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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Social impact grants for GreenHouse innovators

 Elizabeth Stankiewicz, Bailee Walls-Guertin, Cassie Myers, Indi Madar, and Julia Hiscock.

From left to right, bottom row: Dhruv Guliani and Shahid Mawji. Top row: Elizabeth Stankiewicz, Bailee Walls-Guertin, Cassie Myers, Indi Madar, and Julia Hiscock.

Six GreenHouse social ventures received a total of $13,000 at the latest Social Impact Showcase, which highlights the work of each term’s innovators.

The innovators who received funding from the Social Impact Fund (SIF) for the Spring 2017 term included a venture that will import sleeping ‘pod’ technology for shelters and airports, a venture that will help girls develop leadership skills through gaming activities, and one that will help racialized women access fitness programs.

Half of the SIF recipients were GreenHouse Fellows – winners of the Big Ideas Challenge, an annual event in which students pitch their ideas for social good; the winners get summer-long GreenHouse Fellowships.

All GreenHouse students have access to the SIF grants at the end of each term, and pitch their ideas in front of a panel before the Showcase.

The Spring 2017 winners and their ventures are:


  • Arawelo: Indi Madar (Master’s in Sustainability Management) - $2,500 to help create a cross-cultural women’s health platform
  • MapleKey: Julia Hiscock (Psychology) - $2,500 to bring innovative technology into shelters to create safe, secure, and private accommodations for the transient community
  • Bamboo Labs: Dhruv Guliani and Shahid Mawji (Mechatronics Engineering)- $2,000 to develop a technology consulting venture, specializing in helping companies become more socially responsible


  • SheLeads: Cassie Myers (Peace and Conflict Studies) - $2,500 to empower girls to realize their leadership potential through skill-based games
  • Just Bee: Bailee Walls-Guertin (Health Studies) - $2,500 to create education materials which teach emotional intelligence to children

Finer Minds:

  • Elizabeth Stankiewicz (Psychology) - $1,000 to develop a skill-building program for homeless youth with a mental health focus

Read more about some of the SIF winners on the Waterloo Stories site.

Swimming coach takes the plunge with move to Bahamas

Swimming coach Jeff Slater (right) and MP Bardish Chagger speak with Warrior swim team member.

This article originally appeared on the Athletics and Recreation news site.

Head coach of the Warriors swimming program, Jeff Slater, has announced he will be leaving after leading the program for the past 10 years. Slater has accepted a new position with the Barracuda Swim Club in the Bahamas. 

Coach Jeff Slater.Slater was named the head coach in 2007 after serving as the head coach of the Guelph Gryphons swim program for four years. He returned to his alma mater, after competing for the swim program from 1985-89, followed by coaching stints with the men's water polo team and swim teams from 1989-90.

"I am forever grateful to the University of Waterloo and the Department of Athletics for every opportunity I have been given the past 10 years and beyond," said Slater. "This is a very bitter sweet moment for me as I close this incredible chapter of my life. I will miss a lot about the University but mostly the highly committed student-athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching over the past 10 seasons. Seeing the athletes succeed not only in the pool but also in the classroom was always rewarding to me and I am proud to have contributed to their future success."

Slater has had the opportunity to coach some standout student-athletes and has seen many new records fall in the pool and says this is what will be missed the most; his athletes getting a little bit better, a little bit faster each season. 

The highlight of Slater's career came following the 2016 OUA Championship after watching one of his swimmers, Jonathan Ramkissoon (Trinidad), break an OUA record in the 100m breast stroke, and was named the coach of the year, the first time in his career. 

In addition to Slater's role as head coach of the swimming program, he was the lead organizer for all Warriors Camps. 

"We would like to thank Jeff for his extremely hard work ethic and dedication to the Warriors," said director of athletics and recreation, Roly Webster. "Jeff has always earned the upmost respect from his student-athletes and has set them up to be successful not only in the pool but in their careers as they graduate from Waterloo. We will miss Jeff's easy going personality around the office and wish him all the best in sunny Bahamas."

