University of Waterloo alumni dream big, chart unconventional paths and inspire others. Our annual Alumni Awards celebrate graduates who embrace these qualities and create a better world for us all.
Martin Timmerman (BMath ’78) relives the moment that ignited his passion for Warriors basketball, and reveals the secret to a long and happy career.
Five years before Kathleen Venema (PhD '99) arrived at the University of Waterloo, she moved to Ndejje, a small town in south-central Uganda.
When Steve Innocente (BSc ’96) parlayed his craft brewing hobby into an award-winning business, he also tapped into the opportunity to reconnect with Waterloo as a co-op employer, vendor, and faculty member.
Former St. Paul’s residence don and alumnus Scott Ste Marie (BES ’13) is the host of the YouTube channel and website Depression to Expression, which explores the causes of depression and anxiety and provides proven techniques to overcome symptoms. Drawing upon his own struggles, Scott provides viewers with proven tools to combat their mental illness and provide a community of support.
When Michael Symonds (BMath ’00) talks about finding study space on the sixth floor of the Math and Computer building, it sounds like he’s letting you in on a secret. “There’s about a thousand doors,” he says, “and if you’re a student, you kind of know the four that are unlocked.”
Alumnus Mike Farwell (BA ’97) is the host of the Mike Farwell Show on 570 News, the voice of the Kitchener Rangers, and a force in the Waterloo Region.
Engineer turned fashion designer Angela Sum (BASc '06) talks about her move from Wall Street to the runway.