When Mayor Dave Jaworsky calls the City of Waterloo “Canada’s education city” he is celebrating our community’s extraordinary post-secondary institutions. But here at the University, we know Waterloo didn’t become the most innovative university in Canada on its own.
Our influence nationally and globally is built upon the relationships we foster in our own community. I am pleased to meet this week with Mayor Jaworsky; John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College and Deborah MacLatchy, president of Wilfrid Laurier University to continue building these vital partnerships.
At our Executive Alliance meeting, we’ll discuss how we can best prepare for the international students who come here from every corner of the world. These bright and brave students arrive in Waterloo full of enthusiasm. We want to ensure we are doing everything we can to support them as they navigate a different culture.
We know that international and domestic students thrive when they are living in safe, connected neighborhoods. We also want Waterloo residents to see our students contributing to the vitality of their city. Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin will share at our meeting trends and issues in our neighborhoods from a policing perspective. We want to sustain vibrant neighborhoods that serve both students and homeowners.
Each leader is bringing a team of senior people to this week’s meeting because we know the future of Waterloo depends upon different perspectives. At the University, we thrive on interdisciplinarity and we know that spirit of collaboration will help us sustain the community beyond our campus borders.