Suncor hosts annual awards banquet
by Dipali Batabyal.
On Thursday December 3rd at the University Club, Howard McIntyre (Vice-President of Lubricants at Suncor Energy Inc.) and Mandi Penfold (Recruitment Advisor, Human Resources and Campus Program Suncor Energy Services Inc.) held their 5th awards banquet on Waterloo campus in recognition of the 2015-16 recipients of the Suncor Energy Emerging Leaders Award (SEELA). This year, 20 recipients received this prestigious award including 4 new students and 16 renewing.
The event has become an annual tradition celebrating Suncor and Waterloo’s partnership, which spans across faculty units including Co-operative Education and Career Action, and has helped launch several innovative initiatives that are important priorities at Waterloo. Also in attendance was acting dean of engineering, professor Wayne Parker, and the dean of science, professor Bob Lemieux, along with directors of advancement and members of principal gifts.
This banquet recognizes the recipients and their scholastic achievement in the areas of Science and Engineering by providing renewable awards that promote and incite students out of high school entering Waterloo to continue to thrive in one of these disciplines. Over the last decade, Suncor has generously contributed $1M to establish SEELA and have made a commitment to our students to help them develop into future experts and leaders for Canada’s economy and industry. To date 71 students have received the Suncor Emerging Leaders Award.
“Waterloo graduates a different talent than others,” says Howard McIntyre. “Ideas and innovation are a core competency of Waterloo’s students where nothing is suppressed to create the disciples of tomorrow instead of the practitioners of today. This aligns with our mission statement at Suncor, where we are ‘creating energy for a better world.’ We’re focused on tomorrow and we can’t do it alone. We need the idea generators for a better tomorrow and Waterloo’s students challenge the status-quo. There is much personal accountability amongst Waterloo’s students, faculty and researchers, which is high in this institution, who want to be part of the solution. It is the entrepreneurial journey.”
“This scholarship will serve to ease the financial load that comes with pursuing a post-secondary education," says mechanical engineering student and SEELA award recipient Robert Bahensky. "As a result, I can direct more focus towards my studies and extracurricular pursuits. More importantly, however the award introduces me to a wide network of connections and possibilities that are sure to be beneficial to my growth as a student and an individual.”
Suncor Energy and Suncor Energy Foundation and the University of Waterloo have also collaborated on initiatives as the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo project, the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISIR), and the 11th Annual Fusion Conference, held by the Faculty of Science.
Social Impact Fund grant recipients named
Three initiatives by St. Paul's GreenHouse students received Social Impact Fund grants at the December Social Impact Showcase, held Thursday, December 3. The Showcase highlights some of the projects current students are working on — and, new this term, special guest speaker and Ashoka Fellow Ilona Dougherty spoke about how youth are key drivers of innovation.
The first Social Impact Fund recipient, Richard Yim, showcased his business, The Landmine Boys, which is committed to making land mine neutralization safer and more efficient. He will be using the $2,500 grant to test the first prototype machine in Cambodia.
Trishala Pillai received $1,000 for The Dialogue Project, a "TEDx for engaged dialogue." She will organize and promote two campus-wide events that will start engaged conversations about important and topical issues.
Finally, Rhea Daniels received $1,000 to capture first-person narratives of the alliances between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada through a project called Bridging Communities through Narratives.
St. Paul's GreenHouse is a live-in social impact incubator that helps students find an idea for social good, develop it, and then launch it as a startup.
Book launch event tomorrow; other notes
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are invited to join McLaughlin for an engaging dialogue and discussion. The new book explores pivotal moments in the history of the University — from its entrepreneurial beginnings to its position as Canada’s leading innovation university.
The event takes place Wednesday, December 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 0101 of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.
Now, some news from the north campus: at long last, the Laurelwood Drive extension that runs through the University's Northwest Campus subdivision is now open to the Westmount Road roundabout, affording easier access to the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging, the Stork Family YMCA and the Harper Branch of the Waterloo Public Library.