New POI KW Office Highlights Intersection of Space and Technology

New POI KW Office Highlights Intersection of Space and Technology

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Connected environments’ expert partners with Steelcase and Microsoft Canada to

showcase new solutions to support Agile and Hyper-Collaborative teamwork

KITCHENER, ON, Oct. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - POI Business Interiors, Canada’s largest workplace interior solutions provider, officially launched its new Kitchener office space in conjunction with partners, Steelcase and Microsoft.

Microsoft and Steelcase discuss hyper-collaborative team solutions in the POI showroom (CNW Group/POI Business Interiors)

The new POI showroom is uniquely adapted to the needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo technology hub, which is experiencing one of the fastest growth rates in Canada. The launch celebration featured partner Steelcase expounding insights that are driving new behaviours in the workplace while showing how hyper collaboration and teamwork are rebooting office dynamics. Microsoft Canada punctuated the point by demonstrating how digital transformation and change are necessitating feature-rich multi-channel tools like their Teams platform.

The POI showroom features the newly announced Surface Hub2S and its mobile Roam cart as well the new Steelcase Flex Collection, which provides teams with an ability to hack their space while ensuring they have the right tools and workspace flexibility to seamlessly adapt to their evolving requirements.

“POI’s new space in Kitchener/Waterloo provides great examples of how leading organizations can get work done,” said Ben Avery, Vice President, Regional Sales for Steelcase in Eastern Canada. “The showroom demonstrates space and technology coming together in ways that help people and teams reach their potential.”

POI previously operated out of its north Waterloo location and opted to move to the new downtown premises in order to provide greater access and convenience to its clients. The new showroom also offers cutting edge construction solutions, ancillary and traditional workplace solutions, and AV technology products which help companies optimize competitiveness and productivity.

As the sole Steelcase provider in the region, POI leverages industry leading research and insights when assisting companies to develop workplace applications that positively impact business issues like collaboration, well-being, and privacy. These applications include mediascape tables with plug and play screen sharing capabilities and room reservation systems. Also featured are architectural solutions like Casper which considers confidentiality by masking visibility to technology through glass meeting room walls.

“Technology continues to drive employment and opportunity in this region, and POI has proven performance boosting solutions that reflect the innovation and match the expectations of high-performance businesses,” says POI Chairman & CEO Gary Scholl, whose father founded the company.

About POI 
POI Business Interiors provides connected product and service solutions which boost performance, productivity, culture and well-being within corporate, healthcare, government and learning environments. As Canada’s largest contract interiors and service provider – representing Steelcase and over 200 furnishings solutions manufacturers – POI is committed to creating Environments and experiences that inspire.

For more information about POI, please call 905-479-1123, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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Canon Canada’s Branch Out Environmental Sustainability Program Recognized As Leading Canadian Project

Canon Canada’s Branch Out Environmental Sustainability Program Recognized As Leading Canadian Project

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Annual employee volunteer initiative recognized by Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Awards

BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Canon Canada, a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its annual Branch Out environmental initiative has been recognized by Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Awards. The award recognizes the 20 best sustainability-oriented projects completed in Canada over the prior two years as determined and recognized by the Delta Management Group and the Canada’s Clean50 organization.

Canon Canada's Branch Out is a Employee Volunteer Initiative, recognized by Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Awards. (CNW Group/Canon Canada Inc.)

Now in its sixth year, the annual Canon Canada Branch Out program is a nationwide volunteer initiative that encourages employees toward action and environmental sustainability. Canon employees across the country from Montreal to Vancouver have the opportunity to take part in multiple events and activities throughout the spring, summer and autumn that help promote sustainability and create green spaces in the communities where they work and live.

“We are proud that our Branch Out program has been recognized. Our corporate philosophy is Kyosei – all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future – and Branch Out is a testament to our continuous efforts to improve and make our communities a better place for the next generation,” says Nobuhiko Kitajima, President and CEO of Canon Canada. Partnering with local conservation organizations, employees lend a hand to plant trees, remove invasive plant species, build bee habitats, help restore and clean important watershed areas, as well as learn about local conservation efforts. 

“Projects are chosen based on the four “I”s criteria: Impactful, Innovative, Inspiring and can readily be Imitated,” says Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group. ”Delta’s criteria in determining Project awards is to carefully consider a combination of actual measurable impact, demonstrated innovation, and the project’s ability to inspire others to imitate it – and Branch Out completed by Canon Canada is a terrific example.”

The Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Award for Branch Out adds to the accolades Canon Canada has received for its contribution to environmental sustainability, including being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers (2019), Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Company (Gold Award, Canadian Printing Awards, 2017) and Friends of the Credit Award of Merit (Credit Valley Conservation, 2017).  In 2019, Canon Canada’s 180,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Brampton, Ontario, received its LEED® Gold Certification.

For more about Canon Canada’s Clean50 recognition, please visit, or to learn about Canon Canada’s ongoing corporate social responsibility and environmental initiatives, visit

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business and medical digital imaging solutions. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon’s success. Canon Canada Inc. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 per cent Canadian-based service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon Canada Inc. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.

For more information, please visit or follow the company on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using @CanonCanada.

About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50
Leading sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of, the Canada’s Clean50 awards. The awards were created to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders, 10 Emerging Leaders and Top 20 Projects from every sector of Canadian endeavor. The firm also annually convenes the Clean50 Summit, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep human-caused climate impacts below 1.5 degrees. 

Canon Canada's Branch Out Program Recognized by Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Awards (CNW Group/Canon Canada Inc.)

