Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, invites alumni to a series of four free events that will place a spotlight on the human being at the centre of some of today’s most compelling issues and challenges.
Humans and ... Health
November 19, 2020
We brought together our community experts for a panel discussion that will focus on the Human at the centre of Health in Canada. What we have learned, what we know, and what we need.
Thank you to Waterloo’s affinity sponsor providing Home & Auto Insurance, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
Stacey Daub (MA ’99) - Moderator
A trusted, visionary, values‐based Ontario health care leader, Stacey Daub is currently the Vice President, Strategy, Integration and Digital Health at North York General Hospital, an urban hospital known for its exceptional quality, research and teaching. Prior to this, Stacey was the President and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre, where she helped to co‐design the Hills of Headwaters collaborative, a first‐generation Ontario Health Team. Prior to that, Stacey was the CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, recognized for its groundbreaking work in home and community care.
Stacey has an MA from University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and has garnered provincial and national recognition including: Top 100 Women of Canada, 20 Faces of Change, National Award for Organizational Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, and Ministers Medal for Quality Improvement.
Stacey has served on several Boards and advisory committees including the Ontario Hospital Association, the Change Foundation, Rotman School of Management: Health and Life Sciences and the Creative Destructive Lab.
Born and raised in the Kitchener Waterloo area, Stacey lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
Emmanuelle Piérard is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo, a fellow of the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, an associate of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies Department of Economic. Her research areas are in health economics and in applied econometrics. Specifically, she is interested in how business cycles and the health care system, both health care inputs and wait times, affect the health of individuals and their use of health care. She obtained her MA and PhD in economics from McMaster University and her BSc Sciences Économiques from Université du Québec à Montréal.
Heather teaches at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Canadian history and the history of medicine, public health and health policy. Since publishing Activists & Advocates: Toronto's Health Department, 1883-1983 (Toronto, 1990), she has continued to research the history of Canadian efforts to control the 1918 flu pandemic and to compare that event with SARS and avian flu. The former director of the MA program in Public History, she has also served at the acting chair of the History Department (1996, 2013, 2016-17) and twice as Associate Dean of Arts for Graduate Studies and Research (1992-1994, 2000-2005). A longstanding member of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she served as its Vice-President (2001-2003), President (2003-2005), and Past President (2005-2007).
Nel Wieman (MSc ’91)
Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman works for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer and as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Nel was also recently appointed as a new member on the Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors.
Nel is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). She completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
She has over 20+ years of clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/on-reserve and urban settings. Her previous research activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being the Deputy Chair of Health Canada’s Research Ethics Board and serving on CIHR’s Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within FNIHB-Health Canada and has served on many boards and committees, including the Indspire Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.
She was recently re-elected to a second 3-year term as President of the Indigenous Physicians Association in Canada (IPAC).
Nel’s clinical, academic and advocacy work has always been focused on improving the health and mental health status of Indigenous peoples, especially Indigenous youth, across Canada.
Humans and ... Work
January 21, 2021
You’re invited to join your fellow UWaterloo alumni across North America as we bring together our community experts for a panel discussion that will focus on the Human at the centre of Workplace Equity and Inclusion in Canada. What we have learned, what we know, and what we need.
Liane Davey (MASc ’95, PhD ’99) - Moderator
Liane Davey is a New York Times Bestselling author of three books, including The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Your Organization Back on Track and You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done. Known as the Water Cooler Psychologist, she is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and frequently called on by media outlets for her experience on leadership, team effectiveness, and productivity. As the co-founder of 3COze Inc., she advises on strategy and executive team effectiveness at companies such as Amazon, Walmart, TD Bank, Google, 3M, and SONY. Liane has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
Tanya (Toni) De Mello (BA ’02)
With a background comprising finance, management consulting, and law, Tanya (who we call "Toni") De Mello has spent much of her career focusing on, and researching, unconscious bias. She is a human rights lawyer and a certified coach and mediator. She teaches at Ryerson University and was the Director of Human Rights there for four years.
She is currently opening Ryerson's Faculty of Law, Canada's newest law school, as the Assistant Dean of Students.
