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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fall edition of Waterloo Magazine now available online

A pair of hands work a set of lockpicking tools in a keyhole.

Explore the secrets to unlocking the future of learning through innovations in business learning, machine learning and people learning in the fall issue of Waterloo Magazine.

Waterloo Releases 2018 Environmental Sustainability Report

2018 Environmental Sustainability Report cover, featuring a tree on campus.Waterloo is proud to release its 2018 Environmental Sustainability Report. Prepared by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability, the annual report tracks Waterloo’s actions and impacts in areas of academics, operations, engagement, and governance related to sustainability over the previous year.

In the 2018 edition, Waterloo began tracking progress against the 27 objectives established in the Environmental Sustainability Strategy. Highlights include:

  • 485 faculty members conducting research that advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Launching the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canadian chapter
  • Upgrading to high-efficiency lighting
  • Implementation of 3 new electric vehicle charging stations
  • Piloting a campus bikeshare program
  • Expanding fair trade certified coffee, tea, and chocolate
  • Increasing participation in the Green Office program
  • Engaging community members through the Energize Sustainable City Challenge

Employees and students are encouraged to visit the online report for a snapshot of statistics and case studies, and to download the pdf versions of the report which contain more details and data demonstrating Waterloo’s progress.

Memorial gifts celebrate generations of leadership

King Mank and A.M. Snider at Snider's 1960 retirement celebration.

A.M. Snider, a Charter Board member, was the President of Sunshine Office Equipment Ltd. and after his 1960 retirement (shown above right, with King Mank), he continued his work as Chair of the Ontario Water Commission. Photo courtesy of Special Collections and Archives.

A story in celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

Jamie Snider comes from a long line of community builders.

Jamie Snider.His family has contributed to life in both Waterloo and Ontario since the 19th century, when his great-great-grandfather, E.W.B. Snider, helped to bring hydroelectric power to the province. In the 1950s, his grandfather, A.M. Snider, served as the first chairman of the Ontario Water Resources Commission. His father, Donald Snider, sat on Waterloo’s city council in the 1960s and his mother, Mary Snider, was a longtime volunteer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital (now Grand River Hospital).   

The Sniders were also accomplished professionals who ran and built successful businesses in the region. As president of the Sunshine Waterloo steel manufacturing company, A.M. Snider was approached to bring his expertise to the founding Board of Governors of what would become the University of Waterloo. His efforts helped to shape the University as we know it today.

Waterloo marked its 60th anniversary last year. To honour this milestone, Snider decided to pay tribute to his grandfather with a memorial scholarship in the Faculty of Engineering.

“My grandfather was a very influential person in my life,” says Snider. “I have fond childhood memories of riding with Grandpa in his Cadillac, down to the factory. He was a very good man who cared deeply about his family and the community.”

As a founder of the University, A.M. Snider understood the important part it would play in shaping both the region and the nation. He embraced the vision of co-operative education, designed to train the highly skilled engineers that Canada needed after the Second World War. This training included education in the arts and humanities to help the next generation lead a new technological era.

Last month, Snider made a gift that aligns with that vision: a second scholarship in the Faculty of Arts, in memory of his late mother, Mary Snider.

“She just loved the idea of the University and the diversity it brought to Waterloo,” he says. After moving to the region to marry Snider’s father, she became a champion of local cultural organizations including Waterloo’s Little Theatre and the nearby Stratford Festival.  

“Arts and literature were part of her life,” says Snider. “She did everything in her power to instill that appreciation in me, although my love turned out to be athletics. Still, she would be very pleased that a Waterloo arts student is having a portion of their tuition paid by her scholarship.”

Snider now coaches women’s rowing at Yale University, where a boat and a racing cup have been named in honour of his contributions to both the women’s and men’s programs. (In the last 20 years, he has been on the staff that has captured numerous Ivy League and national championships as well as wins at the Royal Henley Regatta in England.)

“At Yale, I see a lot of giving back from graduates,” he says. “With my gifts to Waterloo, students will get a start they might not have otherwise. My wish for them is to have four glorious years of university life and then set out to change the world, knowing that there are people who care.”

Snider is looking forward to establishing a third scholarship in honour of his father, Donald Snider. As a founding partner of the firm SRM Architects (which receives accolades in the region today), he contributed to the University by designing a number of buildings on its main campus.  

“You think back to when the school was established,” Snider says. “The founding members of the University wouldn’t believe the size and scope of it now. It’s been a phenomenal 60 years and I can only imagine what the next 60 will bring.”

Thursday's notes

Vera Korody and Vic DiCiccio exchange a high-five.

Vic DiCiccio and Vera Korody of the Institute for Computer Research (ICR) are having their retirement party on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University Club.

Everyone who has worked with Vera Korody and Vic DiCiccio over the years is welcome to the University Club to help celebrate their upcoming retirements. Please register to help the party organizers gauge numbers.

"W3: Waterloo Women Wednesdays invites all women-identified and non-binary graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers at all faculties at the University of Waterloo to present at our first ever W3 REPRESENTS: A Research Symposium on February 20, 2019," says a note from W3. "This symposium aims to provide an opportunity for women-identified and non-binary scholars to present on campus without the monetary and time commitments of conference travel. We encourage research proposals, panel ideas, and creative presentations from all fields and disciplines at the University of Waterloo. Submissions are due November 30, 2018."