Canon Canada Inc. (CNW Group/Canon Canada Inc.)

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Staples Canada Celebrates Small Business Month, Helping the Entrepreneur Community Work, Learn and Grow

Staples Canada Celebrates Small Business Month, Helping the Entrepreneur Community Work, Learn and Grow

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Winners of “This is How I Grow My Business” Contest Announced, Receive mentorship from Champion of Entrepreneurs, Joe Mimran

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – To celebrate entrepreneurs, Staples Canada, The Working and Learning Company, is spending Small Business Month by celebrating three outstanding Canadian small businesses and serving up new products, programs and services designed to help small to medium enterprises in communities across the country work smarter, learn more and grow every day.

Staples Canada (CNW Group/Staples Canada ULC)

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses help fuel our communities and we are committed to supporting their ever-evolving needs,” said David Boone, Chief Executive Officer, Staples Canada. “There are about 95,000 small to medium enterprises created each year across the country, though 85,000 businesses disappear within that same period*. We want to help Canadian businesses get off the ground and succeed with the right tools, inspiring products and services, as well as knowledgeable staff at every location.”

A continued partnership with champion of entrepreneurs Joe Mimran has evolved to include a new product line designed for the savvy entrepreneur called gry mattr and a mentorship program tied to Staples Canada’s “This is How I Grow my Business” contest. Winners of the contest will receive in person mentorship from Joe Mimran, as well as $20,000 worth of technology from Staples Canada and Solutionshop services, which offers access to various services like redesigning their logo, improving the customer experience on their website, creating branded promotional products, tech support and more.

“Research shows that 45 per cent of the Canadian workforce will be self employed in some form by 2020**,” continued Boone. “We’re committed to helping the small business community beyond Small Business Month. Our commitment extends to supporting them every day with new and established programs like this contest, as well as the unique services and products we offer.”

All 305 Staples stores across Canada will end the month by hosting a Small Business Showcase on October 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where start-ups and entrepreneurs have been invited to introduce and share their businesses with the local community.

“Giving entrepreneurs a platform to share their business with others is one of the ways we’re building community in our stores to be more than just a product or service provider,” said Boone. ”We were impressed by so many of the businesses that entered our This is How I Grow My Business contest, and we are thrilled to be able to give additional businesses the opportunity to showcase in our stores.”

Meet the Winners of the “This is How I Grow My Business” Contest

Announcing the winners of the “This is How I Grow My Business” Contest; Happipad from Kelowna, British Columbia, SenseTech Solutions from Toronto, Ontario and Animora from Quebec City, Quebec. These three winners were selected from over 1,100 inspiring entries from across Canada.

Happipad Technologies Inc. of Kelowna, British Columbia
Happipad Technologies Inc. provides a service that matches hosts with spare rooms to guests seeking fixed-term affordable rental accommodations. Happipad’s main goal is to provide a beneficial experience to both parties involved; hosts have the ability to earn extra income, while guests, typically students, save on rent. With an emphasis on compatibility, Happipad has developed proprietary techniques to help hosts and guests find the right person to live with. Happipad is currently serving hundreds of clients in B.C. communities including Kelowna, Victoria, Kamloops, and Prince George. The company is co-founded by Cailan Libby and Kenneth Chau, who set out to tackle real world problems, like social isolation, housing and sustainability.

SenseTech Solutions of Toronto, Ontario
SenseTech Solutions develops accessible Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality simulations for individuals with disabilities. They design and create realistic simulations that replicate environments for those in need of rehabilitation and training. They also create simulations that act as a disability awareness outreach tool that articulates a charities vision to their local community. Their goal is to provide solutions and deliver an accessible, unique and cutting-edge VR experience that fits their client’s specific needs.

The SenseTech Solutions team is comprised of four recent engineering graduates, Ali Raza Syed, Rui Amoah, Robert Ingino and Rijul Aggarwal. These young entrepreneurs value research and development as a key driver while diving into the culture of their clients. This allows them to fully understand pain points and makes client feedback the key ingredient in the completed product.

Animora of Quebec City, Quebec
Animora was founded in 2018 with a simple objective; to improve the health and welfare of pets by offering innovative products in animal health. Using their combined knowledge in dental medicine, animal health, microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacy, Andree-Ann Adam and Jean-Philippe Côté started creating quality health products for pets. Their first product on the market, a cranberry dental gel, is an innovative solution that prevents plaque, tartar, bad breath and reduces gum inflammation for your furry friends.

They have big plans to expand throughout Canada, Europe and the United States because they believe that the more accessible their product, the more pet owners around the world will have the proper tools to take care of their pet’s dental health. 

* SOURCE 1: Key Small Business Statistics – January 2019 (Government of Canada)
** SOURCE 2: The Rise of the Self-Employed Economy in Canada (Intuit Canada)

About Staples Canada
Staples Canada is The Working and Learning Company. With a focus on community, inspiration and services, the company is committed to being a dynamic, inspiring partner to customers who visit its 305 locations across the country and online at The company offers three co-working facilities in Toronto, Kelowna and Oakville under the banner Staples Studio. Since its transformation to The Working and Learning Company, Staples Canada has been demonstrating a renewed commitment to small businesses and consumers, through expanded services that go beyond printing in Solutionshop, thousands of new products, tech services, special events, and informative content with the Spotlight Speaker Series and newly-launched blog. A privately-owned company, Staples Canada is dedicated to helping its customers work, learn and grow. Visit for more information, or get social with @StaplesCanada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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