Thursday, September 27, 2018

Introducing the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business

A message from the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business.

On June 5th, 2018, with the approval of the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors, the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre became the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. The change is a natural evolution for the Conrad School as we have steadily expanded on our world-class entrepreneurship offerings and activities over the past 15 years.

“This is an important event in our history," says Eyton Director of the Conrad School Mark Weber. "Being named a School is a recognition of what we have become, and of the bold and exciting course we have been charting over the last few years – to be a powerful academic engine for entrepreneurship education at Canada’s most innovative university and a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation education."

The Engineering 7 building on the University's east campus.

In August, 2018, the Conrad School moved into the newly built Engineering 7 building, where we have increased capacity and resources to serve the growing needs of our students. We are located on the second floor of the building, which has been designed with the entrepreneurial experience top of mind. In addition to a dedicated hub space designed for casual meetings and collisions, the floor includes a lecture hall; two graduate seminar rooms; 14 breakout rooms for student meetings and study groups; a pitch space; over 30 offices for staff, faculty, visiting scholars, and students; lounge space for students and work space for Enterprise Co-op and BETS students.

Our program names (for example, the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology) and BET course codes have not changed; nor has our mission to provide world-class entrepreneurship education to all our students. We are, however, eager to enter a new era of the Conrad School, one in which our name and location better represent the magnitude of what we have to offer.    

For more information or queries, please contact Pamela Braza Pitman at

Velocity celebrates 10 years of startup success

Velocity 10 Year Anniversary banner, with the "lo" in the world Velocity replaced with the number "10."

A message from Velocity.

This fall marks 10 years from the inception of Velocity, and a lot has happened since its humble beginnings as a residence. There is plenty to celebrate and Velocity is inviting members of the Waterloo community to join them on September 28 where they’ll be recognizing the incredible achievements of the students, founders, and startups whose entrepreneurial spirit has made a major impact on Waterloo Region’s ecosystem and beyond. Velocity has helped build over 300 startups over the past decade. Jointly, these startups have raised over $815 million in private funding and employed more than 2,250 people in Waterloo region. Current companies in the Garage employ anywhere between 50 to 70 UWaterloo co-op students each term. 

While celebrating the amazing accomplishments over the past decade, the 10-Year Celebration is also about looking towards the future and the direction Velocity will be taking as Canada’s most productive startup incubator. You are invited to both the Morning Celebration at the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener and the afternoon Campus Party at the University of Waterloo.

Morning Celebration: The Velocity Garage

  • Friday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.​, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener.

Friends of Velocity and community members are invited to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship. A time to recognize and thank partners, share memories and look to the future. Come see and hear about products that have emerged from the Velocity Garage startup incubator, and help commemorate 10 exciting years.

Afternoon Festivities: University of Waterloo Campus

  • Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Green space between South Campus Hall and the Tatham Centre.

Join students, faculty and staff at the University of Waterloo's main campus from 2:00-4:00pm for the party of the decade. There will be free popcorn, ice cream, a DJ, fun games and lots of swag giveaways.

For more information and to register to attend, please visit the Velocity website.

Thrive is coming in October

Thrive October 22-26 bannerThe way the University of Waterloo comes together to mark the importance of mental health wellness is changing.

Mental Health Wellness Day is now Thrive. Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff. Thrive is also a mindset that encourages you to flourish. We all have mental health, and we can each strengthen our mental health by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us Thrive all year long. The Thrive movement originally began at the University of British Columbia and since its inception, more than 11 other universities and colleges in Canada have adopted it.

The Thrive main events will be hosted the week of October 22 to 26 and will feature: An Evening with Michael Landsberg, events from Athletics and Recreation, a Student Mental Health Forum, a Walk for Mental Health around Ring Road, and Mental Health Training opportunities.

Departments, societies, and other interested groups are able to host Thrive partner events, receive Thrive event supporting materials, and get their events listed on the Thrive web page by filling out the web form. You can find out more about being a Thrive events or communications partner on the Thrive web page.

There will be new Thrive t-shirts available to order on a first-come first-serve basis to wear on Thursday, October 25, and if you don’t get one please join in by wearing gold or UW/Warrior gear to show your support. It is also requested that you retire any old orange MHWD shirts or promotional items you may have at this time.

