About Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section

Why get involved?

  • 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

What does the SWIGS executive committee do?

  • Organizes networking and educational eventsWater booth on UWaterloo campus
  • 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 
  • Act as Water Institute ambassadors for the University of Waterloo

All executive positions are on a volunteer basis and are elected by students in April each year.  

Who is involved?

  • Chair, vice-chair operations, vice-chair academic, vice-chair social, vice-chair outreach
  • The Water Institute (SWIGS is supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo)Water institute logo

Meet the 2019-20 executives

Exec team


Tyler

Chair (Tyler Hampton):

  • organizes the general operations of SWIGS, supports the duties of all executives
  • acts as a liaison between SWIGS and the Water Institute, attends Strategic Planning Committee meetings, and acts as the official SWIGS spokesperson to contacts outside of the University of Waterloo
  • prepares the annual report to the Water Institute and the incoming executive team

Tyler is a PhD student in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His background is in geology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry, and he is studying the impacts of forest harvesting and wildfire on watershed hydrology and stream chemistry across the ecozones of Canada. Tyler is passionate about supporting SWIGS’ goal to build a broader community of students studying water and provide high quality networking, social, and workshop events. Please reach out to Tyler or any of the executives about your ideas for how SWIGS can help students.


Samina

Vice-Chair Operations (Samina Hayat):

  • maintains all communications with membership, including emails, the SWIGS website, membership lists, social media, blog posts, etc.
  • supports the advertisement and logistic of events organized by other executives
  • maintains the annual budget for SWIGS
  • contributes to the quarterly article SplashPad by the Water Institute

Samina is a Master’s student in the department of Biology and a member of the Collaborative Water Program. Samina is interested in impacts of wastewater effluent on fish health in the Grand River. With SWIGS, her role is to support everyone with logistics and advertisement of all events. If you would like to get involved with SWIGS or include something in our newsletter, feel free to email her!


HillaryVice Chairs-Academic (2) (Hillary Quinn-Austin):

  • organizes academic events, such as lunchtime sessions, academic workshops, panel discussions, etc.

Hillary is a MSc student in the department of Biology with an aquatic ecology background. She is studying the trophic ecology and spawning habitat of walleye in the southern Grand River, Ontario. She has always been passionate about looking out for the environment, biodiversity, and our water resources. Hillary is excited to hold the position of VC Academics for SWIGS this year, and will be working to hold many workshops on topics like GIS, R, and MATLAB. If you have any questions or suggestions for workshops, don’t hesitate to contact Hillary.  

Kirsten(Laura Neary):

Laura is a PhD student in the department of Biology. Her research focuses on characterizing spatial and seasonal variations in lake carbon dynamics and water balance in a northern floodplain landscape using stable isotopes and data loggers. She is looking forward to being a part of the SWIGS team and hosting several highly-requested workshops (R, GIS, MATLAB) available to all students at UW. Please feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions for new and exciting workshops ideas!


    Vice Chair Outreach (Internal) (Kirti Nemani):Kirti

    • organize and promote opportunities outside of UWaterloo campus, including at other Universities and within the local community
    • 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.

    Kirti Nemani is a MASc. student with the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Her research focuses on robustness of drinking water treatment utilities in the face of adverse water quality due to climate change. As the current Outreach (Internal) chair for SWIGS, her responsibilities involve spreading awareness about water related issues within the UW community. If you have any ideas or opportunities for such interaction, feel free to reach out to her via email!


    KirstenVice Chair Outreach (External) (Kirsten Nikel):

    • organize and promote opportunities outside of UWaterloo campus, including at other Universities and within the local community
    • 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.

    Kirsten is a MSc student in the department of Biology and is a member of the Collaborative Water Program. She is broadly interested in the impacts of humans on the environment and her research focuses on the effects of wastewater treatment plant effluent on fish and ecosystem health in the Grand River. Kirsten is excited to raise awareness of water and environmental issues within the community. If you would like to get in touch, feel free to send her an email.


    Vice Chair Social (Vacant):

    • organize social events for SWIGS members
    • organizes Blue Drinks events with invited guest speakers.

    Vice Chair Conference (Sondus Jamal):

    • support the Water Institute with the annual World Water Day celebrations, and other Water Institute conferences 

    Note that executives tend to work collaboratively, and the roles tend to blend as all members work together as a team.