Events - 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (all day) to Saturday, November 2, 2019 (all day)
ROMA XL celebration logo

The University of Waterloo School of Architecture will mark the fortieth anniversary of its Rome Programme with a four-day celebration that will allow alumni to recall their time in the eternal city and experience some of the many changes that have taken place recently. The events take place in Rome starting with a reception at the Waterloo Studio on Wednesday October 30, finishing with a gala dinner on evening of Saturday November 2. In between you can select tours to Tivoli and walks in Rome, as well as a symposium, a concert and an evening reception on a terrace overlooking the Imperial Fora. We are expecting a large crowd and do have limited capacity in some events, so please book early and choose the events you wish to attend.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 (all day)
The official mace

Join us at the Student Life Centre in the Great Hall to celebrate your milestone achievement! The reception starts right after the convocation ceremony.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Waterloo Engineering students are invited to say THANK YOU to our generous donors who make what we do at Waterloo possible, every day.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
Large group of students at the Waterloo consortium event

Discover the value of engineering graduate studies

If you are thinking about graduate school, this is your opportunity to connect with representatives from Canada's top engineering schools!

Monday, July 29, 2019 — 11:30 AM to Thursday, August 1, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
Collage of solar panel, canola flower, wind turbines and powerline

The Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Forum on Advances in Energy and Environmental Technologies will bring together leading experts in the fields of sustainable energy management, novel energy production, biofuels, pollution mitigation, fuel cells, and next-generation rechargeable energy systems. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

After our successful workshop on power system protection, we have decided to organize a tour of EATON's manufacturing plant.

The event will take about 2 hours and it will include a presentation, shop tour and Q&A session.  

Friday, July 19, 2019 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
Watertalks signage

Because of massive urban expansion in China during the past three decades, China is confronted with a major challenge on how to wisely manage water within a complex urban system. An integrated water systems approach will be presented for tackling tough urbanization problems, such as waterlogging, black and odorous water, and ecosystem degradation within a large urban region.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT
velocity finals stick man

10 early-stage startups have practiced and perfected their 3-minute pitches and are ready to compete at the finals! Join us for an exciting Velocity Fund Finals $5K where emerging student entrepreneurs pitch live for their share of $20K in funding. Each competitor has just 3 minutes to pitch their early-stage startup to a panel of esteemed judges.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Elora Quarry

Elora Quarry is a swimming spot only half an hour from Waterloo! Buy a ticket for a day of fun on the beach and in the water. Your ticket includes transportation from the University of Waterloo to Elora Quarry and back, as well as admission to the park! All proceeds from this event go towards the It Takes a Village campaign, which supports social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Friday, July 12, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Engineering Day banner with purple colour throw

Come show your spirit and get your purple on! 

The tradition continues on July 12, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to celebrate Engineering Day with our incredible community of students, alumni, professors and staff. This year's activities will include a colour throw (wear a white t-shirt!), BBQ featuring the famous 'Boggan Burgers, free treats and refreshments including purple Koolaid as well as soft-serve ice cream and popcorn, a photo booth, The Tool and The Tool Bearers, and so much more!

Thursday, July 11, 2019 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
Problem Pitch poster

The Problem Lab invites you to watch the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition.

Teams have each chosen an important industry problem, and will now pitch their research to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $30k in grant funding. The 5-minute pitches will demonstrate each competitor’s knowledge of their problem’s history, scope, and impact.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 — 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Part-time MBET class

The part-time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program is a 3-year graduate business degree designed for individuals who want to develop the skills to lead change and launch new ideas while balancing full-time work.

Thursday, July 4, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
fundraiser poster

Since the last fundraiser was so successful, EWB has partnered again with Krispy Kreme to have another fundraiser to raise money for social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce poverty.

$10 for a dozen or $1 per donut

Friday, June 28, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
coffee chat

The Associate Dean International invites Engineering International Students to join him for an informal coffee break in the Engineering C&D. This is an opportunity to let us know how we can improve the experience of studying at Waterloo for International Students.

Email Annette ( to register

Thursday, June 27, 2019 — 5:35 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

We are excited to welcome speaker, serial entrepreneur, multiple awards winner, and investor - Janét Aizenstros. Janét will deliver a talk entitled "Pioneer Adventures in Entrepreneurship and Business" followed by a fireside chat.

Please register and join us in the Conrad School Hub on June 27 at 5:35 p.m. for an inspiring and enlightening evening with a dynamic and multifaceted Canadian entrepreneur.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 — 7:00 PM to Friday, June 21, 2019 — 2:00 AM EDT
event signage

Join UWaterloo alumni and friends from Avidbots,, and others from the KW tech community tech in support of KidsAbility. See local bands from various tech companies perform, network with some great people, and support a local cause in this fun-filled night of live music.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 — 5:30 PM EDT
Ethical AI wordle

The proliferation of AI has placed increased focus on the thorny topic of ethics: to what extent are engineers responsible for - and to what extent can they encode - the ethical behavior of the AI applications they design?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
conference poster

Visitors: University of Twente, The Netherlands; University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Areas of focus: Smart Aging & Personalized EHealth Technologies; Rehab & Human Enhancement Technologies; Digital Society and High Tech Innovations; Value-based Healthcare.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Are you a researcher or startup interested in building better collaborative projects? Wondering how to find partners, how to maintain open communication, and how to develop shared objectives? Don't try to innovate alone! Find ways to boost your company’s competitive advantage by joining our interactive panel on June 18, 2019.

Monday, June 17, 2019 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Event creative with profiles of guests

Alumni, faculty, students, and friends are invited to join the University of Waterloo for a cybersecurity panel discussion and networking event in London, UK.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 (all day)
The official mace

Pearl Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Registrar's Office, Engineering Alumni Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations are pleased to invite you and your guests to an informal complimentary post-convocation reception.

Join us at the Student Life Centre in the Great Hall to celebrate your milestone achievement! The receptions start right after each convocation ceremony.

Friday, June 14, 2019 — 7:00 PM EDT

BRIDGE is excited to invite you to the Opening Reception for Common Waters. The event will begin at the Design at Riverside Gallery at 7:00 pm with Christine Lefebvre - Karonhya Katste leading an opening ceremony which will include a smudge and land acknowledgement, with a circle to follow. At 8 PM, the event will continue on to the BRIDGE Storefront for refreshments, live music, and opening words from the curation team.

Friday, June 14, 2019 — 10:00 AM to Saturday, June 15, 2019 — 6:30 PM EDT
 Welding specialization celebration graphic

All past and present members of the University of Waterloo Centre for Advanced Materials Joining are invited to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Welding Specialization program and the 10-year anniversary of the Centre for Advanced Materials Joining. Guest speakers will look back on the history of the Welding Specialization, CAMJ, recent achievements, and look to the future of welding in Canada.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 — 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Part-time MBET class

The part-time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program is a 3-year graduate business degree designed for individuals who want to develop the skills to lead change and launch new ideas while balancing full-time work.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 — 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EDT
Unwrapped: Racial Bias Within Artificial Intelligence
Come out for an in-depth discussion of the issues of bias in AI 

As the capabilities of artificial intelligence continue to expand at an increasing rate, it becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives. We now rely on AI for not only for menial quantitative labour, but are also entrusting it with complex qualitative tasks in fields that hold significant impact over the lives of human beings. Because of the potential human cost involved in these areas, it has become increasingly important to investigate whether the systems that make these qualitative judgments do so in an objective manner. 


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