2015 Annual General Meeting and Board Elections


Wednesday, April 1,  2015
*New Location:
Room 1208,
Conrad Grebel College, 

University of Waterloo, 140 Westmount Rd. North
Facebook event page here

The AGM is where the members of the organization come together to hear about the year’s activities and elect Directors for vacant positions on WPIRG’s Board of Directors. What you can expect from this meeting:

  • Electing new members to the Board of Directors.
  • Hearing a report from the Board of Directors on WPIRG’s activities over the past year and the results of our campus survey.
  • Approving the 2013-2014 audited financial statements & by-law amendments
  • Celebrating another year of social & environmental justice at uWaterloo with WPIRG Social Justice Awards!

The agenda is available here. Please read prior to the meeting. 

Can’t make it? Fill out a proxy form and have someone there vote on your behalf.

Also don’t miss the volunteer appreciation event following the AGM. We’re hosting WPIRG Prom: Mean Girls! Rad Women Throughout History. 

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Join WPIRG in celebrating 15 years of Rainbow Reels!

Based in Waterloo, Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film and Art Festival has worked hard to increase awareness of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues by showcasing projects from new and emerging filmmakers. We are now one of the largest queer film festivals in Ontario. The festival has been a project of the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) since 2000. What started up as a small student-run event, screening films at the University of Waterloo, has since expanded and grown into an important community-wide event. This year we are showcasing performances and arts from local communities, as well as serving intergenerational queer and trans communities by catering to queer families, students, and elders in KW.


Update and Message from Marilyn Boutilier

The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group would like to provide an update on Marilyn’s situation as well as pass along a message from Marilyn. On January 21 Marilyn and her union representatives met with Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources. At this meeting UW offered Marilyn a settlement in return for dropping the campaign and forgoing labour arbitration. Marilyn has since decided that taking the settlement is the best option for her and her family. While the details must remain confidential, Marilyn and us are confident that the settlement offered was due to the public support that all of you showed for Marilyn. In Marilyn’s words:

“Dear friends and supporters,

I would like to thank you all for your support and kind words during my ordeal with the university. It has meant the world to me and I will never forget the friends I have made over the years working at Browser’s and the people who came forward to help me. You all believed in me, and know in your hearts it was worth fighting for. I wish you all the best and will never forget! Yours truly,

Marilyn Boutilier”

WPIRG would also like to thank all of you for supporting Marilyn and signing our letter. Together we were able to make a difficult situation easier for Marilyn while raising important concerns about how our university handled this matter. And we now know that there is a campus community (with local community support) willing to speak together in the public interest on matters of concern on campus. This is something we can build on and that is no small achievement. We think student, staff and faculty working together have an important role to play at the University of Waterloo and we intend to keep on organizing! If you are interested in this kind of collaboration, please do get in touch.


Alex Diceanu, WPIRG Staff

on behalf of the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group

Office Closed for Reading Week

The WPIRG office will be closed from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20 during UW’s Reading Week. If you need to get in touch with us during this time, you may contact one of our staff or email us at info@wpirg.org.

The office will open again on Monday, February 23, 11-5pm. Our office is located in room 4222 in the Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel College, 140 Westmount St. North.