Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Jacinda Reitsma named Vice-President, Administration and Finance

Jacinda Reitsma stands over a laptop and smartphone.

Jacinda Reitsma has been named Vice-President, Administration and Finance effective December 1, 2022. Reitsma is currently Vice-President Finance and Corporate Services and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board at Conestoga College.

A broadly representative Nominating Committee participated in the extensive search process and endorsed the appointment. 

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Reitsma began her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a co-op student in 1997 and remained with the firm as an associate, senior associate, manager and senior manager until joining as an equity partner in 2011. In 2017, she left PwC for the position of Chief Financial Officer at Conestoga College and moved into her current role soon after.

“Jacinda brings with her an excellent  background in audit, finance, and corporate administration, as well as post-secondary leadership and collaboration,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel in a memo circulated to employees yesterday.

“In a region with such a rich array of post-secondary offerings, the University of Waterloo has made an incredible impact both locally and on the global stage,” says Jacinda Reitsma. “I am excited for the opportunity to join the students, faculty and staff at the university and look forward to supporting the achievement of the institutional priorities within the University’s Strategic Plan.”

The vice-presidential appointment coincides with a senior leadership reorganization that will see Human Resources (HR) and Information Systems & Technology (IST) begin reporting to the Vice-President, Administration and Finance. Currently these units report to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost. Other units reporting to the Vice-President, Administration and Finance include Central Stores and Procurement and Contract Services, Finance, Plant Operations, and the David Johnston Research + Technology Park.

"I look forward to welcoming Jacinda to our campus community and thank her for agreeing to serve in this important role," President Goel writes.

Reitsma will succeed Dennis Huber, who has been in the vice-presidential role since 2001 and will be retiring at the end of December. More information about a retirement celebration will be shared with the campus community at a later date.

Submit your feedback on the Waterloo at 100 Discussion Paper

An illustration of students walking on the university campus.

Since the first part of 2022, more than 1,000 people have participated in preliminary consultations as part of the Waterloo at 100 visioning exercise.

Waterloo at 100 is an exercise to develop a longer-term vision that will address: What do we as an institution aspire to become by our 100th anniversary in 2057?  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and external partners shared their ideas about the future of Waterloo.  

Thanks to everyone who participated in consultations and submitted feedback and ideas. Your input has helped us form the foundation of a discussion paper that will be used to stimulate more engagement through consultations this fall. 

Over 65 years, the University of Waterloo has built a strong reputation for innovation and excellence in a relatively short time. However, initial consultations suggest the University must accelerate its evolution to become an institution fit for the future. 

In our consultations, many expressed their appreciation for the capacity of the Futures Framework to be an organizing device that brings greater coordination to our academic, research and other activities at the University. At the same time, we heard from many who commented on the need for the institution to continue to evolve through innovation and improvements to how we work in order for the framework to make the impacts we desire. 

The paper synthesizes suggestions and ideas that came forward, organized into three forecasts for our journey to 2057: Graduates, Knowledge, and Campus. 

As we embark on a second round of consultations this fall, all members of the University community are invited to read the discussion paper and join in the conversation by  

Learn about the Quantum for Health Design Challenge

The Quantum-Nano Centre's exterior with trees.

You’re invited to the Quantum for Health (Q4Health) Design Challenge launch event on Monday, September 19 at 1:30 p.m., presented by Transformative Quantum Technologies.

Q4Health is challenging the University of Waterloo community to present ideas and designs for how quantum technologies can advance health solutions. Join us at the launch event to learn more about the challenge, hear about case studies in quantum for health, participate in team building and engage with quantum and health experts.

Launch event details

  • When: September 19 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, QNC Rm 0101
  • Register online

About Q4Health

Q4Health invites teams to develop well-motivated, quantum-based ideas that can lead to innovation in health. The focus is on the impacts that new technologies can have. No prototype is required. This challenge is open to the entire University of Waterloo community, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Join us at the launch event to learn more about the Q4Health Design Challenge, or visit Q4Health.

CEE launches new co-op information session series for employers

 Three people converse in the Tatham Centre.

A message from Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE).

Co-operative and experiential education (CEE) is launching its new co-op fundamentals online information sessions for prospective employers. Starting this month (September) the business development team at CEE will be hosting three monthly information sessions to offer added value to employers.

The new series will include these monthly offerings: 

  • Co-op hiring fundamentals: to learn the basics about co-op at Waterloo;
  • Funding fundamentals: to learn more about available funding and tax credits; and 
  • Job description fundamentals: to attract emerging talent (with a free workbook included) 

These sessions will keep employers up to date with hiring processes at Waterloo, evolving funding opportunities and Work-Learn Institute (WxL) recruitment insights. The sessions are open to employers across campus to participate in by registering on this webpage

Raising awareness for organ donation

A message from the Faculty of Health.

