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Ultimaker sets new 3d printing milestone with the release of Ultimaker Cura 5.0

UTRECHT, Netherlands, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Ultimaker, the global leader in professional 3D printing, has launched the beta for Ultimaker Cura 5.0, the latest version of its free, open source, slicing software during the Spring Showcase. Unique applications in design, architecture, engineering and metal 3D printing have been enabled by the enhanced slicing engine that sets a new threshold for finer and faster 3D prints. The newly developed variable line width capability of this slicing engine improves its ability to print thin walls and fine details. Parts printed with this engine will also be stronger. Other improvements include faster print profiles for owners of Ultimaker printers, support for Apple M1 chips, and more.

Ultimaker Cura 5.0 represents the biggest leap forward in print quality that the software has ever seen. This is the start of a true revolution in 3D printing technology,” says Miguel Calvo, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ultimaker. “We believe that even those who have looked at 3D printing before and concluded that it may not be ready for their use, today it is time for them to look again. Until now, you had to make your design work for 3D printing. It’s time to turn the table… from designing for 3D printing, to 3D printing for design.”

Ultimaker Cura 5.0 – Thinner walls and finer details

The most eye-catching improvements of Ultimaker Cura 5.0 are:


Thinner walls and finer details

The new slicing engine in Ultimaker Cura 5.0 allows for the use of variable line width when slicing a 3D model to most accurately print fine details.

Stronger parts

The variable line width capabilities of the new slicing engine in Ultimaker Cura 5.0 results in fewer gaps on the inside of printed parts, making them more solid, and therefore stronger. The improved printing of thin walls brings parts printed with Ultimaker Cura 5.0 closer to the strength of those produced using injection molding.

“Cura is evolving and there is much more freedom in the design for FFF, so the software is less of a limiting factor. Thin walls, and the kind of small design features that are often featured in injection molded parts, are created more efficiently and this results in applications being produced in an improved way in 3DP,” according to Steve Cox- Engineer and 3D printing advocate .

Faster print profiles

Print profiles available to users of Ultimaker printers have been updated to make use of the improved capabilities of Ultimaker Cura 5.0 resulting in print time reductions of up to 20%.

Ultimaker Cura 5.0 enables new applications

New possibilities and new applications

The Showcase featured innovators and thought-leaders from the 3D printing community who demonstrated unique applications enabled by the newest version of Ultimaker Cura 5.0. It can be watched here for anyone who missed the original presentation of Cura 5.0.

You can download Ultimaker Cura 5.0 beta here: https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura.

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Windward Selected by CARICOM IMPACS to Enhance Maritime Security in the Caribbean

CARICOM IMPACS will use Windward’s Predictive Intelligence platform to identify illicit maritime trade in the region

LONDON, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Windward, the Predictive Intelligence company applying AI to transform global maritime trade, announced today that it has partnered with The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), an organization of fifteen Member States and five Associate Members in the Caribbean as well as CARICOM’s Regional Security System (RSS), a treaty organization comprising of Barbados and other countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Windward’s AI-powered maritime intelligence platform will empower CARICOM IMPACS and RSS to support CARICOM Member States in their fight against drug trafficking and illegal activities in the Caribbean’s exclusive economic zones.

As the entryway to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea is a main stop-over in the trade route from South to North America and illicit activities such as drug trafficking and other types of smuggling are becoming increasingly commonplace, especially in light of recent sanctions placed on Venezuela. Despite a decrease in general maritime activity in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in illicit maritime activities in the Caribbean in recent months. Windward’s platform will support CARICOM Countries, through CARICOM IMPACS and RSS, in their fight against illicit activities by providing a real-time view of the maritime ecosystem and offering AI-powered risk assessments of vessels, companies, shipowners, and all other stakeholders in the maritime domain.

“Windward’s solution is key in our fight against illegal activities,” said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Jones, Executive Director (Ag) of CARICOM. “As illegal shipping methods are becoming more advanced, we turned to Windward’s industry-leading Maritime AI solution to assist in detecting these activities and flagging vessels that are suspicious, enabling us to assist CARICOM Member States to crack down on illicit trade, minimize and/or prevent illegal fishing, and surveil the maritime domain, beyond AIS monitoring.”

Windward’s Maritime AI is powered by hundreds of behavioral analytics models and over 10 billion data points, giving authorities the power to make smarter decisions, faster. Relying on thousands of case studies and a vast array of parameters including vessel routes, Dark Activities, and unusual changes in course, Windward’s platform analyzes existing behaviors to predict in real-time which entities are likely to be involved in illicit activities. Windward’s solution is the new global standard in maritime control, enabling government bodies to protect their borders, national interests, and citizens. The partnership with CARICOM IMPACS and RSS comes on the heels of Windward’s announcements of a partnership with the EU’s Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics (MAOC-(N)) in October 2020 and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex in January 2021.

“We are thrilled that CARICOM has chosen Windward to help protect its territorial waters throughout the Caribbean,” said Ami Daniel, CEO and Co-Founder of Windward. “The Caribbean Sea is a major point in the trade route of illegal substances leaving South America and of sanctioned oil leaving Venezuela. Using Windward’s Maritime AI technology and real-time insights, CARICOM is strengthening its defenses against these activities and enhancing the transparency needed into the global maritime domain to protect its borders.”

