For nearly 20 years, Hong Kong hadn’t issued a license for a new life insurance company. In 2018, a new company with nontraditional ideas founded by Fred Ngan (BMath ’07) and Michael Chan (BMath ’08) received a new license.
Henry Shi and Hussein Fazal honed their skills, found their passion, and gained confidence while attending Waterloo before founding SnapTravel, a new model for booking hotels that combines convenience and savings as fast as you can send a Facebook message.
Sam Pasupalak was studying computer science at the University of Waterloo in 2008 when he found out that Bill Gates was delivering a talk on campus. Pasupalak didn’t have a ticket to the Microsoft chairman’s talk — but that didn’t stop him. Once he found a way in, he was so inspired by Gates’ talk that he went on to co-found an AI startup that Microsoft purchased last year.
From a young age, Dr. Karen Kopciuk (MMath ’95, GCERT ‘01, PhD ’01) had a passion for learning and for medicine. Starting her career as a dental hygienist, she soon came to realize her interest in research extended deeper than she ever imagined. Making the decision to return to school as a mature student, Karen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary before coming to the University of Waterloo for her Master’s and PhD degrees in statistics.