Alumnus Eric Celentano points to the "79" emblazoned on the shoulder of his University of Waterloo leather jacket.During an x-ray for tendonitis, Eric Celentano (BSc '79, Kinesiology) was diagnosed with an incurable rare fibrosis that was progressively hardening his lungs like cement. The only way to save his life was to undergo the major operation of a double-lung transplant. In 2018, Celentano was given this chance, thanks to an organ donor and their family, creating long-lasting friendships along the way.

Celentano will be on campus to share his fascinating journey and raise awareness for organ donation. If you’re interested in being an organ donor now, join Celentano's campaign and register for organ donation today. Or if you’d like to hear more first, drop by the Health Expansion (EXP) foyer on Tuesday, September 20 between noon and 4 p.m.

Dissertation Boot Camp deadline extended and other notes

The deadline to apply to the Writing and Communication Centre’s Dissertation Boot Camp has been extended to Friday, September 16, 2022. This program combines dedicated writing time, goal setting and writing strategy sessions, and one-on-one meetings with our writing specialists. "For the Fall 2022 term, we’re offering two separate programs, one entirely online (October 18-21) and one entirely in-person (November 1-4)," says a note from the Writing and Communication Centre (WCC). "Students will have the opportunity to choose whether they would like to attend in-person or online when they apply."

For more information or to submit an application, visit the Dissertation Boot Camp website.

A life-sized papercraft pickup truck in white and blue stands upon four sawhorses, lit from underneath.

The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) is presenting The Further Apart Things Seem, which features the work of artists Anna Binta Diallo, Atanas Bozdarov, Barbara Hobot, Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter, Brendan Lee Satish Tang, and Couzyn van Heuvelen.
"In a social and political moment where opinions are often divisive, the possibility of finding common ground can seem beyond reach," says a message from UWAG. "Debates over human rights, climate change, land claims, and even the politicizing of the pandemic often seem at cross-purposes and irresolvable. How do we respond in times of uncertainty—when do we push forward, when do we give up, and when do we try things differently? In The Further Apart Things Seem, artists follow distinct paths toward subtle forms of resistance, while exploring areas of connection between that which feels disconnected or in opposition. By testing the unexpected, they embrace material experimentation and provisionality as productive spaces for building resilience, resolution, and understanding."

The Further Apart Things Seem is co-presented by Contemporary Calgary, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, and Art Gallery of Mississauga. It is co-curated by Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson.

The exhibition runs from September 15 to December 10, 2022, with the opening reception taking place on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the Curator's Walk-Through happening on Thursday, September 29, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition and for the artists' biographical information check out the UWAG website.
You Don't know What You Don't Know banner featuring Ela Smith.The Office of Indigenous Relations is hosting You Don't Know What You Don't Know Part 1 on Friday, September 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop is faciliated by Ela Smith.
"This is a two-part workshop that journeys through First Nations, Inuit, and Metis relations with settlers," says a note from the Office of Indigenous Relations. "As the title indicates, you don't know, what you don't know so everyone is welcome. You will be introduced to the concept of Miskasowin (wholistic self-evaluation) that will define content, context, and relationship promoting further action, accountability, and responsibilities as a treaty person in this land now known as Canada." 
This is an online, 3-hour workshop, in a small-group setting.

To learn more about the course, the facilitator Ela Smith, and to register, please visit the course website.

For more events and to learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 at UWaterloo, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/indigenous/national-day-truth-and-reconciliation-2022.

Link of the day

The Atari VCS (or 2600, if you prefer) turns 45

When and Where to get support

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

Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca).

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):

Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.

Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).

Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/ Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.

The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  

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) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Drop-in to in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

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

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.

The Library is here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. 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: svpro@uwaterloo.ca or visit the SVPRO website.

The Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's 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 - MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre - Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the 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.

Co-op Connection all available online. 

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.ca.

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.

GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.

Advising and Support - The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.

Mental Health covered by the Health Plan - The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.

Dental Care - The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.

Student Legal Protection Program - Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.

The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the Blood.ca website or app. #ItsInYouToGive

Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.

Introduction to Equity, Tuesday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, online. 

Warrior Athletics and Rec Open House, Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall. Join us to find out how to get active and engaged with Warriors Athletics and Rec this term.

Quantum Perspectives: Computing, Tuesday, September 13, 12 noon on YouTube.

Warrior Rec Intramural Registration Deadline, Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. Find out more.

Canada’s water resources: How valuable are they? presented by Robert Smith as part of the Water Institute's webinar series: The Value of Water in Canada, Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 p.m.

Farm Market, Thursday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium SLC.

Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour, Thursday, September 15, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WaterTalk: Microplastics in the environment and pitfalls in their analysis presented by Jacob de Boer, Thursday, September 15, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Warrior Rec Instructional Registration Deadline, Friday, September 16, 1:00 p.m. Find out more.

NEW - Organ Donor Awareness with Eric Celentano (BSc ’79). Drop by to hear from a lung transplant recipient and how you can register to give the gift of life. September 20, 12 noon to 4:0 p.m., Health Expansion (EXP) foyer.

University of Graz x University of Waterloo Erasmus+ Staff Mobilities 2022 application deadline, September 30.