Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Waterloo community members receive Order of Canada

Photograph of the red and white Order of Canada medal

On December 28, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada announced 120 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list included Donna Strickland, Paul Born, Anne Dagg and Stuart McGill, who are all affiliated with the University of Waterloo. They were appointed for outstanding contributions in their field and for enriching the lives of others.

Companion of the Order of Canada

Donna Strickland

Profile shot of Donna Strickland in a black blazerDonna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for her invention of chirped pulse amplification. It has several applications, including the cutting of a patient’s cornea during laser eye surgery. Professor Strickland is being recognized for her work in high-intensity laser physics. 

Member of the Order of Canada

Anne Dagg

Photo of Anne Dagg with a yellow scarf and giraffe shirtAnne Dagg has had a distinguished career in the field of animal biology and has been a tireless advocate for gender equality in academia. She pioneered the study of animal behaviour in the wild of Africa and is credited with being the first person to study wild giraffes. Dagg worked as a part-time lecturer at Waterloo Lutheran University in anatomy and physiology from 1962 to 1965, and then as an anatomy demonstrator at the University of Waterloo in 1966. In 1967, she received her PhD from the University of Waterloo.

Stuart McGill

Profile shot of Stuart McGillProfessor Emeritus Stuart McGill was a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology for 32 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate those with back-pain and enhance injury resilience and performance. He is the Chief Scientific Officer for BackFitPro Inc. a resource centre with evidence-based information to help prevent and rehabilitate back pain.

Paul Born

Photo of Paul Born, black glasses and a grey goateePaul Born (BA '86) is co-founder and co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute, a non-profit organization that develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions in solving major community issues. Based at Conrad Grebel University College, the Tamarack Institute conducts training and coaching sessions for communities globally on poverty reduction, creating better communities, tackling health problems, or improving emergency management. Paul is a 20-year donor to the University.

The Order of Canada is one of the highest honours in Canada. It recognizes those individuals whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations and whose compassion unites our communities. The induction ceremony for new members will be held in Ottawa at Rideau Hall this year. Read the press release for more information and a list of all the new recipients.

Jay Shah achieves escape velocity

Jay Shah.Velocity's Director of Startups Jay Shah will be departing the University's flagship entrepreneurship program this year.

Shah's departure comes after Velocity established a new leadership structure in August 2019 that split the original Director of Velocity position into three separate roles: Executive Director of Velocity, Director of Startups (Velocity Incubator), and Director of Student Entrepreneurship (Concept).

"With this new structure in place and the recruitment of a soon-to-be announced Executive Director of Velocity, I will be leaving Velocity in early 2020," Shah wrote in a blog post on the Velocity website. I have reached my planned obsolescence date :) I will be taking time to recharge and figure out what’s next."

A search has begun for the next director of the Velocity Incubator and Velocity will be announcing the name of its new Executive Director shortly.

"With the retooling of the leadership structure, the Director of Velocity Incubator will be able to focus more time on building the strongest and most differentiated incubator supports," Shah writes. "Whoever takes on this role will have an opportunity to identify, support and influence startups that will become some of Canada’s highest-performing companies."

"I’m certain I’ll be reflecting on my time as Director of Velocity over the coming months, but I must say now how excited and proud I am of how much Velocity has accomplished in the past 3.5 years."

Under Shah's leadership, Velocity:

  • Launched 47 poised-for-high-growth companies from the Velocity Incubator (and supported 125 more that didn’t launch with another 70 currently being supported pre-launch)
  • Had more than 24,000 meaningful student engagements via on-campus workshops, pitch competitions, talks, etc.
  • Doubled down on advanced research-based companies via its expanded product development infrastructure; notably including BSL-2 space and the state of the art PerkinElmer lab
  • Retooled its flagship pitch competition to make investments, funded out of its very own pre-seed VC Fund
  • Launched Concept, giving renewed focus, attention, and resources to formative entrepreneurship activities happening on the University of Waterloo campus 
  • Co-founded and co-hosted Corridor Demo Day in Toronto, SF, NY, and Waterloo

While pursuing a degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo, Shah co-founded BufferBox, an automated, self-serve kiosk startup. The company would go on to work out of the University’s Accelerator Centre before moving into the Velocity Garage, winning the Velocity Fund Finals and attending Y Combinator, before ultimately being acquired by Google. After working at BufferBox for more than three years, Jay joined the Velocity team in 2016 as its director. 

Read Jay Shah's blog post at Velocity.

Wednesday's notes

It’s not too late to hire co-op students for the winter work term, says a note from Co-operative and Experiential Education. "Students are available to begin work right away; act now! Submit your job posting using WaterlooWorks and within a few business days, you’ll have some great candidates. *NEW* The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides a 50 to 70 percent wage subsidy now available for on-campus co-op student hires and is available for the winter work term."

Please contact Carol Ann Olheiser for application/eligibility details and for any other co-op hiring questions.

