Alumni & Friends Gathering in Ottawa

Saturday, January 14, 2023 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
An invitation to this alumni and friends event

Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo are pleased to present:

“In Conversation”
An interview with Senator Peter Harder (BA 1975, LLD 2005) hosted by
Marcus Shantz (BA 1995), President, Conrad Grebel University College.

Saturday, January 14, 2023  from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The Social Restaurant + Lounge
537 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON

$10 registration fee includes one complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres.  

Catch up with alumni and friends from Grebel and the University of Waterloo in an informal gathering that will feature stimulating conversation. Marcus Shantz will engage Senator Harder in topics that will range from diplomatic and trade relations with China, to the current war in Ukraine and how this relates to the experience of Mennonites currently living in the area.

The reception venue will offer wonderful hors d’oeuvres, an opportunity to network and hear updates from our campuses in Waterloo.

About our conversation partners

Senator Harder’s years of experience in the civil service began as the Student Council president at Grebel in the 70s and culminated in his role as Government representative in the Senate from 2016 to 2021. Mr. Harder spent 29 years in the federal public service, including an impressive 16 years as Deputy Minister, which included heading the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry, Solicitor General, Public Security, and the Treasury Board Secretariat. As Deputy Minister, he oversaw the legislative process of countless bills and has appeared before standing committees of the House of Commons and the Senate.

Called to the bar in 2002, Marcus Shantz practiced law in Toronto before returning home to Waterloo Region.  He was CEO of a locally-owned property business in St. Jacobs for several years before his appointment as President of Grebel in 2017. His interest in politics, religion and history will make this a spirited discussion. 

An email with a link to the registration page from UW alumni was sent on Dec.16th (if you are local to Ottawa). You may also email Alison Enns to reserve your spot.