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Friday, May 29, 2015

Waterloo rolled out the orange carpet

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima walk into the QNC.

The Dutch king and queen visited the University of Waterloo yesterday and witnessed two of the world’s leading innovation universities announcing a new research and education collaboration that aims to advance the field of quantum computing.

Events kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with an academic summit meeting in Room 0101 of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. Vice-President, University Relations Sandra Banks delivered opening remarks.

"As we will see throughout the course of the day, Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands share a special bond," Banks said. "Today, we will help to deepen those bonds of friendship and partnership across several dimensions: in education, in research, in innovation."

The king and queen were joined in Waterloo by Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and more than 20 Dutch higher education institutions meeting to solidify the ties between Canada and the Netherlands and share best practices in higher education.

"I believe Waterloo and our fellow Ontario institutions share a vision with our Dutch counterparts for prosperity rooted in scholarship and innovation," said President Feridun Hamdullahpur. "It is wonderful to have representatives from two innovation ecosystems named the World’s Smartest City — Eindhoven and Waterloo — advancing this exciting agenda together, as partners."

"We have much to learn from one another, and throughout the course of this visit, I am sure all members of both delegations will do exactly that." 

An enthusiastic crowd of onlookers, some who had secured a spot outside the Lazaridis Centre early yesterday morning, greeted the royal delegation's 12-car motorcade as it arrived at 11:00 a.m. on what turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day.

The king and queen waved and wished the appreciative assembly good morning before being greeted by President Hamdullahpur and Institute for Quantum Computing director Raymond Laflamme. The delegation proceeded into the building's atrium, where the official welcoming party of students, faculty and staff had gathered to greet the king and queen.

The delegation proceeded to the second-floor board room, where the king and queen met with guests including Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan, Region of Waterloo Chair Ken Seiling, and Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis. The royal couple then witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the Region of Waterloo, Canada’s Technology Triangle, and Dutch startup incubator Brainport Eindhoven, and a memorandum of understanding between Delft University of Technology and the University of Waterloo.

"Now 70 years after the liberation of the Netherlands through which both countries have woven indelible, everlasting ties, these two agreements bind us further still," said Interim Associate Vice-President, International Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaar. "Be-it through fundamental research in the particular mindboggling field of quantum science, or through the knowledge transfers in highly focused regions like Eindhoven and Waterloo of course, today we feed the continuous metamorphosis of our world — our future in the most human sense of the term."

The memorandum of understanding allows exchange opportunities for students, staff and researchers, collaboration on research projects and the exchange of research publications and reports in quantum information. Feridun Hamdullahpur and Anka Mulder, vice-president for education and operations at Delft, signed the memorandum in the presence of Their Majesties.

“These are two universities leading the world in innovation,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur. “This new agreement positions both Waterloo and Delft to accelerate progress quantum information research while exposing our students and research to diverse experiences that will position them to lead the new world economy.”

The visit also marked the launch of the Liberation Scholarship Program. The historic scholarship celebrates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian forces at the end of the Second World War. 

The first five scholarship winners were present at the event, including Terran Shaver, whose grandfather, retired Colonel Donald Shaver, a Galt native who participated in the liberation of Holland, appeared with her on stage to the applause of the crowd. Shaver noted that when he served overseas he was 24 years old, and that his granddaughter Terran will be celebrating her 24th birthday while studying next year in the Netherlands.

Madeline Liddy, a masters student from IQC, was among the first five recipients awarded the scholarship.

The king and queen were photographed with the scholarship recipients. 

Following the scholarship launch ceremony, the royal couple also toured a quantum optics laboratory in the Institute for Quantum Computing. Waterloo’s IQC and Delft’s QuTech are among the top quantum research institutes in the world and both universities are committed to creating the worlds first 100-qubit quantum computer.

At 12:35 p.m. the royal delegation's visit came to an end and they left the University through the Lazaridis Centre's atrium where the king and queen met more members of the public. The crowd cheered as the motorcade departed.

Check out the University's Storify page for more details and photos of the royal visit.

Photograph by Jonathan Bielaski.

A new season of global impacts for Waterloo

by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor.

