Events - 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021 — 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
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While we can’t reconnect in the way we planned, we hope you will join us on June 5, 2021!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University is taking steps to limit the spread and risks of the disease in our community. As a result, Alumni Weekend 2021 will be a virtual event hosted online.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Leaning in, making connections and breaking into tech with a non-tech degree with Insiya Cuttleriwala (BES '18, ENBUS)

When an 8-month coop job at Facebook caught her eye, Insiya Cuttleriwala (BES '18, ENBUS) didn’t feel qualified. But having recently learned in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In that most females only apply for jobs they are 100% qualified for, she decided to throw her hat into the ring filled with engineering students, and she landed the job. Turning a co-op placement into a full-time job, however, took time, patience and maintaining connections.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
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Green and social finance has grown rapidly in recent years, especially in the private sector. As economies across Asia and the Pacific work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how can governments nurture green and social finance to ensure that the recovery is inclusive, resilient, and sustainable?
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) explored these issues in a recent report forecasting the drivers and impacts of green and social finance and its prospects in the region. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021 — 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
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Each year, the Faculty of Environment Awards Banquet brings together student recipients with the generous donors who have contributed to their success.

Join us virtually on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm -7:00 pm to honour the outstanding generosity of our donors and to celebrate together the accomplishments of our deserving students.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Success within the Environmental Consulting Industry with David Wade

Have you ever wondered what environmental consultants do for a living?  David will walk you through many aspects of a successful career as an environmental consultant, providing tips on finding the right company to work for, pointers for a successful interview, and an outline of many of the typical tasks carried out by environmental consultants both in the office and in the field.

Find out what is involved in pursuing a career within the environmental science and engineering consulting industry, how to approach getting a job in the industry and what makes a successful environmental consultant.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Exploring interests in graduate studies and developing your professional toolkit with Robert Walter-Joseph

His undergrad helped broadened his ability to think about the world. His master's in planning helped him connect theory to policy levers that affect how people live and connect. Today, Robert is an urban planner with experience both in development planning and policy planning. Whether you're interested in broadening - or narrowing your interests, building your professional toolkit, or learning to enjoy your work as a planner, join us for this Career AMA with Robert Walter-Joseph, Planner at Gladki Planning Associates.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Change the world and pay your (moderate) rent while doing it - exploring a career in Not-For-Profit with Sabrina Bowman

Change the world, make a living, learn how to be nimble, feisty, and meet some of the most excellent, smart, and funny people you will ever meet. Yes, you CAN have it all - in the not-for-profit sector! Sabrina will share the frustrating, hilarious, and ultimately rewarding world of working for a not-for-profit.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
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Come gather and celebrate Frances Westley’s induction into the Order of Canada. We will open with a conversation between Frances and Tim Brodhead, former President, The McConnell Foundation and founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG). This is an opportunity to reflect upon the foundation of social innovation research and action in Canada

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Graduating Class of 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021 on nearing the end of your studies at the Faculty of Environment!

Graduating undergraduate and graduate students, families and friends, staff and faculty are invited to join the Faculty of Environment Class of 2021 Virutal Grad Send Off event.

Please join us in celebration of our future alumni's achievements.

"Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need." — Unknown

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Career AMA with Mujtaba Ali

What if your program isn’t right for you? What do you do if you get turned down for a job? And why should you maintain your connections with classmates and colleagues? Join MCC grad Mujtaba Ali for advice on changing directions, turning ‘No’s into ‘next times’, building a network that pays off – even when you’re an introvert – and overcoming lack of experience through specializing.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 (all day)

Do you have a solution to a major global problem?

The World’s Challenge Challenge at the University of Waterloo is a competition where teams of three diverse students pick one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (also known as Global Goals), and propose a solution. Slide Decks for the teams presentations will need to be submitted by email to by March 3rd, 2021. Teams will be selected to make a 5-7 minute presentation on March 25, proposing a solution to a panel of judges, with Q&A.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Alumni Office Hour: Time management and the art of juggling multiple passions with Jessica Peixoto

If you like to volunteer, get involved in your community, pursue sports or hobbies and do well in your classes or job, you already know time management is key. Jessica was VP of WEBS, residence don for five terms, volunteered, did an overseas coop term and even won coop student of the year. Today she does triathlons, holds several volunteer roles and manages an evolving role working on sustainability strategy for a multinational corporation. Yes, you can do it all, but it takes knowing how. Join Jessica to ask questions about coop, careers and creating balance.

Monday, March 8, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST
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Alumni Office Hour: Working and living in Africa: career development and a change of worldview with Toshi Mito

Toshi Mito lived and worked in Rwanda for 9 years until 2016. Although currently living in Japan, he continues his interventions in Africa, with focus on renovating solid waste management in cities. Sign up to learn about Toshi’s experience working in developing countries and with international development partners and to join the conversation about sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the real context of life in Africa.   

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST

ENV Grads, are you curious about non-traditional career paths and careers outside of academia? Are you interested in how you can leverage skills from your degree after graduation? Do you want an opportunity to connect with Faculty of Environment Grad Alumni?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
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Alumni Office Hour: Future-proof your career with Paul Neto

With the rate of change these days, how can you know what you are learning today will be relevant 20-years from now? Join tech founder and marketing guru Paul Neto to discuss the skills that separate those who shine from those who struggle – collaboration, a holistic approach and the ability to see the bigger picture. From navigating the depths of the ocean floor to the heights on Silicon Valley, ask your questions about business development, entrepreneurship, big data, marketing and managing change in an ever-changing world. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
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Alumni Office Hour: Engaging community, changing direction and finding your passion with Laura Galbraith

Sometimes it takes a change of direction to chart a path to a career you love. Laura switched programs in her second year and tried on a few careers before creating a position for herself that connects to her passion to give back and make a difference. From finding connection points within your community to volunteering your way to a happy life, join us for a career AMA with a true community leader. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 — 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST
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Alumni Office Hour: Career AMA with Eldon Theodore

From navigating coop terms successfully to becoming a partner at one of Ontario’s most successful planning firms to co-chairing the Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force, don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, get answers and learn from a land use planner and urban design specialist who was once a student, just like you.   

Thursday, January 21, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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Join RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete, Sam Effah, and RBC’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Mary DePaoli, as they share industry tips for landing a job at a top brand like RBC, and how to stand out in a pile of resumes.

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