About Windward

Windward is the leading Predictive Intelligence company fusing AI and big data to digitalize the global maritime industry, enabling organizations to achieve business and operational readiness. Windward’s AI-powered solution allows stakeholders including banks, commodity traders, insurers, and major energy and shipping companies to make real time, predictive intelligence-driven decisions, providing a 360° view of the maritime ecosystem and its broader impact on safety, security, finance, and business. For more information visit: https://wnwd.com/.

About CARICOM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) was established by the Twenty Seventh Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July 2006, in Bird Rock, St Kitts and Nevis, as the implementation arm of a new Regional Architecture to manage CARICOM’s action agenda on crime and security.

At this Meeting, the Heads of Government signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement establishing the Agency as a legal entity, with direct responsibility for research, monitoring and evaluation, analysis and preparation of background documents and reports, as well as project development and implementation of the regional Crime and Security agenda.

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Hakrinbank Selects Tookitaki to Ensure Sustainable Financial Compliance Monitoring

  • Tookitaki will deploy its industry-leading Anti-Money Laundering Suite (AMLS) to help Hakrinbank detect and prevent financial crime
  • The deployment to significantly improve current legacy AML system and data analysis environment

    CaribPR Wire, PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Feb. 09, 2021: Tookitaki, a global regulatory technology (RegTech) company that enables financial institutions to develop sustainable compliance programs, today announced a partnership with Hakrinbank, a leading South American bank based in Suriname, to fortify its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) detection and alerts management capabilities.

    To improve its legacy system and augment its ability to better detect, prioritise, investigate, report and prevent financial crime, Hakrinbank chose Tookitaki to deploy the RegTech’s cutting-edge AMLS offering into production, harnessing the bank’s unique mix of customer, account and transaction data.

    In the past, the alert handling at the Hakrinbank was mainly manual because of the number of false positives (alerts that do not represent suspicious activity). The bank wanted a system that could reduce the alert volume while not increasing the risk of missing any suspicious activity. Tookitaki was selected after demonstrating superior suspicious AML pattern detection using a modern solution architecture that can replace the bank’s existing systems over time and provide a migration path for future Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities.

    Tookitaki’s Anti-Money Laundering Suite (AMLS) is an award-winning, end-to-end, machine learning solution with modules around transaction monitoring and names screening. This solution complements current legacy systems, reduces false alerts, and detects ‘missed’ suspicious cases, augmenting both the efficiency and effectiveness of AML compliance processes. The solution will help Hakrinbank prioritize alerts smartly, use AI to increase detection accuracy and improve investigation efficiency through an easy-to-manage user interface.

    Mr Abhishek Chatterjee, Founder & CEO, Tookitaki, said, “Tookitaki continues to be a trusted partner of global banks to develop sustainable compliance programmes. Working with Hakrinbank provides us inroads into the Caribbean’s dynamic financial services market. It is a great opportunity for us to detect new and emerging financial crimes, help mitigate compliance risks and ensure banks and financial institutions are aligned to regulatory compliance requirements.”

    “This strategic investment and partnership with Tookitaki will enable us to lead the transformation of better risk management by shifting from conventional rules-based AML practices to a future-proof, fully-automated AI-based AML approach. Hopefully through this journey, we are also able to alter the perception of the Caribbean region as high-risk. With increasing digital transactions, fighting money laundering has become more complicated than it previously was, but we are committed to tackling this menace through this partnership,” stated Mr. Rafiek Sheorajpanday, CEO of Hakrinbank.

    Last year, the European Union blacklisted a handful of Caribbean jurisdictions due to inadequate AML and tax transparency practices. However, governments in the region and regulatory bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT) are working closely to take steps to tighten anti-money laundering regulations, while in parallel financial institutions are embracing AI to improve detection and investigation abilities. The region has introduced its own initiative, such as the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) to improve governance.

    Tookitaki AMLS is the industry’s first AI-based enterprise AML analytics solution in production across transaction monitoring and screening processes with proven performance.

    About Tookitaki
    Tookitaki Holding Pte. Ltd. provides enterprise software solutions catering to anti-money laundering and reconciliation spaces. Headquartered in Singapore, the growth-stage company is innovating the US$100-billion regulatory compliance space by bringing in machine learning-powered solutions that are actionable, scalable and explainable. The uniqueness and robustness of Tookitaki innovation in the field of regulatory compliance have been acknowledged worldwide. In 2020, the company won the Regulation Asia Awards for Excellence, WITSA Global ICT Excellence Award and G20TechSprint accelerator. In 2019, the company was selected as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, recognizing its ability to shape the AML industry and the region in new and exciting ways. Tookitaki is backed by institutional investors like Viola, SIG, Illuminate Financial, Jungle Ventures and Spring Seeds, an investment arm of the Singapore government.

    About Hakrinbank
    The Hakrinbank, founded 85 years ago, is a full-service bank that continually strives to operate in a customer-oriented way with a primary focus on the business segment and the middle- and higher-income consumer segment. Our ambition is to be the ‘preferred bank’ for our focus customer segments through a sublime customer experience. The Hakrinbank is strongly rooted in the Surinamese society and makes an important contribution to the development of various sectors, companies, families and the society.

