With the New Year fast approaching, it’s time to look back at some of our most popular alumni stories of 2019. Here they are, in no particular order.

Here’s how it all began

Al Aitchison (BMath ’69) takes us back to the 1960s, sharing memories of campus life and the friendships he formed in the Math co-op program. 



Waterloo goes to the movies

Catching a flick over the holidays? You might find yourself admiring the work of a Waterloo alumnus.



Michael Litt named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40

The co-founder and CEO of Vidyard, Michael Litt (BASc ’11), answers our questions about leadership and entrepreneurial life.

Forging a symbol of discovery

For the very first time, Waterloo produced its Alumni Gold Medals on campus. These awards were created in state-of-the-art labs and given to the University’s top graduating students.



Developing global talent

A multi-million dollar gift from alumnus Calvin Choi (BA ’01) and the AMTD Foundation supports talented professionals who are poised to make an impact on the world.

Your life hacks in five words

To celebrate fall convocation, we asked our alumni for five words of wisdom for graduating students. We loved your advice.

Catching up with my professor after 50 years

Alumnus Peter Golem (BASc ’74, MASc ’76) reunites with beloved Engineering professor Park Reilly half a century after graduation. 


Park and Vera Reilly pose with former students and friends at Alumni Weekend 2019.

Park and Veva Reilly (BA 77), centre, attend Alumni Weekend on June 1, 2019. Photo credit: Neil Trotter, Studio 66


Two fathers remembered

Gordon T. Finlay (BA ’77) served in parish ministry for 25 years. After he retired in 2008, he started meeting families whose loved ones were living with dementia. He wrote a poem to help those families on their journey.

Ready to give up on your job hunt?

Tiana Eghdam (GBDA ’18) did everything she could to find an internship, but she had no luck. Then she asked for help online, and everything changed.