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Wat-Walk Prizes and Best Presentation in Transportation competition

A reminder for the Wat-Walk prizes draw and the UW-ITE competition tomorrow, Friday Nov 3rd at 10:30, E2-2350.
You will have to be present to receive your prize. Please arrive on time as the door will be closed at 10:30 sharp to not disturb the contestants. Thank you for understanding !
Refreshments will be provided
Best of Luck
Zaid Alyami, MASc., PMP. P.Eng. President, UW-ITE Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT) Civil & Environmental Engineering Department University of Waterloo 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

FW: Wat-Walk Results!

Wat-Walk Results! Dear All,
Thank you to all who participated in UW-ITE sustainable initiative, Wat-Walk. We have recorded over 200 sustainable trips totaling over 1600 km travelled distance. Please find the attached report summarizing the outcome.
A draw for the prizes will take place during our event “Best Presentation in Transportation” on Friday, November 3rd , 10:30-12:30 at E2- 2350.
Good luck and thank you again!

Do you Walk the Talk?

Do you walk the talk?

Dear All,
UW-ITE is excited to launch our sustainability initiative: Wat-Walks. Our main objective is to promote sustainability and awareness of individuals’ impact, every step counts! The initiative is designed to calculate our community’s contribution to GHG emission by choosing other alternatives to driving. Please see below and attached for more details.
Goal: The goal of the UW-ITE Wat-WALK project is to sensitize individual transportation action that can affect daily Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction and climate change mitigation, thus enabling us as a university community to chart new path for environmental sustainability.
Context and Relevance: Increasing temperature changes to more drastic events like flooding are recognized impacts of anthropogenic carbon footprint and global climate change which affects our wellbeing. Canada intends to achieve 30% reduction of GHG emission economy-wide in 2030 below 2005 level. On the provincial level, Ontario targets a 15% GHG reduction below 1990 level by 2020. As a region, Waterloo is dedicated to assisting in the “development and implementation of a community climate action plan” to mitigate climate change impacts. The University of Waterloo community is committed to establishing environmental sustainability as “a core part of its culture”. Agreements, targets and commitments is an interesting narrative but with little time left to reach goals for 2020 or 2030, it has become important to take a bottom-up approach looking from our individual contribution.
Description: Wat-WALK is scheduled for October 10- 13, 2017. This event is organized to invigorate alternative mode of transportation to driving within the Waterloo region Community, to reduce the GHG contribution, increase awareness of individuals’ impact, and individuals’ wellness. With wet and cold weather closing in on us, and after delicious thanksgiving food, these last few days of warm weather with highest temperature average 18 degrees, we encourage our community to walk, bike, take public transit, Why not!


  1. Walk, bike, take public transit to school or work (10- 13 October)
  2. Take your best sightseen picture in your trip and post on our Facebook page:
  3. Go to the IT-UWE website and enter your travel log information
    1. Why:

      1. Contribute in reduce GHG emission of our community while increase individuals’ wellness and sustainability awareness
      2. Get calculations of your contribution to GHG emissions reduction
      3. Enter a draw for amazing prizes For more information: visit our website
      4. Regards,

SEMINAR: The Re-Development of Toronto-Pearson International Airport

Presenter: Lloyd McCoomb Ph.D., P.Eng.

Date: September 28, 2017
Location: EIT 1015

Dr. Lloyd McCoomb began his career in 1964 with the Canadian Armed Forces, Military Engineering Branch. He joined Transport Canada in 1974, later joining the Airports Group in 1986 and over the next seven years served in a variety of executive positions culminating in the post of Airport General Manager, Toronto – Pearson International Airport.
Following creation of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Lloyd served as Vice President, Airport Planning and Development in which capacity he was responsible for the planning and construction of the GTAA’s four billion dollar facility restoration and expansion program. In February 2007 Lloyd became the GTAA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a position from which he retired in March 2012. Most recently Lloyd served as Chair of the Board for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority until October 2016 and continues as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Department of Civil Engineering.
Dr. McCoomb has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Science from MIT.

Call for Abstract: 1st Annual Student Best Presentation in Transportation Competition

The University of Waterloo ITE (UW-ITE) student chapter was established 37 years ago and was one of the first student chapters in the Canadian District. The UW-ITE is proud to launch its first Annual Student “Best Presentation in Transportation” Competition scheduled for the Fall 2017. The competition offers students a great opportunity to present and share a topic of interest related to transportation engineering to their peers and professionals. While technical competence is an important element, the main focus of the competition is on the ability to present and communicate effectively to one’s peers and the public.
Students are invited to submit a one-page abstract that includes title, name, affiliation, supervisor (if any), email address of the presenter, and a brief (up to 250 word) abstract. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:
* Management Systems * Infrastructure Management * Sustainability * Public Transit * Traffic Engineering * Planning * Systems Analysis * Transport/ Transportation Economics * Intelligent Systems * Technology for Transportation Application * Safety and Risk Analysis * Materials and Structures, Innovations
The competition will be held at the University of Waterloo in Fall 2017. The selected students will give a 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute question and answer period. The three best presentations will be selected for awards.
Abstract Submission: September 18, 2017 Notice of Acceptance: October 2, 2017 Presentation submissions: October 16, 2017 Competition Date: November 1, 2017 Location: UW, Room (TBD)

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