Alumni Black and Gold Day at Home

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University of Waterloo is taking steps to limit the spread and risks of the disease in our community. With caution and concern for our alumni, we have made the difficult decision to move Alumni Weekend and Alumni Black and Gold Day events online.
While we can’t reconnect in the way we planned, we hope you will join us for the virtual events on September 25 and 26, 2020.

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Virtual Fun Run

Run anytime September 19 to 12 p.m. (EDT) September 26

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Fun Run. While there have been many changes over the years, this event still remains a favourite among alumni and the UWaterloo community. Despite current circumstances, we still want to bring you a fun opportunity to be active, show off your Waterloo pride, and connect with the UWaterloo community. So, for the first time ever, our Fun Run will be happening virtually!

We invite alumni and all community members to participate in our Virtual Fun Run anytime from September 19 to 12 p.m. (EDT) on September 26, 2020. This event is for all ages and ability levels. Costumes are encouraged!

Click here to learn more and see what great prizes we have up for grabs!

  • Free registration includes entry for prizes
  • $10.00 registration includes medal and shipping (within Canada ONLY), entry for prizes, $2 contribution to UW Mates
  • $5.00 for additional medal shipped to same address as main registrant (within Canada ONLY)

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Masks for COVID

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Crisis, motivation, and coming out the other side 

Friday September 25 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) | Online

Join us for a conversation about the unique opportunities that lie in times of crisis.

The year 2020 has been a trial for people across the globe. For many, this year’s crises have also inspired growth and motivation. In this virtual panel, the co-founders of Masks for Covid share how a global pandemic can influence motivation and spur innovation. During the event, we’ll explore three crucial topics at the heart of their story:

  • The personal motivations behind their company
  • The community that made Masks for Covid possible
  • The obstacles and limitations of creating their product

Meet the speakers

Jackie Lee (BSc 2006) - Co-founder - Masks For Covid | Founder - Recruit My Friends

Jackie Lee graduated from the University of Waterloo Honours Science program in 2006. During her undergraduate she started her first business Recruit My Friends which is a referral-only recruiting firm for Engineers in North America and the UK. Recruit My Friends has incubated a Careers Platform for engineers to track and manage their careers. Jackie's passion lays in helping engineers meet their potential and in bringing high performing teams together at critical growth times. While studying at the University of Waterloo, Jackie raised $1 million in donations and she continues to fundraise for Ontario hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis. Jackie is an active angel investor in software start-ups and is dedicated to building the Canadian economy.

Dr. Brian Li (BASc 2009) - Co-founder - Masks For Covid | MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology)

Dr. Brian Li completed his undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He went on to complete his MD, residency, and fellowship at the University of Toronto. As an interventional cardiology fellow at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Dr. Brian Li co-founded and led the team at Masks for Covid to address the crisis of N95 mask shortages by developing a novel, reusable mask. Currently, Dr. Li is completing an advanced Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Stanford University. He is extensively involved in the development of novel medical devices and is a co-founder of Conavi Medical Inc. 

Alan Soong (BASc 2008) - Co-founder - Masks For Covid | Manager of Catheter Development at Conavi Medical | BASc Systems Design Engineer

Alan Soong completed his undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  As his 4th year design project he worked together with Dr. Brian Li, under Dr. Brian Courtney, to develop a novel intracardiac catheter at Conavi Medical Inc.  He has since continued to grow with Conavi Medical and is now the Catheter Development Manager. Alongside Jackie Lee, Alan and Dr. Brian Li have joined forces again to help lead the engineering team at Masks for Covid to develop a potentially reusable full face mask with integrated ventilator filter.

Pablo Eder (BSc 2016), Moderator - Chief Revenue Officer, Makeship

Pablo Eder is an entrepreneur who currently works as chief revenue officer at Makeship, a crowdfunding platform for content creators. Pablo currently works with Concept helping entrepreneurs with their new startup ideas. He is an alumnus of the Faculty of Science and graduated in 2016.

  • Free, registration required to receive event link.

Alumni VIP Tent

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Alumni Black and Gold Day Virtual Concert

Friday September 25 | 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EDT) | Online

This time of social distancing is necessary but difficult, putting a strain on people whose livelihoods depend on bringing people together. While musicians have been cancelling tours and plans daily, they still want to bring their art to the masses — and hopefully drum up some new fans the process. We're thrilled to use this online opportunity to showcase some amazing Waterloo friends & alumni and bring them direct to your living room.

7:00 - 7:20
Mary-Catherine Pazzano (BA ’10 Music Hons)

7:30 - 7:50
Ian Cromwell (BSc ’07 Health Studies Hons)

8:00 – 8:20
Craig Cardiff (UW Campus Community member – former FEDS staff)

  • Free, registration required to receive event link.

Read our recent Alumni Impact Story - Chris Goddard (BA '01) is the co-founder of Craft Brand Co., a Toronto agency that is partnering with us to deliver the Exclusive UWaterloo Alumni Happy Hour Box to alumni celebrating at this year's Alumni Black and Gold Day.


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Exclusive UWaterloo Alumni Happy Hour Box

Available while supplies last. Available to Ontario residents ONLY.

Even though we can't raise a glass together this year, we can do it virtually! Whether you are looking to quench your thirst after the Virtual Fun Run or enjoy a frosty beverage during the Virtual Concert - we have you covered!

Choose from:

  • Gold Cash Gold is a 4.2% Premium Lager that drinks great on it's own or with a burger from Ethel's.
  • Lighthouse Lemonade
    • Lighthouse Lemonade is home to refreshing citrus cordials, from a Maritime family recipe that pre-dates Canadian Confederation. These cordials make a tangy glass of ice-cold lemonade, elevate cocktails, and add a twist to baking. Lighthouse Lemonade is low in sugar and does not contain animal ingredients, dyes or preservatives. Take a bottle to the cottage, to a BBQ, use in a killer Tom Collins or heat up a mug of hot lemonade on a cool fall evening. It’s Summer in a Bottle all year long! LHL world headquarters is a solar power facility in Fergus, Ontario. Products are sold in Ontario, New Brunswick and on-line. 

Beer Box - $20

Non-alcoholic box - $17.50

  • 4 x 355ml cans of Gold Cash Gold by the The Craft Brand Co.
  • 2 UWaterloo alumni beer cozies
  • UWaterloo alumni pennant
  • UW Mates post-it notes

Shipping is included in the cost.

$5 from the sale of this box goes to support UW Mates

  • 1x 375 ml bottle of Lighthouse Lemonade - 1 bottle makes 3.5 litres of lemonade
  • 2 UWaterloo alumni beer cozies
  • UWaterloo alumni pennant
  • UW Mates post-it notes

Shipping is included in the cost.

$5 from the sale of this box goes to support UW Mates


UW Mates logoAlumni Black and Gold Day at Home is proud to be supporting MATES - Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support – for the second year in a row.

Last year, our partnership raised $1,300 for the program’s Peer Support Centre, a safe on-campus place for students to seek peer support from trained volunteers. Funds raised in 2020 will be put towards ensuring this newly renamed “Wellness Lounge” is equipped to welcome in-person visitors again soon.


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