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What’s new this week
Coding For Veterans program now includes spouses and Afghan interpreters
Canada’s Coding For Veterans (C4V) program has expanded this year to include military spouses and family members and, most recently, to support the resettlement of those citizens of Afghanistan who served alongside Canadian troops. It will allow Afghan interpreters who can safely immigrate to Canada to enroll and retrain for tech sector jobs alongside the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members they once served beside.
An intensive eight-month online program offered in partnership with the University of Ottawa, C4V is aimed at harnessing the skills and experiences of veterans who have served Canada by training them for second civilian careers as software and cybersecurity professionals. The tuition for the program is fully paid for qualified veterans by Veterans Affairs Canada.
The C4V career caravan is currently at the halfway point of its cross Canada recruitment tour. Now travelling throughout Ontario, its mission is to bring our troops from deployment to employment, even in the face of COVID-19. The tour will stop in most major military installations and training centres in Canada ahead of Remembrance Day 2021 – where it will make its final stop in our nation’s capital on Nov. 11.
New ServiceNow solution to help organizations activate their ESG strategies
The American cloud computing platform company ServiceNow last week announced the launch of an integrated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) solution. Built on the Now platform, the integrated solution aims to help organizations plan, manage, govern, and report on their ESG programs and initiatives. It provides visibility and transparency across companies’ ESG programs and initiatives, helping them strategize, manage, govern, and report on these efforts on a single platform, the company explained in a press release. Key components of the solution include:
- ServiceNow ESG management and reporting enables companies to document material topics, establish goals and KPIs, track performance, collect and validate audit‑ready data, and create disclosures that align with major ESG reporting frameworks.
- ServiceNow project and portfolio management helps build and maintain a company’s ESG roadmap, including strategy, planning, and budgeting tools plus ongoing tracking of costs, resources, and results. Companies gain visibility into their ESG investments and improve the scale and impact of their ESG efforts.
- ServiceNow integrated risk management provides core governance capabilities and advanced risk assessments, continuous monitoring, AI, audits, privacy, automation, and more. It integrates ESG considerations and data into enterprise‑wide risk and compliance management with a real‑time view of ESG compliance and risk as well as analytics that improve decision-making and business performance.
Instacart expands footprint across Quebec
The North American online grocery platform Instacart last week announced that it has expanded its footprint across Quebec to include 17 more municipalities, following the company’s initial launch in Montreal. The company first launched in Quebec in June with initial retail partners Costco, Les Aliments M&M and Walmart; its French-language experience in the province marked the first time the company launched products in another language.
As part of this latest expansion, Instacart has added four new key retailers – H&M, Pharmaprix, Sephora Canada, and Staples Canada (known as Bureau en Gros in Quebec). It will now reach 90 per cent of Canadian households, delivering groceries and essential goods from more than 40 retailers and 2,400 stores across Canada.
CIRA partners with ScamAdvisor to safeguard Canadians against online scams
The Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA), which oversees the .ca domain, last week announced its partnership with the anti-scam technology firm ScamAdviser to safeguard Canadian families against online scams and fraudulent websites. It will integrate protection against fraudulent websites into the Protected and Family versions of the CIRA Canadian Shield, a free DNS service that prevents Canadians from connecting to malicious websites.
As part of this partnership, the ScamAdviser Trust Score – an API that helps check the trustworthiness of a domain – will be added to CIRA Canadian Shield, allowing it to block websites with a high-risk score based on more than 40 scam cues. Some of these cues include the IP address of the web server, the ability to contact the website owners, the age of the URL, ratings on review sites, and more.
Vancouver-based data analytics firm strikes deal with Iceland’s leading shoe retailer to digitize its plastic gift cards
Fobi AI, a Vancouver-based company that provides real-time data analytics through artificial intelligence to drive operational efficiencies and profitability, has announced the signing of a national Passcreator Wallet pass deal with Iceland’s shoe retailer S4S.
As part of the deal, Fobi, in collaboration with Iceland-based digital transformation agency Leikbreytir, will digitize plastic gift cards and paper-based credit notes from S4S that will be managed and redeemed via Fobi’s Passcreator Wallet pass. Fobi says it expects to generate immediate revenue through the licensing of Wallet passes to S4S through Leikbreytir.
More to explore
The widespread drive to accelerate digital business initiatives during the pandemic has meant big changes in the way work gets done and decisions are made. Now as hybrid work becomes the “new normal,” it’s critical that businesses keep up this digital momentum. For CIOs, this means ensuring that non-digital behaviours and practices don’t creep back into processes and decisions that were transformed during the pandemic response.
Government representatives of 30 nations including Canada have agreed to recognize ransomware as an escalating global security threat with serious economic and security consequences and have committed themselves to “urgent action.”
Dell has announced two new rugged laptops designed to crunch the numbers in tough climates. The Latitude 5430 and 7330 laptops both feature various reinforcements for field researchers, warehouses, and first responders.
At the Google Cloud Next ’21 conference last week, Google picked up its pace on tackling climate change with announcement of new sustainability initiatives surrounding Google Cloud.
Alberta-based Black Business Ventures Association (BBVA) is launching the Black Seed Accelerator Program to provide support to Black tech-led startups in Canadian Prairies.
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