Campus Wellness and the Thrive Committee are excited to be bringing this new brand and event concept to our campus, and they encourage to join them from October 22 to 26.

A sign of things to come: wayfinding update

An artist's conception of the new wayfinding signage near the Arts quad.

The Campus Wayfinding Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the first phase of the University’s wayfinding and signage project is now complete. With installation commencing in 2019, the system has been designed to:

  • Create a sense of arrival on campus;
  • Improve the campus navigation experience;
  • Provide a unique but pragmatic, integrated and scalable system.

The project is recognition that wayfinding plays an important role in the creation of a positive campus experience for visitors and campus community members alike. Designed to be as unique as Waterloo, the system offers a practical, durable platform of integrated signage and mapping to help visitors quickly and easily orient themselves and find their way to their destination.

Using consistent, coherent visuals without over-signing the campus, system highlights include landmark gateways at key arrival points; clearly defined named paths; centrally-located maps; trail markers; and location, building, directional and vehicular signage.

The wayfinding project underwent an extensive, six-month review that included an analysis of pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns, site surveys, key university data, a best practice review and stakeholder consultations with students, faculty, staff, alumni and wayfinding experts.

Installation of the exterior signs will commence in Spring 2019 with planning for interior wayfinding requirements set to begin in early 2019. At that time, planning will also begin to extend the system beyond main campus.

To learn more about the project, view the full family of exterior signs and see a video of what the campus will look like when the project is complete, visit

Reminder: President's Community Impact Award nominations

There's still time to nominate someone for the President's Community Impact Awards

The awards recognize individuals or teams of community members, students, staff or faculty who embody the University’s spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo Region strong and prosperous.

Award winners may be distinguished through such community service activities as volunteer work, public speaking, school outreach, or other outstanding community service.

Terms of reference and nomination guidelines can be found on the Office of the President's website.

The guidelines for collecting supporting documentation are also available. 

Nominations close on October 1.

Link of the day

30 years ago: Ben Johnson stripped of gold medal

When and where 

United Way Bake Sale, Thursday September 27, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., EC5 lobby.

Hallman lecture: Love and sex in the digital age featuring Professor Justin Garcia of Indiana University, Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m., AHS 1686.

Learn to write and publish a great research paperThursday, September 27, 10:00 12:00 p.m., William G. Davis Centre, Room 1302.

G.I. Game Jam: Learn, Thursday, September 27, 5:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Conversemos en español/Spanish conversation circles, “Opportunity to practice your spoken Spanish,” Thursday nights, September 27 to December 13, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Community Room, John M. Harper Branch, Waterloo Public Library.

Signal to Noise, a lecture by Eric Höweler, Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

NEW - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) Update featuring speaker Daryl Dore of IST, Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., EC5 1111.

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) public lecture, “Blockchain: A new foundation for distributed energy resources,” Friday, September 28, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4335.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Staff Members, Friday, September 28, 11:00 a.m., EIT 3142.

Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Crossing the Town/Gown Divide: Students’ Learning for Good, Friday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 2036EC1 – 1227 (Philanthropy Room). Please note the new location.

QPR Mental Health Training, Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Research Excellence, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall.

Professionalism in your communication: How to talk to your professors, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Games at Work”, featuring Chelsea Mills, Designer at Overlap Associates, Friday, September 28, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

G.I. Game Jam: Make, Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, EV3 1408, 3408.

Velocity 10 Year Celebration on campus, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Green space between SCH and TC.

Health Careers Conference, Saturday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall. Spaces are limited.

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition applications close“Apply to pitch important industry problems for a share of $30,000,” Sunday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.

Assessing your Skills (for employees only), Monday, October 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm., TC1208.

Research ethics system training, Tuesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Tuesday, October 2, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Indigenous Speakers Series: Lee Maracle with Bill Coleman, Wednesday, October 3, 4 p.m., Theater of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Warrior Men's Hockey Vs. Western Home Opener, Residence Night, Warrior REC League Night, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

Design research seminar: Dr. John S. Gero, Thursday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E5 2004.

Research ethics system training, Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

Auto Tech Symposium, Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7.

Research Talks: Innovative approaches to revolutionizing healthcare featuring Catherine Burns, Juewen Liu, Carolyn Ren, and Roderick Slavcev. Thursday, October 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please register as seating is limited.

Warriors Football Vs. McMaster Think Pink Game, Saturday, October 13, kick off 1:00 p.m.