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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Senate names Dominic Barton as Waterloo's 11th Chancellor

Members of the senate voted yesterday afternoon to appoint Dominic Barton, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company as the University’s 11th chancellor. Senate approved the appointment following a recommendation from the nominating committee.

Dominic Barton.Barton steps down as the global leader of McKinsey on July 1, after serving the maximum of three, three-year terms. In his role at McKinsey, Barton provides strategic advice to national leaders, government and corporations. In addition to leading McKinsey since 2008, Barton also chairs the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

In May 2015, Barton joined Feridun Hamdullahpur and other government, business and academic leaders across the globe in committing his organization to the UN Women’s HeForShe gender equity initiative.

In an email to campus this morning, Hamdullahpur said: “Dominic Barton is renowned for his strategic insights and expert guidance on business, governance and economic development. I am inspired by his commitment to creating positive global change and to equity and inclusivity which in many ways complement our University’s record of innovation and aspirations to make a global impact.”

Elected by the University’s Senate to a three-year term, the chancellor presides over convocation ceremonies, conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates on graduating students. He also serves as a leading ambassador for the University.

In addition to his work with McKinsey and the Government of Canada, Barton is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, a board member at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and the Asia Pacific Foundation Canada.

He is also a Rhodes trustee and an honorary fellow at Brasenose College in Oxford England.

Born in Uganda and a Ugandan and Canadian citizen, Barton received a BA Honours in economics from the University of British Columbia and studied as a Rhodes scholar at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford.

Barton is the author of more than 80 articles and several books ranging from the role of business in society to leadership and talent development. He is a recipient of the INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award (2011), the Korean Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal, 2013), the Singaporean Public Service Star (2014), the Foreign Policy Association Corporate Social Responsibility Award (2017), and Canada’s Public Policy Forum Testimonial Award (2017).

Barton succeeds Tom Jenkins as chancellor. Jenkins, Chair of OpenText Corporation and Chair of the National Research Council, served as chancellor for three years from May 1, 2015.

Waterloo had designs on CASE and CCAE awards

The hard work of staff across campus was on full display again as Waterloo brought home a SILVER CASE International Circle of Excellence Award and a BRONZE CCAE Prix d’Excellence Award.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international membership association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) is the equivalent organization for Canada, and both host annual awards programs.

The Faculty of Mathematics has been awarded a SILVER CASE International Circle of Excellence Award for their video #WeBelongInTech Women in Computer Science 10th Anniversary.

This video, which forms the core of the larger #WeBelongInTech fundraising and awareness campaign developed by the Faculty of Mathematics with support from Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science Jo Atlee, helps ensure that talented young women entering into computer science have access to programming and strategic supports to build a strong pipeline of future female leaders in a traditionally male-dominated field.

The cover of the Hong Kong Alumni Association's 60th Anniversary booklet.A volunteer committee leading this past November’s 60th Anniversary Dinner Gala in Hong Kong in collaboration with Alumni Relations and the Hong Kong Foundation, received a BRONZE CCAE Prix d’Excellence Award in the Best Printed Brochure, Newsletter, or Flyer category for their 60 Years of Innovation publication.

The publication acted as a keepsake for gala attendees to eternalize the success and achievements that lead to this milestone year in Hong Kong. The booklet included multiple messages of congratulations from senior leadership and local government officials, interviews with successful alumni from the Hong Kong area, and Waterloo achievements from the past 60 years.

These awards showcase Waterloo’s strategic planning and creativity on a national and international stage. Congratulations to all the winners for their hard work and dedication.

Award-winning sportscaster speaks on campus tonight

Sportscaster Scott Russell.What happens on the field of play is life’s greatest classroom. Award-winning CBC Sports broadcaster Scott Russell discusses the potential of sport and play, and how it can shape a country and its citizens in the next Hallman Lecture, hosted by Recreation and Leisure Studies tonight at 7:00 p.m. Russell has covered 13 Olympic games, the Pan Am Games, and was rink-side reporter for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 14 years.

The talk is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception with cash bar following the lecture. Please see further details and registration information.

The Hallman Lecture takes place at 7:00 p.m. in AHS 1689.

Celebrate your cycling efforts at Bike Lunch

Over the second week of Bike Month, over 450 bike trips were logged by 85 students and employees across campus. Traveling a collective 2,500 km, these cyclists have saved over 0.6 tons of CO2 emissions. “We are thrilled with the participation in our trip-logging challenge at the half-way point of Bike Month”, says Andrea Bale, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at the University. “We’d love to reach 1,000 trips logged by the end of the month!”. The challenge runs until June 30, with prizes available from the Sustainability Office and TravelWise. For more information, visit the Bike Challenge webpage.

To celebrate these accomplishments, the Sustainability Office will be hosting a Bike Lunch on Wednesday, June 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Peter Russell Rock Garden. This event will bring together cyclists across campus to promote and celebrate sustainable commuting. Free tune-ups will be available from King Street Cycles, along with free food and the opportunity to chat with booths from campus groups and community partners.

