WPIRG’s 2014 AGM Agenda



SLC Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday, April 3th 2014 – 6pm to 8:15pm

1.   CALL MEETING TO ORDER [2 minutes]

2.   LAND RECOGNITION [2 minutes]

3.   APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA [3 minutes]

4.   FINANCIAL BUSINESS [20 minutes]

4.1       Appointment of Auditor for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.


5.1       Explanation of Board Member Responsibilities

5.2       Explanation of Bylaw requirements

5.3       Explanation of Voting Procedures

5.4       Introduction of Candidates

5.5       Question and Answer Period

5.6       Voting Period


6.1       Board of Directors – April 2013-2014 Annual Report Presentation.

7.   40th ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION [30 minutes]

7.1     Jake Feldman’s presentation summarizing WPIRG’s 40 years of social and environmental justice work at the University of Waterloo.


8.1       The results of the Election are presented.

9.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES [2 minutes]

9.1       Approval of Annual General Meeting April 4, 2013 minutes.


10.1       Awards will be presented, honouring the continued work of students at UW towards a more just campus and community.

9.   ADJOURNMENT [1 minute]

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, April 3, 6pm - SLC Multipurpose Room

At the AGM, all WPIRG student and community members – that’s you! – come together to help WPIRG transition into a new year by:

1. Electing new members to the Board of Directors.
2. Hearing a report from the Board of Directors on WPIRG’s activities over the past year and the results of our campus survey.
3. Approving the 2012-2013 audited financial statements.
4. Celebrating another year of social & environmental justice at uWaterloo with the first WPIRG Social Justice Awards!

Can’t make the AGM but would still like to participate? Fill out a proxy form and find someone going to the AGM to carry it.


Board of Director Elections:

This year, we will be electing eight new Board members, so if you’re passionate about WPIRG, we’d love for you to consider running. Board members help guide WPIRG’s direction for a couple of years – gaining governance experience in a non-profit organization and learning in-depth consensus decision-making along the way.

While staff and volunteers carry out the day-to-day operations of the organization, the Board works behind the scenes to support other students and community members in creating social and environmental change. Board activities involve:

  • Participating in decision-making & visioning for the organization,
  • Applying anti-oppression in programming and policy,
  • Developing and overseeing the WPIRG budget,
  • Building relationships across the UW campus and broader KW community,
  • Reviewing and approving funding and action group proposals,
  • Hiring, evaluation and ongoing support of staff members, and more!

What’s the time commitment?

Board members are elected for a term of two years starting in April, and are expected to spend about 8-10 hours a week on related activities, including a 3-hour meeting every two weeks, serving on committees, and attending training and professional development sessions. Students are able to take leaves of absence or attend meetings remotely when out of town on co-op terms.

Who can be a Board member?

Four of the eight available spots need to be filled by students, and one needs to be a community member. Community members bring valuable experience and skills to the board and help connect WPIRG with the broader community, a key element of social justice work, and the university’s role in society.

There are no required qualifications, but being organized, motivated, positive, and able to engage respectfully in consensus decision-making are valuable traits. You will learn about facilitation, minute-taking, policy, finances and more during your time on the Board, but previous experience in these areas is definitely helpful!

How to apply:

  1. Download the WPIRG Board of Directors nomination package.
  2. Collect signatures from 10 WPIRG members (student or community members with paid-up fees).
  3. Write a brief explanation of who you are and why you want to be on the Board.
  4. Submit your nomination form by email to info@wpirg.org or in hard copy to the WPIRG office (SLC 3104) by Tuesday, April 1 at 12:00 noon.
  5. Attend the all candidates’ meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 5:00pm in SLC 3103.
  6. Attend the AGM on April 3rd and answer questions from the membership.

Keep reading for more detailed information about the Board of Directors:

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Nominations for the WPIRG Social Justice Awards


To mark our 40th anniversary, the Waterloo Public Interest Reseach Group (WPIRG) is pleased to announce the creation of the WPIRG Social Justice Activist Awards. Since 1973, WPIRG has been a hub of campus and community activism on social justice and environmental issues. Every year we have the privilege of working with students and community members who amaze us with their dedication and passion for justice, equality, freedom, solidarity and social change. Starting with the 2013-2014 year, 40 years after our founding, the WPIRG Social Justice Activist Awards will recognize these incredible individuals and groups.

The chosen individuals or collectives will receive an award certificate, an inscription on the WPIRG Social Justice Activist Awards plaque (to be displayed in our office), and a gift certificate. Winners will be announced in the Imprint as well as WPIRG’s media.

This award is open to all UW and local community members who have been involved between April 2013 and April 2014 in such issues as:

  • Fighting for social justice issues (these issues are diverse and can range from educational to gender to equity issues to peace);
  • Promoting the welfare of humanity and the environment and the elimination of pain and suffering through acts of campus and community organizing, education and/or solidarity.

Award Criteria:

Please review the award criteria, and, when writing your letter of nomination and seeking supporting letters from others, include the nominee’s specific contributions.

The main criteria are:

  • Impact of their service to the campus and/or community;
  • Length and level of involvement or commitment of the nominee to their act of service;
  • The dedication and courage of the nominee’s activism.

The selection committee is comprised of members of the WPIRG Board of Directors and members-at-large. Members of the selection committee cannot nominate a candidate. Members of the selection committee who have personal ties with the nominees must yield their place to another member of the Board or a WPIRG member-at-large nominated by the members of the selection committee. This year’s Awards will be presented at the Annual General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your nomination of an amazing individual or collective. Please find attached a copy of the nomination form. Additional copies are available at the WPIRG office (SLC 3104) or by e-mail (alex@wpirg.org).

For further information please contact alex@wpirg.org

If you think you or someone else is eligible, please get in touch with us. We’re happy to make it as easy as possible to applyWPIRG-LOGO_celebration2-1.

