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Occasional updates, comments, and reflections from President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Preparing for the changing face of the workplace

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Canada is slowly reopening. The past five months have put enormous pressure on our institutions structurally and financially. We now need to figure out two things: what has changed in the short-term due to COVID-19 and what has changed forever.

Entrepreneurship is in Waterloo's DNA: Economic Impact Series Part III

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There are few experiences as exciting as watching a pitch competition at the University of Waterloo. The student-entrepreneurs are full of passion, focus and expertise that they are utilizing to create truly unique and groundbreaking ventures. It is quite inspiring, but it’s only the tip of the entrepreneurial iceberg at Waterloo.

The ventures that have come out of the hard work of thousands of Waterloo students and graduates continue to disrupt industries and make significant contributions to our local, regional and national economies. In the third and final part of my Economic Impact Series, I am going to explore the wide-ranging and ongoing contributions of Waterloo’s entrepreneurship programs and talented entrepreneurs.

Velocity continues to redefine Canada’s entrepreneurial future

Velocity fund final winners

Velocity will continue to be a leader and catalyst for entrepreneurship by redefining it. This is how.

An engrained entrepreneurial spirit has been part of the University of Waterloo since our institution’s inception. It has inspired many of our students to strike out on their own and create ventures that have changed the face of industries and how we live our lives. This legacy took a significant leap in 2008 with the creation of the Velocity Residence program in the Minota Hagey Residence building. This was only the first step in Velocity’s journey.

Velocity: Home to Risk Takers, Dreamers and Creators

Velocity 10th anniversary

The University of Waterloo has long had a history of students and alumni who break the mold of what is possible. They have constantly pushed their industries forward with a new way of thinking. This legacy took a significant step forward ten years ago with the founding of Velocity.

New Velocity Director: Welcome Jay Shah

Velocity garage workspace

Welcoming Jay Shah to his role as the new Velocity Director!

Energy and Equity: framing the WGSI Summit

On Friday, April 23 I helped kick off the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Summit. This year our focus is on access to energy.

UWaterloo's disruptors featured on BNN

Week 9 of BNN’s hit Canadian business program, The Disruptors, featured two of the University of Waterloo’s entrepreneurial success stories. I sat down with co-host Amber Kanwar to talk about the culture that helps make that success possible.

Sharing Waterloo’s success - my speech in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Last week I visited Halifax to talk about the University of Waterloo’s unique model of university education. Here’s how it went. 

Heading ‘back home’ to Nova Scotia

I did my Ph.D. in Halifax, and as I work to share Waterloo's vision for an enhanced role for Canadian universities, I'm thrilled to find my way back to this beautiful city.

300 million reasons to celebrate our founders

University of Waterloo startups have raised more than $300M in venture capital – and these folks aren’t surprised

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