March 2016

Leading Disruption: Building Resilient Students, Universities, and Communities

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

The historic role of the university is sacrosanct: develop and disseminate knowledge. But as the knowledge economy intensifies its demand for intelligent, innovative university graduates, stakeholders are asking hard questions: is a university education in its current form relevant to the needs of the 21st century economy? Does it develop skills employers value, abilities alumni can market, and research and innovation that communities can leverage for broad-based prosperity and the common welfare?

Yes it does, but mostly through a 20th century model that leaves too much opportunity on the table. Canadian universities need to embrace deep positive change to supply the resources — talent and research — Canada needs with speed and scale.

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, leader of Canada’s most innovative university, will talk about an enhanced role for universities in today’s economy that drives regional innovation and responds to challenges facing the traditional university model. By leveraging the “additive” approach to post-secondary education, leading universities can build more resilient students, academic institutions, and communities.

Watch Here!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlights the University of Waterloo at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland January 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSyBM2zmTxY

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Please Note: From February 29 to April 30, 2016 the Chateau Laurier will be conducting maintenance work in its parking garage. Due to limited parking availability while the work is being carried out, unfortunately on-site parking will be limited to registered hotel guests through our valet parking service at the rate of $38.00 per day. Local attendees will need to make alternative parking arrangements, which could include the Rideau Centre or the By Ward Market.

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-chancellor
The University of Waterloo

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.

A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.

President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the impact of university education, research and scholarship on our broader society is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector. He is a leading advocate for the value of basic research and its relevance to educational excellence and economic prosperity.

His current focus at the University of Waterloo is expanding its lead in innovation, building on Waterloo’s long-standing and emerging strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship, and equity. The University of Waterloo has dominated Canadian university innovation rankings for 25 consecutive years. Its goal is to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world.

In 2015 President Hamdullahpur was appointed chair of the new Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure, an ambitious initiative to build a world leading digital infrastructure ecosystem for Canada. He is also proud to have been one of ten global university presidents appointed to the United Nation’s HeforShe Impact 10x10x10 campaign to engage boys and men in the cause of gender equity.

In acknowledgement of President Hamdullahpur’s leadership in education and innovation, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January, 2013.

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