    As one of the leading financial institutions in Suriname, Hakrinbank is working on their roadmap of providing digital and innovative products and services. Recently we launched our e-commerce platform hoppa! and our mobile wallet Mopé. Currently we are working on enhancements and new products and services such as a new Online and Mobile Banking platform.

    When banks increase their digital and innovative products, it leads to an increase in cybersecurity and financial crime risks, which was one of our greatest sources of threats. Preventing fraud and money laundering requires adequate measures. Hence, strengthening our enterprise risk management framework and also creating more risk awareness has a primary focus within the organization. In that regard we have drawn up full scale Cybersecurity, Fraud and ML/TF prevention programs. Aware of our leadership position in the financial sector in Suriname, we are committed to embracing the use of Artificial Intelligence to augment our AML/CFT capabilities and to lead the way in dealing with this threat to us and our country. The partnership with Tookitaki will enable us to achieve these goals.

    Hakrinbank selecciona Tookitaki para garantizar monitoreo de cumplimiento financiero sostenible

    • Tookitaki implementará su Suite Antilavado de Dinero (AMLS) líder del sector para ayudar a Hakrinbank a detectar y prevenir delitos financieros
    • La implementación mejorará de forma significativa el sistema Antilavado de Dinero (AML) legado actual y el espacio de análisis de datos

    CARIBPR Wire PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Feb. 09, 2021: Tookitaki una empresa mundial de tecnología regulatoria (RegTech) que permite que las instituciones financieras desarrollen programas de cumplimiento sostenible, anunció hoy una asociación con Hakrinbank, un banco líder sudamericano con sede en Suriname, para fortalecer sus capacidades de detección y gestión de alertas de Antilavado de Dinero (AML).

    A fin de mejorar su sistema legado y aumentar su capacidad para detectar, priorizar, investigar, informar y prevenir mejor los delitos financieros, Hakrinbank seleccionó a Tookitaki para implementar la oferta AMLS de vanguardia de RegTech en la producción, aprovechando la combinación única de datos de clientes, cuentas y transacciones del banco.

    Anteriormente, el manejo de alertas e Hakrinbank era principalmente manual debido al número de falsos positivos (alertas que no representan actividad sospechosa). El banco buscó un sistema capaz de reducir el volumen de alertas sin aumentar el riesgo de desaprovechar cualquier actividad sospechosa. Tookitaki fue seleccionada después de demostrar una detección superior de patrones AML sospechosos utilizando una arquitectura de solución moderna que puede reemplazar los sistemas existentes del banco a lo largo del tiempo y ofrecer una ruta de migración a futuras capacidades de inteligencia artificial (IA) y aprendizaje automático (ML).

    La Suite Antilavado de Dinero (AMLS) de Tookitaki es una solución de aprendizaje automático galardonada e integral con módulos en torno al monitoreo de transacciones y detección de nombres. Esta solución complementa los sistemas legados actuales, reduce alertas falsas y detecta los casos sospechosos “no identificados”, lo que aumenta la eficacia y efectividad de los procesos de cumplimiento AML. La solución ayudará a Hakrinbank a priorizar alertas de forma inteligente, usar la IA para aumentar la precisión de detección y mejorar la eficacia de la investigación a través de una interfaz de usuario fácil de administrar.

    El Sr. Abhishek Chatterjee, fundador y director ejecutivo de Tookitaki, dijo: “Tookitaki continúa siendo un socio de confianza de los bancos globales para el desarrollo de programas de cumplimiento sostenible. El trabajo con Hakrinbank viabiliza grandes avances en el dinámico mercado de servicios financieros del Caribe. Es una gran oportunidad para detectar delitos financieros nuevos y emergentes, ayudar a mitigar los riesgos de cumplimiento y garantizar que los bancos e instituciones financieras estén alineadas con los requisitos regulatorios de cumplimiento”.

    “Esta inversión estratégica y asociación con Tookitaki nos permitirá liderar la transformación de una mejor gestión de riesgos, al cambiar de prácticas de AML basadas en reglas convencionales a un enfoque de AML totalmente automatizado y comprobado para el futuro. Esperemos que a través de esta jornada, también podamos cambiar la percepción de la región del Caribe como de alto riesgo. Con el aumento de las transacciones digitales, la lucha contra el lavado de dinero se volvió más complicada que antes, sin embargo; estamos comprometidos a abordar esta amenaza a través de esta asociación “, dijo Rafiek Sheorajpanday, director ejecutivo de Hakrinbank.

    El año pasado, la Unión Europea puso en la lista negra a un puñado de jurisdicciones del Caribe debido a prácticas inadecuadas de AML y transparencia fiscal. Sin embargo, los gobiernos de la región y organismos reguladores como el Grupo de Acción Financiera de América Latina (GAFILAT) están trabajando en estrecha colaboración para tomar medidas para endurecer las regulaciones contra el lavado de dinero, mientras paralelamente, las instituciones financieras están adoptando la IA para mejorar las capacidades de detección e investigación. La región presentó su propia iniciativa, como el Grupo de Acción Financiera del Caribe (GAFI) para mejorar la gobernanza.

    Tookitaki AMLS es la primera solución de análisis de AML empresarial basada en IA del sector en producción a través de procesos de monitoreo y selección de transacciones con un rendimiento comprobado.

