UPDATE: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University of Waterloo is taking steps to limit the spread of the virus in our community. With caution and concern for our alumni, we have made the difficult decision to move your class Reunion events online. While we can’t reconnect in the way we planned in person on campus, we hope you will join us for a variety of virtual class reunion events on September 25 and 26, 2020.
Welcome to your 50-year class reunion!
The 50-year anniversary class reunion in 2020 is for the Waterloo Engineering class of 1970.
You will find detailed information about your upcoming Golden Anniversary reunion on these pages - or see the official invitation (coming soon!). We hope that you will be able to tune into this milestone reunion to reconnect with your classmates, your professors, your Faculty, and your University and we're making it very special.
Note: the Management Sciences 50th Anniversary Celebration has been postponed until June 4, 2021. For more information, check out the full Management Sciences 50th Anniversary Celebration program.
Browse this page to learn all about your reunion, or choose a link to go directly to:
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Engineering Reunion Lecture with the Dean of Engineering
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
(45 minutes: 30 minutes for lecture with 15 min Q&A)
The Dean’s Lecture at Reunion will be delivered by professor Mary Wells, the newest Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo who began her term as Dean on July 1, 2020.
The Dean will deliver an inspirational and visionary lecture about the future of engineering at the University of Waterloo. Interactive Q&A during and following the lecture.
12:15 - 1:00pm
Take a break to make and eat your lunch, grab a drink, or check in with a classmate or two. In the meantime, watch a slideshow of nostalgic photos from your time in Waterloo Engineering. Also, see the results of photo submission campaign!
Submit your favourite photo from your time on campus through our online submission form!
Engineering Back-to-the-Classroom Lecture with Prof. Larry Smith
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(45 minutes for lecture with 15 min Q&A)
"Economic Outlook: In the Shadows of the Pandemic"
Professor LARRY SMITH
BA 1968, Economics
MA 1975, Economics
Our world faces a truly unprecedented combination of circumstances: global pandemic, a concurrently sharp economic contraction, war-scale government intervention, soaring debt levels, interest rates at 400-year lows, a stock market that had been priced for perfection, massive social disruption and the technology sector built on shifting sands. What does the immediate future hold?
See the legendary Professor Larry Smith deliver one of his famous addresses. You'll feel like a student all over again in DC 1351, the classroom where you may have taken one or more of Larry's economics courses.
Can't wait to hear Prof. Smith speak at Reunion? Check out his outrageously popular TEDxUW talk, "Why you will fail to have a great career", which has over 6.7 million views.
Virtual Beer Happy Hour (optional)
(60 minutes or longer)
Hosted by your Class Rep, grab a beer or your favourite beverage, and join your classmates for a virtual happy hour (optional). Connect with your classmates from your year and program who you may not have seen since graduation - those who are close by or far across the country and the world. Stay as long as you like. Have a toast to Waterloo and everyone’s health!
Please register to indicate your interest in participating in this optional event - we’re still working out the details!
Alumni Happy Hour boxes are available for purchase with the option of alcoholic (Premium Lager) for $20 or non-alcoholic (Lighthouse Lemonade) for $17.50. Boxes can be delivered within Ontario only and shipping is included in the cost. $5 from the sale of the box will go to support UW Mates.
Nanotechnology 15th Anniversary Celebration and Career Panel (Optional)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(60 minutes total, with Q&A)
In 2020, the University of Waterloo is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Nanotechnology Engineering program – and ten years of graduating classes. We invite all alumni to join us and celebrate this occasion. This virtual event will include remarks from the Director of the Nanotechnology program, VIP’s and a panel of Nanotechnology alumni who will speak about their careers, any career advice they may have for students and alumni, highlight their experiences and any mentorship opportunities they offer; includes a Q&A session.
Bo Cui, Associate Director, Nanotechnology Engineering Program, University of Waterloo
Ryan Denomme (BASc 2010, Nanotechnology; MASc 2012, Mechanical), Founder and CEO at Nicoya Lifesciences
Mina Labib (BASc 2012, Nanotechnology), MBA candidate in the Class of 2021, Rotman School of Management
Vinay Sagar (BASc 2012, Nanotechnology), Data Analytics Manager, Inkbox
Veronica Tsou (BASc 2011, Nanotechnology), Lawyer - Intellectual Property Litigation, Lenczner Slaght
Note: HST #R119260685
If you have any questions about your reunion, please email or call 519.888.4567 ext. 37827. (Note: as of March 17, due to employees working from home as mandated by the University, we will not be able to return phone calls and/or messages left on this extension until workers return to the office. Please email for the fastest response.)
Online registration is now open!
Make a Gift
The anniversary of your class reunion provides an excellent opportunity to support your alma mater in a way that is personally meaningful to you. Thank you for taking the time to consider making a gift in support of the future engineer in honour of your reunion!