Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Convocation begins with Applied Health Sciences

An Applied Health Sciences student returns to her seat after receiving her degree.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Convocation ceremony takes place at 10:00 a.m. today. 452 undergraduates, 61 Master's, and 10 PhD students will cross the stage. Follow along with the livestream.

Bearing the mace will be Professor Emeritus Mark E. Havitz of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Julie-Anne Desrochers will sing the national anthem.

Toby Jenkins.Toby Jenkins will receive a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa and will address Convocation. Jenkins has contributed her leadership and expertise to initiatives in many domains, including health care, banking, government and real estate development. Over her wide-ranging career, she has made contributions at the regional, provincial, and national levels. Ms. Jenkins received her first degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, majoring in Urban Planning, with a minor in Economics. She also completed an M.B.A at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

David Uponi will deliver the Valedictory Address.

David Hammond.Professor David Hammond will receive the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision. Hammond, a Professor in the School of Public Health & Health Systems, exemplifies the qualities and criteria of the prestigious University of Waterloo Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision. In just 12 years, Hammond has supervised approximately 30 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Students and colleagues who supported Professor Hammond’s nomination for this award, described Dave’s mentorship as a combination of inspiration, support and collegiality. He is praised for his commitment to students and the advancement of their learning, success and careers. They value his ongoing mentorship long after graduation.

Hammond’s research contributions have been recognized by numerous awards and distinctions; he currently holds an Applied Chair in Public Health through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Many of his more-than-250 journal publications include graduate students and trainees as authors. Students whom Dave has supervised go on to make notable contributions in academia and public health leadership, a legacy to his outstanding mentorship.

Tasha Chun Lien McFarland will be the first student to receive the President’s Award of Excellence.

Mathuiri Sithganesan will receive the Alumni Gold Medal.

Celia Violet Laur will be named University Finalist for the Governor General's Gold Medal.

Faculty of Environment students convocate this afternoon

An Environment graduand smiles in the Convocation audience.

At 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, 511 undergraduate, 88 Master's and 13 PhD students will cross the stage to receive their Faculty of Environment degrees. Watch the livestream.

Bearing the mace will be Professor Mark Seasons of the School of Planning. Birgit Moscinski will sing "O Canada." 

Ed Jernigan.Ed Jernigan will be presented with the title of Honorary Member of the University. Jernigan joined the young Department of Systems Design Engineering in 1976 from MIT. In his four decades at the University, he was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to students and colleagues alike. An award-winning teacher, his passion is legendary for giving students tools to know the world, and skills to change the world. He exercised this passion in his roles as Chair of Systems Design Engineering, the Director of Shad Waterloo and Waterloo Unlimited enrichment programs, and in the Department of Knowledge Integration, which he founded in 2008.

Ellsworth LeDrew.Professor Elsworth LeDrew will be named Distinguished Professor Emeritus.  LeDrew spent 41 years as a professor at the University of Waterloo. He earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado. As a scholar of Arctic climate change, coral reef responses to climate, and Arctic data stewardship, his most profound contributions have been his research into Arctic sea ice variability and Arctic science data stewardship. He was the founding Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, was elected fellow of the IEEE and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, and was the recipient of the Gold Medal by the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, the highest honour of the Canadian remote sensing community. He has served as Associate Dean and interim Dean of the Faculty of Environment.

Susan Cartwright.Susan M.W. Cartwright will be granted an Honorary Doctorate of Environmental Studies and will address Convocation. Cartwright received a Master’s in Geography from the University of Waterloo in 1981, following which she became a public servant in the Canadian government. She served in diplomatic postings in seven nations, including as Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary, Slovenia and Albania. Subsequently, she held senior roles in the federal government, and, among other things, led the preparation of the Federal Accountability Act and reviewed the Public Service Modernization Act, key initiatives intended to strengthen management, accountability and efficiency. She then became the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Chantelle Casey Young will deliver the Valedictory Address.

James Schnarr will receive the Governor General's Silver Medal.

Ben Crooks will receive the Alumni Gold Medal.

Two students will be named University Finalist for the Governor General's Gold Medal: Diamir de Scally at the Master's level and Matthew Morison at the Doctoral level.

Convocation, careers and the art of transition

President Feridun Hamdullahpur, the mace bearer, and a student pose for a post-graduation photo.

This is an excerpt from the latest post on President Feridun Hamdullahpur's blog.

There is no time at the University of Waterloo like convocation. I have had the honour of joining the celebrations of many thousands of students during my time as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and it truly never gets old.

A Time of Celebration and Transition

Convocation is a time of celebration, reflection and transition. This week we will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students. We’ll celebrate the completion of their degrees and their triumphs – big and small – that added to their experience of Waterloo.

These experiences set our graduates apart. They have received one of the most rigorous and extensive educations offered around the world, recognized for its excellence across all corners of the globe, and gained a deep sense of resilience out of this challenging experience. Convocation marks a time of transition and all of the excitement that comes along with taking the next step in our lives.