    Acerca de Tookitaki
    Tookitaki Holding Pte. Ltd. ofrece soluciones de software empresarial dirigidas a los espacios de antilavado de dinero y reconciliación. Con sede en Singapur, la empresa en etapa de crecimiento está innovando el espacio de cumplimiento regulatorio de US $ 100 mil millones al incorporar soluciones impulsadas por el aprendizaje automático accionables, escalables y explicables. La singularidad y robustez de la innovación de Tookitaki en el campo del cumplimiento regulatorio son reconocidas en todo el mundo. En 2020, la empresa ganó los Premios Regulation Asia a la Excelencia, el Premio WITSA Global ICT Excellence y el acelerador G20TechSprint. En 2019, la empresa fue seleccionada como pionera en tecnología por el Foro Económico Mundial, en reconocimiento a su capacidad para moldear el sector de AML y la región de maneras nuevas y emocionantes. Tookitaki cuenta con el respaldo de inversores institucionales como Viola, SIG, Illuminate Financial, Jungle Ventures y Spring Seeds, una rama de inversión del gobierno de Singapur.

    Acerca de Hakrinbank
    Hakrinbank, fundado hace 85 años, es un banco de servicio completo que se esfuerza continuamente por operar de forma orientada al cliente, con enfoque principal en los segmentos de negocios y de consumo de medianos y altos ingresos. Nuestra ambición es ser el “banco preferido” para nuestros segmentos de clientes focalizados mediante una magnífica experiencia de cliente. El Hakrinbank está fuertemente arraigado en la sociedad surinamesa, y hace una importante contribución al desarrollo de diversos sectores, empresas, familias y la sociedad.

    Como una de las principales instituciones financieras de Suriname, Hakrinbank trabaja en su plan de acción para ofrecer productos y servicios digitales e innovadores. Recientemente lanzamos nuestra plataforma de comercio electrónico, hoppa! y nuestra cartera móvil Mopé. En la actualidad trabajamos en mejoras y nuevos productos y servicios como una nueva plataforma de banca en línea y móvil.

    El aumento de productos digitales e innovadores de los bancos conduce a aumento de la ciberseguridad y riesgos de delitos financieros, una de nuestras mayores fuentes de amenazas. La prevención del fraude y el lavado de dinero exige medidas adecuadas. Bien así, el fortalecimiento de nuestra estructura de gestión de riesgos empresariales y también la creación de mayor concienciación de riesgo tienen un enfoque principal dentro de la organización. En ese sentido, elaboramos programas a escala completa de ciberseguridad y prevención de fraude y avado de dinero y financiamiento del terrorismo (LD/FT). Conscientes de nuestra posición de liderazgo en el sector financiero en Suriname, mantenemos nuestro compromiso de adoptar el uso de inteligencia artificial para aumentar nuestras capacidades Antilavado de Dinero y contra el Financiamiento del Terrorismo (ALD/CFT) y liderar el camino para lidiar con esta amenaza para nosotros y nuestro país. La asociación con Tookitaki nos permitirá alcanzar estos objetivos.

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    Cyber Help Is on the Way – Canadian Banking & Technology Executive Claudette McGowan Hits Top #10 on Apple With New Cyber Security Podcast

    TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Claudette McGowan launches C Suite, a new cyber security program and podcast designed to elevate cyber literacy and digital awareness for everyday people.

    On February 4th, McGowan aired her first episode of the C Suite podcast, landing one of the top spots in the Canadian Technology category.

    The first episode featured Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye. He shared his account of what happened in December 2020, when FireEye discovered a significant cyber breach within their network.

    Listen to Episode 1 of C Suite on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    The need to enhance personal cyber literacy has never been greater.

    “As we continue to increase the time we spend online, consumers have an opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity best practices, so they can continue to use new and existing digital platforms with confidence,” says TD’s Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer, Protect Fusion and Cyber Experience.

    In addition to being a Cyber Security executive, McGowan serves as Chair of Canada’s CILAR (Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism). Together, with innovation colleagues like Yung Wu, CEO MaRS Discovery District she is launching new cyber learning programs and job opportunities for youth in late 2021.

    “As COVID-19 demands new ways of working, cyber attackers have found new targets. The explosion of entry points and the associated rise of cybercrime means it’s critical that we focus our innovation economy on cyber resilience and scaling ventures that will maintain and build our defensive shields against these fast developing threats.” – Yung Wu

    Visit GlobalCSuite.org and follow @GlobalCSuite on social media for daily tips, information, upcoming webinars and cyber security jobs opportunities.

    About C Suite
    C Suite is a global cyber literacy movement created to raise personal cyber awareness. The focus of C Suite is to elevate cyber fluency and digital confidence through events, podcasts, and new learning experiences. This global movement showcases a year-round commitment to creating safer digital environments for all. Through regular reminders, tips, and training, C Suite taps directly into the greatest asset on Earth, people.

    About CILAR
    The Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR) was established to leverage the connections of Black, Indigenous and people of colour to the innovation sector – a critical part of rebuilding and transitioning to the new economy. Composed of senior members of Canada’s tech, innovation and advanced industry sectors, CILAR’s work will be driven by its broad membership. Using the strong institutional influence of its members, as well as a system-focused approach, CILAR aims to have a wide network impact.

