University names new board chair, vice-chair
The University of Waterloo has appointed a respected financial executive and Waterloo alumnus as chair of its Board of Governors, and a leader in the field of wireless technology as vice-chair.
Cindy Forbes is now chair of Waterloo’s Board of Governors. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Forbes has held various positions at Manulife Financial. In 1991, she became vice-president and CFO of the company’s U.S. group and pensions business. After serving in a number of roles in North America, she became senior vice-president and CFO for Manulife Japan and later moved to Hong Kong to assume responsibility for the financial activities of the company’s entire Asia region. As executive vice-president and chief analytics officer, she currently oversees Manulife global advanced analytics function. A Waterloo alumnus, Forbes graduated with an honours bachelor of mathematics. She joined Waterloo’s Board of Governors in 2012, and is its first female chair. Forbes succeeds Bill Watson, a lawyer and partner at Baker McKenzie LLP.
Thorsten Heins is now vice-chair of the Board of Governors. Heins has extensive international experience and knowledge developed through executive roles in the communication technology sector. Heins held several leadership positions in Siemens’ communication division, including CTO and executive board member. He served as an advisor to the European Union Commission and as board member on international industry groups. He has held a number of roles at Research in Motion, now BlackBerry, including CEO and president. He is an investor, board member and advisor for technology startups. Heins is chairman of the board for the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and has served on Waterloo’s Board of Governors since 2013. Heins succeeds Catherine Booth, president and owner of Booth Advisory Inc.
“These distinguished individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that is particularly valuable to the University of Waterloo,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “Their insights as members of our campus and broader communities plus their career successes on a global scale will support Waterloo as we continue to strive to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world.”
Forbes’ is a three-year term, and Heins’ is two years.
Bednarski wins teaching innovation award
This article was originally published on the History department's news site.
Professor Steven Bednarski has won the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s prestigious D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. This is the second year in a row that the Society has bestowed this prize upon a faculty member from the University of Waterloo.
Steven Bednarski is a social historian of late medieval crime, gender, and natural environment at St. Jerome’s University, a public Roman Catholic university federated within the University of Waterloo, where he also Co-Directs the Medieval Studies Program.
In 2012, Bednarski developed a student-driven process that led to the production of his second book, A Poisoned Past: The Life and Times of Margarida de Portu, a Fourteenth-Century Accused Poisoner (University of Toronto Press, 2014). This book proposed and pioneered a new genre of historical writing, pedagogical microhistory: gripping historical narrative, grounded in rigorous academic research, written with the learner and reader in mind.
In 2013, he applied for and obtained a large Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which formed a dynamic research partnership between St. Jerome’s, uWaterloo, Queen’s University (Kingston), and the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex.
Through this research Partnership, Bednarski has funded about fifty trips for Canadian students to Herstmonceux Castle, where they learn about the past by doing. These “junior research partners” acquire important skills working on a live archaeological site and training in local archives.
Bednarski and his team’s goal is to understand how medieval climate change affected the ways in which people lived six centuries ago.
To ensure that students continue to learn once they return to Canada, Bednarski, with the support of St. Jerome’s University, designed and launched the Medieval D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab (Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks) last September.
In the D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab, a team of undergraduate research interns works alongside MA and PhD candidates. They are supervised by faculty members on a variety of advanced research projects.
This is the first of its kind digital research lab for Medieval Studies and Medieval Environmental History. Lab members, including young undergraduate students, collaborate in teams; they apply for grants and deliver public conferences (they hosted a two-day Climates of Change Symposium with SSHRC support last October at the Delta Hotel, Waterloo and delivered the keynote address last month at Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s Forward into the Past conference). Most importantly, Bednarski’s students also contribute to the writing process, working on teams to co-author print and digital publications.
Bednarski’s approach is revolutionizing the teaching and learning of history. It adopts a Science model, which underscores that people learn best by doing. This means going out into the world, encountering the past, and sharing it with others.
In recognition for his work, Bednarski is the recipient of a 2017 D2L Teaching Innovation Award. He will receive the award at a ceremony hosted by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Halifax, on 21 June 2017. Previously, Bednarski won the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2011.
