Events - 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
WaterTalk poster

Weather gone wild: What can we do to limit home and community-level flood risk?

This WaterTalk will be presented at 10:30am and repeats at 11:30am.

In partnership with Waterloo Region’s Doors Open 2019, the Water Institute hosts this WaterTalk featuring Dr. Blair Feltmate. Dr. Feltmate is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), and a professor at University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

This event brings together instructors, alumni, entrepreneurs, and industry with 3rd and 4th year students as you enter your capstone projects.

EngCon is a "one stop shop" for you to learn about industrial tools and suppliers. In addition, EngCon will give you an opportunity to meet professionals, expand your professional networks, to seek help, or generate ideas for your projects.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
WiE Welcome BBQ

Women in Engineering (WiE) welcomes all students, staff and faculty to Waterloo Engineering on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019. All are welcome!

The BBQ will start at 11 am and will go until around 1 pm. You can pop in whenever you get a bit of time! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Come out and show off your trash/recycling/compost sorting skills and enter to win great prizes!

Monday, September 16, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Come out and show off your trash/recycling/compost sorting skills and enter to win great prizes!

Monday, September 9, 2019 — 12:00 AM to Sunday, October 6, 2019 — 11:55 PM EDT
Co-op problem award flyer

Co-operative Education and The Problem Lab are pleased to offer students on their work term the opportunity to win a First Prize Tuition Scholarship of $1,500 or Second Prize Tuition Scholarship of $750, applicable to your next academic term. The Co-op Problem Lab Award is earned by providing the best analysis of an important problem relevant to a co-op employer or the employer’s industry.

Monday, September 9, 2019 — 12:00 AM to Monday, September 30, 2019 — 11:55 PM EDT
Problem pitch competition flyer

The competition invites teams of up to 4 students to choose an important industry problem, and thoroughly research its history, scope, and impact, before pitching the findings to a panel of judges on November 14th to compete for a share of up to $30,000 in funding. To learn more and apply online, visit The Problem Lab website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 — 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Conrad Students

Join us in-person at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business for an information session and panel discussion with part-time MBET students.

Monday, August 12, 2019 — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
event signage

Join us for a dialogue exchange on exploring mutual advocacy for a brighter Engineering community

Let’s create safe space to discuss stigma we experience and how we can enable mutual advocacy through our shared wisdom. Join us for a dialogue exchange. Here we will collaboratively engage in a sharing circle modeled from indigenous practices and guided by a trained facilitator. Come hold some space with us. Space is limited! Light refreshments provided. All Engineering Graduate Students welcome.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
uwaft talks event logo

UWAFT Talks is an industry and networking event joined by industry leader, FleetCarma (a division of GeoTab), for a discussion on the emerging areas of automotive technology and sustainability, the diverse automotive ecosystem that exists here in Waterloo, and opportunities for local students to gain job and volunteer experience in this exciting and innovative industry!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 — 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
ice cream social

Come join a social brought to you by WiE and WiCS Grad teams. Enjoy ice cream and dance away to celebrate the end of the term!

Register online!

Monday, July 29, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

There is an increasing trend in the electric utilities to perform real-time simulation of power systems to test their protection and control hardware. The real-time simulation can become prohibitively expensive for large power systems. A solution to this is to divide the system into an internal system where all details are important and an external system (the rest of the system) where some details are not important.

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
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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?


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