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For most of us, when we think sustainability, our minds go to the environment. In fact, your mind might go to one specific sector -- oil and gas. But there's more to sustainability, and ESG, than those things. In today's episode, we're talking to Kris Kolenc, an ESG professional who specializes in commercial real estate. In 2021, Corporate Knights named Kris a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader, and he joins us to explore the challenges and opportunities that come with real estate. How can today's investments make tomorrow's buildings better? And how can we all contribute?Follow us on social media to meet more alumni like Kris.Instagram:
During her time as a communications officer for an Indigenous school board in Manitoba, Tracelyn Cornelius (MEB '21, PhD in progress) witnessed the devastating effects of what happens when business and environmental concerns aren’t aligned. These instances inspired her to pivot her career into exploring the relationship of business, sustainability and inclusivity.   Tracelyn completed the masters of environment and business program and is now a PhD student in the sustainability and management program at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the importance of knowledge mobilization for equity, diversity and inclusivity and how equality is core to sustainable development.  As the anti-racism communications manager at UWaterloo, she challenges oppressive narratives by implementing strategies to develop better understanding and inclusivity. Tracelyn joins the podcast to discuss the importance of inclusive language in communications and explore the intersection of sustainability and equality.  Read Tracelyn's story in Waterloo Magazine: more alumni in Waterloo Magazine:
The holidays can come with a lot of excitement, but also a lot of pressure. If you're hosting friends or family in the coming weeks, you know there are a lot of moving pieces that come with holiday feasts and food.  Elizabeth Kerr, a Waterloo alum and chef, joined Alumni Know to share advice on the topic. For years, Elizabeth was a passionate home cook, exploring different cultures and flavours on her own time. But in 2020, she decided to go professional and entered a culinary program. Today, she works in professional kitchens — at local top restaurants and a culinary school — while maintaining her home cooking passion. Watch the video for tips to make your holiday food more special and less stressful.  Follow us on social media to meet more alumni like Elizabeth.Instagram: 
Around the holidays, we hear a lot about giving. No matter what you're celebrating this holiday season, you're sure to be inundated with messages of spending time with loved ones, giving thoughtful gifts and giving back to others. These are the things that make December the most wonderful time of the year, right? According to science, giving really does make us feel good. Today, I'm joined by Sara Konrath, Associate Professor at Indiana University, who researches the science of empathy and generosity. Sara will explain how giving makes us happy — and how it brings a bunch of other benefits. Plus, she's got some tips to help you get (and give) the most this season.Join Giving Tuesday at UWaterloo:
As an person ages, their needs change. They require different health care, new opportunities for socialization, altered living accommodations. Over the coming years, young grads might find new and plentiful work opportunities in these areas.Because our country is getting older. As of 2021, 1 in 5 Canadians was 65 or older, and the number of persons over 85 had doubled within 20 years.*Today, we're listening in on a conversation between two alumni who know a lot about working with seniors. Tiffany Moraes is a Therapeutic Recreation grad who has worked in senior living for 12 years. And Rebekah Churchyard, a grad in Social Development Studies, works in home and community care support services. She's also the founder of social enterprise Green Care Farms, a program for people with dementia. Tiffany and Rebekah discuss how they ended up in this field, the challenges that come with it, and why they love working with seniors. Keep listening.  Read key takeaways from this episode: us on social media to meet more alumni like Tiffany and Rebekah.Instagram:*Statistics Canada (2021): 
In the Data + event series, alumni join a group of Waterloo experts to explore the power and responsibility that comes with data. This episode is a recording from the latest event in the series, Data + The Arts. Hosted by Craig Kaplan, Associate Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, the event featured a panel of artists who use data in their practices. They discuss different ways that artists can use data, how the meaning behind data might informs their art and more. Keep listening.Watch the full event recording, along with images of the panelists' works: Get invitations to upcoming events for Waterloo Alumni:
A lot of people go to university with one career idea, but leave with a different plan. Dan Micak (BA '06) did that twice.A hockey and baseball fan, Dan entered Waterloo's English Rhetoric and Professional Writing program with dreams of becoming a sports journalist. But after some time working with UWaterloo's student newspaper, those aspirations faded. Still focused on a career in sport, Dan went to law school. Maybe he could manage players. Dan did become a lawyer, but he doesn't work with athletes or sports teams. A decade into his career, he manages a team of lawyers at Lightspeed, a global software company listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. He joins today's podcast to explain how he got here, and offer advice for aspiring lawyers and those studying the humanities.Read the show notes: 
When Swati Matta (BCS '10)  came to Waterloo to study bioinformatics, and knew that she wanted to work in health care. She also wanted to start a company someday. Some young, ambitious grads jump into their dream job right away. Getting thrown into the thick of things can be great. But for Swati, it was better to take one step at a time. After years of work in the health tech world, and an MBA, she was ready to take the leap and start her own company.Her startup is a direct result of this patient approach. Born out of her expertise in digital health and her frustrating experience with pre-natal research, Koble is a platform for expecting and new parents, offering vital services and credible information. Swati joins the podcast to talk about each step in her career journey, and her future hopes for family health care. Starting a family? Learn more about Koble at KOBLE40OFF for a discount on an annual membershipHeard in this episode:(2:01) Swati explains each career step, starting with co-op(5:53) Why do an MBA?(7:08) What is Koble?(8:20) Creating a product for the modern family(13:20) A personalized product for family decision-making(14:40) What can parents expect from Koble?(17:05) How can we better support birthing people and families?