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    Parkland teams up with Amazon Web Services to accelerate digital transformation

    CaribPR Wire, CALGARY, Alberta, July 22, 2020 — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX:PKI) announced it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) to further strengthen its customer value proposition and loyalty initiatives and accelerate its digital transformation. With AWS as its strategic digital provider, Parkland intends to tap into leading expertise in machine learning and analytics to improve its logistics and enable frictionless commerce.

    “We are excited to be teaming up with AWS to advance our strategic priorities and support our ambitious organic growth targets,” said Ian White, Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing and Innovation at Parkland. “AWS is a renowned global technology leader who is laser-focused on customer experience and innovation.”

    “Across our growing business in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, we complete over one million customer transactions every day,” added White. “Through digital, we will build on this unique perspective and uncover valuable insights into our customers’ needs and preferences to provide enhanced services, products and personalized offers.”

    Parkland has been building its internal capabilities to leverage digital technology trends for some time. It has identified several technologies and customer-centric opportunities that support organic growth. These include:

    • Loyalty program data optimization (including the Canadian JOURNIE™ rewards loyalty program) and personalized customer offers;
    • Real-time price optimization using enhanced data feeds and machine learning;
    • Progressing our vision for the convenience store of the future.

    Moving forward, additional strategic opportunities include monitoring fuel inventories in real-time and optimizing routing and distribution, harnessing digital to help scale the business without adding significant cost and complexity, and improving the speed and efficiency of M&A integration.

    “By embracing digital, we will strengthen our position as a leading fuel and convenience marketer and believe that through enhanced customer focus we can drive organic revenue growth and margin expansion,” added White. “Digital services are changing constantly and teaming up with AWS helps us channel those developments to elevate our customer focus and enhance our core competencies of retailing, customer loyalty, pricing, supply and distribution.”

    About Parkland Corporation

    Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

    Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

    Forward Looking Statements

    Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “further”, “intends”, “advance”, “build”, “believe”, “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to: Parkland’s ability to strengthen its customer value proposition and loyalty initiatives and accelerate its digital transformation; Parkland’s ability to tap into AWS’ leading expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, logistics and frictionless commerce; Parkland’s belief that teaming up with AWS will advance strategic priorities; Parkland’s expectation that the collaboration will allow it to provide enhanced services, products and personalized offers; Parkland’s expectation that the collaboration with AWS will allow for the monitoring fuel inventories in real-time, the optimization of routing and distribution, allow Parkland to harness digital to help scale business without adding significant cost and complexity, and improve the speed and efficiency of M&A integration. Forward-looking statements are based on Parkland’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the company in light of its information available at the time the statement was made. These forward-looking statements consider Parkland and AWS’ experience and Parkland’s expectations and assumptions concerning: capital efficiencies and cost savings; the adoption and implementation of technology; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of labour and services.

    No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. See the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2020 and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the Q1 2020 MD&A, which are filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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    GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MIAMI, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative – following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 – where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    The COVID-19 health crisis is putting the world at risk. The impact on businesses, markets and economies is already beginning to be felt, and in business ecosystems the demand for strong measures to ensure business continuity is fundamental.

    At a global level, the changes and challenges that companies have faced include adapting to new tele-working scenarios, unknown until only about three months ago, have created unique opportunities on all ends of the digital divide. For many large corporations, this option has become the norm and many have chosen to adopt it permanently, at least for the rest of 2020.

    As a result, the number of people making electronic payments has multiplied, as shown by the recent Visa study which presented that more than 13 million of its cardholders made an e-commerce transaction for the first time in the first quarter of 2020, in key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. This means that two out of every 10 active e-commerce cardholders are “new to e-commerce,” representing up to 14 percent of all active Visa accounts in key markets during this period.

    “Our intention in developing our GM Sectec & Visa ‘PaySec Talks’ on the heels of our successful ‘PaySec Day’ Events throughout Latin America in 2019; is to promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in concert with our Strategic Partner, Visa. Offering organizations and individuals who are working from home, the opportunity to learn about the tools, tactics and procedures they have available today to prevent multi-vector fraud and identity theft is a critical objective for all of us here at GM Sectec.” said Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Sectec.

    Through the “PaySec Talks”, which will be held throughout July, in three sessions – English, Spanish and Portuguese – GM Sectec and Visa will be sharing better strategies and practices on how to maintain the security of their customers’ information and data when conducting electronic transactions.

    “We have seen a pivotal change in consumer shopping behaviors as a result of the pandemic, which has rapidly reinforced the multiple benefits of e-commerce and contactless payments, as consumers prioritize health, safety and hygiene both at home and when out shopping,” said Eduardo Perez, Chief Risk Officer for Visa Latina America and the Caribbean.  ”Now is the time for issuers, acquirers and businesses to invest in quickly implementing payment services that consumers will increasingly demand during and as we overcome this situation.”

    for this reason, we want through the PaySec Talks, to educate companies in Latin America, where e-commerce is a growing alternative, to ensure the safety of their customers and their business.”

    The “PaySec Talks” will be held on July 2nd, 16th and 30th, to participate you just have to register through the following link: https://events.gmsectec.com/visagmsectec

    About GM Sectec

    GM Sectec offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Sectec has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk.  Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. GM Sectec has been selected as one of the “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020″ by Cybercrime MagazineTo learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

    About Visa Inc.

    Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit  About Visavisa.com/blog and  @VisaNews.

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    Integration Technologies Partners with RIB Software to Expand Its Global Footprint on Cloud, Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Integration Technologies (Intech -  https://www.intechsp.com), a leading Managed Solution and Service provider for Hybrid Data Center, Cybersecurity, and Microsoft Cloud Platforms in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, today announced a majority growth investment from RIB Software and the buyout of Advent-Morro Equity Partners’ long time ownership in Intech.  The investment will enable Intech to globally expand its footprint and leadership.

    RIB Software SE (https://www.rib-software.com/en/group/home/), headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany and Hong Kong, China, listed on the prime standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011, and with more than 1,500 talented staff members and 30 locations worldwide, is the world’s leading provider of Cloud enterprise technology for the building, construction and real estate industries.  In April 2018, RIB and Microsoft announced MTWO – the world’s first vertical cloud platform for the construction and real estate industries, which is expected to grow to USD 14 trillion by 2025 according to a McKinsey Global Institute report. This partnership aims to help companies in the industry achieve productivity gains through digital transformation. To accelerate the international adoption of MTWO technology, RIB is building a global MSP network to leverage Microsoft’s partner communities to attract up to 2 million users in the mid-term.

    Intech will work closely with the RIB group and add expertise and scale to the Americas RIB cloud capability. This investment augments the cloud capability for hundreds of American clients in the building vertical with Intech’s strong market position in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, cloud experience, and English / Spanish language capability.

    For Intech, this investment reinforces its strategy to be a global leader for Cloud Solution and Services, which in combination with RIB group of companies will benefit customers around the world. RIB will leverage Intech’s footprint throughout the Americas and favorable time zone support capabilities to expand its present Americas cloud team to continue fulfilling the increasing demand for cloud services and accelerate MTWO adoption.

    The transaction was facilitated by IT ExchangeNet, a leading Microsoft channel mergers and acquisitions firm.

    “The RIB investment in Intech is another exciting development in our drive to build the largest vertical cloud MTWO over the Microsoft MSP network,” said Tom Wolf, Chairman and CEO of RIB. “I was impressed by Henry Gordillo’s growth path, cloud experience and entrepreneurial spirit. RIB will continue to implement its Cloud and GTM strategy during 2020-2021 and integrate MSP partners around the world. We believe that MTWO, the world’s first vertical cloud platform for the construction and real estate industries, is the right option for our target customers.”

    “RIB’s investment in Intech is an exciting next step in our journey towards advanced Managed Cloud Solutions and Services,” said Henry Gordillo, Intech’s Founder and CEO. “Our staff has long-standing capabilities on IT solutions and services and have built leading expertise on Microsoft’s Cloud technologies within our region, which places us in unique opportunity to leverage the significant cloud adoption acceleration we are seeing in the Americas. Our team will work closely with RIB Cloud’s offices in Amsterdam, Singapore, and San Diego to leverage the growing Cloud needs in the Americas.  Joining forces with RIB group, as the leader in this industry, just makes sense for our clients, staff and shareholders. We are excited to leverage this relationship in the cloud market and the construction industry through the distribution and support of MTWO technology on the Microsoft Cloud.

    “We are very proud of having been part of the Intech family and to have provided the required growth capital to position Intech as a premier IT provider in Puerto Rico” said Cyril Meduña, Managing Partner of Advent-Morro.  “It’s the classical example of how we back talented local entrepreneurs like Henry to build extraordinary companies.  This investment by a world-renowned company like RIB confirms this and is the natural transition to continue Intech’s growth and global expansion.

    About Intech
    Founded more than 25 years ago, Intech has a long-standing capability to modernize the digital footprint of organizations.  Our experts design, transform, and manage secure enterprise-grade solutions and services for networks and unified communications as well as for infrastructure and business-critical applications on Microsoft cloud platforms. The portfolio focuses on Azure, Office 365 and Cybersecurity services and solutions.

    For more information about Intech, visit: https://www.intechsp.com

    About RIB Software
    RIB Software is an innovator in building and construction industry. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. iTWO 4.0, RIB’s flagship cloud-based platform, provides the world’s first enterprise cloud technology based on 5D BIM with AI integration for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. With over 50 years of experience in construction industry, RIB Software focuses on IT and engineering and is the pioneer in construction innovation, bringing in new thinking, working methods and technologies to enhance construction productivity. RIB is targeting to transform the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century

    For more information, visit: https://www.rib-software.com/en/group/home/

    About Advent-Morro
    Advent-Morro Equity Partners is Puerto Rico’s leading private equity investment firm and has been managing private equity and venture capital investment funds in Puerto Rico since 1989.  Advent-Morro has invested in over 60 portfolio companies, primarily backing local entrepreneurs to build companies that are known leaders in the respective industries.  Advent-Morro’s portfolio companies employ over 3,000 people in industries such as healthcare, telecommunication, consumer good, finance, entertainment, education, distribution and technology.