Stay Adaptive

To our students: remember the lessons you learned throughout your academic career. Not just the lessons in the classroom or out on co-op work terms, but the skills you gained budgeting your time, building relationships and taking on additional opportunities with your clubs and business ventures. These skills will be essential as you face a future of fundamental disruption.

The next fifteen years will be defined by a series of disruptive forces that will create unprecedented change and numerous opportunities. For example, do any of us really know today what will happen as we expand the presence of artificial intelligence in our world?

Read the rest of the blog post on the President's blog.

Provincial government looks to limit public sector wage increases

Last week, the Ontario government tabled legislation entitled Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019.

“The main impact of this bill is to limit increases in public sector salary compensation for a three-year period,” wrote Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush in a memo circulated to Executive Council last Thursday. “As part of the broader public sector, employees at the University of Waterloo and other Ontario post-secondary institutions are affected by this legislation.”

The proposed legislation would allow for increases to salary and overall compensation for unionized and non-unionized employees of up to one percent annually. The legislation does not prohibit salary increases in recognition of: the employee’s length of time in employment; an assessment of performance; or, the successful completion of a program or course of professional or technical education, if the increase is authorized under a collective agreement.

It is important to note that these provisions are not retroactive, and existing collective agreements will not be revised based on the legislation.

According to Human Resources, the one-percent increase cap would come into force after the current 2018-2021 collective agreement and salary agreements with its employee groups expire. The University is now just starting the second year of those three-year agreements, and the proposed legislation will form the basis of future compensation discussions starting in 2021.

Additionally, this salary cap does not cover executive compensation, which is already frozen as per the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014.

This legislation is expected to pass in the fall of 2019 when the Legislature resumes after its summer break.

“In the meantime, we will continue to review the proposed legislation to determine its full impact on our faculty and staff,” the provost's memo concludes.

Link of the day

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

When and Where

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

Bike Challenge, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

The Water Institute international PhD summer school, "Climate change and water security in urbanized watersheds: An interdisciplinary perspective,” Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 12, SJ2 2003.

Spring 2019 Convocation ceremonies, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15, Physical Activities Complex.

University Club Convocation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Procurement and Contract Services Annual trade show, Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1301.

Master Your Job Search, Tuesday, June 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wednesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part 2, Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., TC 1214

Chemistry Seminar featuring Arokia Nathan, Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Chief Technical Officer, Cambridge Touch Technologies, Cambridge, UK,Electronics for Organic Displays an Ultralow Power Sensor Interfaces,” Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 p.m., C2-361.

Part-Time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Info Session, Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Online Webinar.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Grammar Studio: Workshop 4, Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Thursday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Gender Equity Research Grants submission deadline, Friday, June 14.

Balinese Gamelan ensemble concert, Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Town Square.

Velocity Fund $5K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Sunday, June 16.

University senate meeting, Monday, June 17, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Forbes Lecture - Technology and aging: Supporting our current and future selves, Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 p.m., OPT 1129.

“Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate” - Hosted by KW Chapter of Council of Canadians, Divest Waterloo, UW Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and the Faculty of Environment, Tuesday, June 18. 7:00 p.m., EV3 1408.

Community Dialogues | Creating Effective Activism and Change, Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

Continuous Improvement Workshop for employees, Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m., STC 1012.

Spring 2019 Thrive Day, Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Journey to Leadership, Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Federation Hall. RSVP by June 12.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training for Students, Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Engaging Stakeholders," Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

Green New Deal Canada Town Hall - Kitchener, Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Elizabeth Room), 54 Queen St. N , Kitchener.

Velocity Start: Pitch to Win, “Perfect your 3-minute business pitch at this interactive workshop,” Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Conversations on Complex Systems, Thursday, June 20, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., STC 1019.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar, Thursday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., STC 1019.

NEW - “Can we scale tobacco control intervention research with school teachers in india?,” Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m., AHS 1621.

Farewell celebration for Jason Coolman, Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m., E7 second floor event space.

Glow Goes to Toronto Pride 2019, Saturday, June 23.

Wellness Collaborative Launch Event, Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Retirement celebration for Anne Wagland, Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Jaime Fohkens by June 14.

PhD oral defences

Biology. Samantha Burke. "An integrative study on the controls of mercury (Hg) in the sediments and food webs of thermokarst lakes on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska." Supervisor, Heidi Swanson. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m., B1 266.

Geography and Environmental Management. Simone Philpot, "Activating Values of Enhance e-Participation in Environmental Decision-making." Supervisors, Peter Johnson, Keith Hipel. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 p.m., EV1 221.

Pure Mathematics. Samuel Harris, "Unitary Correlation Sets and their Applications." Supervisor, Vern Paulsen. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 p.m., MC 5479.

Computer Science. Joseph Haraldson, "Matrix Polynomials and Their Lower Rank." Supervisors, George Labahn, Mark Giesbrecht. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 a.m., DC 2310.