As I told the Chamber of Commerce crowd last Wednesday, it was good to go ‘home’ to Halifax.
I earned my Ph.D. at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now part of Dalhousie University), met my wife in Halifax, our sons were born there, and I worked at Dal in administrative roles before relocating to Ontario. It's always a treat to go back and visit.
I thought I’d share some of the experience with you.
I have to say, it was terrific to see how the community is developing. Dalhousie University is leading a lot of exciting efforts to promote innovation and university-industry collaboration in the region; and they’ve got eager partners through the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, who convened the lunch-time talk.
Before taking to the podium I caught up with several UWaterloo friends and alumni — and one of our co-op students in the region — as well as Nova Scotia’s minister of labour and advanced education, Hon. Kelly Regan, herself a proud Waterloo alumna.
To highlight some of what I talked about at the event, here are a couple videos. (Make sure to turn the volume up.)
In this first clip, I'm emphasizing what makes the University of Waterloo model so relevant to the needs of the 21st century economy.
In this second clip, during some Q & A after my speech, I was asked how Waterloo got the business community so engaged with our co-op program. My answer? We didn't have to. After all, the business community established the University of Waterloo.
All in all, it was great to share Waterloo’s message with our partners in the region and sector, and to engage with our alumni and friends in Nova Scotia’s capital city.
Thanks to the whole UWaterloo team who co-ordinated the effort, and to our gracious hosts.
Til next time, Nova Scotia.