent more time on SNSs also reported higher addictive tendencies. Addictive tendencies were positively correlated with both outcome expectancies and impulsivity, but negatively associated with Internet self-efficacy. These three psychological variables explained 23% of the variance in addictive tendencies. Conclusions: The findings of this study suggest that, compared to demographics, psychological factors provide a better account for addictive tendencies towards SNSs among Chinese smartphone users in Macau. The three psychological risk factors were low Internet self-efficacy, favorable outcome expectancies, and high impulsivity trait. Educational campaigns with screening procedures for high-risk groups are recommended for effective prevention and treatment. © 2013 Akadémiai Kiadó.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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Canada Goose named 2016 Ontario Exporter of the Year; winners also include Silfab Solar, Riverside Natural Foods, Corma, Centennial College and other top innovators Note to Editors: There is a photo associated with this press release. Winners of the 2016 Ontario Export Awards were announced at a gala event at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. on November 22. More than 200 manufacturing executives and representatives from trade, government and industry attended the event. The awards recognize leadership and exporting growth in diverse sectors of Ontario's economy. Canada Goose was named Exporter of the Year for its growth in global markets and success with manufacturing in Canada. "We're proud of our role in bringing Made-in-Canada jackets to the world and in exporting the brand of Canada on a global stage. It is an honour to win the Exporter of the Year Award and to be recognized as an industry innovator," said Dani Reiss, Canada Goose President and CEO, following the awards. "The winner of the Exporter of the Year Award is deemed to be the 'best of the best' of the sector winners, recognizing the Ontario exporter who has excelled in international exports and made significant contributions to the development of the Ontario economy," added Andrew Skinner, Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank Canada, Platinum Sponsor of the Ontario Export Awards. "Canada Goose has made an invaluable contribution to the Ontario economy through economic growth in their community, new investment and job creation and I was honoured to present them with the 2016 Exporter of the Year Award." The full list of winners is as follows: Winners and finalists represent a wide range of Ontario's economy, from food products to equestrian saddles to helicopter components. Regardless of their industry, the companies share an ability to overcome fierce competition outside of Canada to grow and expand in often complex markets. "We congratulate this year's finalists and winners of the Ontario Export Awards for their achievement in excellence," said James Moffatt, President of SYSPRO Canada, Platinum Sponsor of the awards. "As a global organization that serves leading manufacturing and distribution organizations around the world, we feel strongly that Canadian manufacturers have unlimited opportunities to develop a successful exporting strategy, aimed at strengthening their reach beyond the Canadian market, and establishing themselves as sustainable global market leaders." The Ontario Export Awards are organized by CanadianManufacturing.com, part of Annex Business Media, in partnership with Plant and through the support of HSBC Bank Canada (Platinum Sponsor), SYSPRO Canada (Platinum Sponsor), Grant Thornton LLP, Machines Italia/ Italian Trade Commission, UPS Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), Invest Buffalo Niagara, Ministry of International Trade (Ontario); Turkish Airlines (Official Airline Partner) and association/ nominating partners: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA), Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Win Global Partners and various media brands at Annex Business Media. More information and upcoming coverage may be found at www.ontarioexportawards.com To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://file.marketwire.com/release/1077569.jpg


