Bruce LumsdenBruce Lumsden was born and raised in North Toronto. After high school, he worked for a year at IBM, had a change of heart and entered Waterloo College and then transferred to the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a BA in 1962.

After another stint at IBM, he accepted a position in the Registrar’s Office at the fledging University of Waterloo in 1964. The next 41 years were spent in senior administrative positions in Undergraduate Admissions, Distance and Continuing Education, and for eleven years, he served as Director of the Co-operative Education and Career Services department, retiring in 2005.

He has a continuing interest in issues around the philosophy and practice of co-operative education and other forms of experiential education. He is particularly interested in the integration of co-op with the academic mission of an institution and how co-op can demonstrate accountability and relevance in a higher education environment.

Bruce is an Associate in the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of
Co-operative Education and is helping to develop a quality framework for co-operative education programs in Canada. He has consulted both nationally and internationally, and continues to maintain an active network of colleagues in a variety of responsibilities in higher education.

Bruce has been actively involved in the community with K-W AccessAbility, the Waterloo Downtown Residents Association, the Sounds of Summer Music festival and the 125th Anniversary of the City of Waterloo. His interests in Scottish country dancing and white-water canoeing have faded and have been supplanted by an interest in poetry.

In 2012 he collaborated with Jon Tobin, a local artist, to produce a collection of poems describing his childhood experiences growing up in Toronto. Curling, golf, fitness, French culture, and housework fill in the time.