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Seminar: History of Technological innovation – First Revolution in Information Technology

Date: May 18, 2017

Register for this event by following the EventBrite link.

Location:  S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. East York, Toronto ON, M4J 2K5

Description: 

Using the invention of the printing press as a starting point, this presentation traces technological developments in the spread of information, and the larger economic consequences flowing from that development.

500 years ago, an IT start-up with 25 employees and a $ 7 million turnover became an agent of profound and enduring change.

A start-up inventor in the information technology sector saw a business opportunity in an unmet economic need. The obstacles encountered by the inventor and the lessons learned through his experience continue to be remarkably pertinent to IT start-up ventures today.

The rapid spread of printing transformed the process of accumulation, organisation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge.  It had, and still has, effects on every field of human endeavour, whether in commerce, education, science and engineering, or arts and literature.

This presentation discusses the pre-existing technology, the change in technology, the further changes driven by the original innovation, and the effects of that technological change.

Presenter Bio : Ken Bousfield

Ken Bousfield, P.Eng., LL.B (Toronto); B.A. Sc. (Mech. Eng., Waterloo) is a partner at Bereskin & Parr, a firm specialising in Intellectual Property Law.  He has been a patent lawyer for 23 years.  He has had a life-long interest in the history of technological innovation.

Agenda:

6:30 – 7:00: Registration & Networking

7:00 – 8:30: Seminar

Please sign the attendance book on arrival. Submarine sandwiches of various types, including vegetarian, are served, as well as cookies, soft drinks, and bottled water. If you are not able to attend, please cancel your registration online no later than two days before the seminar.

If riding the TTC, take the East – 70 O’Connor bus from Coxwell Station toward Warden Station, going northbound on Coxwell Ave. Drop off at Barker Ave., walk north 30m, then turn left (West) into Memorial Park Ave. and walk for two blocks to reach the library.

If driving, you will find limited parking at the library and additional free (after 6 pm) parking on the City of Toronto parking lot immediately north of the library.

For questions regarding the presentation, please contact Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng at home@arthursinclair.ca

For questions regarding online registration, please contact James Tait, EITat james.tait@outlook.com

Seminar: The Infrastructure Report Card – The status of Canadian infrastructure and ideas to make it more sustainable

Presented ByToronto Section of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)

Date: 11 May 2017

Register to this event by following this link to Eventbrite

Location:  S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. East York, Toronto ON, M4J 2K5

Description:

The second Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) was released in January 2016. The initiative was sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). The 2016 CIRC reports on potable water, storm and wastewater systems, roads and bridges, building, sport and recreational facilities, and public transit.

The CIRC provides comprehensive, scientifically based, and standardized information on the inventory, condition and asset management practices of Canada’s core public infrastructure. It is intended to inform infrastructure planning, design and management activities completed by the various stakeholders of Canada’s infrastructure systems, including policy-makers and asset owners.

The CIRC indicates that one-third of our municipal infrastructure is in fair, poor or very poor condition, increasing the risk of service disruption. The CIRC also indicates that reinvestment rates are not sufficient to stop the decline in the state of our infrastructure systems.

The first part of the presentation provides a detailed overview of the CIRC process and results. The second part provides some ideas generated through a collaborative effort of CSCE’s members to leverage planned infrastructure investments to make our infrastructure systems more sustainable.

Agenda:

6:30 – 7:00: Registration & Networking

7:00 – 8:30: Seminar

Please sign the attendance book on arrival. Submarine sandwiches of various types, including vegetarian, are served, as well as cookies, soft drinks and bottled water. If you are not be able to attend, please cancel your registration online no later than two days before the seminar.

If riding the TTC, take the East – 70 O’Connor bus from Coxwell Station toward Warden Station, going northbound on Coxwell Ave. Drop off at Barker Ave., walk north 30m, then turn left (West) into Memorial Park Ave. and walk for two blocks to reach the library.

If driving, you will find limited parking at the library and additional free (after 6 pm) parking on the City of Toronto parking lot immediately north of the library.

For questions regarding the presentation, please contact Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng at home@arthursinclair.ca

For questions regarding online registration, please contact James Tait, EIT at james.tait@outlook.com

Refreshments will be provided.

THE SECRETS TO AFFORDING RETIREMENT

Date:    May 03, 2017

Location:  S. Walter Stewart Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave. Toronto ON, M4J 2K5

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Description:

Canadians are now living longer than ever before. As a result, the importance of having a sound financial strategy/plan throughout retirement has never been greater. When can I retire? Will I run out of money? Attend this event and discover how you can live a worry-free retirement.

LEARN HOW TO:

  1. TURN”BAD DEBT” INTO “GOOD DEBT” AND RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTION
  2. RECEIVE TAX FREE INCOME IN RETIREMENT
  3. ACHIEVE INCREASED TAX DEFERRAL ON YOUR NON REGISTERED PORTFOLIO
  4. DETERMINE WHETHER RRSPS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU
  5. BENEFIT FROM THE TAX FREE ZONES
  6. INCREASE TAX DEDUCTIONS ABOVE THOSE OF RRSPS
  7. GUARANTEE YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME FOR LIFE
  8. MAKE YOUR MONEY LAST A LIFETIME
  9. REDUCE TAXES DURING RETIREMENT
  10. MINIMIZE TAXES ON THE ESTATE

Speaker Bio:

Vincent Spadafora is a well-known financial educator in Canada. His financial planning experience enables him to teach financial planning classes that have been widely attended.  He has extensive experience in working with business owners such as doctors , dentists , lawyers. Vincent also has expertise in transferring UK pension transfers to Canada and working with pension transfers from Dofasco. He works with families who want to protect their principal and ensure that they don’t outlive their money. Wealth management, estate planning and charitable giving are the other main areas of his practice.

Vincent also specializes in conducting complimentary financial planning workshops for companies and their employees. He offers a series of workshops that focuses on tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning and pensions/benefits.

Agenda: 

6:30pm – 7:00pm : Registration and Networking

7:00pm – 8:00pm : Seminar

Please sign the attendance book on arrival. Submarine sandwiches of various types, including vegetarian, are served, as well as cookies, soft drinks and bottled water. If you are not be able to attend, please cancel your registration online no later than two days before the seminar.

If riding the TTC, take the East – 70 O’Connor bus from Coxwell Station toward Warden Station, going northbound on Coxwell Ave. Drop off at Barker Ave., walk north 30m, then turn left (West) into Memorial Park Ave. and walk for two blocks to reach the library.

If driving, you will find limited parking at the library and additional free (after 6 pm) parking on the City of Toronto parking lot immediately north of the library.

For questions regarding the presentation, please contact Arthur Sinclair, P.Eng at home@arthursinclair.ca

For questions regarding online registration, please contact James Tait, EIT at james.tait@outlook.com

Refreshments will be provided.