Two leaders in experiential education recognized by Waterloo Pharmacy
By Alana Rigby
At the Waterloo Pharmacy alumni reception, held during the Ontario Pharmacists Association conference, the School’s experiential team presented two awards to pharmacists who are outstanding in their support of pharmacy student education. The first was the 2016 Outstanding Co-op Supervisor Award which celebrates an exceptional mentor to students completing work terms. The second was the 2016 Outstanding Preceptor Award which acknowledges a preceptor who provides excellent guidance for students in their final clinical rotations.
The co-op supervisor award winner this year is Jeff Rodrigues, a pharmacist at a Costco Pharmacy in Etobicoke. Rodrigues’ students describe him as an exemplary pharmacist who excels in providing patient-centered and therapeutically accurate care in a fast-paced work environment. His professionalism and enthusiasm for pharmacy practice is an inspiration to his colleagues and his positive attitude and kind demeanour ensure that he forms effective bonds with coworkers, trainees, and patients. As a co-op supervisor, Rodrigues was quick to share clinical tips and vital therapeutic knowledge with his students. Co-op terms provide opportunities for Waterloo Pharmacy students to translate classroom learning into practice, and Jeff always ensured that his students had many opportunities to do exactly that.
The preceptor award was received by Joanna Ditouras, a pharmacist at the Windsor Regional Hospital with expertise in pediatrics. Ditouras is the first ever recipient of this award as it is new this year. As a preceptor, she guided Waterloo Pharmacy students in working with patients and identifying and solving drug therapy issues. Most importantly, Ditouras cultivated independent learning in her students, ensuring that they understood how to find the best possible answers through analyzing primary evidence. She involved her students in integral clinical decisions and gave them opportunities for collaboration in multidisciplinary teams. Ditouras balances her wide clinical knowledge with effective interpersonal skills, and her students expressed how much they valued learning to empathetically interview and counsel patients.
Both Rodrigues and Ditouras are strong advocates for the pharmacy profession which was an inspiration to their students. Experiential learning in diverse settings like fast-paced retail pharmacies or pediatric hospital units are invaluable learning opportunities for students. To deliver these opportunities, the Waterloo Pharmacy program relies on the support and leadership of co-op supervisors and preceptors like Rodrigues and Ditouras. Congratulations to both award winners!
In honour of National Aboriginal Day, the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and Stratford Public Library are presenting a community dialogues event entitled “Uncomfortable is OK: how Truth and Reconciliation Affects Us all.”
The event promises “insight into the Indigenous experience” and invitees will “learn how community education provides opportunity for positive impact.”
Speaking will be Lori Campbell, director of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre. The lecture will follow the same format of the recent Autonomous Cars lecture held in Stratford back in March, with a frank discussion on Truth and Reconciliation, the future of Indigenous cultures in Stratford and Canada, and an informal question and answer period. Former CBC host Judy Maddren will moderate the discussion.
All are welcome to this free event.
University employees, undergraduates, graduate students and guests are warmly invited to march in this year’s Pride Parade with The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity and, for the first time ever, President Feridun Hamdullahpur. Tickets are available now.
The American Filtration & Separations Society is looking for abstracts for its September conference. Learn more and submit your abstract.
A reminder that today is the final day to vote in the Vice-President, Academic Nominating Committee electronic elections. There are four separate electronic elections, each closing today at 4:30 p.m.:
- Two regular staff members, elected from and by the regular staff of the University
- Two regular faculty members, elected from and by the faculty-at-large of the University
- A senator of professorial rank from the Faculty of Engineering
- A senator of professorial rank from the Faculty of Environment
If you are eligible to vote in any of these elections, you were emailed an electronic ballot on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Paper ballots mailed to regular union staff must be received in Needles Hall, room 3060 by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Any questions may be directed to Emily Schroeder in the Secretariat.
FemPhys, Women in Science, Women in Computer Science and Women in Engineering invite you to their Spring 2017 Women in STEM Grad BBQ at Waterloo Park. Come enjoy a barbecue and meet fellow grad students and post docs in STEM fields! All are welcome. There will be lightly structured conversation and games. Bring your friends or come to make some new ones, and feel free to bring some snacks and/or picnic games to share! Free burgers and veggie burgers will be provided.
Meet in Picnic Area #1, which is #18 on this map - just head for the petting zoo!