Events by month

March 2018

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 — 8:30 AM EST to Friday, April 13, 2018 — 5:00 PM EDT to Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:00

Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies program (PACS) at the University of Waterloo was the first peace studies program in Canada, and has remained a leader in peace education for 40 years. With PACS’ innovative approach to learning, students can choose arts-based assignment options in many courses.

Monday, February 12, 2018 (all day) to Saturday, March 3, 2018 (all day) to Sat, 03/03/2018 (All day)
Velocity Fund Apps open

Velocity Fund $25K and $5K applications are open! The Velocity Fund is a non-equity grant program for startups that offers $375,000 each year to startups through its Velocity Fund $25K and Velocity Fund $5K programs.

The Velocity Fund $25K competition showcases 10 startups as they pitch for their chance to win one of four $25,000 prizes and space in one of the Velocity workspaces. For the Velocity Fund $5K competition, three student ideas or student-driven startups receive $5,000 to help them grow their ideas and start their businesses. The top applicants will present their pitches at the Velocity Fund Finals on March 28.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 — 10:30 to 11:45 AM to 11:45 AM EST

This training teaches students, staff, and faculty how to recognize and support someone who may be having thoughts of suicide. QPR is an education and awareness program that provides direction as to how to Question a person with thoughts of suicide, how to Persuade them to get help, and how to Refer the person to appropriate professional resources.

Training content

Thursday, March 1, 2018 — 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM EST
People on a boat called "Sea Shepherd"

University of Waterloo's Animal Rights Society presents a FREE screening of the 2016 documentary ‘Sea of Life’, featuring a talk/Q&A by representatives of Sea Shepherd and the film’s director, Julia Barnes! This award-winning film explores the wonders of ocean ecosystems, as well as the threats these ecosystems face due to environmental changes.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST
Bechtel Lecture.

Anabaptists have long worried that they won’t succeed in passing their faith to the next generation. Why then regale their teenagers with stories that correlate Anabaptist faith with social shame and physical torture? Thieleman van Braght’s seventeenth-century martyrology, Martyrs Mirror (originally called The Bloody Theatre) has been put to many uses over the years, but few have been as common as the spiritual formation and education of young adults.

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Clare with snacks in hand in front of grads at a write-in

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 2:00 PM EST

This talk will provide specific examples of how integrated molecular microbiological approaches, including sequencing and quantitative PCR, are being used to shed insight into microbial functioning in Ontario agricultural soils. This integrated approach will help address the challenge of linking agricultural practice change to both productivity gains and beneficial ecosystem outcomes.

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST

(aka Dr.Strangejob – or how I learned to stop worrying and love my job)

Join Paola Borin to explore directions of possible integration and the interesting and unexpected paths where integration can lead.

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 5:45 PM to 10:00 PM EST

Join Waterloo Warriors Football family and friends, including Head Coach Chris Bertoia, the coaching staff and student-athletes, for a great night of stories, tributes and celebrations in support of Waterloo Warriors Football.

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Dr. David Weaver-Zercher in a panel discussion with Sherri Klassen, Katie Steckly, Sam Steiner, Johnny Wideman and moderator Dr. Marlene Epp.

What is it like to be a creator of Mennonite media content today? What are the challenges of telling Mennonite stories? Who gets to tell Mennonite stories? How do we respond when the “non-Mennonite media” gets it “wrong”?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 12:00 to 13:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Would you like to use material that is Creative Commons-licensed?

Would you like to create material and make it available under a Creative Commons license?

This workshop will help you understand licenses (e.g., writing citations, and accessibility and funding implications).

Please RSVP to Kathryn Blair, CEL, Copyright Specialist at

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Developing Your Compassionate Mind -

Why practice self-compassion?

Through research, self-compassion has been linked to positive well-being in the reduction of negative mind states, including anxiety, depression, perfectionism and shame. In addition, it has been associated with improved emotional coping and greater resilience.  

Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. In this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to explore self-compassion by participating in reflection and writing exercises, meditations, and open discussions.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 10:00 AM EST to Sunday, March 18, 2018 — 8:00 PM EDT to Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:00

The University of Waterloo’s Accounting and Finance Student Association (AFSA) is running its annual Tax Clinic for 2018! 
The Tax Clinic is an opportunity for the UW student volunteers to help and file the community’s income tax returns for absolutely free. This project is aimed towards students and low-middle income families who require any assistance in the tax-filing process.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EST

EVA is a trio featuring cellist Vesa Norilo, kantele player, Anna-Karin Korhonen and soprano Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), all hailing from Helsinki, Finland. Their repertoire consists of traditional Finnish folk music as well as original music composed by members of EVA. Each member of the group brings a wealth of musical experience, having studied a wide range of styles from classical to jazz and folk.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is pleased to present a Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, from the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Altanta, GA, United States.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Event poster graphic for for Pitch to Win workshop

Join us this week for the free workshop, Pitch to Win. How do you get people interested in your ideas? Learn what makes a good pitch and practice in a low-pressure environment.

We encourage you to register for the workshop and free pizza!

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Alleviating Anxiety -

Learn strategies to manage stress and anxiety

Thursday, March 8, 2018 — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST

OCTOPUZ is a growing company in an industry that is booming. We have a number of available full time and co-op positions available and want to hear from you! Oh and by the way, we are just a short walk from the school!

Friday, March 9, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Clare with snacks in hand in front of grads at a write-in

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Friday, March 9, 2018 — 7:30 PM EST

Enjoy an evening of piano and violin music with renowned Austrian musicians Elena Denisova and Alexei Kornienko. Reception to follow.

About Elena Denisova

Monday, March 12, 2018 (all day) to Saturday, March 17, 2018 (all day) to Sat, 03/17/2018 (All day)

The students of the Barcelona cohort in the Knowledge Integration program invite you to experience the culmination of our third-year design project: The Museum Course.

Monday, March 12, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Consider a buyer participating in a repeated auction, such as those prevalent in display advertising. How would she test whether the auction is incentive compatible? In this work we develop tests based on simple bid perturbations that a buyer can use to answer these questions, with a focus on dynamic incentive compatibility.

Monday, March 12, 2018 — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

For Intermediate,Junior Co-op Students 
Theme - Accounting and Financial Auditing

Please register if you will be attending this session or cancel the session if you have registered for this and no longer want to attend it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 12:00 to 13:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
People walking down the street with house symbol

Matching inspired living spaces with incredible students.

The Housing Showcase provides students and landlords with the opportunity to meet and discover housing opportunities. Open to current students and area landlords interested in connecting.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 12:30 to 14:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Series Information: [Poster]

Tuesday January 16 - 12:30-2:30 pm – IP 101 and Commercialization 

Tuesday February 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – IP Case Study

Tuesday March 13 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Copyright and Software

Tuesday April 10 - 12:30-2:00 pm – Trademarks

This workshop is supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
$5K Cheques illustration

Looking to see the next big thing? Join us at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers to watch UWaterloo students pitch.

This is the first of two nights of $5K Qualifiers, you can watch either or both

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EDT

The purpose of the ConradGames in Engineering is to simply engage and encourage Undergraduate Engineering Students in Entrepreneurship and Innovation mindsets.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EDT

A quartet of local musicians will perform Haydn's Op 20, No 5. This concert features Adam Diderrich & Marcus Scholtes on the violin, Ethan Filner on the viola, and Rebecca Morton on the cello.  Special guest Barbara Hankins will round out the group with the clarinet.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

You are invited to attend a Forum to hear about the recommendations put forward by the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

We are seeking exceptional leaders graduating from university accounting or business programs in 2018-2019, enthusiastic about pursuing a career in accounting as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Our graduate positions offer an opportunity to work with a highly skilled team in a supportive learning environment, providing the technical and business skills development you need to begin your dynamic career.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
$5K Cheques illustration

Looking to see the next big thing? Join us at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers to watch UWaterloo students pitch.

This is the second of two nights of $5K Qualifiers, you can watch either or both

Thursday, March 15, 2018 — 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
Affordable Energy for Humanity logo

Professor Jatin Nathwani will highlight the emerging innovations that form the basis of a scientific, technological and social innovations needed to support new talent and business models for revolutionary change to deliver on the promise of a low carbon energy future with universal energy access.

