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Magazine Advisory Board Profiles
The University of Waterloo Magazine Advisory Board is a five-member, alumni volunteer advisory committee whose goal it is to advise on content for the Waterloo Magazine. This board also has one staff/faculty representative that sits on it too.
All alumni of the University of Waterloo are eligible to serve as members of the University of Waterloo Magazine Advisory Board, though we typically look for alumni with a background in communications (print and digital).
Magazine Advisory Board Members
James M. Skidmore, Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies
James Skidmore is the youngest and best looking of Harold and Leona Skidmore’s five children. After learning to fend for himself on the hardscrabble streets of Saskatoon, young Skid joined the merchant marine and sailed the southern trade routes for many years; as a result of his adventures a number of Polynesian countries briefly broke off relations with Canada. After returning home and escaping arrest, Skid looked for a career suited to his raucous and hard-drinking ways, and settled on higher education. He started his studies at the University of Saskatchewan and completed a PhD in German in the United States – after years of carefree living, he was drawn to the order and rigour of German culture. Since joining the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 2000, Skid has been involved in numerous activities such as the United Way campaign, Senate, Board of Governors, and the Arts Lawn Bowling League. He lives in Waterloo in the only house on his street that has its own name: Villa Herbert.
Cat Coode, BASc '01
Cat Coode is a graduate of Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering. She is the founder of Binary Tattoo, a company that teaches people how to define their digital identity in a safe and effective way. She is passionate about empowering people with knowledge about the technology that they, or their children, use on a daily basis.
Prior to running her own company, Cat worked at RIM in various roles from software developer and architect to senior management. Her focus now is on her young kids and busy household.
In the past, Cat has worked on the Women In Engineering committee as an Alumni member, given speeches to undergrads, and spoken as a Keynote for Go Eng Girl. She is thrilled to be able to participate with the magazine board and give back again to the University. Cat has great appreciation for the connections, knowledge and work ethic that she gained from UWaterloo and looks forward to seeing how the next generations continue to impress.
Neil Humphrey, BA ‘93, MA ‘95
Neil Humphrey manages Corporate Communications at Teledyne DALSA, a high tech company spun out of UWaterloo in 1980 that has become a global leader in digital imaging and semiconductor fabrication.
His responsibilities include web development, media relations, and marketing initiatives.
A huge fan of the co-op program (having been both student and employer), Neil never tires of telling anyone who will listen about its tremendous value.
Elizabeth Wong, BES ’12
Elizabeth Wong is a graduate from the Faculty of Environment in Geography Environmental Management and Environment Resource Studies. She also worked for the University of Waterloo in the Department of Housing and Residences after graduating. During that time she was part of the Keystone Campaign Committee and the United Way Committee. Currently she is working at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus.
Elizabeth is passionate about the student experience, and ensures that the student voice is recognized.
In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors, going camping, early morning runs, and spending time with family and friends.
Elizabeth is an active alumnus, attending The Faculty of Environment events and participating in the AHS Fun Run. She is always looking forward to ways to engage in the UWaterloo community.
Carolyn Eckert, BA '94
Carolyn Eckert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of St. Jerome’s University, which is part of the larger University of Waterloo campus. She was a member of their SJU Alumni Advisory Group for several years before joining the Magazine Advisory Board.
Ever passionate about education and communication, Carolyn is currently a National Education Consultant in the Group Retirement Services with Manulife. She plans, directs, and delivers plan member communication and education – aimed at improving financial literacy and enhancing participation and engagement.
She joined Manulife in 2005 as a Communications Consultant and was recognized in 2006 for her role as Editor for Dialogue magazine – an external magazine for financial and insurance advisors. In 2007, she was instrumental in launching Manulife’s Continuing Education Centre (CE Centre), which offers online certified courses for financial and insurance advisors.
Carolyn has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and marketing. She enjoys participating on the Magazine Advisory Board - contributing her knowledge and experience towards enhancing the magazine – making it a vital and meaningful connection for students as they begin their careers and eventually become alumni. She is proud and believes strongly in the value and essence of the University that remains with students as they move out into the world.
Martin de Groot, PhD '95
Martin de Groot writes a weekly arts column in The Record; worked as the Executive Director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council from 2001-2011, and is currently employed at the Commons Studio, a media arts access centre associated with The Working Centre. He has been involved in a wide range of community endeavours, including Globe Studios, the MT Space Theatre, Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation and the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. His primary academic interest is history; he has taught courses at the University of Waterloo, Brock University, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of the West Indies.