Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,143.99, down 5.15 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up eight cents, or 6.20 per cent, to $1.37 on 8.3 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Down half-a-cent, or 14.29 per cent, to three cents on 6.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 17 cents, or 1.48 per cent, to $11.65 on 6.2 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $3.33 on 4.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.22 on 4.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $2.97 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience stores. Up $2.25, or 3.74 per cent, to $62.40 on 1.5 million shares. The Quebec-based convenience store operator capped its fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter as its Canadian operations got a boost from the full impact of its acquisition of Esso convenience stores. For the full year, the company earned US$1.21 billion on US$37.9 billion of revenues, compared to US$1.19 billion on US$34.1 billion a year earlier.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Down 20 cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $14.39 on 853,485 shares. A veteran of the Canadian financial services and mortgage industry has been appointed the next CEO of the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender, which is working to restore investor and customer confidence after it appeared to be on the brink of collapse earlier this year. Yousry Bissada, 57, will join Home Capital on Aug. 3, replacing interim CEO Bonita Then.Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET). Oil and gas. Up 81 cents, or 2.09 per cent, to $39.55 on 591,161 shares. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will pay nearly C$1.4 billion to become the largest partner in the Corrib offshore natural gas field, 83 kilometres off the coast of Ireland. After that deal closes, CPPIB plans to transfer a 1.5 per cent interest in the project to Vermilion for C$32.2 million and the Calgary-based company will have a 20 per cent interest in Corrib and be its operator. read more

University and college Aboriginal advisory groups meet in Niagara this week

Sandra Wong and volunteer student peers in the Aboriginal Student Services offices at Brock preparing for this week’s Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) Gathering Close to 200 people involved in Aboriginal education and student services at Ontario colleges and universities will meet at Brock University and in Niagara Falls this week to further discussions on improving access and support, and providing a culturally-relevant learning experience for students.The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in collaboration with Colleges Ontario and Brock University is hosting the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) Gathering on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 in Niagara.This first-of-its-kind province-wide gathering is designed to engage and encourage dialogue among AECs at post-secondary education institutions. AECs partner with education stakeholders like Aboriginal community members and agencies to advise universities and colleges on how to best set up an inclusive and supportive learning environment for Aboriginal students.“The big benefit of this gathering will be dialogue,” says Sandra Wong, a member of the COU’s Aboriginal Reference Group and Aboriginal Academic Program Support Co-ordinator at Brock.“AECs have direct input into Aboriginal programming and services offered at post-secondary institutions and we’re going to have all the key players in the province under one roof at this gathering,” says Wong who is also Haudenosaunee, Wolf Clan.“There is no point in reinventing the wheel, if something is working well at one institution, we want to be able to share that information with other AECs at other schools,” she says. “We really need to get together and have this dialogue, in one place, so that we can share our diverse perspectives and experiences.”Invitations for the event were sent to an Aboriginal student, Elder, community member and senior administrator at every Ontario university and college with an AEC.The gathering will feature speakers from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; the Education and Indigenous Peoples Education Circle; the Council of Ontario Universities; Six Nations of the Grand River; as well as a keynote address by Inuk singer and songwriter, and three-time Juno Award winner Susan Aglukark.“The planning committee worked hard to make sure that we have good representation from all 4 directions of Ontario – east, north, south and west,” says Wong.Program themes include leadership and community engagement; attraction, retention and completion; post-secondary transitions; and accountability and reporting.“This is about enhancing good relationships,” says Jill Brindle, manager of Learning Services and Aboriginal Student Services at Brock. “Good relationships between universities and colleges and their communities, between universities and colleges, and between post-secondary institutions and the Ministry.”The AEC Gathering kicks off at Brock University on Thursday with a pre-conference on self-identification from 12 noon to 3 p.m., followed by an evening welcome event. Friday’s program of panel discussions and breakout sessions takes place at the Doubletree Fallsview Resort and Spa in Niagara Falls, Ont. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more