Friday, March 16, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Clare with snacks in hand in front of grads at a write-in

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Friday, March 16, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Join Caitlyn McGeer to learn how the digital era transformed conceptions of crime and victimhood, and the impact that this has had on how we predict who is going to be vulnerable to crime and how police respond to crime.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 2:00 PM EDT

Research findings from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative program will be presented as well as other illustrative examples from other locations in the Great Lakes to demonstrate the complexity of the challenge and potential implications for nutrient management strategies. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Focal Systems is looking for full-time and coop candidates for engineering and operations roles. COO and Co-founder Michael Cantalino will be present with other members of the Focal Systems team to network and take applications. Food and drink will be served - come join us!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — 7:00 PM EDT
Peace and security.
What impact has Boko Haram had on the prospects for agricultural development? What are the other cultural and economic drivers of conflict that need to be addressed? How are women and youth becoming agents of change?

Keynote speaker Chom Bagu, the Nigeria Field Project Manager from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), and other experts will answer these questions and provide insight into peacebuilding initiatives in Northern Nigeria.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 12:00 to 13:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In this session, participants will be introduced to copyright and licensing and what rights and responsibilities they have when publishing their research. This session includes an introduction to:

Copyright and licensing as they apply to publication, Your rights as an author, and tips on how to keep them, Suggestions of helpful resources for publication, and Questionable publisher practices, and how to avoid them.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EDT

The purpose of the ConradGames in Engineering is to simply engage and encourage Undergraduate Engineering Students in Entrepreneurship and Innovation mindsets.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 12:30 to 12:30 PM EDT

This concert will feature new works for saxophone and piano including  two suites by Waterloo composers Boyd McDonald and Joanne Bender. The performers will be Willem Moolenbeek, saxophone and Boyd McDonald, piano.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
Image of Three Minute Thesis logo - 1 slide, 3 minutes, outstanding ideas!

3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) finalists from across six University of Waterloo faculties will compete to win money and advance to the 3MT Provincial finals!

Competitors will have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to present the breadth and significance of their graduate research to a non-specialist panel of judges.

Be part of the action by selecting the People’s Choice award winner with your smart device; no need to register.  First come, first seated.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

As university programs become more specialized, the gap widens and the respective approaches and lexicons of Arts, Science, and Mathematics grow increasingly distant. The Bridges Lecture Series aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Poster graphic for Startup Rollercoaster workshop

Attend a panel of guest speakers for an AMA geared towards learning from common and frequent mistakes made during the startup journey. We will be joined by three entrepreneurs that have been there and done that, so don't miss the opportunity to learn from their experience.  

We encourage you to register for the workshop and free pizza!

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
World Water Day logo

The annual UN World Water Day in Waterloo is on March 22, 2017. This year's theme is Nature for Water,  exploring how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Enhance your performance and become a better learner by attending the Learning How to Learn 2018 seminar series: Getting help.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Calming the Panic: Practical Skills to Reduce Anxiety

In this workshop, you will learn:

Facts about panic/anxiety attacks Common symptoms of panic attacks Practical coping strategies for calming down your mind and body

Register on LEADS.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 6:00 PM EDT
Woman sitting at her desk on her computer with the VINYARD logo on the wall behind her

Join us at ConradConnect Live for candid conversations with real entrepreneurs, and casual networking with entrepreneurial students and members of the local ecosystem.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT, developer of the EOS open source blockchain operating system, has made an initial commitment to deploy $1 billion to support the development of dapps designed for EOS blockchain technology. Learn about this incredible opportunity and how is blazing a trail into mainstream applications.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 7:00 PM EDT

In this talk, David Crane, the founding prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone will speak about his experience in prosecuting the first sitting head of state for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Charles Taylor.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Directed by Dr. Maisie Sum and featuring Grebel Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta, the UW Balinese Gamelan and the Grebel Community Gamelan will perform a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional classics.  Come find out why people who love music are fascinated by the gamelan.

Free admission, and a chance to try the gamelan yourself after the concert.

Friday, March 23, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Clare with snacks in hand in front of grads at a write-in

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Saturday, March 24, 2018 — 8:00 AM to Sunday, April 22, 2018 — 11:59 PM EDT to Sun, 04/22/2018 - 23:59
Students walking across a bridge

Take part in our Earth Month Photo Contest and share your sustainable photos with us! Go on a fun eco-adventure, make a trip to the market, or share a photo of yourself enjoying the outdoors. We're looking for any photos related to sustainability! Post your photo using #sustainableuwaterloo and follow us on that social media account to be entered in a draw to win some great prizes!