    For more information, visit: www.adventmorro.com

    About IT ExchangeNet
    Founded in 1998 by technology CEOs and M&A professionals, IT ExchangeNet is an organized and efficient marketplace for owners of mid-market IT businesses seeking buyers or strategic partners. IT ExchangeNet follows a disciplined and highly targeted process, bringing buyers and sellers together to close deals with transaction values up to $40 million.

    To learn more: www.itexchangenet.com

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    Nexxt Solutions collaborates with Microsoft and Tuya to bring innovative new Smart Home Devices and Home Automation Solutions to Market

    Nexxt Solutions connected devices including smart plugs, smart power strips, light bulbs, cameras and complete home security kits will be available at retail in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean this fall

    MIAMI, Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Inspired by this new era of the Internet of Things, where everything is interconnected, Nexxt Solutions is proud to partner with Microsoft and Tuya to power and commercialize its first fully cloud-connected and highly secure portfolio of smart home devices Nexxt Solutions integrated portfolio of devices includes Smart plugs, smart power strips, smart bulbs and complete home security kits that contain window, door and motion sensors all of which can be monitored and managed from anywhere with The Nexxt Solutions Home App that’s powered by Tuya and hosted on Microsoft Azure.

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    The Nexxt Solutions Home App can run on either a smartphone or tablet, and lets people control all compatible devices, via a Wi-Fi connection, so they can set schedules or control their home appliances from anywhere. The Nexxt Home app is easy to install, does not require a hub to operate and it can be easily shared with family and friends. In addition, its Voice activation feature makes it compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for hands-free management of all linked devices.

    The Nexxt Solutions smart home devices are currently being sold into retailers in 40 countries, including the US, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile and will be available to consumers from retailers and etailers such as Brandsmart, Best Buy Mexico, Chedraui, Alkosto, Falabella, Distelsa, Intelaf, Hiraoka, Coolbox, Almacenes Siman, Mixup, and others soon to be announced . Demand for products in the smart home category is growing exponentially, and Nexxt Solutions is proactively expanding its portfolio of smart home products to include smart coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, intelligent pet feeders fitted with cameras and more. Nexxt Solutions plans on having more than 40 products under its ecosystem by mid 2020 all working under the same Nexxt Home app.

    “The Internet of Things, along with the power of AI, is forever transforming the way we interact with our devices,” said Bruno García, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Nexxt Solutions. “Home Automation is shaping the future, as devices are no longer simply responding to our commands but are increasingly interacting with us making people’s lives not only easier and more secure, but also environmentally friendly.”

    “The future of the smart home is streamlined integration,” adds Alex Yang, COO and co-founder of Tuya. “By combining the operation of several home devices into one app powered by Tuya, Nexxt Solutions is creating a powerful, simple way for people to control their homes and get the most out of them.”

    “This strategic collaboration with Tuya and Nexxt Solutions represents an important step in our ongoing commitment to bring highly secure, cloud connected, smart home devices to our customers,” said Mark Linton, General Manager, Devices Portfolio and Solutions, Microsoft. “We are delighted that consumers in 40 countries will be able to purchase Nexxt Solutions smart home devices and solutions, powered by Tuya and Azure, this fall.”

    About Nexxt Solutions
    Nexxt Solutions is a leading manufacturer of the most comprehensive and competitive line of wireless data and surveillance solutions for networking and connectivity products, known for their performance, reliability as well as for their user-friendly operation and configuration. The brand has recently added a complete line of home automation products and advanced Wi-Fi Mesh Systems designed for creating a fully connected, cloud-based ecosystem. With operations in over 45 countries, Nexxt Solutions products are available through an authorized network of distributors in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information on the home automation line, visit https://ww.nexxtsolutions.com/home-automation/FacebookInstagramTwitter, #NexxtLevel

    About Tuya
    Tuya provides a class-leading AI + IoT platform that brings smart products to life for manufacturers, brands, OEMs, and retail chains. The platform offers hardware access, cloud services, and app development. Tuya also helps brands upgrade their technology and business models so they are able to deliver smart devices to meet consumer demand. The company serves more than 93,000 partners in over 150 countries powering products such as lighting, appliances, environmental, and surveillance equipment. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Tuya now has offices in Silicon Valley and Pasadena, California, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit Tuya’s WebsiteLinkedInFacebookTwitter or YouTube.

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    Cloud Carib Ranked Among top third World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

    12th Annual MSP 501 Identifies Top Forward-Thinking Global MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services.

    CARIBPR WIRE, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 18, 2019: Cloud Carib has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings. Coming in above all other providers in the Caribbean and Latin America, and #160 out of 501 managed service providers worldwide, there’s a lot to be proud of for The Bahamas owned and headquartered company.

    Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth rates, annual total and recurring revenues, pricing structures, revenue mix and more. MSPs were ranked according to a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

    Channel Futures is pleased to name Cloud Carib to the 2019 MSP 501.

    “We’re honored to be awarded #160 out of the top 501 MSPs worldwide, and to be the highest rated in both the Caribbean and Latin American regions,” said Scott MacKenzie, CEO, Cloud Carib. “We’re proud to be recognized on a global scale and take it as further evidence that we’re helping transform this region and establishing the Bahamas as a tech hub of the region. Every year more MSPs enter the market and competition gets fiercer, our ranking demonstrates our dedication to our client’s business needs, our thirst for innovation and forward thinking as well as our ability to compete on a global scale”.

