Research Horizons

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The Office of Research at the University of Waterloo is pleased to launch a new speaker series this Fall for our research community called Research Horizons.

The series, which will host dialogues with leaders from various agencies and organizations, is for faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. 

This Fall, all sessions will take place in person and on campus at the University of Waterloo, Enterprise Theatre, EC5, from noon to 1 p.m. You can register for any or all of the sessions, however, it is recommended that you register early as space is limited for each session. Light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Although this is an in-person event, each session will also be livestreamed for anyone who would prefer to take part virtually.

Please register below for your preferred method of attendance.

Fall 2022 - Guest speakers and session dates

Kate Geddie

Kate Geddie, PhD, Senior Director, Research, CIFAR

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Title: TBA

Summary: TBA

Kate holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lausanne and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. She is an economic geographer whose research focuses on universities and regional innovation dynamics, with a particular interest in international scholar and student mobility.

Kate has directed public policy research and analysis on a wide range of issues related to higher education, research and innovation in Canada and Europe. She has worked for the European University Association in Brussels, Universities Canada (AUCC) in Ottawa, and her research has been funded by SSHRC, the European Commission and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining CIFAR, Kate worked as a policy advisor at the University of Toronto, focusing primarily on issues related to federal research funding. She also holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Raed Kadri

Raed Kadri, PhD, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Business Development for the Ontario Centre of Innovation & Head of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Title: Cementing Ontario's leadership in the global automotive mobility sector

Summary: As Ontario’s flagship initiative for the automotive and mobility sector, OVIN, the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, is driving economic development and catalyzing a future that builds safer, cleaner, and more efficient transportation.

Raed Kadri is Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Business Development for the Ontario Centre of Innovation and Head of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), an initiative by the Government of Ontario to ensure Ontario’s leadership in the future of the automotive and mobility sector. At the helm of OVIN, Raed drives Ontario’s presence on the global stage; leading programming that supports research and development (R&D) funding, talent development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports through testing and demonstration sites. In addition to that, Raed leads province-wide coordination of activities and resources, public education, research, analysis, and thought leadership. Bringing together stakeholder groups and raising awareness around the opportunities for Ontario and for its partners, Raed is cementing Ontario’s leadership in the future of the automotive and mobility sector globally.


Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt, PhD, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Title: TBA

Summary: TBA

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. He served as the inaugural chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee from 2017 to 2019. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco—one of the highest levels of merit—for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.

Ted’s current research focuses on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in Latin America and beyond. He is co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

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