Nomination Deadline: March 23rd, 2014

Nomination forms available here!

Comedy Night for Your Rights! Ft. Kristina Wong and Hari Kondabolu Thurs March 6, 2014

WPIRG Presents:
Celebrating WPIRG’s 40 Year Anniversary presenting social and environmental justice programming on campus

Thursday March 6, 2014, Doors 6:30PM Show 7Pm, Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo. Featuring comedians Kristina Wong and Hari Kondabolu

Free Admission for UW Students and Staff. Admission for Non-UW students is a non-perishable food item donation to the Feds Food Bank at the door.

Accessibility Notes: The Humanities Theatre is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. The entire event will be live-translated on stage by professional ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters. There will be gender neutral bathrooms marked in the theatre, as well as Men and Women bathrooms. If you have any questions please email janice@wpirg.org

wong3About Kristina Wong:

Kristina Wong is a solo performer, writer and cultural commentator named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world. Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. It’s now a broadcast quality film that has been acquired for worldwide distribution by documentary juggernaut, Cinema Libre Studios. (More on the film atwww.flyingwong.com).  She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine and a guest on FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” and Huffington Post Live. Her new show “The Wong Street Journal” looks at global poverty and premieres in 2015.  She recently spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording “Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers. Her mail order bride website iswww.bigbadchinesemama.com. http://kristinawong.com

hari kAbout Hari Kondabolu:

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical and rising.” He was most recently a writer and correspondent for FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has done standup on Conan , Jimmy Kimmel LiveLive at GothamandJohn Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He has also performed at such notable festivals as South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago. Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY. He went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.) A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit- earning dissertation entitled “Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” This is, by far, the least funny thing he’s ever written.

WPIRG Questions for FEDS Executive Candidates

In order to help inform our membership and encourage participation in the 2014 FEDS elections, the WPIRG Board of Directors asked the current FEDS Executive candidates a set of questions dealing with social and environmental justice issues on campus. Topics include student engagement in FEDS, rising tuition costs, mental health, WPIRG’s office, FEDS support for services such as the Women’s Centre and GLOW, and FEDS action on ongoing campus issues such as racism, sexism and homophobia.

Attached below are our questions and responses from Team Nova, Team Green and Team Spark. We encourage you to consider them carefully and to vote in this year’s elections. Voting begins February 11 at 10am and ends on February 13 at 10pm. Vote here.


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JUST EDUCATION? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life


WPIRG’ School of Public Interest 2014

Conference Schedule

February 6-8, 2014

Cost: FREE

Lunch & GRT bus tickets provided

The University of Waterloo is renowned as a premiere center of technical and scientific learning, but its reputation as a hub for critical thought and action is understated. Often overlooked is UW’s long and vibrant history of student engagement on social and environmental issues. Fuelled by the passion of students and faculty, the campus has witnessed the birth of environmental non-profits, the founding chapters of social justice organizations, student activism, independent media projects, and scholarship on anti-racist, feminist, and environmental issues, among many other highlights.

In the wake of the Maple Spring in Quebec we have seen increased public discussion about the role students can have in the broader fight for positive social change. In an effort to bring this discussion home to the University of Waterloo, and to foster this integral current of campus life at UW, the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group is hosting its fifth annual School of Public Interest conference around the theme of social engagement on campus with the question “Just Education? Bringing Together Social Justice and Student Life”

Taking place February 6th-8th at the University of Waterloo, the 3-day conference will bring together students, activists, scholars, and community organizers to recognize and celebrate the important work that has been done to further social justice on the UW campus so far, and to build skills and host challenging discussions to continue working towards a more just education, campus, and society.



Action Group Meeting Times

Amnesty Action Group – Thursday Feb. 6, 3-5pm, room TBA.

Popular Education Action Group — Monday Feb. 3, 4:30-6PM @ WPIRG Office, SLC 3104

Design for Peace – Wednesday Feb. 5, 5:30-7PM @ TBA (contact kalin@wpirg.org for updates)

Climate Action Project – Thursday Jan. 23,  5:15PM @ SLC 2134

Students for Peace in Syria – Friday Jan. 24, 4-5PM @ SLC 3105

Food Not Bombs – Wednesday Jan. 29, 5:30-7PM @ SLC 2133

Feminist Discussion Group – Friday Jan. 31 4-5PM @ WPIRG Office, SLC 3104

WPIRG Town Hall

Monday, January 20 - 6:30 – 8:30pm

SLC – Multipurpose Room

WPIRG — or, the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this academic year. Established in 1973 by UW students, WPIRG has been a long-standing hub for social and environmental research and action at the University of Waterloo and in the broader community. WPIRG is funded by full-time undergraduate students, and is mandated to facilitate opportunities for campus and community engagement, training and skills development, and education around social justice and environmental issues.

During the Fall 2013 term, students expressed that they had questions about WPIRG’s role on campus: the type of activities we organize for students, how we engage our membership to fulfill our mandate, and how we make decisions. Despite an overwhelming display of support for WPIRG at the October 28 AGM of the Federation of Students, WPIRG doesn’t want that to be the end of the conversation on social and environmental justice work on campus broadly, or our organization’s role in facilitating that work more specifically.

On January 20, 2014 we are hosting a Town Hall event, which we hope will be an opportunity for students to learn more about WPIRG; provide feedback and offer suggestions related to WPIRG’s programming, projects, or engagement on campus; and discuss amongst each other what social and environmental justice initiatives students want to see, and how WPIRG can support them in making those happen.

Featuring a Q&A with WPIRG staff and the board of directors
Plus a facilitated session for students to discuss ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for WPIRG and to collectively envision the kind of campus we want to create

More info TBA

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Free food and refreshments will be available.