Out of 55 applicants, five finalists were chosen to present their research, and the first-place prize of $2,000, sponsored by Kindred Credit Union, was awarded to Adriana Ceric, Jordan Li, and Sukhmani Sadiora for their presentation on “Wetland Management in the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario.”
This group of undergraduate students chose the topic of wetland management out of a passionate interest for the devastating wetland loss in Southern Ontario due to increased development.
The students’ co-op experience doing research into wetland health and composition as well as urban development informed both their research and passion for the topic.
Out of the 23 teams and 6 finalists in UWaterloo's 2022 Map the System Campus Finals, Waterloo’s first-place presentation addressed the lack of affordable housing available for families in Northern British Columbia.
In addition to taking home $2,000 donated by Kindred Credit Union, Calyssa Burke, Yawei (Selina) Han, Alex Petric, Janet Song Cornett-Ching, and Ayesha Zerin Tasnim moved onto the Map the System Canadian Nationals in May of 2022 with their presentation “Investigating Housing Affordability Adequacy Availability In Northern British Columbia." Read about the competition from the beginning of research, to the campus finals and Canadian finals in these Centre for Peace Advancement articles.
Although none of the UWaterloo's teams moved onto the Global Finals in Oxford, several Ontario and Waterloo based teams competed, including one representing Wilfrid Laurier University from the Balsille School for International Affairs (BSIA) You can watch the a livestream of global finals here.
The UWaterloo Map the System team competed at both the Canadian Finals and Global Finals in 2020! Team members Kaitlin Webber, Sam Petrie, and Emma McDougall focused their research on transit-induced gentrification in the Light Rail Train (LRT) Corridor in Waterloo Region.
Read the reflection on the Map the System campus finals.
Learn more about the team's experience as one of the top 6 finalists at the Canadian finals. Watch the team's Canadian Finals video submission. View the Map the System Canada Finalists Showcase (PDF), which features each team's systems map.
Six teams competed at the UWaterloo Map the System Campus Finals on April 15th, 2021 for the opportunity to attend the Canadian Finals in May. The first-place winners brought home $2,000 sponsored by Kindred Credit Union for their research of foreign labour conditions in Malaysian palm oil plantations. Read Map the System brings Waterloo students around the world for more on the 2021 campus finals, or watch the recorded campus finals event on YouTube.
The Canadian finals occurred during the week of May 4th, 2021, and our Waterloo representatives were one of the top 8 teams out of 16 chosen to present at the showcase on May 7th for the chance to go global with their project. Following the showcase, four Canadian teams were chosen to attend the global competition. Re-watch UWaterloo's presentation, or read more about the Canadian final in UWaterloo Map the System team goes global.
In June 2021, UWaterloo attended the Oxford Global Finals for the second year in a row! Read Dancing with the system for more on this final stage of the 2021 competition.
The 2019 UWaterloo Map the System campus winners went on to compete at the Canadian Finals at Ryerson University. The team, Stefan Hogg and Nicolas Werschler, focused on the challenge of food insecurity in Northern Ontario. While they did not advance past the Canadian Finals, their experience as the first ever UWaterloo team in Map the System was incredibly valuable and encouraged dozens of student teams to participate in the challenge in 2020.
Learn more about the 2019 campus finals.