Slater will wrap up his duties in the next couple of weeks before making the move to Bahamas with his wife Marissa. The process of searching for a new coach begins immediately. 

A Tribe Called Red at Reunion; other notes

A Tribe Called Red performs with the CN Tower in the background.

As part of the University of Waterloo’s 60th anniversary celebrations and Reunion 2017, indigenous DJ crew A Tribe Called Red will be performing at a 60th Anniversary Reunion Concert held in the Physical Activities Complex on Friday, September 29. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the Reunion registration site.

Human Resources has reported that retiree Arthur Bissonnette died on July 25. Bissonnette joined the University in April 1973 and retired in May 2009 as a Mail and Delivery Assistant in Central Stores.

Link of the day

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

When and where

New Faculty Teaching DaysWednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10.

NEW - Stress Away – Stress Relief event, Thursday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC quad.

PhD seminar, “Secure asymmetry and deployment for decoy routing systems,” Cecylia Bocovich, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Thursday, August 10, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 2310.

Ontario Mennonite Music CampSunday, August 13 to Friday, August 25, Conrad Grebel University College. 

Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Professor Patricia Trbovich, Academic Research Lead, UHN and Assistant Professor, U of T at University Health Network and University of Toronto, "Application of Human Factors to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety," Wednesday, August 9, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register online.

Retirement celebration for Kevin Oberle and Marg Stephenson, Wednesday, August 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Federation Hall. RSVP to Liz Doede -

Stargazing Party and Black Holes Lecture, Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. (lecture) to 10:30 p.m., OPT 347 and Columbia Fields 3 and 4. Register online.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 11 to Friday, August 18.

UWRC Book Club presents The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy, Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing, Monday August 21, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Village 1 Green. Registration required to get eclipse glasses.

Deadline for students to get “Fees Arranged,” Wednesday, August 23.

10th Annual St. Paul's Golf Tournament, Friday, August 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Glen Eagle Golf Club.

Fall Orientation, Sunday, September 3 to Saturday, September 9.

Fall Move-in begins, Sunday, September 3.

Labour Day, most University services and buildings closed, Monday, September 4.

Co-operative work term begins, Tuesday, September 5.

NEW - LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Tuesday, September 5, 12:30 p.m., NH 3318. Please register- Seating is limited.

NEW - WaterTalk: Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage, featuring Professor Max Maurer, Tuesday, September 5, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Lectures begin, Thursday, September 7.

Feds Welcome Week, Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15.

President and Senior Staff Luncheon, Monday, September 11, 12:00 p.m., Davis Centre Quad.

The Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2017 featuring Quentin Grafton, “Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure in the Blue Economy,” Monday, September 11, 3:40 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom, Kitchener.

Deadline to submit nominations for the President's Community Impact Awards, Friday, September 15.

WaterTalk: Emerging Outcomes From a Cross-Disciplinary Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems, Friday, September 15, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2017-1814 - Apprentice Cook - Food Services
  • Job ID# 2017-1830 - Computing Consultant (Portal, Web Development) - Information Systems and Technology, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2017-1826 - Executive Assistant - Advancement-Principal Gifts, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2017-1803 - Manager, Marketing & Communications Strategy - Registrar-Undergrad Recruitment, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2017-1808 - Manager, Non-Profit/Public Sector Partnerships - Office of Research, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2017-1765 - Smart Sensors Network Technician - Chemistry, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2017-1736 - Smart Watershed Field Technician - Earth & Environmental Sciences, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2017-1806 - Specialist, Digital Engagement - Registrar-Undergrad Recruit, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2017-1824 - Student Service and Intercollegiate Coordinator - Athletics & Rec Services, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2017-1825 - Student Service Specialist - Registrar, USG 5-6
  • Job ID# 2017-1752 - Undergraduate Awards Coordinator - Registrar-Student Awards, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2017-1735 - Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystem Technician - Biology, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2017-1805 - GAIA Research Technologist - WatCAR, USG 8

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2017-1829 - International Recruitment Specialist - Registrar-Undergrad Recruit, USG 9