The Waterloo PGSA Conference was first held in 1993 and continues to be held on a yearly basis.  It has hosted Philosophy graduate students from across Canada, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom and has featured papers on a wide range of topics in philosophy.  Traditionally, the Conference takes place in the Spring of each year.

Among the profession at large, the Waterloo PGSA Conference is well regarded as a graduate conference.  Past keynote speakers have included Helen Longino, Patricia Churchland, Lee Smolin, and many other accomplished philosophers.  This continues in the department’s tradition of hosting prominent philosophers for the purposes of teaching and interacting with the graduate students.

Historically, the success of the conference has owed in part to funding which was supplied by Eidos, Waterloo’s former undergraduate journal.