Black and gold forever
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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!
- 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
Shipping is included in the cost.
$5 from the sale of this box goes to support UW Mates
Shipping is included in the cost.
$5 from the sale of this box goes to support UW Mates
Alumni 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.
Applied Health Sciences
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
AHS Presents: An AHSome Workout
Join the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences for a quick, fun workout to get your Alumni Black and Gold Day off to a great start. Led by an AHS alumnus, this AHSome workout will be fun for the whole family.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Arts Reunion Trivia
Join the Faculty of Arts for Reunion Trivia from the comfort of your home! Join for one round or all three!
Round 1 at 1:30pm: General Trivia + 1960s at University of Waterloo
Round 2 at 2:00pm: General Trivia + 1970s at University of Waterloo
Round 3 at 2:30pm: General Trivia + 1990s at University of Waterloo
Grab a drink or snack and join the chat room open at 1pm.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Waterloo Engineering 2020 Reunion at Home
Tune in to the Waterloo Engineering YouTube Channel on September 26 starting at 11:30 am for a live broadcast. You can hear the Dean's Lecture, reminisce and enjoy the slideshow over lunch and then tune in to the famous Back-to-the-classroom lecture with Prof. Larry Smith.
You will even have the opportunity to join some of your classmates and fellow alumni for virtual beers at 2 pm.
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Dean’s Lecture with Dean of Engineering Mary Wells
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break - Grab your lunch and enjoy a slideshow of nostalgic photos
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Back to the Classroom Lecture with Larry Smith
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 2:00 PM (EDT)
Virtual Beer Happy Hour
Hosted by your Class Rep, grab a beer or your favourite beverage, and join your classmates for a virtual happy hour (optional). Connect with your classmates from your year and program who you may not have seen since graduation - those who are close by or far across the country and the world. Stay as long as you like. Have a toast to Waterloo and everyone’s health!
Please register to indicate your interest in participating in this optional event - we’re still working out the details!
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Nanotechnology Engineering celebrates 15 years!
The Nanotechnology Engineering program is celebrating their 15th anniversary, with ten years of graduating classes! This virtual event will include remarks from the Director of the Nanotechnology program, VIPs and a panel of Nanotechnology alumni who will speak about their careers, advice they may have for students and alumni, their experiences and any mentorship opportunities they offer. All alumni are welcome to join in on this event.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cities in the Age of COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to hit our urban areas hardest, what makes our cities attractive also makes them most vulnerable to the virus. Mass transit, the concentration of people and capital, and planned density all aid in the spread of the virus. In a rush to interpret an uncertain future, some theorists have suggested 70-years of rapid global urbanization might be over. But has the death of cities been greatly exaggerated?
Join us alongside moderator and recently retired planning legend professor Pierre Filion and a panel of urban theorists, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss how cities are evolving to offer safety and security for their citizens in this new reality.
- Heather Hall, Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo
- Juan Morena Cruz, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair, School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, University of Waterloo
- Sheila Botting, Principal & President, America’s Professional Services at Avison Young
- Karanja (Isaac) Mwangi, Chairman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Convocation 2.0 Class of 2020 Celebration
With June’s in-person convocation celebration postponed, we know commencement was bittersweet for many of our new Environment alumni. The class of 2020 is invited to a live virtual Reunion/Convocation 2.0 on Saturday, September 26th from 2pm – 4pm EST.
Join your classmates and profs for a celebration in honor of your accomplishments. Event details to follow.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM (EDT)
Dean’s Lecture with Mark Giesbrecht, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics
Meet the newly appointed Dean as he shares the present strengths of the Faculty of Mathematics and his vision for the future.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
Harnessing the power of math to revolutionize health care
From AI to mathematical modelling to big data analysis, mathematics is powering a revolution in health care. It is enabling us to anticipate with unprecedented accuracy the spread of a virus, the mutation of a disease and the effectiveness of a drug. It is enabling us to discover new medicines faster, to improve the precision of delicate surgeries and to create smart medical devices that save lives. And it is helping us analyze massive amounts of data to make smarter decisions about the use of limited resources.
COVID-19 has tested our resilience, given us a preview of the challenges ahead, and issued the warning: we must be better prepared so that we prevent a crisis of this scale from happening again. Join us to hear how we are working to find a way forward with a lightening lecture from Anita Layton followed by a panel discussion featuring Cecilia Cotton, Jochen Koenemann and Christina Leslie.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM (EDT)
From burning millions to profitability and back to growth in 60 days: A 10-step playbook for venture-backed startups
SnapTravel co-founder, Henry Shi, sits down for a virtual fireside chat with Camelia Nunez, Director of Innovation and Research Partnerships, to talk about their 10-step playbook for venture backed start-ups and impressive turnround in response to COVID-19.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Building brains for the future: An interactive hour of math and computing fun for grades 4-8
Calling all students in Grades 4 to 8, their parents, and their teachers. It’s time to stretch your brain and have some fun. Join us for interactive activities, problems to solve, pointers to existing materials and more!
Presented by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) this session will provide fun and educational ways for your children to do mathematics and computer science while at home.
In March 2020, when schools around the world closed, the CEMC pivoted quickly and launched a new initiative “CEMC at Home”, which ran for 13 weeks in Spring 2020. The goal was to provide resources to those face with the challenging task of figuring out how to best support learning in at home. The activities in this session will be curated from the best of the CEMC at Home materials.
Friday, September 25, 9:00 AM TO Sunday, September 27, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Amazing Science Race
Calling all alumni and current students to compete in the first AMAZING SCIENCE RACE! Register to join us for a race around the world of science including special guest video appearances from faculty, alumni and MORE! Each mission will be assigned a unique number of points based on the difficulty of the question or challenge. All missions can be completed virtually from around the world! The Race will begin at 9AM on Friday September 25th and run until Sunday, September 27th to allow for alumni and students across the globe to compete!
PLUS- Join us following the race at 4PM on Sunday, September 27th for a Post Race Q & A Session with, The Amazing Race Canada expert (and Science Alumnus) Brent Plumley!
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Waterloo Pharmacy Alumni Reunion Virtual CE Saturday 2020
Join us virtually for the fifth annual Waterloo Pharmacy Reunion CE Saturday – it’s a great opportunity to connect with former classmates, faculty, and staff while hearing about the latest hot topics in pharmacy practice.Registration is free and includes a half-day of continuing education on current and emerging trends in the pharmacy world.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Conrad Grebel '60s Era Reunion
Take a Virtual Stroll down Memory Lane. Details to come.
We will send you details in early September about how to attend this event. In the meantime, if you have questions or old photos/memorabilia you would like to share, please contact Alison Enns at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Renison Alumni Trivia
Join us for a trip down memory lane through Renison trivia. Details will be sent in September.
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