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

NEW YORK, Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sotheby’s announced today that Linus Wing Lam Cheung has been unanimously elected to join the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cheung is the retired Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Telecom and a renowned collector of Chinese Art. “Linus brings a wealth of business experience and sophistication to our Board and company,” said Domenico De Sole, Chairman of Sotheby’s Board of Directors. “His unique insights on Asia, as well as the many areas in which Sotheby’s operates, will be incredibly valuable.  Having had the pleasure of knowing him as a client for years, we are very pleased to now welcome him as an independent Director.” Mr. Cheung served as Executive Chairman of Asia Television Limited from 2008 to 2009, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Telecom from 1994 to 2000 and, following Hong Kong Telecom’s merger with Pacific Century Cyberworks (PCCW) in 2000, PCCW’s Deputy Chairman until 2004.  Prior to joining Hong Kong Telecom, Mr. Cheung spent 23 years at Cathay Pacific Airways where he concluded his tenure as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Sotheby’s, a company I have long admired during my decades as a collector,” commented Mr. Cheung.  “As the art market continues to evolve and grow in China and across Asia, I look forward to sharing my expertise and experience to best position the Company for future success.” Mr. Cheung has served on the board of China Unicom Ltd. since 2004 and HK Resort International Ltd. since 2006.  Previously, he served on the boards of Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Telecom, Cable and Wireless plc, and Taikang Insurance. In addition to his past executive leadership positions, Mr. Cheung has been actively involved with his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he earned a BSocSc degree with honors and a Diploma in Management Studies with distinction. He spent 10 years as a member of the Council of the University of Hong Kong and also served as Chairman of the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education and as Chairman of the Centennial College. In connection with Mr. Cheung’s appointment, Sotheby’s and its largest shareholder, Taikang Insurance Group, have entered into an agreement whereby Taikang has agreed it will not increase its ownership position beyond 15% for a period of three years, subject to certain conditions. About Sotheby’s Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Contemporary Art department, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID). For More News from Sotheby’s News & Video: http://www.sothebys.com/en/news-video.html  Twitter: www.twitter.com/sothebys Facebook: www.facebook.com/sothebys Instagram: www.instagram.com/sothebys  Snapchat ID: sothebys Weibo: www.weibo.com/sothebyshongkong WeChat ID: sothebyshongkong Browse sale catalogues, view original content, stream live auctions and more at www.sothebys.com, and through Sotheby’s apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 7, 2016) - Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society ("Wavefront"), a national centre of excellence, headquartered in Vancouver, BC., today announces the expansion and re-launch of its Wireless Zones in 6 accelerator facilities across Canada. These device libraries have now expanded to carry over 1000 devices including, smartphones, tablets, sensors and wearables, spread across locations in Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The addition of sensors and wearables is to help augment the commercialization of applications being developed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Through exclusive agreements with Rogers, Samsung and Sierra Wireless, Wavefront is able to provide a range of hardware devices and SIM services that help developers, UI/UX designers and QA personnel test their mobile applications across a variety of operating systems and environments, with minimal rental and data costs. Wavefront has partnered with Communitech, Invest Ottawa, Centennial College, CEIM and Volta to deliver this essential service through hosting Wireless Zones in their facilities. Startups and SMEs can access these devices to help get their products to market faster and more effectively. This past year, the device libraries have recorded over 4542 rental days using 407 handsets. With the increase in devices available for testing, Wavefront anticipates seeing a significant increase in usage throughout the next year. "We greatly appreciate the support of our enterprise and community partners in helping us expand the Wireless Zone offering," said Wavefront CEO, James Maynard. "Being able to provide a resource such as the Wireless Zones have contributed to enabling the companies we work with to accelerate their time to market by 4 to 5 months, while also saving them considerable costs in building their businesses." With the rapid rise of applications being developed for connected devices in industries such as healthcare, retail, smart-home automation, smart communities, and in-vehicle technologies, developers are keenly aware that success hinges on their applications performing without fail for the end user; and testing is necessary for that outcome. By 2020, analyst firm Gartner predicts there will be nearly 20 Billion connected devices in the marketplace, and is expected to generate $300 Billion in incremental revenues. Wavefront's core mandate is to help drive economic impact and social benefits for Canadians through accelerating the adoption and commercialization of wireless and IoT technologies. Wavefront does this by equipping companies with the critical resources, partnerships and opportunities necessary to scale from Startup up to export ready, mid-size enterprises. "We all have a role to play in supporting Canada's innovation ecosystem," said Nitin Kawale, President, Enterprise Business Unit, Rogers