As the Spring term heats up and our University turns its focus to June, we have much to celebrate. In particular, I want to dedicate my comments today on Waterloo’s constantly growing and evolving role as a highly internationalized university, and one with a strong social mission.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and President Feridun Hamdullahpur descend the IQC staircase.The Daily Bulletin has provided extensive coverage of our royal visit this week. As you know, yesterday Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited campus with their royal delegation to make some exciting announcements and enrich an academic conference hosted at the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

Visit the University of Waterloo’s Facebook page for an excellent photo album that captures the excitement of the event, and our Stories page for a timeline of Tweets, photos, and excerpts.

While the details of the event and the work of the delegation and academic conference has been extensively documented, I want to highlight two significant features of the visit.

The first is that Waterloo’s new agreement with Delft University of Technology in Holland marks our further establishment as one of the world’s leaders in quantum research. As the Quantum Valley ascends and continues to take its place as one of the world’s most vaunted innovation ecosystems, the University of Waterloo can be extremely proud of our role in anchoring that ecosystem. Not only in quantum, but across the range of our research areas and by generating such talented students and alumni.

Second, I want to underline how honoured I know we all feel at being the site of yesterday’s announcements. The special relationship between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Canada is a matter of great significance to our country, and of immense personal meaning to countless Canadians who proudly claim Dutch descent. As I said in my comments to the royal delegation about the new Liberation Scholarships program: the Dutch-Canadian bond, forged in war, continues to flourish in peace.

It was a very proud day for the University of Waterloo.

I’m proud also that in May, our commitment to building a better and more equitable and knowledgeable world was displayed through several other initiatives as well.

On May 5, 2015 Waterloo unveiled our participation in the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign to promote gender equity. As the only Canadian organization among the campaign's participating governments, leading universities, and global businesses, we are honoured to have been selected to help lead this effort to help end discrimination against women and girls.

Gender equity is not a women’s issue. It is an everybody issue. That’s why the HeforShe campaign is designed to enlist men and boys in this important effort. Follow #HeforShe on Twitter and think about how you can do your part to help end gender discrimination. I look forward to our continued work together promoting positive social change through this program.

Finally, and in keeping with the theme of being an internationalized university with a strong social mission, this month we launched a program to help drive prosperity in a key regional economy while deepening our own academic prowess.

The Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI) Project is a relationship forged between the Government of Canada, the Indonesian Government and the University of Waterloo. Its goal is to strengthen the Indonesian economy through advancing the actuarial profession in that country. It will accomplish this by providing risk management and actuarial expertise related to financial welfare, health care, banking and other issues that impact Indonesia and its international partners. At the same time, this partnership underlines the University of Waterloo’s position as a national and international leader in the actuarial sciences. Read the press release to learn more about this exciting initiative.

I extend my thanks to our whole campus community for making this such a memorable and meaningful month for the University of Waterloo.

As we continue on into the warmer weather and new term, I wish you the happiest of summers, and to all students: good luck on your upcoming midterms!



Friday's notes

An image of a flower bed outside the Dana Porter Library."The winner of the #UWSASpringtime photo contest is Murielle Landry!" writes the UWSA's Melissa Zapletal. "Congratulations and bon appétit!"

Honourable mentions go to Angela Rooke and Emily Hudson for their great photos.

"Thank you to all those who participated in the contest. It was great to see the signs of Spring from all over campus," Zapletal writes. "You can browse through our UWSA Springtime 2015 Photo Contest album on Facebook to see all the great entries."

Professor Seng.Electrical and Computer Engineering is hosting a Distinguished Lecture today featuring Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, associate provost (graduate studies and international relations) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Seng's talk is entitled "The Next Big Things in Education and Research."

"The new challenges posed by an increasingly integrated world require a rethinking of how we address our current education system and future research directions," says the talk's abstract. "As teaching and research are the yin and the yang of successful universities, it is important to understand the teaching-research connections."

The lecture takes place at 3:00 p.m. in DC 1302. 



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When and where

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 25 to Friday, June 5.

University of Waterloo Staff Association information session, Friday, May 29, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., DC 1302.

Centre for Career Action presents Careers 601, Friday, May 29, 10:30 a.m., TC 2218.

Centre for Career Action presents Academic Interview, Friday, May 29, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), "The Next Big Things in Education and Research," Friday, May 29, 3:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Chinese Book and Photo Exhibition to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of WWII, Saturday, May 30 to Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Renison University College.

Bike Month Bike Challenge – Win cool prizes and conquer the leaderboard. Monday, June 1 to Tuesday,  June 30, all campuses.  

