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Judging Panel and Masters of Ceremony

Judges

The University of Waterloo recruits a wide range of prominent community members to judge the University Final. This year's judging panel includes:

  • Craig Norris is the lead singer for The Kramdens, and a host on CBC Radio. He is very musically talented; he spent years studying piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and in high school, he added saxophone, clarinet and flute. As part of his work at CBC, he hosted and co-produced the critically acclaimed current affairs CBC show, Know Your Rights: A Field Guide to The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Gary Klassen is a Technical Lead / Manager at Google in Waterloo. An alumnus of the University of Waterloo in Geological Engineering, Gary spent many years working at BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) where he created the BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry’s famous Instant Messaging system – BBM – before heading to Google.
  • Sam Macdonald is the President of Deep Trekker, which manufactures Canadian made Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for economical underwater robotic exploration. Macdonald has lead Deep Trekker to fill a market gap in the world of underwater ROVs. First launched as a garage start-up in 2010, Deep Trekker has since expanded into a global business.
  • Suman Armitage is the Director, Communications & Marketing of Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) at the University of Waterloo. In this role, Armitage has successfully positioned University of Waterloo as a global leader in co-operative education, and she provides overall strategic guidance, consultation, planning and leadership on matters pertaining to co-operative education and experiential education both within the institution and nationally.
  • Bob Egan is the Manager, Community Development at the Kitchener Public Library, where he and oversees the Library’s digital studio space, and was formerly a member of the award-winning Canadian rock band Blue Rodeo. Egan is also a co-founder of the charity 100 Guitars for 100 Kids, which provides musical opportunities to kids that need them.

The Masters of Ceremony

Nyasha GondoraLuc Cousineau

Nyasha Gondora (left) is a PhD candidate at the School of Pharmacy, researching the impact of early life adversity on the expression of key brain receptors. Outside of the lab, Nyasha is actively involved in the University of Waterloo community having experience working as a graduate facilitator with the Student Success Office, serving in various roles within the School of Pharmacy graduate student associations, and currently working with Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs as a GRADventure Specialist. Additionally, Nyasha competed in the 2017 University of Waterloo 3MT, winning her faculty based heat and advancing to the 2017 university finals.

Luc Cousineau (right) is a PhD candidate in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, researching gender and power relations in work and leisure spaces. Throughout his academic career, Luc has taken on a variety of leadership roles, including chairing the Lakehead University Student Union Board of Directors and the Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Luc also works at the Centre for Teaching Excellence as a TA Workshop Facilitator, and previously participated in the Applied Health Sciences 3MT faculty heat.