Today, public agencies are under pressure to collect and interpret data that reveals exactly what happened when a policy was implemented. Andres Arcila joins to explain how this is changing public policy, and help us understand the truth behind public data.Andres is a senior research data scientist with AB Inbev, where he develops demand estimations and economic forecasts in the brewing industry. He also holds a PhD from Waterloo, specializing in policy evaluation and applied economics. This fall, Andres will return to Waterloo to teach a data analytics certificate program for public servants and business professionals, offered through WatSPEED. Learn more about the Data Analytics for Behavioural Insights certificate:
Jeff LeJeune studied Computer Science at Waterloo, and got his first full-time job through a co-op term.  He's been working in the Canadian tech sector ever since. But over time, Jeff's career took him further from the actual tech and more entrenched with the people who build it. Today, he's the VP of Engineering at Magnet Forensics, where he leads a team building software to help investigate cyberattacks and digital crime. Jeff joins the podcast to walk us through his career journey, offer advice for aspiring managers, and explain the influence co-op students have at Magnet Forensics.Get your co-op hiring package:
In the Data + event series, alumni join a group of Waterloo experts to explore this topic. This episode is a recording from the second event in the series, Data + Health. You'll hear a panel of alumni and faculty members discuss how data has changed health care. What have we learned so far, and how could data assist in making health a human right around the world? Keep listening.Register for the next Data + event:
In the Data + event series, alumni join a group of Waterloo experts to explore the power and responsibility that comes with data. This episode is a recording from the first event in the series, Data + Climate. Hosted by Chris Fletcher, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environment, the event featured a panel of alumni who use data to explore climate issues and create solutions. They discuss the evidence that our climate is changing, and how we know humans are responsible. Plus, they suggest solutions to reduce emissions. Keep listening.Register for Data + The Arts and other events at Alumni Black and Gold Day:
Brigette Lau (BASc '99) is a mother, poker player and co-founder of venture capital firm Firework Ventures. But she didn't set out to become a startup investor. Her story begins as the daughter of hardworking immigrants who chose Waterloo's computer engineering programs because she knew it would get here a job. While working hard to build a career and life, she fell into a lot of really great opportunities that led to her current success. Firework Ventures is clearly inspired by her journey. Brigette joins the podcast to walk us through her career and share her hopes for the future workforce.Read more about Brigette in Waterloo Magazine: notes and links:
Despite working for it for years, graduation can feel unexpected. It's the end of an era, the beginning of a new one — a big, surreal transition. No one knows this better than Ola Idris (BA '22) and Safyya Cissé (BSc '22). Members of Waterloo's Class of 2022, they joined the podcast to look back on their time as students, share the advice they'd give to their younger selves, and discuss that surreal feeling of being a new grad.Show notes:
Earlier this month, the University of Waterloo was visited by an old friend: The Right Honourable David Johnston, former President of UWaterloo and former Governor General of Canada. David joined current President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel to speak about trust in our nation, the topic of his 2018 book. They discuss the deterioration of trust that David observed even before the pandemic, how we can re-build trust in Canada, and the role that the local community can play. Join us at a future event:
If you were a Waterloo student in 1968, you might remember an event that drove the media and police to campus in throngs. To show the violence and devastation napalm leaves in its wake, student protestors planned something drastic. They sourced their own napalm, and promised to burn a dog.In a special episode of the Waterloo alumni podcast, you’ll hear from four alumni celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation, sharing what it was like as a student from 1967 to 1972.Register for Alumni Weekend: notes and photos from the archives:
If there's one thing that Alexandra Horwood doesn't like, it's the f-word: fees. In recent years, financial fees have acquired a negative reputation. Financial influencers, robo-advisors and do-it-yourself trading platforms encourage us to believe that higher fees will always eat into our returns, leaving us with significantly less wealth in the end. But is that really true? If you want to stay with your financial advisor, will the fees keep you from achieving your wealth and retirement goals? This is why we reached out to Alexandra, a financial advisor with Richardson Wealth. She joins us to break down the truth behind fees. Plus, we talk about meme investing, and how to find the right financial services to build your wealth.
In the age of information, learning opportunities are everywhere, and they can come with some amazing benefits.They can offer new ways to advance your career, new skills to improve your life, and a new understanding of the world. To gain all these things, it helps to have a life-long learning mindset.Discussing this topic is Judene Pretti, a senior advisor in the Work-Learn Institute, the research unit that pulls insights from Waterloo's co-op programs. She'll share insights from a study that followed students before and after graduation, and the benefits they found by embracing life-long learning.Inspired to hire a co-op student? Request a hiring package:
Over the last two years, we've all been thinking a lot about the workplace, and we can't seem to agree: Does working from home bring more work-life balance? What will it mean to go "back to normal"? And who exactly is doing all this great resigning? For many of us, the future of work feels pretty uncertain -- maybe even stressful. In this episode, we explore employee desires with Anne Fannon, director at the Work-Learn Institute, a research unite that pulls insights from Waterloo's world-renowned co-op programs. She'll give us some valuable information about what the youngest workers want from their careers, and what tomorrow's most successful employers will provide them.Discover more expertise and services form Waterloo's Work-Learn Institute:
Lisa Bentley (BMath '92) is an 11-time IRONMAN champion and has represented Canada on multiple national teams. She also has cystic fibrosis, an often-fatal genetic lung disease that she now considers a super power. After retiring from sport, she employed that superpower in a new way: as an author and motivational speaker.Read Lisa's story in Waterloo Magazine: more about Lisa:
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