People profiles

Allegra

Allegra

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program is the sense of community!

William

William

Health Studies, Co-op

The Health Studies program not only looks at human health from the level of the cell, it also looks at health from a systems-level creating innovative solutions for complex health challenges. 

Jibin Yu standing in an atrium.

Jibin Yu

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (Recreation and Leisure Studies)

Experiences while travelling can have a profound impact on an older person’s well-being. Jibin Yu brings a new perspective and looks to expand our understanding of how tourism, well-being, and aging are connected.

Vanessa V.

Vanessa V.

Health Studies, Co-op

What I like most about Health Studies is that it combines courses in both the natural sciences and the social determinants of health, allowing students to be well-rounded and appreciate a holistic approach to healthcare.

Priya P.

Priya

Health Studies, Co-op

What I like best about Health Studies is its multidisciplinary and well-rounded approach to health education.

Anna S.

Anna S.

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that my program has a lot of flexibility so that I'm able to tailor it to meet my academic interests.

Rachel

Rachel

Kinesiology, Co-op

My favourite part about Kinesiology is that I like that my program allowed me to choose a minor that was best suited to my career interests and goals.

Emily T.

Emily T.

Kinesiology, Co-op

From volunteering in kinesiology labs, participating in lab studies, dissecting cadavers for the School of Anatomy, and working with varsity athletes - there are so many ways to get involved in the Kinesiology community and have fun at the same time!

Elena

Elena

Kinesiology, Co-op

I like that in the first two years of Kinesiology, you're introduced to different areas of the field and get to learn a little bit about everything. 

Kathleen

Kathleen

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that my program teaches students to not only treat illnesses once people are already sick but how to prevent diseases and promote health on a population level!

Kimberly Lopez standing in hallway of long-term care home

Kimberly Lopez, PhD

Recreation and Leisure Studies (Aging, Health and Well-being). Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Kimberly Lopez gives a voice to those who provide care within the long-term care sector using innovative research approaches to uncover racialized, gendered, and classed issues that structure care labour.

Zanib

Zanib

Health Studies, Co-op

I love the versatility of the Health Studies program. I have the option to learn and focus on a specific area of health i.e., research, informatics, or clinical. 

Janette Smith

Janette Smith

Commissioner of Public Works, Region of Peel

Janette Smith is the Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel.  She began her leadership role in Public Works in January 2017 after a twenty-seven year career in Health Services.  Within Health Services, Janette held a number of progressive leadership positions including:  Commissioner of Health Services, Director of Long Term Care, and Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.

Jason

Jason

Public Health, Co-op

I like the atmosphere that surrounds Public Health as well as the Applied Health Sciences faculty. I have always had an enjoyable experience with my peers and professors!

Sarah

Sarah

Recreation and Sport Business

My favourite part of my program is the smaller class sizes which allow me to connect with peers, build friendships, and feel comfortable in my learning environment. I enjoy completing projects and assignments knowing that the knowledge and skills I'm developing are transferrable to the world outside of the classroom and will help me be successful in my future career.

Devon

Devon

Kinesiology, Co-op

I like how my program gives me a base of knowledge for a variety of Kinesiology topics before letting us pick our own scope of focus within the field. I also enjoy the hands-on labs in the first couple of years.

Vanessa R.

Vanessa R.

Health Studies, Co-op

I love the flexibility of my program and that I'm able to take a variety of courses that help guide me towards what I'm truly interested in. 

Caitlin McArthur standing in hallway

Caitlin McArthur

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (Kinesiology)

Caitlin McArthur is on a mission to improve rehabilitation for residents living in long-term care. As a physiotherapist, her first-hand knowledge is an integral aspect that guides her doctoral research.

Kavini

Kavini

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies allows me to explore various fields of health care through my classes. Coming into university I knew I wanted to pursue a health care profession but I was never set on a specific field. To have the opportunity to customize my degree depending on the specialization I choose is perfect for me!

Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne

Director, Partnerships at Golf Canada

Jeff is Director, Partnerships at Golf Canada, where he is responsible for integrating brands throughout the organization’s portfolio of assets, from the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open to Youth Development to Team Canada. He has spent his career in sports marketing, working for and with teams in the NHL, NBA, MLS, NFL, English Premier League, Serie A and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Jayna

Jayna

Recreation and Leisure Studies

I enjoy that my program has allowed me to study recreation in the broad sense and take courses in tourism, sports business, and therapeutic. 

Taryn

Taryn

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

You have many opportunities to customize your degree and make it unique to your goals, interests, and what you're passionate about! Therapeutic recreation is so versatile and the program loans itself nicely to a variety of minors and options in many disciplines. 

Nathania

Nathania

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love the fact that I am able to share what I’m learning about human health, function, and movement to those around me in a practical and relevant way.

Bakhtawar

Bakhtawar

Health Studies, Co-op

As a Health Studies student, I love that we study all aspects of health, disease, and healthcare, while also having room for various electives and the opportunity to gain practical work experience with the Co-op option! 

Andrew sitting at his office desk in front of computer displays showing brain image

Andrew Robertson, PhD

Kinesiology (Aging, Health and Well-being). Post Doctorate Fellow, Sunnybrook Research Institute and University of Toronto

Andrew Robertson continues to work with new and innovative technologies to improve the lives of stroke patients. His training in the Aging, Health and Well-being doctoral program prepared him to continue with his research as a doctoral fellow.

Kobisha

Kobisha

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies gives me the opportunity to explore health from many different perspectives! The program has introduced me to a vast number of fields within health and several different careers that I can potentially pursue. 

Xenia

Xenia

Health Studies, Co-op

I chose Health Studies because of the diversity of the program. In addition to having almost two years of work experience when I graduate, I also get to learn about both the natural and social sciences, giving me a broad and specific view into human health and public health issues.

Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I love how small my program is because it is easy to get to know everyone. I also love the experience that we get in our classes such as programming and case studies. 

Krista

Krista

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love how flexible Waterloo Kinesiology is! The first two years are packed with foundational courses, but then I can tailor my degree my way with the amount of electives we get in upper years.

Maisha

Maisha

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that I have the opportunity to learn about health from a holistic perspective and apply my knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. The program and professors foster an incredible community where anyone will feel welcome and excited to learn!

Rebecca Genoe standing in front of a fall coloured tree

Rebecca Genoe, PhD

Recreation and Leisure Studies (Aging, Health and Well-being). Associate Professor, University of Regina

Rebecca Genoe has long known that her life's work would be in the field of aging research. Now as an Associate Professor at the University of Regina, she recalls how her time at the University of Waterloo prepared her for academic life.

Christina

Christina

Health Studies, Co-op

My favourite part of the program is the variety of disciplines and subject areas. I've learned about health from a biological, social science, ecological, and public health lens, really opening my eyes to the opportunities available in this field.

Raymond

Raymond

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love the flexibility Kinesiology provides in terms of electives and integration with other courses!

SJ

SJ

Kinesiology

I like how tight-knit the Applied Health Sciences (AHS) community is as a whole. From professors, laboratory instructors, and of course, fellow students within the AHS community, they are all friendly, approachable, and welcoming, making university an enjoyable experience. 

Photo of Christina Hassan

Christina Hassan

Co-Founder of FullSoul Canada

As a recent Master of Public Health (’16) graduate and a Law student at the University of Calgary, Christina dedicates her time and energy to growing FullSoul Canada, a social enterprise she co-founded to equip hospitals in developing countries with medical delivery kits.

Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Health Studies

I like that my program offers multiple minors/specializations which allowed me to pursue a gerontology minor. I also like the flexibility of my program as there are a lot of free electives.

Norma Jutan sitting at a desk with a computer screen in front of her

Norma Jutan, PhD

Public Health and Health Systems (Aging, Health and Well-being). Methodologist, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Norma Jutan's in-depth experience working with big health data in her Aging, Health and Well-being doctorate made her a perfect candidate to continue working with these numbers as a Methodologist after her studies.

