Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Waterloo welcomes three postdoctoral scholars

A collage of the three AMTD Scholars recipients.

By Marta Bailey. This article was originally published on Waterloo News.

The start of the term hustle and bustle brings with it a sense of excitement; especially for three new AMTD scholars, who are joining the University postdoctoral community. The three postdocs join four others who began their fellowship in 2020, all funded by the prestigious AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship. The AMTD fellowship program, which provides postdocs with an annual salary of $75,000 plus a $7,500 engagement fund, has been made possible by a generous donation from the AMTD Foundation, led by Waterloo alumnus Calvin Choi (BA ’01).  

“The University continues to be enormously proud of its AMTD program. For the second consecutive year, the AMTD Postdoctoral program attracted an outstanding pool of applicants from which three exceptional scholars were selected to join the University. We are eager to see these two cohorts advance the Program's impact, both individually, and as a community of scholars," Jeff Casello, associate vice-president, graduate studies and postdoctoral affairs said.

He goes on to say that “as we look forward, we are thrilled to announce that next year's program will grow in numbers and in its inclusivity. Once again, Dr. Choi through the AMTD foundation has demonstrated his commitment to the University and our collective goals of advancing equity and diversity by funding an additional postdoctoral award to support Black and Indigenous scholars. We thank Dr. Choi for his generosity and acknowledge how this contribution accelerates the important work that continues at Waterloo in ending systemic racism." 

Meet the 2021 recipients of the AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship: 

Anwar Jaber 

Anwar Jaber is based in the School of Architecture where, with Professor Robert Jan van Pelt, she’ll pursue research on the role that architecture plays in cities facing political transitions and extreme conditions, focusing on museums that aim to address national narratives of war, memory and violence. Read more about Dr. Jaber’s research

Milad Nazarahari 

Milad Nazarahari is a part of the Mechanical and Mechatronics department, working alongside Professor Arash Arami, to advance the medical community’s capacity to engage intelligent robots and biofeedback in developing affordable and accessible technology to support the rehabilitation of stroke patients in Canada. Read more about Dr. Nazarahari’s research

Chad Walker 

Chad Walker conducts interdisciplinary research investigating how Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) — projects that combine smart technology with sustainable, local energy production and management — can create just and inclusive clean energy systems. Chad will work with Professor Ian Rowlands in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Read more about Dr. Walker’s research

The AMTD 2022 application process has now launched. Applicants to the AMTD Fellowship must have the support from a University of Waterloo researcher; the application deadline is November 18, 2021. This program is intended to be the premier award for postdocs in Canada, and the support reflects this goal. The AMTD fellowship has an annual salary of $75,000 plus $7,500 engagement fund, plus access to additional dissemination fund.  These values exceed the Tri-Agency Banting levels of support. For additional details, visit the University of Waterloo AMTD website.

About the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and ways to engage

An orange banner featuring the "Every Child Matters" t-shirt.

The tee-shirt featured in graphic is available through the W Store (details below). It is design by Memengwaans Ireland and sourced and printed by Rezonance Printing in London, Ontario. 

A message from Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI).

As mentioned in the President’s memo yesterday, the House of Commons recently passed a bill creating a federal statutory holiday on September 30 called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation notably coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada. While Ontario is not recognizing this holiday as a statutory holiday, Waterloo is recognizing this as an official day of observance. Many events and learning opportunities are planned to support National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and we look forward to welcoming the campus community and beyond to engage, reflect, and learn with us.

Below is a quick list of plans, but you can also view the full article and lots of ways to engage.  


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Initiative 

Available now 

Purchase Orange Shirts available for purchase at W Store, designed by Memengawaans Ireland and sourced by Rezonance Printing.  

September 21 

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Virtual Tour of Mohawk Institute Residential School 

September 23 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Maawanji-idiwag (They come together): Institutional Approaches to Decolonizing Curricula 

September 23 

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Truth, Reconciliation, and You” presented by the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Education Department 

September 24 

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Virtual Workshop: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know Part 1 with Ela Smith 

September 29 

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Truth & Reconciliation, and Indian Residential Schools. Keynote Address by Dr. Kathy Absolon 

September 30 

10:00 a.m. 

Remember Me, Remember Us” Community Walk hosted by Healing of the Seven Generation  

September 30 

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

“A brief history of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, and genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada” with Dr. Michael Dan. Stay tuned: more information to come, including how to register. This event is hosted by the Waterloo Health Studies Collaborative. 

Orange shirts available at W Store for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Every Child Matters orange t-shirt.