Run, don't walk: Athletics and Recreation is running Free Fitness Week from January 6 to 12. In addition, the Warriors Athletics and Recreation Open House takes place on Thursday, January 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. "Come learn everything there is to know about recreation and varsity athletics," says a note from Athletics. "Lots of prizes to be won including a $100 gift certificate from Boston Pizza. Most recreation clubs will be on-site for the open house as well.


Link of the day

Typing Day

When and Where

Music Ensemble auditions for Winter 2020 open for registration, December 2019 to Friday, January 24.

NEW - Free Fitness Week, Monday, January 6 to Sunday, January 12.

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

Chemistry Seminar: "The Development and Application of 1, 2, 3 - Triiodoarenes in Regioselective Chemical Transformations.", Wednesday, January 8, 2:30 p.m., C2 361.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, January 8, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Workday Support, Thursday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021. No registration required.

More Feet on the Ground Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Thursday, January 9, 9:30 a.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp. ​​​​

NEW - Warriors Athletics and Recreation Open House, Thursday, January 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, Thursday, January 9, 5:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Summer off? No — summer on!”, KI student summer experiences, Friday, January 10, 1:00 p.m., EV2-2002.

Student Leadership Program – Communication Styles. Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Student Leadership Program – New to a Team. Saturday, January 11, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Chemistry Seminar: "Entropy engineering of SnTe towards high-entropy thermoelectrics.", Monday, January 13, 10:00 a.m., C2 361.

QPR Mental Health Training for Students, Monday, January 13, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Coping Skills Seminar – Thriving With Emotions, Monday, January 13, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Workday Support, Tuesday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021. No registration required.

NEW - Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 14, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Student Leadership Program – Motivating Others. Tuesday, January 14, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Tuesday, January 14, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

WaterTalk: Redeploying existing wastewater treatment infrastructure for process intensification, resource management and energy neutrality, presented by Sudhir Murthy, Tuesday, January 14, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Study Skills – Get this term started! Tuesday, January 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Coping Skills Seminar – Cultivating Resiliency, Tuesday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

NEW - Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "2020 Retrospective and Planning for 2020 (and beyond)" Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

NEW - Research Ethics drop-in session for faculty and students, Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor).

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Kevin Kittilstved, ​​​​​Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Emergent Phenomena in Old Materials”, Tuesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

NEW - Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business MBET information session, Wednesday, January 15, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., E7 2324-2328.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Jakob Magolan, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, “A new ortho-allylation of phenols, enabled by alumina and inspired by antibiotic cannabinoids,” Wednesday, January 15, 2:30 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Concept by Velocity - Intro Session: What’s Your Problem? “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how to find and solve killer problems,” Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m., South Campus Hall 2nd Floor.

Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m., HS 2302 – Register on  GoSignMeUp.

Student Leadership Program – Building Your Credibility, Thursday, January 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Grad Student Community and Conversation Circle, Thursday, January 16, 3:30 p.m., HS 1106 – Register on GoSignMeUp.

Student Leadership Program – Conflict ManagementThursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., NH 1110. Register on UWaterloo Portal.

Concept by Velocity - Winter Term Kickoff, “Great resources, snacks, and swag? What a Concept!” Thursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m., Claudette Millar Hall Great Hall.

Seminar: Waterloo AI Institute, “Emotion-cognition Interactions as Deep Active Inference, featuring Ryan Smith, Associate investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Friday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. DC 1302.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2019-5038 - Account Coordinator - CEE - Cooperative Education, USG 5 – 8
  • Job ID# 2019-5051 - Assistant Director, Research Programs - Waterloo Inst. Nanotechnology, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-5048 - Associate Director, Community Relations & Events - Community Relations & Events, USG 12
  • Job ID# 2019-4987 – Counsellor – Counselling, USG 10 – 13
  • Job ID# 2019-5055 - Executive Manager - Grad Student Association, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4753 - Financial Systems Specialist and Accountant – WUSA (Federation of Students), USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4724 - Head of Wardrobe & Costume Design - Drama & Speech Communication, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-5052 - Information Systems Specialist - Business Intelligence (BI) Developer - Information Systems and Technology, USG 10 – 11
  • Job ID# 2019-5039 - Manager, Student Experience - Student Success Office, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2019-4814 - Nanofabrication and Characterization Scientist - Inst. for Quantum Computing, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2019-5059 - Records Coordinator - CEE - CEE Services, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2019-5045 - Systems Administrator – WUSA (Federation of Students), USG 7       

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2019-5036 - Academic Skills Developer - Student Success Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-4991 - Advancement Officer - School of Optometry, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-5040 - Alumni Officer, Volunteer Engagement - Advancement-Alumni Relations, USG 7 – 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4938 - Information Systems Specialist - Dean of Math Office-Ctr-Educ I, USG 10     
  • Job ID# 2019-4995 - Manager, Residence Life - Housing & Residence, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2019-5044 - Writing and Multimodal Communication Specialist - Writing & Communication Centre, USG 8