Happy cycling!

Tuesday's notes

Mental Health Training on campus. "We are so very fortunate to have people across campus that are passionate about mental health awareness for our students, staff and faculty," says a note from Campus Wellness. "Knowing mental health warriors can be found in all types of roles we wanted to reach out to see if anyone in our staff and faculty groups have the certification to facilitate a SafeTALK, Mental Health First Aid or ASIST training."

"Campus Wellness is looking to our campus community to add to our facilitator roster. If this is of interest to you and it fits within your current role here on campus please connect with Tanya Andrews in Counseling Services at or at extension 38487. We are very interested in partnering with you."

Tired of feeling tired? Fatigue is one of the more common complaints in clinical practice and has a multitude of causes. Find out more at the Chronic Fatigue workshop, which takes place today from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in MC 5501. "In this 50-minute workshop, we will discuss some of the more common causes of fatigue including common vitamin/mineral deficiencies, anemias, burnout/poor adrenal function, blood sugar regulation issues, thyroid conditions and other hormonal complaints, as well as mood conditions. In this discussion, we will also go through some of the testing required in order to know which of these things are going on, and some basic ways you can start to access care in each of these cases."

Link of the day

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When and where 

Bike Month, Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 30, across campus.

Copyright and Your Thesis, Tuesday, June 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 329 FLEX Lab.

NEW - Chronic Fatigue workshop, Tuesday, June 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 5501.

Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Hallman Lecture featuring CBC broadcaster Scott Russell, “Building a Stronger Canada through Values-based Sport,” Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m., AHS 1689.

Velocity Fund $5K and $25K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Tuesday, June 19, 11:59 p.m.

Bike Lunch, Wednesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Peter Russell Rock Garden.

Business Etiquette and Professionalism, Wednesday, June 20, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Velocity Start: How To Find Your Customers Online, “Conduct online market research,” Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 a.m., STC 2002.

WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments, Thursday, June 21 to Friday, June 22, St. Jerome's atrium.

Inaugural Wes Graham Research Symposium & Computer Science Awards, A celebration of Wes Graham’s legacy through the establishment of fellowships, Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Improve Your Interview Skills (graduate students and postdocs only), Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m., TC 2218.

Design and deliver II: Creating assertion-evidence presentations, Thursday, June 21, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.

Artemis: Proactive defences against large-scale automated cyber intrusions, featuring Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia, Friday, June 22, 1:30 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - Faculty Reading Circle: Indigeneity and the University, Friday, June 22, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grad House boardroom.

Toronto Pride Parade, Sunday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Compensation information session, Monday, June 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5 1111.

Literature reviews for grads (Part B): Writing it, Monday, June 25, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, June 25, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - David Sprott Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Pauline Barrieu, London School of Economics and Political Science, "Assessing Financial Model Risk," Monday, June 25, 4:00 p.m., STC 0060.

WISE Public Lecture: Health Impacts of Climate Change and Climate Policy, Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

Brainstorming @Math, Tuesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m., DC 1301 fishbowl.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, June 26, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - IST Portfolio and Project Management Community of Practice session, “Procurement and Project Management,” Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., networking from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., EC5 1111.

NEW - Grand Challenges Canada: Bold ideas with big impact® information session, Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 a.m., QNC 1501.

Compensation information session, Wednesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5 1111.

NEW - Experiential Learning Using Riipen – Information Session, Wednesday, June 27, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV1 221. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. RSVP

PhD Seminar, Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce, “Partners for Sustainability: Organizations Engaged in Partnerships for Local Sustainability,” Wednesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m., EV3-4222.

Retirement Celebration for Daniel Parent, Wednesday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., DC 1301 fishbowl.

Velocity Start: Pitch to Win, “Perfecting your pitch,” Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Learning the Basics of LinkedIn (for employees only), Thursday, June 28, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., TC2218.

Super-happy censorship-resistant fun pages, featuring PhD candidate Cecylia Bocovich, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Thursday, June 28, 2:30 p.m., DC 3317.

Canada Day celebration, Sunday, July 1, Columbia Lake fields.

Canada Day holiday, Monday, July 2, most University buildings and offices closed.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 2, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, July 4, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 1, “3-minute pitches in front of a panel of judges,” Wednesday, July 4, 7:00 p.m., Location TBD.

Clarity in scientific writing, Thursday, July 5, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 2, “3-minute pitches in front of a panel of judges,” Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m., Location TBD.

Engineering 101 Day, Saturday, July 7.

Applied Health Sciences 101 Day, Saturday, July 7.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “Where theory meets practice for privacy enhancing technologies” featuring Chelsea Komlo, HashiCorp, Monday, July 9, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 9, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Ethics and value-based program featuring The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, “Transformative Leadership Program”, Monday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. to Tuesday, July 10, 5:00 p.m., room 1-43, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Science 101 Day, Wednesday, July 11.

Getting published for grad students, Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.