In Spring 2014 the Vice-President, Academic and Provost directed the Associate Vice-President, Academic (AVPA), Mario Coniglio, to set up a task force to examine the possibility of instituting a fall break at the University of Waterloo. Between 2014 and 2018, with the Associate Vice-President, Academic as chair, the task force comprehensively explored the implementation of a fall break. The University community was consulted for feedback via surveys, focus groups, interviews, web forms and email.

At the conclusion of the three-year (2016-2018) Fall Break pilot project, Associate Vice-President, Academic, Mario Coniglio convened a new task force to head up a second three year (2019-2021) pilot project, this time instituting a fall term Reading Week.

Members of the Fall Reading Week Project Task Force

Member Position Representing
Dan Brown Treasurer Faculty Association
Trevor Clews Academic Officer Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Jennifer Coghlin Associate Registrar, Enrolment Services & Academic Policy Office of the Registrar
David DeVidi Task Force Chair and AVPA (succeeding Mario Coniglio) Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic
Matthew Gerrits Vice-President, Education Federation of Students
Cathy Newell Kelly University Registrar Office of the Registrar
Naima N. Samuel President and CEO Graduate Student Association
Rose Vogt President Staff Association
Johanna Wandel Director (at-large) Faculty Association
Heather Westmorland Acting Director Student Success Office
Richard Wikkerink Director, Faculty Relations Co-operative Education