A careful COVID comeback: Learning from experience at UW and beyond to ensure a safe return to campus

Join us for a discussion on the protections we can (and should) expect in order to safely resume in-person academic work


What are the factors that will make it safe to re-open the University of Waterloo campuses? Join OrganizeUW and guests for a discussion of COVID-19 and the realities and best practices for people working on campus today, and as the university looks to a full- or partial reopening in September. What have we learned from experiences at UWaterloo and other universities, and how can we ensure a safe return to in-person study, teaching, and research activity?

Jun 9, 2021 5:00 PM
OrganizeUW webinar
Online webinar

Click to view the recorded webinar directly on Youtube


  • Andréane Chénier, MSc, PhD, CRSP
    Andréane is an occupational Health and Safety Specialist and a CUPE National Health and Safety Representative. She holds a Master's in Immunology and a PhD in Biomolecular Sciences.
  • Tey Irrazabal, MSc, PhD
    Tay has a Bachelor's in Biochemistry, a Master's in Toxicology and Molecular Diagnostics, and a PhD in Immunology. A postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, she is also Internal Liaison Officer for CUPE 3902 and oversees workers who represent the Local on UofT's Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSCs).
  • Sharoni Mitra
    Sharoni is a Master’s student in Labour Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton and president of CUPE Local 3906, which represents TAs, RAs, sessional instructors, and post-doctoral fellows at McMaster.
  • Nikolay Videnov
    Nik is currently pursuing a Master's in Quantum Information at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at UWaterloo. As part of his degree work he has been performing in person lab work throughout the pandemic. He also holds a Bachelor's in Chemical Physics from UW and is a graduate student organizer with OrganizeUW.

Sara Marsh (organizer at OUW) will help moderate the discussion and Q&A, and Craig Saunders and Graham Cox from CUPE National will be on hand to assist with technical aspects and to serve as resources for any miscellaneous questions around organizing and unions.

An additional guest speaker from UW may join us; speaker list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Bring your questions!

Do you have a question or concern about COVID-19 safety and/or returning to campus at UW? We want to hear from you!

Please submit your question(s) here in advance of (or during) the webinar, or use the YouTube live chat during the event.

Swag Giveaway

Further down on the Q&A form (see link above) you can also choose to enter for a chance to win some OrganizeUW swag!

Note: It's planned that this event will be recorded for sharing, at the final discretion of panellists/speakers. Names of all attendees/viewers and anyone who submits a question (regardless of method, see below) will be kept anonymous. Please be aware, however, that using the Youtube chat function to submit a question will result in your username being visible to others during the event, and for some time after the live stream has ended. To submit a question completely anonymously, please use the link above. Thank you.

Committee to Organize uWaterloo
Committee to Organize uWaterloo
supported by CUPE

The Committee to Organize uWaterloo is a grassroots campaign to unionize the academic workers at the University of Waterloo. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada's largest union.