W3 REPRESENTS is sponsored by the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo, the University of Waterloo Staff Association, and the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10 Campaign.

Register for the President's Town Hall Meeting

Join the conversation and attend the President's Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Federation Hall.

Engage in a dialogue with the President and members of the University's senior leadership.

Submit your questions online, by email to, on social media with the hashtag #uwth, or live at the event.

A luncheon will follow at 12:00 p.m.

Register today.

Link of the day

30 years ago: Soviet space shuttle Buran takes flight

When and where

International Education Week, Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16, various locations on campus.

Getting a U.S. Work Permit, Thursday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. TC 1208.

World Toilet Day at Waterloo: Film Screening, Thursday, November 15, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., William G Davis Computer Research Centre, Room 1302.

Build Your Knowledge Network with the Waterloo Engineering Hub, Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. E7 - Room 3343.

Working in Canada as an International Student: Undergraduate Student Panel, Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. TC 2218.

Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems,” Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

What you should know about the Ontario University Pension Plan, Friday, November 16, noon to 1:00 p.m., MC 4020. Please register.

“The Art and Science of Dealing with Uncertainty”, featuring speaker Joel Becker, Data Scientist at Shopify, Friday, November 16, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Café-rencontre, Modernité et cosmopolitisme dans le théâtre franco-ontarien à Toronto, by Professor Joël Beddows, Université d’Ottawa, Friday, November 16, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., HH 1104.HH 373. Please note the updated room location.

Transgender Health and Wellness Conference, Saturday, November 17, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Kitchener.

Warriors Sleigh the Santa Claus Parade, Saturday, November 17, Kitchener, 9:30 a.m.; Cambridge, 4:30 p.m.

Guest lecture: Jack Halberstam, “TRANS* Visual archives of the transgendered body,” Monday, November 19, 7:00 p.m., Centre for International Governance Innovation.

UWaterloo Chamber Choir: Considering Matthew Shepard,  Saturday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo. 

UWaterloo Chamber Choir:  Considering Matthew Shepard, Sunday, November 18, 3:00 p.m.,  Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo. 

The Book Store Holiday Sale, Monday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse.

The Bioarchaeology of Body Modification: Health, Status and Beauty in the Past, Monday, November 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Math and Computer Building Room 5501.

Traces: On Death, Masterworks Exhibition, Monday, November 19, 6:30 p.m., Design at Riverside - School of Architecture.

Employee Career Advising Pop-Up, Tuesday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3 – Main floor lobby.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar: Ligand Binding by the Cocaine-Binding Aptamer featuring Philip Johnson, Professor, Department of Chemistry at York University. Wednesday, November 21,10:00 a.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

President's Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, November 21, 10:30 a.m., Federation Hall.

Pursuing an Undergraduate Degree at Waterloo (for employees only), Wednesday, November 21, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC2218.

Women in Engineering (WiE) Mini Hackathon, Wednesday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Waterloo Campus.

TD Walter Bean Lecture in Environment, “On the State of Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Finding a Future for the Forgotten,” Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Hagey Hall Humanities Theatre.

Velocity Start: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, “A workshop that will address legal and accounting considerations that will affect your new business,” Wednesday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

How to Win Grants and Influence Reviewers, Thursday, November 22, 8:30 a.m., Engineering 7 second floor event space.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Thursday, November 22, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 3318.

NEW - Warrior Basketball vs. Nipissing Think Pink, Residence Challenge, Warrior Tribe Zone, Friday, November 23, 6:00 p.m., PAC main gym.

NEW - Balinese Gamelan Ensemble. Balinese Gamelan Music: From the Middle Ages to Today, Friday, November 23, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo. 

NEW - Warrior REC Think Pink 3-ON-3 Indoor Soccer, Saturday, November 24.

NEW - University Choir: Musik’s Empire, Saturday, November 24, 7:30 p.m., First United Church, 16 William St,  Waterloo. $10/$5 Students & Seniors.

NEW - Warriors Women's Hockey vs. UOIT Think Pink, Minor League Day, Camp Day, Sunday, November 25, 2:30 p.m., CIF Arena.

NEW - Waterloo Store MONSTER Event, Monday, November 26 to Wednesday, November 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SCH Concourse. 

PhD oral defences

Chemical Engineering. Syed Taha Haider Taqvi, "Optimal Renewable Energy Integration into the Process Industry and Energy Infrastructure Using Multi-Energy Hub Approach with Economic and Environmental Considerations." Supervisor, Ali Elkamel. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, November 26, 10:00 a.m., E6 2022.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Song Wang, "Leveraging AI Technologies to Improve Software Reliability." Supervisor, Lin Tan. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, November 26, 1:40 p.m., EIT 3145.

Chemical Engineering. Vanessa Zavatti, "Application of Flow Cytmetry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Monitor and Predict the Fermentation Activity in a Vaccine Manufacturing Process." Supervisors, Hector Budman, Raymond Legge. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, November 26, 2:00 p.m., E6 2022.

Management Sciences. Kourosh Malek, "Typology of Business Models for Emerging Grid-scale Energy Storage Technologies." Supervisor, Jatin Nathwani. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, November 26, 2:30 p.m., CPH 4335.