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VANCOUVER, B.C. ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, announced its fourth annual CanaData West Construction Industry Forecasts Conference, which features keynote speaker Vaughn Palmer, award-winning political journalist with the Vancouver Sun. CanaData is recognized as a premier construction economic event for professionals throughout Canada and was designed to provide actionable insight into Canada’s construction industry. The half-day event takes place at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver on October 11, 2017.

Fresh off the heels of the successful CanaData East Forecasts Conference in Toronto, a similar showcase will be held in Vancouver, with a luncheon address by Vancouver Sun journalist, Vaughn Palmer, an expert in British Columbian politics. The CanaData Construction Industry Forecasts Conference features discussions from high-profile, engaging speakers on residential, retail and commercial outlooks, with special emphasis on upcoming trends, infrastructure needs, commodities and technology.

“Carl Bernstein, legendary journalist, was CanaData East’s keynote in September and his sharp analysis was U.S.-focused,” explained Mark Casaletto, President, ConstructConnect Canada. “For CanaData West we’re putting the lens on British Columbia and Western Canada. Vaughn Palmer started working for the Vancouver Sun at the height of Watergate. His perspective and ability to analyze British Columbian politics is incomparable. Vaughn is who we want to hear from most, at this consequential moment in British Columbian politics.”

In addition to Mr. Vaughn, this year’s conference features a well-respected lineup of speakers:

  • Mario Canseco, vice president, public affairs, Insights West
  • Alex Carrick, chief economist CanaData/ConstructConnect
  • Mark Casaletto, president ConstructConnect Canada
  • Patricia Mohr, corporate director and economist/commodity market specialist
  • Brian Yu, deputy chief economist, Central 1 Credit Union

"Canada has always placed great reliance on its resource sector, but fundamental change is occurring in response to environmental concerns, a world-wide shift away from fossil fuels and the unpredictable nature of our future trading relationship with the United States. In reaction, Canada and its best-performing province, British Columbia, have been making great strides in generating new jobs in knowledge-based sectors,” said ConstructConnect Chief Economist Alex Carrick. “But, what are the implications for construction? Staying successful within today’s climate of unprecedented business upheaval requires a level of mental dexterity and decision-making acumen that only CanaData West can deliver."

The event is open to the public. To reserve a seat for the event or learn more about the CanaData Construction Industry Forecasts Conference, visit the conference website at


SMITHFIELD, R.I., Sept. 26, 2017 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has unveiled an innovative new line of safety eyewear combining style and customized features especially designed for today’s diverse millennial workforce.

Now comprising more than 1-in-3 U.S. workers, millennials are a tech-savvy, style-conscious generation that is pushing employers to take a fresh approach to personal protective equipment. Honeywell’s new Uvex Avatar line of safety eyewear, with 12 advanced features, offers the personalized fit, fog-free protection and attractive style options they seek.

“Millennials expect more customization in color, style and fit in their eyewear and Avatar delivers on all fronts,” said Wanda Sanchez-Miller, senior product marketing manager for Honeywell Industrial Safety, a global leader in personal protective equipment. “To encourage all-day wear, Avatar is fashioned after popular sport-inspired and recreational designs, uses advanced materials to provide a secure, no-slip grip, and incorporates innovative adjustability features to more comfortably fit an increasingly diverse workforce.”

Eight points of adjustability coupled with Honeywell’s exclusive Multi-Material Technology® Plus (MMT+) for exceptional flexibility, grip and comfort make Avatar a customizable and comfortable choice. Key features of Avatar include:

  • Innovative flexible nose pad and floating nose loop (patent pending technology)
  • Ultra-light frame constructed of leading-edge composite materials
  • Soft temples and nose pad made with MMT+ for grip and comfort
  • Insulated wire-core temples for superior adjustability and dielectric wear
  • Soft brow frame constructed of MMT+ for cushioned comfort
  • Angle-adjustable ratchet temples delivering a 15° adjustment range for customized fit
  • Flexible, wraparound temples with MMT+ for custom flex and fit
  • Soft temple tip pads for an ergonomic fit beneath helmets

Every pair of Avatar comes with Uvex HydroShield®, the industry’s top-performing anti-fog lens coating and hardcoat, to combat fog and scratches longer in every environment. A patent-pending indirect venting system promotes air circulation to further reduce the effects of fog.  

