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President's Blog

Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Remembrance Day Message

Poppies on a plaque of soldier's names.

On Remembrance Day we come together as a nation to honour the Canadian men and women who fought and died in the name of peace and freedom.

We pause at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to reflect on the memory of our brave servicemen and women. Not only reflect on their sacrifices, but what each of them stood for: their selflessness in the service of others.

Canadian soldiers not only protect fellow Canadians during times of war. They defend the vulnerable around the world during peacekeeping missions. We are forever indebted to their service.

Why We Should Never Stop Talking About Equity

Women looking at laptop screen.

The University of Waterloo has made real strides in gender equity through our HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments, but we cannot settle on the gains we’ve already made. We need to keep talking, thinking and taking action together.

Entrepreneurial solutions to environmental challenges

Turtle Island Institute Wayfinders discuss ideas on chart paper

At Waterloo, we pride ourselves on our determination to take on the world’s biggest problems, and no challenge is more urgent than climate resiliency. As one of the world’s top innovation universities, we can have a positive impact on the planet’s survival.

Health and Wellness: We’re all in this together

Two students hiking on a fall day

We have all worked hard through the first half of the Fall term and now it’s time to take a breather. Fall Break offers us a pause to reflect on what we need to be successful for the remainder of the term. 

Encouraging women to choose science, technology, engineering and math

Far from a simple concept of fairness, addressing gender equality is integral to the future of our nation, its people and our economic wellbeing.

Hacking the Future at Waterloo

Hacking the Future logo with event date and location

Waterloo is a magnet for innovators and disruptors.

So, it is no surprise that tomorrow our University will welcome a diverse group of business leaders to our Waterloo Innovation Summit.

Fall welcome

New students walking in front of the Quantum Nano Centre

The Fall is one of my favourite times to be on campus. The season is marked by the enthusiasm of new students, as well as renewed comradery for those returning and refreshed commitment from faculty and staff.

A new way of thinking about free trade and manufacturing.

I was pleased to contribute to the Canada’s discussion on NAFTA and the future of our nation’s economy. I invite you to visit the opinion section in today’s Globe and Mail Report on Business to read my Op Ed.

David Johnston’s vision of “smart and caring” Canada began at Waterloo

David Johnston and Feridun Hamdullahpur

I was honoured to be part of a recent feature in the Waterloo Region Record celebrating David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

A more sustainable Waterloo

Feridun with winners

The Waterloo community celebrated our on campus sustainability successes today at the 2017 Eco-Summit.

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