Networking: An expanded professional network, with new contacts from across water sectors
Collaboration: An opportunity to collaborate with brilliant minds on campus and the Water Institute
Training: SWIGS members have the opportunity to participate in professional development events throughout the year
SWIGS is supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo
- Organizes networking and educational events
- Hosts guest speakers at different events to share their expertise in the water sector
- Organizes an participates in outreach activities in the Waterloo Region
- Shares information about the Water Institute and its activities
All executive positions are on a volunteer basis and are elected by students in April each year.
The Chair (Kevin B. White):
Lead the overall operations of SWIGS and support the duties of all executives
Act as a liaison between SWIGS and the Water Institute, and as the official SWIGS spokesperson to contacts outside of the University of Waterloo
Provide student perspectives in the WI Strategic Planning Committee meetings, Collaborative Water Program Committee Meeting, External Review Board Meetings.
Organize the Annual General Assembly meeting in the summer term to update the SWIGS membership of the committee’s activities in the past year.
Organize and oversee the annual election for the next executive committee.
Prepare the annual report to the Water Institute and the incoming executive team
Vice-Chair Operations (Emma Blackburn):
- Maintains all communications with membership, including emails, the SWIGS website, membership lists, social media, blog posts, etc.
- Work with the Water Institute team to publicize the seminars, guest lectures, career opportunities
- Supports the advertisement and logistics of events organized by other executives
- Maintains the annual budget for SWIGS
Organize academic events such as lunchtime sessions, academic workshops, panel discussions, etc.
Organize workshops for relevant developing skills by popular demand such as Programing in R, Data Visualization, Data Management, GIS, N-Vivo, etc.
Organize Blue Drinks events with invited guest speakers who are water professionals from diverse backgrounds such as Federal, provincial, and municipal government, private sector, and NGOs and conservation authorities.
Vice-Chair Outreach (Julie DePauw):
Organize the annual Water And You art contest for students grades 4-7 in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area.
Organize outreach events outside of UWaterloo campus, including at other Universities such as Water Matters: Student Panel Discussion.
Coordinate social and political efforts related to water that are supported by SWIGS. Past examples: water bar event with the Region of Waterloo, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, reaching out to Elmira over the Nestle concerns, etc.
Vice-Chair Conference (Isabel Jorgensen):
Support the Water Institute with the annual World Water Day celebrations, and other Water Institute conferences
Participate in the conference organizing committee meetings and contribute towards the conference programming.
Recruit and manage the volunteers needed for various activities on the day of the conference.
Vice-Chair Social (Navya Nair):
Organize social events for SWIGS members. Past events include: Mocktail workshops, Water Trivia, Bird Watching, Holiday cookie exchange, lake shore clean up.
Assist Vice Chair Academics, to organize Blue Drinks events.
Organize the social event for the World Water Day Conference.
Connect CWP students with SWIGS events and programs
Update the SWIGS committee with concerns and challenges of students in the CWP.
Support other committee members in planning events
Note that executives tend to work collaboratively, and the roles tend to blend as all members work together as a team.