Thursday, June 9, 2016

HeForShe anniversary marked by special address

UN Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at the University of Waterloo.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director of UN Women and the HeForShe Campaign, spoke at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday.

The first anniversary of the University of Waterloo's participation in the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative was a cause for celebration, said UN Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

"So let's relax," said Mlambo-Ngcuka. "Most of the time we talk about pain and steps taken to fix it, but when we hit a milestone we should celebrate, and show how this is about concrete changes that your team is making to bring about gender equality."

The University of Waterloo is a pioneer for its work as a HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 champion, said Mlambo-Ngcuka, noting that the institution stands in good company with nine other post-secondary institutions, 10 global corporations, and 10 heads of state as part of the initiative, which launched in 2014.

Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that the UN Women's HeForShe campaign arose in a somewhat counterintuitive manner: "we were women looking for men in order to enlist men in the work to be done."

The focus on boys and young men was essential, Mlambo-Ngcuka explained, to ensure that a generation of men would grown up with a new, positive experience of masculinity.

“We are targeting men and boys to ensure that the next generation of men and boys grow up to be activists, to be equality-oriented, to make sure that when they have authority and responsibility, when they are parents and part of institutions, they will not be threatened by women, but are actively making sure they equalize the space,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.

In her address, Mlambo-Ngcuka linked the HeForShe initiative with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, calling it the most comprehensive agenda adopted since the UN Charter itself in the wake of the Second World War. She said the agenda addresses issues like violence against women, reproductive and sexual rights and unpaid care work, and emphasizes the need to bring about comprehensive change in areas that will affect women and girls.

Critical to the exercise is removing all forms of discrimination against women, and increasing the effective leadership of women in politics and the economy. Mlambo-Ngcuka said it could take 50 years to achieve equal participation of women in politics and more than 100 years to reach wage equity.

“Programs such as HeForShe are helping us shorten the time for us to address these issues,” she said, noting that if the campaign succeeds, substantial strides towards equality will be achieved instead by 2030. "We want to make sure that those who are in leadership are those who have the ability to open the doors that women are banging at, and remove the glass ceilings."

The Under-Secretary-General also took questions from the audience, with Special Advisor to the President on Women’s and Gender Issues Diana Parry acting as moderator.

In his introductory remarks, President Hamdullahpur revealed that nearly one-third of the incoming students in the Faculty of Engineering this fall are women, the highest number in the university's history.

“These are strong, early steps on a long, important journey," he said. “Until girls and women see the fullness of their reflection in the University of Waterloo, in our student body, and in our faculties, there is more work to do.”

Vancouver flocks to Waterloo to recruit top tech talent

by Laura Jane Watkins and Amy Woroch

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) seeks to position Vancouver as a globally recognized city for innovative, creative and sustainable business - and they want Waterloo’s top tech talent to help.

On May 30, the VEC made headlines when they visited Waterloo to host two unique employer information sessions. A panel of seven companies presented their “elevator pitch” to entice students for employment opportunities in western Canada. Each company that joined the VEC information sessions has posted jobs for fall co-op work terms.

With a focus on living and working in Vancouver, over 170 students were able to engage with the companies. Afterwards, VEC promoted their evening meetup to students outside the Student Life Centre by playing Frisbee.

In the evening, the “#YVRTech Meetup” at the Bombshelter was co-hosted by VEC and business software company, SAP Vancouver. The meetup was set up with booths by each of the seven companies that VEC represents. Students mingled and chatted with each prospective company. 

The Events Facilitator, who attended from CECA, collected feedback from the VEC after their session. She said VEC indicated that they were “very happy” with the students that they talked to.

Valuation workshop and other notes

"Do you know how to value a company? Did you know finance employers explicitly look for this skill on your resume?" If you didn't, or even if you did, the University of Waterloo Finance Association (UWFA) is hosting a two-part valuation tutorial designed to prepare students for finance interviews, stock pitch competitions, and the workplace. 