Centre for Career Action presents Non-Academic Work Search and Networking, Monday, June 1, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

Centre for Career Action presents Project Management as a Career Option, Monday, June 1, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208. 

Centre for Career Action presents Interview Q&A, Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208. 

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact presents a webinar, "E-Cigarettes in Canada – A special supplement of Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, 2015 Edition," Tuesday, June 2, 1:00 p.m.

LIB 003 - Searching: Databases, Tuesday, June 2, 1:30 p.m., Library FLEX Lab. 

Are You LinkedIn? Learning the Basics, Tuesday, June 2, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

LIB 004 - Evaluating Information, Wednesday, June 3, 10:00 a.m., DC 1568.

Velocity Science: Open House, Wednesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Earth Science and Chemistry room 316A. 

Centre for Career Action presents Teaching Philosophy Statement, Wednesday, June 3, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

Velocity Alpha: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, Wednesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 4412.

Centre for Career Action presents Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Thursday, June 4, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208. Note: this session is primarily geared towards graduate students.

Test the Discover Graduate Studies site and earn a chance to win a $100! Contest closes June 5.

Mitacs Step Workshop: Networking Skills, Friday, June 5, 9:00 a.m., TC 2218.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 5, 11:30 a.m., DC Library quad.

Matthews Golf Classic, Monday, June 8, Grand Valley Golf Course.

Centre for Career Action presents Writing Successful Grant Proposals, Monday, June 8, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Spring 2015 Convocation, Tuesday, June 9 to Saturday, June 13.

The Library presents Tracking Other Researchers and Their Work, Tuesday, June 9, 10:00 a.m., Library FLEX Lab.

Centre for Career Action presents Career Interest Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory), Tuesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m, TC 1214.

School of Planning 2015 Graduate Luncheon and Ceremony, Tuesday, June 9, 11:30 a.m., Fed Hall. 

Centre for Career Action presents Career Exploration and Decision Making, Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 p.m., TC 1112.

Institute for Quantum Computing presents a public lecture by Dr. Krysta Svore, Microsoft Research, "Quantum Computing: Transforming the Digital Age," Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m., QNC 0101. Registration details.

Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Quantum Nano Centre room 1506. 

Centre for Career Action presents Writing CVs and Cover Letters, Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

University of Waterloo Staff Association information session, Thursday, June 11, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH 3001.

Citing Properly with RefWorks, Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 p.m., DC 1568. 

Centre for Career Action presents Business Etiquette and Professionalism, Wednesday, June 10, 1:30 p.m., TC 2218.

Velocity Alpha: How To Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 4412. 

Quantum Programming & Circuits Workshop, Thursday, June 11, all day, QNC 0101. 

Centre for Career Action presents Work Search Strategies, Thursday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

Centre for Career Action presents Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part I, Thursday, June 11, 1:30 p.m., TC 1214.

Biomedical Discussion Group Lecture featuring Dr. Boxin Zhao, “Zebra Mussel-inspired Electrically Conductive Polymer Nanofiber,” Thursday, June 11, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Centre for Career Action presents Success on the Job, Friday, June 12, 10:30 a.m., TC 1208.

Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University, "Power-Aware computing, Heterogeneous parallelism, and the Post-ISA era," Friday, June 12, 4:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Centre for Career Action presents The Who Am I? Self Assessment Game, Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m., TC 2218.

Careers 601, Tuesday, June 16, 2:30 4:00 p.m., TC 2218.

University of Waterloo Staff Association information session, Tuesday, June 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in MC 5501.

UWRC Book Club, Lisa Moore, "Caught," Wednesday, June 17, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Kick-start Your Career – Volunteer! Wednesday, June 17, 2:30 3:30 p.m., TC 1208

Velocity Alpha: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 4412. 

UW Farm Market, Thursday, June 18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

Bike Breakfast – Stop by on your bike for snacks, a free tune-up, and more! Thursday June 18, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Dana Porter Quad.  

The Pebble Story: From Velocity to Kickstarter Glory, Thursday, June 18, 2:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. 

Bike Safety Session, Tuesday, June 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parking Lot C.

Velocity Alpha: Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., Environment 3 room 1408. 

UW Farm Market, Thursday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

Canada Day Celebration, Wednesday, July 1, Columbia Lake fields.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 1, Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101. 

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 2, Thursday, July 9, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101.