In addition to founding two NGOs, Toni has served in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Programme in Geneva (Switzerland), Senegal (West Africa) and Columbia (South America). Toni holds a dual Bachelor of Economics and Political Science from the University of Waterloo and was our Valedictorian in 2002; a double Master in Public Policy and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University; and a dual law degree from McGill University. She recently completed her doctors at the University of Toronto, where she was looking at bias in hiring in Canada.
Barb Sweazey (BES ‘94)
Barb is Partner at Stratos, a management consultancy for governments, businesses and civil society organizations seeking sophisticated counsel to help them navigate complex environmental, socio-economic and governance issues in a rapidly changing world.
In her capacity as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Stratos, Barb also recruits and builds a world-class team of consultants for this values-based corporation. She specializes in finding expert, impassioned talent that seeks to join a sophisticated, entrepreneurial and well-rewarded team. Barb’s HR work developing the capacity and careers of the Stratos team, forms the foundation for Stratos’ influence on the governments, industry, and communities of Canada’s future.
An experienced facilitator, motivational team leader, creative problem-solver and seasoned sustainability consultant with over 20 years’ experience, Barb has lead multi-interest sessions for international and domestic government meetings, cross-Canada multi-stakeholder dialogues on challenging themes, strategic and work planning sessions, large workshops and conferences, as well as corporate retreats. She works closely with organizations to better understand their internal cultural and organizational challenges, leaning on her problem-solving skills to co-create and implement effective solutions for these teams. She has also designed and instructed courses on an eclectic range of topics, including: team building, conflict resolution, human rights and security, auditing and verification, as well as environmental liabilities.
Barb is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators. She is also certified with Langevin Learning Services as an Instructional Designer/Developer.
Humans and ... Climate
March 25, 2021
The aim of this series is to build provocative and informative discussions that put the spotlight directly on the human at the centre of one of today’s most complex challenges – our climate crises. Discussion will examine how cultural factors are playing a role in our fossil fuel dependence. How is this humanitarian crisis affecting our individual experiences and what can we do?
Imre Szeman - Moderator
Imre Szeman is University Research Chair and Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, where he has worked since 2017. He previously held positions at McMaster University (1999-2009) and the University of Alberta (2009-2016). Szeman is the co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group and one of the founders of the energy humanities, a new area of research crucial to addressing climate change.
Szeman is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7), the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision at McMaster (2008), and a Killam Research Professorship (2013). In 2015, he was awarded the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, the U of Alberta’s most prestigious award recognizing research excellence in humanities, social sciences, law, education and fine arts. In 2020, he was the Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Professor Jatin Nathwani
Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and held the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy (2007-2020)).
As the inaugural Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy (2007-2020), he led research initiatives on accelerating energy transitions for a zero-carbon economy through systems assessments of technology, financing strategies, risk management and public policy.
Professor Nathwani is a Fellow and currently leads the Research Cluster ‘STEM for Global Resilience’ at the Balsillie School for International Affairs, (BSIA).
Professor Nathwani, co-Directs with Prof Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) the Global Change Initiative - Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H). The consortium comprises 150+ leading STEM and social science researchers, energy access thought leaders and practitioners from 50 institutions in 30 countries committed to eradicating energy poverty by 2030.
Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30-year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, integration of environmental sustainability within power system planning, regulatory affairs and research program management.
Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels, has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio), and has over 100 publications related to energy policy, environment and risk management, including seven books. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEO) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Eryn Stewart (BES ’15)
Eryn acknowledges, with gratitude, the territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas (Hamilton, Ontario) where she grew up. She is also thankful to the Anishinaabe people whose unceded, unsurrendered territory she lives and works in.
As Director of Programs at Indigenous Clean Energy, Eryn developed and leads ICE’s keystone initiative: 20/20 Catalysts Program, Canada’s first and highly successful Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program that, in five years, has supported over 100 Indigenous clean energy champions on their energy journeys. In her current role, much of Eryn’s work focuses on clean energy in northern communities supporting community energy planning and energy education initiatives.