Part One of the valuation seminar consists of a basic overview of the three valuation techniques: discounted cash-flow, precedent transactions, and comparable companies analyses. The event takes place on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. in 4021.

Part Two of the seminar includes an in-depth tutorial of a discounted cash-flow model led by CIBC investment banker Richard Ma. Students will be guided to complete their very own valuation model on Excel. This event takes place on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. in M3 2103. There are only 30 spots available.

The workshops are open to UWFA members, and non-members can sign up to become an association member to be eligible to attend the workshop and future events.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) is hosting its third annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 7, and is looking for golfers who want to enjoy some fresh air, fun, food or to just catch up with friends.

"All Waterloo staff and retirees are welcome to join us at 4:00 p.m. at Foxwood Country Club, near Baden," says the note from the UWSA. "The deadline to register is June 23. A $10,000 Hole-in-One is being sponsored by Johnson Insurance, and prize sponsors include GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s Wonderland, Coldwell Banker, Bingeman’s, UW Food Services, Sue Fraser Crafts, Country Gardens, African Lions Safari and the Education Credit Union."

Anyone wanting to sponsor prizes or needing more information should contact Catherine Bolger in the UWSA office at ext. 33566.

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When and where

Bike Challenge,  Wednesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 30. Log your trips to win awesome prizes!

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 10, Quantum-Nano Centre.

Writing Centre presents Grammar workshop series, every Wednesday in June, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference, Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12, Conrad Grebel University College.

Bike Breakfast, Thursday, June 9, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Dana Porter Quad.

The Library presents International Archives Day celebration, Thursday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., LIB 131.

Student Success Office presents Global Intelligence, Thursday, June 9, 5:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

Voices for Peace concert, Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages. 

Say it in your own words: paraphrase and summary, Friday, June 10, 12:00 p.m.

Public Education event, “Living With Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD),” Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., School of Optometry & Vision Science, Room 347.

Student Success Office presents Personality Dimensions, Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m., SCH 108A.

Student Success Office presents Effective Meetings, Saturday, June 11, 2:00 p.m., SCH 108A.

Yellow Bellies, Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 2:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Student Success Office presents Presentation Skills, Monday, June 13, 11:00 a.m., SCH 108A.

Bike Breakfast, Tuesday, June 14, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Dana Porter Quad.

Spring Convocation ceremonies, Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18.

Research Seminar: Gerald McKinley, Western University, “Sydemics of Substance Use, Violence and Suicide: Public Health partnerships with First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario”, Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

Mindfulness and your career: Tuesday, June 14, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC2218. 

UWRC Book Club featuring Ariel Lawhon, "The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress," Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Professor Jason Dwyer, Department of Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, “Pores, Particles, Fibres, and Films: Tailored Nanostructures for Charged-Particle Single-Molecule Sensing and Spectroscopy”, Wednesday, June 15, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

Founders Forum on Health and Wellbeing, Thursday, June 16, 9:30 a.m., Velocity Start. Organized by St. Paul’s GreenHouse. Please register in advance.

2016 J.W. Graham Medal Seminar featuring Tas Tsonis, “How I used Math and Software to get into every Fashion House in the world...”, Thursday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Shankar Sastry, "Societal Scale Cyber Physical Systems," Friday, June 17, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

HeForShe Distinguished Lecture, Celine Latulipe, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, “Team-based learning and pedagogy for gender inclusiveness in STEM, Monday, June 20, 1:00 p.m., MC 2065.

Senate meeting, Monday, June 20, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Discover your interests: Wednesday, June 22, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., TC1112.

IQC Public Lecture featuring Bill Unruh, University of British Columbia, "The detection of gravitational waves on Earth," Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

MOTUS: Collaborative Performance Art, Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m., The Theatre, Kitchener Public Library.

Farewell reception for Principal Graham Brown: Monday, June 27, 4:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

Canada Day holiday, Friday, July 1, most University buildings and services closed.

Canada Day celebration, Friday, July 1, 4:00 p.m., Columbia Lake field.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 1, Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

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

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