Communications. "We recognize the challenges that some businesses face when it comes to bringing new technologies to market successfully. By providing devices in Wavefront's Wireless Zone, we hope to give start-ups a big boost - to accelerate their market-readiness and get on with becoming the high growth companies of the future." "Working with a partner such as Wavefront allows us to bring even more value to the programs and services that Communitech delivers to our startup and SME community," commented Avvey Peters, VP External Relations, Communitech. "It also allows us to support the growth of a nationally engaged entrepreneurial ecosystem." As the Canadian Centre of Excellence for wireless innovation we are one of a handful of organizations in the world that bring all the components critical to a wireless company's success under one roof. Companies at all stages of development, from emerging start-ups to more established players benefit from our holistic approach to commercialization. We are able to address the needs of both Wireless Entrepreneurs and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through the Wavefront Accelerator. Our expertise in technical training and business consulting allows us to deliver solutions to established enterprise companies who want to gain a competitive market advantage through Wavefront Enterprise Solutions. Communitech is a private-public innovation centre in Waterloo Region that supports a community ecosystem of more than 1,000 tech companies -- from startups to rapidly growing mid-size companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, which is funded by the Ontario Government, Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Another Road Addiction Recovery Service, a new Ontario addiction rehabilitation centre for men located just outside Toronto, offers a unique structured recovery program for men seeking help with drug addiction and alcohol abuse TORONTO,ON--(Marketwired - February 17, 2017) - Another Road Addiction Recovery Service (www.anotherroadaddictionrecovery.com) is pleased to announce their structured men's addiction management program focussed on finding recovery for those with alcoholism or drug abuse issues. Another Road is a live-in facility with a "home-like" environment that nurtures and supports clients and families seeking solutions to overcome powerful debilitating addictions that left unchecked, will eventually tear apart the lives of both the substance abuser and the friends and family that are part of that individual's life. Executive Director John Wade has developed and structured Another Road's unique program tailored for men by utilizing several components including 12 step principals, Mindfulness Meditation, individual and group counselling using multiple modalities of treatment therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Relapse Prevention, Managing Stress, Recovery Planning and Family Counselling. "There are many reasons for addictions, and every individual has his own story as to how the problem unfolded. Everyone must be treated with compassion, flexibility and by using an approach that deals with the underlying issues and is committed to a full recovery, as the output from a structured plan focused on evidence-based treatment and healing," says Wade. "For people who have never experienced addiction of any sort, it can be hard to understand the hardship it brings to clients and their families experiencing the fallout from drug and alcohol abuse. With drug and alcohol abuse, including more recent opiates like fentanyl becoming more prevalent in Toronto and the surrounding suburbs, there is great urgency to deal with both the underlying triggers associated with addiction abuse, and at the same time, tying together the family support network necessary to combat the addiction and prevent reoccurrences", adds Wade. The Another Road Addiction Recovery Services organization is privileged to have John Wade as Executive Director. Mr. Wade is hands on in the facility, and he facilitates group and individual counselling as well as family counselling several days a week. Wade has 25 years senior management and counselling experience, working in the addiction treatment field helping individuals and their families find recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Mr. Wade has worked in many capacities in addiction treatment from front line worker to inpatient clinical manager; serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation; (CACCF) and a member of the Faculty of Continuing Education at Centennial College as a Professor in the Addiction Studies Program. A passionate advocate of evidence-based addiction treatment and education, he holds a BA from York University and is certified as an alcohol and drug addiction counsellor (ICADC). John Wade can be reached directly at 1-844-680-9269 and info@anotherroadaddictionrecovery.com. About Another Road Addiction Recovery Services: A new Ontario addiction rehabilitation centre for men, Another Road Addiction Recovery Services offers a path to recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Located in a tranquil rural setting north of Toronto in Caledon, Ontario, Another Road Addiction Recovery Services helps men to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism through a professional, comprehensive client-centered and family-focussed program of treatments personalized for each client. This full-service, live-in alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility offers men with substance addictions professional help quickly, without the wait lines of government-based assistance programs. All Another Roads Addiction Recovery Services principals and counselling staff members have significant experience in the addiction services industry and are caring professionals that are committed to their clients' successful recovery. For more information about Another Road Addiction Recovery Services, visit www.anotherroadaddictionrecovery.com or call 1-844-680-9269.


