Shopify CEO visits campus for talk today
Tobias Lütke, founder and CEO of e-commerce platform Shopify, delivered a fireside chat in the Sedra Student Design Centre today as part of his first appearance at a Canadian university.
Around 250 students from the University heard from Lütke and Michael Litt, co-founder and CEO of Vidyard, discuss Shopify’s journey to becoming one of the country’s leading innovations and Lütke’s exciting new plans for the company.
The event took place from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Engineering 5's Sedra Student Design Centre.
Bessma Momani receives Trudeau Fellowship
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has recognized a Waterloo professor who is an expert on the economy and political situation in the Middle East with a prestigious fellowship.
Bessma Momani, a professor in the Department of Political Science, will receive $225,000 in funding over three years to support her research about Arab-Canadian youth.
"It's a group that's been targeted for its connection to homeland politics and issues," said Professor Momani, who is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the author of several books and journal articles. "My research has found that Arab-Canadians do feel targeted by government policies, and that many aren't perceived as welcomed into Canadian society, even though many have a deep history in this country."
The funding will enable Professor Momani to travel to seven cities in Canada that have larger Arab populations, to get their views on living in Canadian society, how they feel about their portrayal as Arabs in the media, and what can be done to improve their sense of belonging in Canada's multicultural society.
“The Faculty of Arts is enormously proud to see the Trudeau Fellowship go to Bessma Momani, whose research expertise and impact perfectly exemplifies the global and human perspectives to which our Faculty is deeply committed," said Douglas Peers, dean of the Faculty of Arts. "To see Professor Momani’s research insights on political, social and economic issues of the Middle East extend to Arab youth in Canada is especially timely.”
Professor Momani plans to share the information she gathers through her own writing and opinion pieces to educate the public and inform policy in this area.
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation named five new fellows as part of today's announcement. They represent all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The projects they propose are collaborative, featuring participation from other fellows and scholars.
Reminder: changes to minimum wage in effect today
"The Ontario government has announced changes to the minimum wage rates effective October 1st 2015, including an increase for the general minimum wage rate from $11 to $11.25 per hour," says a notice from Human Resources.
"Information is located on the Human Resources website including a link to the government’s website. The majority of our employees are not impacted by this change; however, there may be some employees where attention will be required by managers to ensure compliance."
Please direct any questions to the Human Resources department by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Asian Festival brings international flavour to Reunion 2015
This Saturday, October 3 Renison University College will be hosting its 21st annual East Asian Festival.
This no-cost family event features cultural performances including martial arts demonstrations, and the always popular “Becoming a Geisha” exhibit, community booths, and university displays.
"New this year is our outdoor Sapporo Beer Garden, which will be paired with themed cuisine offered by local food trucks, all to highlight and celebrate East Asian culture and support the East Asian Studies program at Renison," says a note from Renison. "With support from the Consulates of Japan, Korea and China, this year the highlight of the Festival will be a beautiful fashion show from each different country. Adding to that will be many other talented performers from the local community, sharing songs, dances, and even magic with the audience."
“We are indeed fortunate to have so many very talented individuals in this community who will be performing on stage,” says Caroline Tanswell, Renison's Director of Institutional Advancement. “Children will delight in the magic show that will be presented and will be able to visit booths that offer calligraphy, origami, face painting and much more. The East Asian Festival is an entertaining family-friendly experience, which is an open event to all.”
There will also be a special workshop for participants to practice writing Chinese characters, learning about the origin of each character along the way. This workshop, sponsored by the Confucius Institute, will take place form 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Renison’s Dunker Family Lounge.
Notes as October gets underway
A plethora of United Way campaign activities gets underway today, including:
- The Office of Research's annual bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in front of NH 1043;
- The Offices of the President, Provost and Secretariat silent auction and BBQ between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside the Arts Lecture Hall;
- The Engineering Mystery Item Silent Auction for the United Way, which will begin accepting e-mail bids today, and will run until noon on October 23; and
WatPD is accepting orders for baked goods online, and will then deliver them on October 9th across campus.
Be sure to stop by the Student Life Centre at lunchtime today for a special musical pop-up performance. Things get popping at 12:00 p.m. Follow @UWaterloo on Twitter for updates.
Reconstruction of the service road running from the Dana Porter Library and Biology greenhouse to the Ring Road will begin on Tuesday, October 13 according to Plant Operations.
During this time, there will be no access available to Lot D underneath Needles Hall, and all parking will be temporarily relocated by UW Parking Services. Access to the interior of campus will be available via the EV3 roadway.
Plant Operations anticipates construction to take approximately 8 weeks, or less than that if the weather holds.
Information Systems and Technology (IST) has announced that the department will no longer provide support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5 devices, including the BlackBerry Bold, Torch or Curve, or software versions 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0, beginning January 1, 2016. This decision reflects the fact that BlackBerry software versions 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0 are no longer being developed or supported.
The effect of this is that come January 1, 2016, clients using Blackberry software versions 5.0. 6.0 And 7.0 will no longer be able to send and receive e-mail from their device and will need to upgrade to a BlackBerry 10, or any other phone.
Anyone with questions should contact the IST Service Desk by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling ext. 44357.
The University Club is getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with its annual luncheon buffet, which will be available from Thursday, October 8 to Friday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.