Student Housing shortage: innovative solutions needed

Our community, and other communities with post-secondary education institutions, is in dire need of student housing. Student housing is built to help students transition into the community, adjust to their newly found freedom of moving away from home, and support their success as they strive to attain their degree. This supportive environment that affects a…

Chasing Opportunity in Waterloo

Tweet Northdale neighbourhood discussions are finally coming together with an open house and visioning workshop on October 5 2011. Near campus redevelopment typically occurs when issues of land use, suitable housing, and developing transportation infrastructure reach a friction-point where groups need to collaborate. The Waterloo Northdale neighbourhood is likely long past a friction point and…

Social Entrepreneurship from a Kaleidoscope

Tweet An article in The Philanthropist – a quarterly journal for those engaged in the nonprofit sector in Canada – called “A Kaleidoscope of Innovation: Designing Community Impact in the Waterloo Region (PDF)” inspired thoughts on change, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship. This article recharged my belief that a blurred line exists between sectors and…

Inbound to Student Success

As a university student in the late 90’s and early 2000’s web-technologies were just beginning to enter a student’s life. During my early years, class registration was done on paper and a home mailing address was more important than an email address. Today, as I work  at a higher education institute,  I’m  provided with opportunities…

Kik donates, follow the buzz

Today, there was an announcement where Kik founder, Ted Livingston, will donate $1 million to to help fund VeloCity, the unique residence-based program for student entrepreneurs. Amazing news for the university and even more amazing news for VeloCity. The people and students involved with VeloCity put in countless hours and work hard on innovative and…