Friday, July 12, 2019

Strategy conference investigates inclusive innovation

Panelists at the Strategy Action Conference.

This article was originally published on the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement's website.

Is innovation inclusive? Cassie Myers would say Ontario still has work to do.

Cassie is the founder of SheLeads, a startup which helps organizations measure diversity and inclusion progress and a participant in the Epp Peace Incubator.

On June 14, Cassie joined other entrepreneurs and innovation ecosystem leaders in Ottawa for the Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy Conference. The recently released Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy “seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem for and innovative capabilities of diverse women entrepreneurs in Ontario”. The conference was a space to learn from this comprehensive gender-based assessment of Ontario small business, innovation and social enterprise organizations and to build capacity to support women-identified entrepreneurs.

After attending the discussion Cassie shares, “The conference was an opportunity to get one of the first looks at some ground breaking research. Diversity and inclusion is dynamic, multifaceted and can mean very different things depending on a person or company's experiences. I think navigating these nuances and parsing next steps is always challenging. The conference opened up doors and got wheels turning.”

The wheels are also turning in the University of Waterloo’s innovation ecosystem. On June 25, Entrepreneurship @ Environment hosted Equal Entrepreneurs: women's voices on ideation, inspiration, and navigating entrepreneurship featuring a panel that included Cassie Myers, Lauren Smith - Founder of PolyGone Technologies, and Roopa Reddy - Lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business.

The panelists shared their experiences navigating Waterloo’s innovation ecosystem, exploring barriers that may restrict women-identified entrepreneurs and opportunities that already exist to support diversity and inclusion in innovation. Lauren Smith identified that understandings of diversity and inclusion is important for all entrepreneurs since all emerging ventures will be hiring and supporting employees. Roopa Reddy used her experience to emphasize the value of interdisciplinary teams, challenging the notion that entrepreneurs need a 'tech' background.    

Cassie shared that the major challenges to inclusive innovation in Ontario are: (1) women-owned enterprises transitioning from the startup to scale-up phase, (2) accessibility of funding for women-owned enterprises, (3) challenging the definition of ‘entrepreneur’ and (4) expanding the narrow definition of ‘innovation’. She shares, “I think inclusive innovation is about creating space for different people to innovate but also understanding that innovation can come in many forms depending on your context. These forms can stray from our traditional application - software or hardware - into policies and programs that are very much innovation.”

Interested in learning more? Read the Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy to learn about strengthening ecosystem supports for women-identified entrepreneurs.

Developing the next generation of environmental leaders

Group of youth working together to become climate change makers

The first event for the Waterloo chapter of the Youth Action on Climate Change (YACC) will take place in EV3 this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The YACC is a community incubator that began at the University of Guelph and is dedicated to building the next generation of environmental leaders. Their workshops help young people develop the critical leadership skills required to become effective change-makers. Saturday’s Waterloo Youth Climate Leadership Workshop is open to those under 25 who are passionate about the environment and ready to take the next step in making their climate solution dreams a reality. The event is free, however if you are interested in attending, please register. Parents are welcome to attend and observe the workshop.

Waste management lunch and learn and other digestibles

Lunch and Learn banner.

“Come out on July 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to hear from Plant Operations and Waste Connections regarding the changes being made to waste management on campus, information will include organics collection, receptacle standardization, and information related to how waste is being handled on campus," says a note from Plant Operations. Register for free at Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

CORE study banner.

The Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) is currently recruiting weekly, biweekly and monthly contact lens wearers to participate in an exciting new daily disposable contact lens research study here at the University of Waterloo. Receive up to $110 for 3 visits over two weeks. All study materials are provided. For more information visit the CORE website and to be the first to know about new CORE studies make a participant profile at

And we'd like to post a correction: in yesterday's Daily Bulletin we posted that the Sustainability Action Fund was taking applications for projects that will work towards the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. In fact, applications closed back on Friday, June 21. Our apologies for the error. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly, and stay tuned in a future Daily Bulletin for announcements about the Sustainability Action Fund winning projects as they are announced. 

And another correction: also in yesterday's Daily Bulletin, we listed the new HeForShe Faculty Advocates, and mistakenly referred to Conrad Grebel University College's representative, Paul Heidebrecht, as Pail Heidebrecht. Sorry about that, Paul.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 6

Beyond the Bulletin podcast logo featuring two vintage microphones.

Episode 6 of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is live this morning. David DeVidi, chair of the Course Evaluation Project Team, provides an update on changes to the course evaluation process, the Federation of Students becomes WUSA, plus Brandon dives into the vaults for a little Feds history. Check it out on SoundCloud or wherever quality podcasts are streamed.

Office closures

The Dean of Science office will be closed today beginning at noon for the rest of the afternoon.

The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business will be closed on Monday, July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a team building exercise.

Link of the day

The album cover of Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures," depicting the radio signals from a pulsar.

Unknown Pleasures at 40

When and Where

Goose Week 2: the beak-uel, Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.

Games Institute (GI) PLAY event, Friday, July 12, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., DC foyer. 

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group with Dr. Ali Boolani, “Feelings of energy and fatigue influence different aspects of gait and postural control,” Friday July 12, 2:30 p.m., EC4-2101a.

EDGE Capstone, Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., TC 2218.

Waterloo Youth Climate Leadership Workshop, Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Environment 3 Building (EV3).

Speak Like a Scholar, Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18.

NFRF Exploration Grant webinar, offered in French, for faculty, Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., East Campus 5, Room 3167.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mathematics and Computer Building, Room 5248.

Arts 101 Day, Tuesday, July 16.

Integrated LEARN Retreat, Tuesday, July 16. 

Consent Clothesline, Tuesday July 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Get STARTed: SSHRC Grant Writing Sessions in July and August, Tuesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m., HH 373.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Tuesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Teaching Complex, Room 2002.

Integrated LEARN Retreat, Wednesday, July 17.

MySharePoint sites will become read-only, Wednesday, July 17. Instructions on moving content is available on the SharePoint website.

NFRF Exploration Grant webinar, offered in English, for faculty, Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Davis Centre, Room 1302.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) and Faculty of Science Research Networking Lunch, Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC 1301.

Getting a US Work Permit, Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TC 2218.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology (PAS), Room 2438.

Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems that are waiting to be solved,” Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Mathematics 101 Day, Thursday, July 18.

Velocity Fund Finals $5K pitch competition and Fireside chat with Hongwei Liu, Thursday, July 18, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall. RSVP via Eventbrite.

International Education Week planning meeting, Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m., EIT 1015. RSVP via Eventbrite.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, July 18, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar, Thursday, July 18,, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., STC 1019 (speaker and topic TBA).

Résumés, Careers, and Personal Branding – Part II, Thursday, July 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., DPL 329

Voicescapes: University of Waterloo Choir, Saturday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., The Cedars, 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo. 

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Engineering 7, Room 7411. 

NEW - Lunch and Learn: The future of waste management at UW, Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3 3412.

NEW - FAUW Indigenization Reading Circle, Thursday, July 25, 10:30 a.m., HH235.

NEW - Fairy Tales and Legends: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street W, Waterloo.