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Director of Student Innovation and VeloCity at the University of Waterloo

It is now official, I can drop the “interim” part of my job and take on a new and exciting title of Director of Student Innovation at the University of Waterloo. I am really excited about all the positive change that is happening at the University of Waterloo and especially the Student Success Office lead by Sean Van Koughnett. Sean started VeloCity with just a crazy idea and a mandate to do something good for students. In only a year it had it first residents and less than three years later a 23-year-old donated $1 Million back to the program. That is success.

Now under the Student Success office with the mandate of “Student Innovation” I feel like the bar just got raised some more. There is a lot to do in regards to first identifying current innovation (which includes VeloCity) and doing the right (or best guess) things to help interesting things happen more often. We will start this fall, it will be a lot of fun.

I am really excited by the team Sean has put together and double excited to work again with Virginia Young who was once an Associate Director with me at VeloCity. She is taking over the Communications and Research role under Student Success. Pam Charbonneau is going to lead Student Experience and Heather Westmorland is leading Learning Services. It won’t be a quiet summer. More in the Daily Bulletin.

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  1. Great accomplishment Jesse. You have come so far since I first started following you. (not stalking…) I am impressed with how pivotal you have become in pushing VeloCity into the forefront and drawing attention to the innovative work that the students create.

    Keep it up! U of W is lucky to have you!
    …and Jevon is right, we need someone to set the bar and you have really done an amazing job.

  2. Congrats Jesse! Sounds like an exciting challenge.

    It’s only too bad that you still have to work with my ol’ buddy Van Koughnett. At least you’re not working back to back like I used to do.