Saturday, March 24, 2018 — 6:07 PM EDT
BLND logo

Join us for an interactive day that brings together the worlds of design and business. With a truly diverse range of speakers and attendees, BLND will spark unexpected ideas, exceptional conversations and valuable connections through a series of talks, workshops and an after party in the charming City of Stratford.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Gloria! Songs of Joy. Sometimes known as the Hymn of Angels, the Latin Gloria is one of the most exuberant and ecstatic of sacred texts. Join the UW Choir in a fusion of Medieval, Classical, Jazz, and Global Musics in an exploration of musical joy. Includes works by Bach, Mozart, Poulenc, Esenvalds, and a host of others. The perfect balm for the Canadian Winter blues.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 — 2:00 PM EDT

The UWaterloo Jazz Ensemble will perform a mix of jazz standards from Gordon Goodwin, Count Basie, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, and more.  Directed by well know percussionist Michael Wood, the ensemble consists of 15 UW jazz aficionados. 
Reception afterwards, complimentary parking for event.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Five different Chamber Ensembles, and sixteen talented musicians using 5 different instruments.  A lovely way to spend a Winter evening.  Directed by Ben Bolt-Martin.  Free Admission, reception to follow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
WISE logo

Meet and mingle with our researchers. Connect the dots and get energized by our talented young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders at the most innovative University in Canada. This is a ‘meet-up’ of academic, industry & government experts who have come together to share insights & new ideas for our energy future!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
For Bachelor, Summer and Graduating Students 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

Experience our firm in a different light at our 'Deloitte Day' event on UW Campus! Here you'll get the 411 on aspects of our professional services firm that you may not know about.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Join us for the Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation [WICI] Poetry & Complexity event!

Poetry and Complexity: readings and conversation between Madhur Anand (Director of WICI & poet), Roald Hoffmann (Nobel prize-winning scientist & poet), and Rae Armantrout (Pulitzer prize-winning poet).  Moderated by Dr. Sarah Tolmie (Associate Professor of English, WICI Affiliate Member, & Poet)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 6:00 PM EDT
A stethoscope on an open notebook

Canada’s health care system was built on a promise we can all be proud of: the promise of access to services based on need, rather than the ability to pay. We can continue to be proud of that promise, but to deliver on it, health care needs to be improved.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 — 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

Come celebrate UW Coffee 'N Code's first successful term at Shopify Plus on Tuesday, March 27!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — 11:00 to 15:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
Velocity Fund Finals poster graphic

The Velocity Fund is a pitch competition, held three times a year, for startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to win a share of $125,000 in funding. Join us for the Velocity Fund Finals on March 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

We encourage you to register to reserve your spot in the audience today!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — 12:00 to 13:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
W3 is having a conversation about mental health at UW, March 28, noon, in MC 5501

In addition to lunch, W3 is providing a space and time for you to talk about your experiences with mental health and illness at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — 7:00 PM to Thursday, March 29, 2018 — 8:00 PM EDT to Thu, 03/29/2018 - 20:00
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University of Waterloo's Global Engagement Seminar Program is pleased to invite you to the Global Populism and Democratic Futures Summit on March 28 & March 29. The aim of the Summit is to showcase projects developed by the Global Engagement Seminar Program’s students, as well as to engage the broader community in important conversations about the global rise of populist movements.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
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As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Jay Austin, professor and department head in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Minnesota Duluth, presents, "Winter Conditions, Ice, and Climate Change on Lake Superior."

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register today

Thursday, March 29, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Directed by Daniel Warren, students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all faculties join together to play beautiful symphonic music.

Selections include Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (The Unfinished); Smetana’s The Moldau; Brahms’ "Academic Festival Overture"; Saint Saëns’ "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah;  Massenet’s "Meditation" from Thaïs (violin soloist Lila Huang); Mahler’s Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5.

Friday, March 30, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Clare with snacks in hand in front of grads at a write-in

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

Friday, March 30, 2018 — 7:30 PM EDT

Dramatic, tragic and yet indescribably beautiful -- Bach's eloquent St. John Passion, with brilliant tenor Lawrence Wiliford as the Evangelist. Don't miss this Good Friday tradition! Presented by the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the UWaterloo Chamber Choir.  Directed by Dr. Mark Vuorinen.

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