Renison Celebrates Founders' Day

Two photos of student groups. One is black and white from the 70s, the other is current and in colour.

For over 60 years, with each Founders’ Day celebration, Renison staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors and other community members come together to honour our core values and the work that we do to promote them. This annual celebration includes formally recognizing individuals who live these values and help to advance them each and every day. To become a Renison Honouree is to be welcomed into a select company of founders of positive change.

We invite you to celebrate Founders’ Day with us, not only for what we have accomplished, but for what we have yet to imagine.

You're Invited!

Turning Hope into Action - Renison 2022 Founders' Day Celebrations

When: April 28, 2022 at 7:00 ET
Where: Online

What to expect when you register

When you register for the Founder's Day event, you will receive confirmation and a note that we will send out the Zoom event link the morning of April 28.

In your inbox, you receive 3 emails from Kambeo, the application being used to manage our event. These may get diverted to your spam or junk folder, please check there if you don't see them within 15 minutes after registering.

  1. Purchase receipt (pdf): This confirms the details of your registration.
  2. Ticket (pdf): This contains a QR code for entry, but as it is a virtual event, you can disregard this email.
  3. Finishing up email: In order to bid in the auction, you are required to set-up a free Kambeo account. This email will take you through the steps to finalize your account so you can participate. If you do not wish to participate in the auction, you do not need to complete this step.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact us at

Keynote Speaker: Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Nel Weiman headshotDr. Nel Wieman is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia.  She is Anishinaabe (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba) and lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Dr. Wieman has served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) since 2016.

Dr. Wieman completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University. Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist, Dr. Wieman has more than 20 years' clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/reserve and urban settings. Her previous activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being Deputy Chair of Health Canada's Research Ethics Board, and serving on CIHR's Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within First Nations Inuit Health Branch - Health Canada, and has served as a Director on many boards, including the Indspire Foundation and Pacific Blue Cross.  She sits on the Executive Committee of the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME).  She has been appointed to the BC Provincial Task Team charged with ensuring implementation of the recommendations arising from the “In Plain Sight” report.

Dr. Wieman holds faculty appointments at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and McMaster University.

Online Auction

As part of this year's celebrations, we have gathered a variety of auction items that will be available for bid online. The auction goes live on April 7, The details and a link for access will be sent out by email. If you want to update your email, or check if we have it, please send us a note at

There is something for everyone, including:

  • Family Pass to the Waterloo Region Museum
  • Tickets and a backstage sneak peek at an upcoming KW Symphony performance
  • Gift basket from Wellington Brewery
  • Signed pointe shoes from the National Ballet
  • ...and more!

All funds raised from this event will go to support the Students First campaign. For details, visit