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Inside Spring 2024: Happiness

In this issue, we explore the people, policies, innovations and insights that are helping to create a world where happiness and well-being are possible for everyone

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Mehndi Boy: The courage to be your true self

Zain Bandali (BES ’20) publishes an early-reader chapter book that explores gender norms and sense of belonging in a community

The science of happiness

First-year students hone more than their research skills by exploring what it means to be happy

Unlocking human potential through a universal basic income

Floyd Marinescu (BMath ’02) launched UBI Works to reframe the debate about basic income — and his message is catching on

Roadblocks that lead to beautiful destinations

Chris Wilson (BSc ’21) charts an unconventional course to live a life with curiosity and without regrets

Adapting with intent

Simon Chan (BA ’98) identifies three key stages to navigating the non-financial aspects of retirement

Vivek Goel headshot

"Who we are as an institution starts with our people —our alumni, students, staff, faculty and partners. As Waterloo’s history attests, when we listen, collaborate and act, we achieve great things. Together, we won’t stop seeking ways to create a happier and healthier world."

— Vivek Goel

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Read the President's message →



Finding Indigenous community →

Robin Jones-Stadelbauer (BA ’12, BA ’22) shares how her experience as an Indigenous student inspires her current leadership role in Waterloo’s Office of Indigenous Relations

Meet the entrepreneurs and innovators advancing happiness →

Explore the journeys of Waterloo changemakers as they build community and forge progressive solutions

A mission to create a better future →

World-class researchers shape new ways to foster happiness and personal well-being

Sharing in the good times →

Engineering traditions that create community, make memories and forge friendships that will last a lifetime


Waterloo changed my life in unexpected ways →

Gil Aburto-Avila (MMath ’70) shares why he moved from Mexico to study at the University of Waterloo and why he gives back as an alum

More than a credential or piece of paper →

Sara Konrath (BA ’02) has followed an unlikely career path that now inspires her to give back


Clear Blue Technologies, co-founded by chief executive officer Miriam Tuerk (BASc ’85), was named to Corporate Knights’ 2023 Future 50 list. 

Dr. Mike Wulder (MES ’96, PhD ’99) was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for his internationally recognized innovations in the field of remote sensing for mapping and monitoring land cover. 

Monica Singh Soares (BA ’05), founder of Rise Up and Soar Community, was the first South Asian to be elected to council at the Township of Southgate.

SPATULA Foods, co-founded and led by chief executive officer Ian Weng (BAFM ’13, MAcc ’13), appeared on Dragon’s Den, receiving offers from all five dragons. 

Dominic Barton

Talk of the campus

Thank you Dominic Barton


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