In 2017, Eryn was one of twenty emerging leaders selected by the Arctic Council to take part in the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy. In 2018, she was honoured with distinction as a 30 under 30 in Sustainability and was also awarded the University of Waterloo’s Young Alumni Inspiration Award in 2020. Eryn recently authored a book titled the ‘Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit’ in partnership with Gwich’in Council International for communities across the circumpolar Arctic.
One of Eryn’s passion is women’s leadership in the clean energy sector. She specifically strives for the advancement of Indigenous women in the sector.
Laura Zizzo (BES ’04)
Laura is a trained lawyer, communicator, and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future. Laura is a respected advisor to leading North American financial institutions as well as local and international governments.
A published author, Laura frequently writes for both academic and business media. As a respected speaker on the move to the low-carbon economy and implications for investors, she has addressed audiences representing over $1 trillion in assets under management (AUM).
In 2015 co-founded and became CEO of Mantle314, now Manifest Climate, advising large private and public sector clients globally. Laura is also co-founder of the Climate Change Lawyers Network, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) committee on Environmental Law, a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and sits on the boards of the Clean Air Partnership and Shift Action.
Humans and ... Interconnectivity
September 24, 2021
What exactly is possible in a 5G world? …And how will it change our individual experience? …In Canada and around the world? What innovations has UW had a hand in, and are we developing research and talent for this ecosystem?
View the fourth and final installation of the successful “Humans and…” panel event series in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, featuring guests from the Stratford School of Design and Rogers Communications - founding corporate partner of the Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation (GEDI) at the University of Waterloo.
Christine McWebb - Moderator
Professor McWebb has been Director of the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo since 2016 and is a Professor in the School as well. As founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford School (2011-2016), she was responsible for the development of new programs in the Digital Arts, Technology and Business space and has enjoyed this work tremendously. Building a wonderful campus community and brand-new programs from the ground up has been challenging and extremely rewarding. She also served as interim Associate Vice-President, International in Waterloo International in 2020.
Before joining the Stratford School, she was a faculty member in the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo and in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. She has published extensively in the areas of late medieval literature/culture, the interaction between text and iconography, scientific discourse in literature, and the Digital Humanities. As director and a researcher of the MARGOT project, she lead several international collaborative projects in the area of Digital Humanities, such as the development of image annotation software and the creation of enriched databases of medieval manuscripts. Her teaching spans undergraduate and graduate courses in Digital --Humanities, Digital Experience Innovation, Digital Cultures as well as in French literature/culture.
Alexander R. Brock
Alexander is responsible for analyzing, determining and recommending medium to long-term technology strategy at Rogers. He is accountable for Rogers’ technology innovation programs including the technology research and development relationships with universities (such as UBC and University of Waterloo) and incubators (such as Communitech and ENCQOR). In addition, Alexander also administers Rogers’ radio spectrum portfolio, and leads the company’s spectrum strategy and auction team.
Since joining Rogers in 1994, Alexander has worked in the Cable, Wireless and Enterprise Business divisions on a wide variety of projects spanning technology and business strategy and M&A. Alexander represents Rogers on several external organizations and boards including: the GSM Association Technology Committee; the Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs); HP Communications Advisory Board and the Orion Wireless Partnership.
Catherine M. Burns is a Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada where she directs her research lab, the Advanced Interface Design Lab and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Healthcare Systems.
Catherine is well known for her work in Cognitive Work Analysis, Ecological Interface Design and the development of decision support systems. In this area she has contributed over 250 publications and is the co-author of seven books. She is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Catherine’s recent research projects have been exploring how naval crews work with data fusion systems, how people might work with artificial intelligence systems, interactions with automated vehicles, and support for improved medical decision making.
Leah teaches User Experience Design and Research at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background bridging academic areas such as human-computer interaction, computer science, and graphic design.
In her teaching and research, Leah believes in an interdisciplinary approach, integrating methods and analytical frameworks from multiple disciplines to examine a topic. In particular, she is interested in the forces at play in technology, users, and experiences. As technology changes rapidly, UX design and research will inevitably evolve with it. She is excited to share what she has learned with her students, and as young people are the next generation of users and technologists, she hopes that they will have something to teach her as well.