A message from Print + Retail Solutions and the Indigenous Initiatives Office.

In partnership with the Indigenous Initiatives Office, W Store is pleased to support the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The UWaterloo community can show their support by purchasing an Indigenous-designed and -sourced Every Child Matters t-shirt.

“The purchase of a t-shirt is one of the many ways people can show support to Truth and Reconciliation efforts, help raise awareness, encourage knowledge building, and directly support Indigenous students attending the University of Waterloo. We are thankful for the great support and considerate partnership with Print + Retail Solutions,” says Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives Jean Becker (acting as interim Associate Vice-President, Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion).

Memengwaans Ireland is the artist who designed the t-shirt, which was both sourced and printed by Rezonance Printing in London, Ontario. For more information about the artist behind the design, please visit Rezonance Printing is an award-winning mentorship program that focuses on printing as a means of economic sovereignty for Indigenous artists. For information about the print shop, please visit them on Facebook at @rezonanceprinting. Rezonance Printing supports Indigenous artists like Memengwaans, who was a recent participant in their youth internship program in 2019.

W Store will be donating $10 from every t-shirt purchased to support the Indigenous Student Success Fund on campus.

“We in Print + Retail Solutions take Waterloo’s Indigenization strategy very seriously,” says Ryan Jacobs, director of the Print + Retail Solutions department. “We are thrilled to be able to support this new fund.”

The Indigenous Student Success Fund was established to provide financial assistance to Indigenous students, who are most at risk for abandoning their education due to financial hardship. Funds received will be used to support students with:

  • Tuition and fees not covered by scholarships, financial aid or grants
  • Testing fees
  • Tools and other school supplies
  • Emergency housing and heating costs
  • Emergency childcare expenses
  • Emergency transportation
  • Other unforeseen emergency expenses barring students from degree completion

T-shirts can be purchased in-store at W Store | Gifts + Apparel located in South Campus Hall or online at Due to worldwide shortages and high demand, W Store will be capping orders at 10 per person or department. 

For more information about these t-shirts, please contact or for questions directly related to Indigenous initiatives, please reach out to Robin Stadelbauer from the Indigenous Initiatives Office at

To learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or to access other resources, please consult the Indigenous Initiatives Office website. The links included below are shared by the Indigenous Initiatives Office to help educate Canadians about our history and the significance of this day.

Custom Jacket Day coming September 22; other notes

University of Waterloo jackets on display.

It’s that time of the year again: students and faculty are invited to wear their UWaterloo pride on their sleeve with a custom University of Waterloo leather jacket.

Order your jacket from South Campus Hall on UWaterloo Custom Jacket Day (September 22, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and receive $75 off. Jackets may be customized with your graduation year, degree and program. Available to students from all faculties. Faux leather options are available. No appointment is required. For more details, visit

Waterloo Warriors logo.

Tickets are now on sale for all upcoming Waterloo Warriors games, including this weekend's home opener against Windsor.

Speaking of athletics, Warrior Recreation will be offering Fitness Memberships that will allow you to access any fitness classes on our fitness schedule including, Yoga, Zumba, Barre, and a variety of HIIT classes. Once you have registered for your membership, you will be eligible to reserve your spot for individual classes at no additional cost. Reserve your spot in advance as capacity numbers are limited for each class.

Knowledge Integration will be hosting a seminar entitled “Knowledge Integration and public service for the digital age” on Friday, September 17 featuring speakers Skaidra Puodziunas and Sukhi Chuhan of the Ontario Digital Service. 

"People expect government services to be simple, seamless and intuitive, but making that a reality is one of the biggest obstacles faced by the public service," says the event's background information. "Rising to the challenge, a passionate group of changemakers at the Ontario Digital Service (ODS) have formed multidisciplinary teams to create inclusive digital experiences for people, businesses and communities across the province."

The event takes place at 1:00 p.m.

Link of the day

Norm Macdonald, 1959-2021

When and Where to get support

Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment.

Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly.

The following workshops, webinars, and events are offered by the KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB):

Employees can access resources to help them work remotely, including managing University records and privacy of personal information. Here are some tips for staying healthy while working from home.

Stay informed about COVID cases on campus by consulting the COVID case tracker.

The Writing and Communication Centre has virtual services and programs to help undergrads, grad students, postdocs and faculty members with academic writing.

Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA) will be expanding some in-person services for fall 2021. The Tatham Centre will be open with front-desk support beginning September 7, with limited in-person appointments and co-op consults beginning September 20. All services will continue to be offered virtually this term. Book an appointment online or visit our Live Chat to connect with our Client Support Team. The CCA is here to help.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

While the Library continues to focus on digital resources and consultations, our spaces are open for the fall term. Dana Porter Library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Davis Centre Library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for drop-in individual study space, bookable individual study rooms, drop-in access to computers and printers, book pick-up services and IST Help Desk support. Special Collections & Archives and the Geospatial Centre will be accessible by appointment. Library staff are available for questions via Ask us. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

The Indigenous Initiatives Office is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the university Indigenization strategy.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at St. Paul’s University College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

WUSA supports for students:

Peer support  - MATES, Glow Centre, RAISE, Women’s Centre - Visit to book an appointment either in person or online for the Fall term!

Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH and all residences.

Bike Centre – Open for drop in and Rentals

Co-op Connection all available online. Check for more details.

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at caps@wusa.caMore information is available.

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Healthy Warriors at Home (Online Fitness)

Warrior Rec Registration. Starts September 7. A wide range of programs are being offered this term. Intramural deadline: September 13, 11:00 a.m. Instructional deadline: September 19, 11:59 p.m. Register online.

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join your fellow Warriors, donate blood and help us win the Blood Battle against Laurier for a second year in a row. Set up a profile or add the PFL code: UNIV960995 to your account if you have a account already. Questions? Contact

Drop-in to Warrior Virtual Study Halls on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come together in this virtual space to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

Renison English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

WUSA Welcome Week, Monday, September 13 to Friday, September 17.

W3+ Meet and Greet, Wednesday, September 15, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Women in Mathematics (WiM) virtual welcome event, “What I wish I knew then…” Thursday, September 16, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. RSVP today.

Take Back the Night, Thursday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

NEW - IT Seminar: CALMS – Computer Asset Lifecycle Management System, Friday September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Join online.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Knowledge Integration and public service for the digital age”, featuring speakers Skaidra Puodziunas and Sukhi Chuhan, Ontario Digital Service, Government of Ontario, Friday, September 17, 1:00 p.m

Warriors Football Home Opener. Saturday, September 18, 6:00 p.m., Warrior Field. Minor League Day, Residence and Employees Day, The Alliance “We Are One” Game. Tickets available online.

University Senate meeting, Monday, September 20, 3:30 p.m.

Anti-racism book clubWhite Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson (2018), Tuesday, September 21, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

GEDI Exchange Webinar - A 30 Minute Exchange with HueX and Tim Hortons, Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 p.m. Join this discussion with HueX and Tim Hortons as they discuss improving the customer experience with technology by bringing voice-enabled conversational AI to the drive-through.

NEW - WaterTalk: What are the Priority Research Needs for Environmental Quality and Environmental Public Health Practice? Presented by Bryan Brooks, Thursday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2021-7159 - Information Systems Specialist (ERP Systems) - IST, USG 9 - 10
  • Job ID# 2021-6918 - Administrative Coordinator, Research and Innovation - Math Research Office, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2021-7140 - Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Developer - WUSA , USG 8
  • Job ID# 2021-7155 - Instructor/Coordinator - Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2021-7152 - Recruitment Officer, India - Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach, Math, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2021-7074 - Employment Relations Co-ordinator - CEE - Co-operative Education, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2021-7185 - Student Advisor (Waterloo Region) - CEE - Co-operative Education, USG 8 - 9
  • Job ID# 2021-7165 - Academic Services Coordinator - Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2021-7137 - Manager, Academic Services & Engagement - Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2021-7039 - Graduate Admissions System Specialist - Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2021-7218 - Payroll Administrator - Human Resources, USG 5-7
  • Job ID# 2024-7219 - Mechanic I - Millwright - Plant Operations, CUPE

Secondments/Internal temporary opportunities

  • Job ID# 2021-7154 - Financial Coordinator - Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 5 - 7
  • Job ID# 2021-7186 - Administrative Coordinator and Advisor, Undergraduate Studies - School of Accounting and Finance, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2021-7183 - Graduate Programs Coordinator - Political Science, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2021-7188 - Content and Digital Specialist - Institute for Quantum Computing, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2021-7172 - Grants and Contracts Manager - Office of Research, International Research and Partnerships, USG 9 - 10
  • Job ID# 2021-7208 - Grants and Contracts Manager - Office of Research, USG 9 - 11
  • Job ID# 2021-7144 - Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment Specialist - Dean of Engineering, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2021-7163 - Assistant Supervisor - Food Services, USG 5 - 6
  • Job ID# 2021-7225 - HR Project Coordinator - Human Resources, USG 8-9

Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo opportunities