Avatar’s nine-base lens maximizes field of vision and protective coverage, and is available in five tints – clear, gray, amber, blue mirrored, and SCT-Reflect 50 – suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Frames are available in five colors: black, blue, red, teal, and yellow. Avatar is dielectric and meets the ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.32, and EN166 safety standards. 

Uvex Avatar safety eyewear from Honeywell is available now through major safety equipment distributors in the Americas. Contact the Honeywell Industrial Safety customer care department at 800-430-5490 (U.S.) or 888-212-7233 (Canada) for more information about Uvex Avatar and where it may be purchased. Uvex brand safety eyewear is offered for sale by Honeywell Industrial Safety exclusively in the Americas. More information about the complete family of Uvex safety eyewear is available at


Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise globally. In the past year, 163 million women were starting businesses across 74 economies worldwide, while 111 million were running established businesses. This is according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016/17 Women’s Report released today with sponsors: Babson College, Smith College, Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Del Desarrollo, and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak.

“This not only shows the magnitude of impact women entrepreneurs have across the globe, but highlights the contribution they make toward the growth and well-being of their societies,” said Babson College Professor and report co-author Donna Kelley. “Women entrepreneurs provide incomes for their families, employment for those in their communities, and products and services that bring new value to the world around them.”

Among the 63 economies surveyed in both this and the last report produced in 2015, GEM found that Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) among women increased by 10%, and the gender gap (ratio of women to men participating in entrepreneurship) narrowed by 5%. These same economies show an 8% increase in women’s ownership of established businesses.

Female Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) and Gender Ratio sees advancement, mainly due to improvements in Canada

Female entrepreneurship rates vary significantly across the economies surveyed. GEM groups economies into five levels of economic development (using criteria identified by the World Economic Forum) and six geographic regions: East and South Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa.


Female TEA rates ranged from 3% in Germany, Jordan, Italy and France to 37% in Senegal. In just five economies in two regions (Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam in Asia and Mexico and Brazil in Latin America), women participated in entrepreneurship at equal or higher rates than men.


Ten percent of all women entrepreneurs surveyed, operate their businesses on their own and have no intentions to add any employees in the next five years. Europe has the highest frequency of one-person female business activity, meaning they have no intentions of employing anyone else, whereas North  America with two advanced economies has the lowest.


Policy insight for better support of women entrepreneurs


GEM, now in its 18th year, has gained widespread recognition as the most authoritative longitudinal study of entrepreneurship in the world and, as such, it offers valuable insights to guide future research and policy decision-making as well as the design of interventions that can enhance women entrepreneurship, said GEM Executive Director Mike Herrington.


The data from this latest report highlights several key trends and paradoxes, he said. “As economic development and educational level increases, entrepreneurial participation among women declines and the gender gap increases, but business discontinuance also slows down. While the female discontinuance rate exceeds that of males in the first three levels of development, although only by about 10%, fewer women in highly developed innovation-driven economies have exited businesses, and at only two-thirds the rate of men.”

Also of note for policy makers is the finding that, on average, women exhibit a 20% or greater likelihood of citing necessity as a motive for starting a new business when compared to men – especially in less developed economies. A positive finding is that that women entrepreneurs have a 5% greater likelihood of innovativeness compared to men.

While there are no clear cut answers in the report, the data provides an important foundation for the support of female business growth and the creation of both economic and social value around the world, commented Herrington.

“In many respects this report shows that women entrepreneurs across the world are more different than similar in terms of personal demographics, attitudes, and the types of businesses they run,” he said. “This suggests that support initiatives for women entrepreneurs need be tailored and customised per economy - rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.” 


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