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Hear from distinguished alumni and faculty on the topics that matter most. Tune in to panel recordings, video interviews and recordings of our alumni podcast.


 

Podcasts


Going Pro feat. Lisa Bentley (BMath '92)

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IRONMAN triathlons are about 4 times as long as their Olympic counterparts, and take hours to complete. To the average person — or average athlete, for that matter — the IRONMAN probably seems like an overwhelming challenge. But Lisa Bentley (BMath '92) built a whole career out of these epic races.

Listen to this episode on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Soundcloud.

Alumni:

Lisa Bentley (BMath '92)

From biochemistry to cultural design feat. Chris Wilson (BSc '21)

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We often think about growth as an additive process, and it is. We take new roles to build new skills, learn new knowledge. But there's a crucial step that we forget -- letting go. In order to add, we need to make space.

Listen to this episode on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Soundcloud.

Alumnus:

Chris Wilson (BSc '21)

A watershed moment feat. Rahim Thawer (BA '08)

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Can you point to an experience that defined your career path? For Rahim Thawer (BA '08), it was an elective course — SMF 208, taught at St Jerome's. It's a Sexuality, Marriage and Family course that dives into therapies and systemic oppression. For Rahim, this was a key moment in his education, and set him on a career path in social work.

Listen to this episode on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Soundcloud.

Alumnus:

Rahim Thawer (BA '08)

 
 

Panels


Data + Climate

How do we use data to understand that our climate IS changing, and that humans are responsible? In this event, we'll be considering the use of different data streams (climate modelling, satellite and aircraft measurement and surface observation) in emerging climate science. We will also explore how data and models are being used to develop solutions.

Panelists:

Chris Fletcher – Moderator

Dave Bailey (BMath ‘91)

Dr. Ray Nassar (PhD ’06)

Andrea Scott (BASc ’99, PhD ’08)

Building Bridges: From Waterloo to the globe

In this virtual conversation, our featured speakers will discuss:

  • the future of talent development 
  • creating global connections in research and industry 
  • the value of Waterloo’s alumni network—for students, alumni and real-world impact 
  • the importance of relationships in a global economy 

Panelists:

Jackie Lee (BSc ’06) – Moderator

Calvin Choi (BA ’01)

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Building Bridges: From co-op to community

In this virtual conversation, our featured speakers will discuss:

  • creating a sense of belonging for employees and students 
  • the future of work and talent development 
  • co-op’s economic impact on companies and their communities 
  • nurturing Waterloo’s alumni network

Panelists:

Lisa Dusseault (BASc ’96) - Moderator

Jesse Chor (BCS ’04)

Feridun Hamdullahpur

 
 
 

Interviews


Alumni Know: Are fees killing your finances?

f there's one thing that Alexandra Horwood doesn't like, it's the f-word: fees.

In recent years, financial fees have acquired a negative reputation. Financial influencers, robo-advisors and do-it-yourself trading platforms encourage us to believe that higher fees will always eat into our returns, leaving us with significantly less wealth in the end. But is that really true? If you want to stay with your financial advisor, will the fees keep you from achieving your wealth and retirement goals?

This is why we reached out to Alexandra, a financial advisor with Richardson Wealth. She joins us to break down the truth behind fees. Plus, we talk about meme investing, and how to find the right financial services to build your wealth.

Alumnus:

Alexandra Horwood (BA '10)

Alumni Know: What do employees want?

Does working from home bring more work-life balance? What will it mean to go "back to normal"? And who exactly is doing all this great resigning? For many of us, the future of work feels pretty uncertain — maybe even stressful. 

In this episode, we explore employee desires with Anne Fannon (MA '03), director at the Work-Learn Institute, a research unit that pulls insights from Waterloo's world-renowned co-op programs. She offers valuable information about what the youngest workers want from their careers, and how tomorrow's most successful employers will meet their expectations.

Alumnus:

Anne Fannon (MA '03)

Alumni Know: Is news entertainment?

When you scroll through news and social media feeds, you probably see content specifically curated to your interests and biases. Is this really a news feed? Or is it personalized entertainment? 

Today we're posing these questions and more to Arjun Moorthy (BASc '99). Arjun is the co-founder and CEO of The Factual, an AI-powered news platform that provides readers with credible perspectives on the day's trending stories. Arjun shares how the platform works, the role of sensationalism and his thoughts on paywalls.

Alumnus:

Arjun Moorthy (BASc '99)

 
 
 

Webinars


Your Health
and Mental Wellness

Learn how to maintain a healthy body and mind through techniques meant to get you through isolation.

Alumni:

Debbie Fung (BES ’06) and Jason Lu (BSc ’05)

Stay Productive
and Unlock Creativity

While we may not be able to control the current state of affairs in the world, we can control our perception & use it as fuel to spark our creativity. This workshop will address the best practices and mindset shifts needed to remain productive amidst the uncertainty.

Alumnus:

Danielle Ryan (BES ’14)

How Not
to Meditate

Learn how to practice a menu of mindfulness practices that are useful, simple yet powerful, especially in the midst of a global health pandemic and economic recession.

Alumnus:

Kunal Gupta (BSE ’08)