Waterloo Engineering Class Reunion 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020 12:00 am - 12:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

UPDATE: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University of Waterloo is taking steps to limit the spread of the disease 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. 

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The Waterloo Engineering alumni class reunion in 2020 is taking place on September 26, 2020 at Alumni Weekend. The engineering Classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 are invited to celebrate this milestone in their engineering career.

Reunion Schedule (virtual)

Time Activity
11:30 am  Program begins 

11:30 am – 12:15 pm 

Dean’s Lecture

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(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 pm –
1:00 pm 

Lunch Break 

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Back to the Classroom Lecture with Larry Smith  

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(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! 

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 6.8 million views. 

2:00 pm 

Virtual Beer Happy Hour 
(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.

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Nanotechnology 15th Anniversary Celebration and Career Panel  
(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. 


Moderator: Ting Tsui, Associate Director, Nanotechnology Engineering Program, University of Waterloo (link name to: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ting-tsui-1b67b528/


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3:00 pm  Program ends