Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate Virtual Information Day

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This fall term, we've teamed up with industry collaborators to offer an innovative work term option for undergraduate co-op students entering their first work term: our Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate program!

Learn about this optional program by tuning in for webinars hosted by the industry collaborators who co-created each of the streams designed to help you become future-ready. Each session is 30 minutes long and will include time for a Q&A period at the end so you can have your questions answered. The webinars will be recorded and made available once the sessions have ended. 

WE Accelerate Virtual Information Day schedule

Date/time Industry collaborators, session and speaker details
Friday, August 6
9:00-9:30 AM
WE Accelerate program overview and industry collaborator introduction

Speaker(s):
• Jamieson Cox, WE Accelerate Student Support Lead
• Senior co-op student WE Accelerate Team Leads

Friday, August 6
9:30-10:00 AM
Vidyard | Digital Bootcamp

Speaker(s):
• Rebecca Whitaker, Content Strategy Manager at Vidyard
• Laura Galbraith, Director of Community Impact at Vidyard

Friday, August 6
10:00-10:30 AM
Manulife | Modern Web Application Design

Speaker(s):
• Naveed Zahid, Director of Engineering, Engineering Transformation at Manulife

Friday, August 6
10:30-11:00 AM
Microsoft | Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence

Speaker(s):
• Elka Walsh, National Learning & Skills Lead at Microsoft

Friday, August 6
11:00-11:15 AM
Closing Remarks and Q&A

Speaker(s):
• Jamieson Cox, WE Accelerate Student Support Lead
• Senior co-op student WE Accelerate Team Leads


Watch the event recordings! 

Even though the event ended, you can still watch the recorded sessions! Log in with your Waterloo credentials to watch now! 


Next step: Register to attend the sessions above

  • Login to WaterlooWorks and select “Career Centre Events” on the left-hand navigation pane.
  • From here, you’ll be able to locate the webinars above on the calendar under Friday, August 6 and can click through to register via the event page.
    • Please note: Only students who are eligible for the WE Accelerate program this fall (undergraduate co-op students going into their first work term who haven’t yet found employment for their Fall 2021 work term) will be able to register for the event.
  • Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing one link that you can use to access any of the sessions above, so feel free to tune in and out as your schedule allows!
  • The webinars will be recorded and made available once the sessions have ended.

If you have questions about WE Accelerate, please review the Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate webpage and reach out to your co-op advisor with any questions.


About the speakers

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Jamieson Cox, WE Accelerate Student Support Lead

Jamieson is WE Accelerate’s Student Support Lead and oversees the program’s day-to-day operation alongside WE Accelerate’s co-op student Team Leads. He’s worked for the University since 2013 and has supported thousands of students through a wide variety of programs, including PD courses and virtual onboarding across the faculties and academic support units. He studied Chemical Engineering at Waterloo and graduated in 2014.

Rebecca Whitaker, Content Strategy Manager at Vidyard

Rebecca Whitaker, Content Strategy Manager at Vidyard
Rebecca started her career in film and media where she honed her skills in storytelling and video production. Now, she uses her creative perspective to bring the Vidyard brand to life while helping others succeed with video.

 

Laura Galbraith, Director of Community Impact at Vidyard

Laura Galbraith, Director of Community Impact at Vidyard
Laura Galbraith is the Director of Community Impact at Vidyard; she is responsible for building and implementing Vidyard’s social impact programming. As part of her role, Laura works to introduce giving back through volunteering as a way of life, and business at Vidyard.

 
 

Naveed Zahid, Director of Engineering, Engineering Transformation at Manulife

Naveed Zahid, Director of Engineering, Engineering Transformation at Manulife
Naveed joined Manulife 2 1/2 years ago but has been working in various Engineering roles for the past 18 years. He began his career in the technical consulting space at CGI and Deloitte, before moving to various Engineering organizations, such as Blackberry, and is now in Fintech.

In his current role as part of the transformation team, he leads Manulife University (MU), a program intended to onboard new Engineers and upskill existing engineering talent at Manulife. MU covers topics in the Software, Quality, Performance, Reliability, Security, and Platform engineering disciplines. He is also closely involved with internal hackathons to drive the engineering culture by connecting teams outside of their day-to-day to drive engagement and collaboration. In addition, he runs the engineering hiring panel at Manulife, as well as Manulife TechTalks - an external Meetup group in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Naveed has a passion for continuous learning and development in support of our Engineers and works hard to ensure that we hire talent without bias, while supporting a culture of inclusivity.  He loves partnering with Engineers across our organization and creating a community of knowledge sharing and support. All of this results in building better products and experiences for Manulife’s customers.

Naveed is even busier outside of work, with three children, aged 13, 10, and 1½. His household is absolute chaos, and he wouldn’t have it any other way!

Naveed is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Engineering.

 

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Junting Guo, Engineering Manager
Junting Guo is an Engineering Manager on the Manulife University team at Manulife and he carries more than 13 years of experience covering all major Software Engineering disciplines. Prior to joining Manulife, he spent more than a decade serving as a key contributor at Nuance Communication for its industry-leading conversational AI system. At his spare time, Junting enjoys skiing, playing soccer as well as coaching his son’s soccer team.

 

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Elka Walsh, National Learning & Skills Lead at Microsoft
Dr. Elka Walsh leads Microsoft’s pan-Canadian education and skills strategy to prepare students to thrive in the digital future as the National Learning & Skills Lead. As a leader in education with over 20 years of experience ranging from executive positions at colleges and polytechnics, to Chief Education and Learning Officer at one of Canada’s largest science centers and as founder of UDiscover Learning Inc., Dr. Walsh has advised provincial and federal governments as well as international organizations on education and skilling strategy and policy, and has published extensively on student success. With an earned reputation for leading innovative change initiatives that result in tangible outcomes, Dr. Walsh holds a PhD and Master’s degree from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto (Victoria) and has taught at Humber College and McMaster University.