Hammad

Hammad

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that my program has so many amazing minors, specializations, and options that allow us to branch off into the aspects of health studies that we are most interested in!

Emily G.

Emily G.

Kinesiology, Co-op

My favourite parts of being in Kinesiology are the people that I have met, the opportunities outside of the classroom to have unique experiences, and the course content.

Vivienne

Vivienne

Kinesiology, Co-op

My favourite part about Kinesiology is the freedom that I have to take courses that I am interested in and that will help me in my future career goals!

Meagan

Meagan

Kinesiology, Co-op

My program is amazing because it combines a basic foundation in science and math to various aspects of human health and how it impacts physical activity. It is the perfect pre-med pathway for me since it combines those necessary sciences with things that I am passionate about - nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing! 

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John Lohuis

Former CEO and GM, Niagara Parks Commission

John (BA '76) has had a very diverse career in both private and public sectors that include Ministries of Correctional Services, Health and Natural Resources. He is still active in promoting parks issues within CPRA and as a Board member of the Leisure Information Network. John is also a Board member of the Niagara Sports Commission where he is busy with a bid for the Canada Summer Games for Niagara. 

Mawj

Mawj

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that my program teaches me about multiple different aspects of health and not just the classic sciences. I love that I'm learning how to make health more accessible and make the world a better place through health. 

Ashley Flanagan standing in hallway

Ashley Flanagan

Aging, Health and Well-Being PhD Candidate (Recreation and Leisure Studies)

Ashley Flanagan brings gender identity and aging to the forefront in her dissertation research by challenging the way we currently think about and understand successful aging.

Rajan

Rajan

Health Studies, Co-op

I really enjoy the variety of courses we take, not only do we cover the physiology of diseases, but also take a look at the upstream social determinants of health. Health Studies is a great program for really exploring different avenues in the field of health care. 

Jessica F.

Jessica F.

Kinesiology, Co-op

I really enjoy the hands-on, applicable, and interactive aspect of the Kinesiology program here at Waterloo.

Sydney

Sydney P.

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I choose Waterloo Therapeutic Recreation because I knew I wanted to help people coming into university but I didn’t know exactly in what capacity. Coming into first year in general Recreation and Leisure studies allowed me to try a little bit of each Recreation program and choose what I liked best: Therapeutic Recreation!

Braden

Braden

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love that my program is filled with really friendly staff and students! There are so many great ways to meet people on campus (even online), and the AHS community is great for making new connections!  

Luke Turcotte sitting in chair with two older adults conversing in the background

Luke Turcotte

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (School of Public Health and Health Systems)

Luke Turcotte studies large health databases in order to determine which factors influence the path to recovery for rehabilitation patients. The goal of his dissertation work is to help older adults regain function and achieve independence again.

Amber

Amber

Health Studies, Co-op

I love my program because it provides a great balance between organic sciences and social sciences. There is a lot of flexibility to take a variety of courses! 

Vanessa

Vanessa

Kinesiology, Co-op

My favourite thing about Kinesiology is the tight-knit community. Students and faculty are always approachable and supportive! 

Shelby

Shelby

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that my program provides me with enough electives to pursue a minor or double major in Psychology!

Pamela

Pamela

Kinesiology

I chose my program for the wide variety of classes it has to offer me. I knew that studying Kinesiology here at Waterloo would allow me to learn from many different aspects of the sciences such as biomechanics, neuroscience, and ergonomics before having to decide which of them I wanted to go more into for studying and a future career.

Gord Hirano.

Gord Hirano

Occupational Therapist and Executive Director, Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia

Janna Marvyn.

Janna Marvyn

Neuro-Physiotherapist and Clinic Manager, Pillars of Wellness

Karen Hoodless.

Karen Hoodless

Professor, Advanced Ergonomics Studies Program, Fanshawe College

Karlee Hall.

Karlee Hall

Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Owner, The Physio Room

Kyle Train.