Khan M.U.,Centennial College
Procedia Computer Science | Year: 2015

Security specifications are controls and constraints on the behavior of the software and can be used to develop more secure software from the beginning. Many specification languages have been proposed to represent security specifications. However, all these specification languages are at a higher level of abstraction and can only be used to represent overall business-level design decisions. Such specifications provide guidance to the developers but do not lay out the details of the dynamic behavior that has to be implemented during the coding phase. In this paper, we propose to use UML state machine diagrams to represent detailed dynamic behavior of design-level security specifications. We argue that these behaviors when used by the developer for implementation will enable them to avoid crucial security vulnerabilities. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


Randall A.F.,Centennial College
Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science, EPTCS | Year: 2016

Realist, no-collapse interpretations of quantum mechanics, such as Everett's, face the probability problem: how to justify the norm-squared (Born) rule from the wavefunction alone. While any basis-independent measure can only be norm-squared (due to the Gleason-Busch Theorem) this fact conflicts with various popular, non-wavefunction-based phenomenological measures - such as observer, outcome or world counting - that are frequently demanded of Everettians. These alternatives conflict, however, with the wavefunction realism upon which Everett's approach rests, which seems to call for an objective, basis-independent measure based only on wavefunction amplitudes. The ability of quantum probabilities to destructively interfere with each other, however, makes it difficult to see how probabilities can be derived solely from amplitudes in an intuitively appealing way. I argue that the use of algorithmic probability can solve this problem, since the objective, single-case probability measure that wavefunction realism demands is exactly what algorithmic information theory was designed to provide. The result is an intuitive account of complex-valued amplitudes, as coefficients in an optimal lossy data compression, such that changes in algorithmic information content (entropy deltas) are associated with phenomenal transitions. © Allan F. Randall.


Atack L.,Centennial College | Maher J.,Applied Research and Innovation Center
Prehospital Emergency Care | Year: 2010

Objectives. To date, most patient safety studies have been conducted in relation to the hospital rather than the prehospital setting and data regarding emergency medical services (EMS)-related errors are limited. To address this gap, a study was conducted to gain an in-depth understanding of the views of highly experienced EMS practitioners, educators, administrators, and physicians on major issues pertaining to EMS patient safety. The intent of the study was to identify key issues to give direction to the development of best practices in education, policy, and fieldwork. Methods. A qualitative study was conducted using processes described by Lincoln and Guba (1985) to enhance the quality and credibility of data and analysis. Purposive sampling was used to identify informants with knowledge and expertise regarding policy, practice, and research who could speak to the issue of patient safety. Sixteen participants, the majority of whom were Canadian, participated in in-depth interviews. Results. Two major themes were identified under the category of key issues: clinical decision making and EMS's focus and relationship with health care. An education gap has developed in EMS, and there is tension between the traditional stabilize-and-transport role and the increasingly complex role that has come about through "scope creep." If, as expected, EMS aligns increasingly with the health sector, then change is needed in the EMS educational structure and process to develop stronger clinical decision-making skills. Conclusion. The results of this study indicate that many individual organizations and health regions are addressing issues related to patient safety in EMS, and there are important lessons to be learned from these groups. The broader issues identified, however, are system-wide and best addressed through policy change from health regions and government. © 2009 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.


Atack L.,Centennial College | Luke R.,George Brown College
Health Education Journal | Year: 2012

Objective: While access to health education information has become easier, the quality of information retrieved from the Internet varies considerably. In response to the need for accessible, quality health information that is tailored to meet individual patient needs, a patient education website, called PEPTalk, was developed. The site houses text and video material that has been validated by practicing clinicians. A study was conducted to examine patient and community members' satisfaction with PEPTalk and the impact of the health education materials on their health behaviour. Community staff and health providers' experiences with the new technology were also examined.Design and method: A descriptive study using surveys and interviews was conducted with 57 patients, community participants and clinicians living in a large Canadian city and First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Results: Participants' PEPTalk Satisfaction scores ranged from moderately to highly satisfied. Participants found the information presented on PEPTalk useful and relevant, had improved their knowledge of health, and in most cases, altered health behaviour. Clinicians and community staff who referred participants to the PEPTalk website reported that the site provided reliable, evidence-based information that they were comfortable sharing with their patients and community members. Conclusion: There is an emerging role for tools that provide tailored health education. The health provider's role regarding interpretation, discussion and follow-up remains essential, and tools such as PEPTalk need to be part of an overall health education strategy. © The Author(s) 2010.

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