    In the 12 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

    “The 2019 MSP 501 winners are the most elite, innovative and strategic IT service providers on the planet, and they stand as a model of excellence in the industry,” says Kris Blackmon, Content Director of Channel Partners and Channel Futures and lead of the MSP 501 program. “As the MSP 501 Community grows, leagues of managed service providers learn from the successes of these winning companies, gaining insight into the best practices, strategies and technologies that elevate an MSP to the level of the 501 winners. Our heartfelt congratulations to the 2019 winners and gratitude to the thousands of MSPs that have contributed to the continuing growth and success of both the 501 and the thriving managed services sector.”

    In addition to deciding the rankings, the survey drives the creation of an annual in-depth study of business and technology trends in the IT channel, released each year at the Channel Partners Evolution conference. The full MSP 501 Report leverages applicant responses, interviews with industry experts and historical data to give a well-rounded picture of the managed services opportunity.

    The complete 2019 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.

    About Cloud Carib
    Cloud Carib is the region’s premier provider of managed cloud services founded upon the principles of delivering quality, agility, and value for every client. Solutions range from complex bespoke dedicated private cloud offerings to hybrid cloud services. Every solution provides clients with controlled costs, unrivaled levels of service, and unparalleled levels of data protection and privacy – when and where privacy matters.

    Cloud Carib clasificada entre los tres principales Proveedores de Servicios Gestionados 501 de mayor elite en el mundo

    La duodécima MSP 501 anual identifica los principales MSPs visionarios & las tendencias líderes mundiales en servicios gestionados

    CARIBPR WIRE BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 18, 2019: Cloud Carib fue nombrada como uno de los principales proveedores de servicios gestionados del mundo en la prestigiosa duodécima clasificación anual Channel Futures MSP 501. Posicionándose en primer lugar entre todos los proveedores en el Caribe y América Latina, y #160 entre 501 proveedores de servicios gestionados en todo el mundo, hay mucho para estar orgullosos de la empresa de propiedad y con sede en Las Bahamas.

    Cada año, los MSPs en todo el mundo completan una extensiva encuesta y solicitud para informar sus ofertas de producto, tasas de crecimiento y utilidades recurrentes, estructuras de precios, mezcla de utilidades y más. Los MSPs fueron clasificados de acuerdo a una metodología exclusiva que pondera las cifras de utilidades según el resultado que la estrategia de negocios del participante anticipa las tendencias en el ecosistema de canal de rápida evolución.

    Channel Futures se complace en nombrar a Cloud Carib para la MSP 501 de 2019.

    “Nos honra ser galardonados #160 entre los top 501 MSPs en todo el mundo, y tener las más alta clasificación en las regiones del Caribe y América Latina”, dijo Scott MacKenzie, director ejecutivo de Cloud Carib. “Nos enorgullece ser reconocidos a escala global y tener aún mayor evidencia de que estamos ayudando a transformar esta región y estableciendo Las Bahamas como un centro tecnológico en la región. Cada año más MSPs penetran al mercado y la competencia se vuelve cada vez más fuerte, nuestra clasificación demuestra nuestra dedicación a las necesidades de nuestros clientes, nuestra sed de innovación y visión futura, así como nuestra capacidad para competir a una escala global”.

    En los doce años desde sus inicios, la MSP 501 ha evolucionado desde una lista de clasificación competitiva a un grupo energético de proveedores de servicios, distribuidores, consultores y analistas de la industria que trabajan conjuntamente para definir la creciente demanda de la oportunidad de servicios gestionados.

    “Los ganadores de MSP 501 de 2019 son los proveedores de servicios de IT de mayor elite, innovadores y estratégicos en el planeta, y están catalogados como un modelo de excelencia en la industria”, dice Kris Blackmon, director de contenido de Channel Partners y Channel Futures y líder del programa MSP 501. “A medida que crece la comunidad MSP 501, las ligas de proveedores de servicios gestionados aprenden de los éxitos de estas compañías ganadoras, obteniendo una perspectiva de las mejores prácticas, estrategias y tecnologías que elevan un MSP al nivel de los ganadores 501. Nuestras más sinceras felicitaciones para los ganadores de 2019 y nuestra gratitud a los miles de MSPs que han contribuido al continuo crecimiento y éxito del programa 501, así como del próspero sector de servicios gestionados”.

    Además de decidir las clasificaciones, la encuesta conduce la creación de un estudio profundo anual de las tendencias de negocios y tecnología en el canal de IT, publicado cada año en la conferencia Channel Partners Evolution. El informe completo MSP 501 utiliza las respuestas del solicitante, entrevistas con expertos de la industria y datos históricas para proporcionar un cuatro completo de la oportunidad de servicios gestionados.

    La lista complete de MSP 501 de 2019 está disponible en Channel Futures.

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    Cloud Carib es el principal proveedor de servicios gestionados en la nube de la región y se basa en los principios de ofrecer calidad, agilidad y valor para para cada uno de sus clientes. Las soluciones van desde ofertas complejas personalizadas de nube privada a servicios de nube híbrida. Cada solución proporciona a los clientes costos controlados, niveles de servicio inigualables y niveles de protección de datos y privacidad incomparables: cuando y donde la privacidad importa.

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