Kyle Train

Group and Life Disability Trainer, Sun Life Financial

Laurie Vanderhaeghe.

Laurie Vanderhaeghe

Senior Clinical Orthotist, Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

Paige Hall.

Paige Hall

Case Management Consultant in Group Disability Claims, Sun Life Financial

Ashley Gallant.

Ashley Gallant

Destination Project Manager, St. Jacobs, Grand River, Waterloo

Julie Thompson.

Julie Thompson

Director of Community Engagement, Community Justice Initiatives

Lindsey Oretan.

Lindsey Oretan

Recreation Therapist, R/TRO, CTRS, Grand River Hospital – Specialized Mental Health Program

Mary Afable.

Mary Afable

Recreation Therapist, Grand River Hospital, KW Health Centre

Sara Middleton.

Sara Middleton

Director, Community Impact, United Way Elgin Middlesex

Emilia Bozzo.

Emilia M. Bozzo

Speech Language Pathologist and Owner of Emilia M. Bozzo Speech and Language Services

Gaby Sabados.

Gaby Sabados

Registered Midwife, St. Jacobs Midwives

Grace Tang.

Grace Tang

Doctoral student, University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital Hematology-Oncology Clinical Research Group

Heather McCully.

Heather McCully

Health Promotions Specialist, City of Hamilton Public Health Services

Kristen Sears

Kirsten Sears

Acting Supervisor, Halton Region Public Health

Thivaher Paramsothy.

Thivaher Paramsothy

Vice President of Growth at Adracare

Aisley

Aisley

Public Health, Co-op

I like the broad scope of study in public health, you get the best of both worlds understanding the effects social and natural sciences have on individuals and the population.

Serrina

Serrina

Public Health, Co-op

Public Health at the University of Waterloo provides me with unique opportunities to visualize health from a broader lens. It incorporates fundamental disciplines such as epidemiology, climate change, health policy, biostatistics, biology, social and cultural perspectives. One of the biggest reasons I love Public Health is because of the meaningful contributions you can make through research or creating strategies to reduce or control various global concerns.

Manasa

Manasa

Public Health

I like that my program allows me to understand health care from a different perspective, at a population level. I also like that my program offers room through electives to explore other areas of interest. 

Lauren M.

Lauren M.

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

My favourite part about Therapeutic Recreation is all of the hands-on experience we get throughout our degree! Many of our courses include experiential learning components and we have a practicum and internship. 

Riana

Riana

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I chose the recreation and sport business program because it allows me to combine my two passions together: business and sports! This program provides me with the knowledge I need to not only excel in a business career but also provides me with the real-world experience needed to pursue a career in the sports industry. 

Gabriela

Gabriela

Tourism Development, Co-op

I like that my program has really opened my eyes to the tourism industry and made me realize how much of a global impact it actually has. Also, I love the unique co-op opportunities my program offers!

Sydney D.

Sydney D.

Recreation and Sport Business

I like the tight-knit recreation and sports business community, I know that if opportunities ever become available profs and mentors will always do their best to make sure we hear about them first. I also like that with the program we get to learn beyond the classroom in the form of day trips or volunteer opportunities.  

Rina

Rina

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I like that my program is hands-on and I get to implement what I learn within the community. In one of my classes, I was able to apply what I learned when completing an accessibility assessment of a building on campus!

Sam

Sam

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I love that my program combines recreation and healthcare into one, and allows me to gain hands-on experiences to further develop my skills. 

Hannah

Hannah

Tourism Development, Co-op

I love to learn with friendly and knowledgeable professors while also having the ability to meet many new friends! The tourism industry is always changing and adapting which provides very interesting course material! 

Kathryn

Kathryn

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I like that my program gives me opportunities to learn about the many different aspects of therapeutic recreation. I also like that it’s a small program and I am able to connect with my peers and professors on a more personal level.

Nahomi

Nahomi

Public Health, Co-op

I like that my program is very flexible and covers various health related topics.

Courtney

Courtney

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I like that my program is so hands-on.