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LAUNCH Waterloo.

Curious. Connected. Creative.

Overview

Waterloo Region is home to some of this country's most significant science and technology-based organizations.

Its world class universities and research institutes have cultivated a vibrant technological centre in southwestern Ontario.

Inspired by this rich tech and arts culture, we have established LAUNCH Waterloo – a non-profit start-up venture that will create and curate STEAM-powered programming to harness the creativity and curiosity of our community’s youngest members.

With a bold objective to build a space for a creative culture in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, LAUNCH is here to challenge kids now to consider opportunities in STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts and math – because ultimately these are the fields that keep us asking questions.

a young child using engineering tools

STEAM programming helps raise creative problem-solvers.

No matter the area of study or profession young people choose, to be successful they will need to be comfortable asking questions and solving problems - this is where LAUNCH Waterloo where help kids succeed.

Keep kids curious.
Keep Waterloo Region creative.

a young child using engineering tools

Mission, Vision & Values

a young child using engineering tools
Photo Credit: Exchange Magazine

Our Mission:

To curate STEAM-powered programming for a curious, creative and connected Waterloo Region.

Our Vision:

To inspire Waterloo Region to embrace its role as the Creative Capital of Canada.

Our Values:

  • Respect
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Excellence
  • Boldness

Team

We are an established group of professionals who are proud to call Waterloo Region home.

We know we are fortunate to live, work and play here and we are dedicated to ensuring its continued success. For us, that means engaging with this Region’s youngest community members in all things STEAM.

Scott Higgins

Visionary and Board Chair

Scott is President of HIP Developments and has over 15 years of real estate and corporate finance experience. At HIP he actively participates in all aspects of the business, including acquisitions, finance, investment partnerships, design & development, construction, sales & marketing and dispositions.

HIP Developments was founded in 2012 after a partnership was formed between long time Waterloo-based general contractor Melloul-Blamey and long time KW real estate financier Scott Higgins. Their first project was a purpose built rental apartment in Cambridge in a partnership with Killam Properties REIT. Since those early days the growth of this local developer has been tremendous and they are now tackling some the largest and most progressive projects in Waterloo Region.

I have a passion for building more than just real estate. Through my leadership at HIP I support creative initiatives throughout the Region. I believe it is Creativity and Culture that will matter most for the success of a our Cities.

Tobi Day-Hamilton

Co-founder and Executive Director

I am a passion advocate for education and engagement. I seek out opportunities to make change, create opportunities, and have fun!

At the Institute for Quantum Computing, I lead a team of communications and outreach professionals who share the wonders of the quantum world. I led the development of the University of Waterloo's Stratford Campus - a new campus and programs focused on digital media education and research. I've spent the majority of my career developing highly successful marketing communications, fundraising and engagement campaigns.

I am a graduate of Waterloo’s English Rhetoric and Professional Writing program, a student at McMaster's Master of Communications Management program, an alumna of the 2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, a self-proclaimed geek, an early adopter of technology, a Mount Everest trekker, and all around adventure seeker.

Adele Newton

Co-Founder and VP Programming and Community Relations

I have developed and managed a broad range of programs and strategic international partnerships in the university, technology and not-for-profit sectors across Canada, within North America and in Africa, Europe and China. My career has focussed on connecting diverse partners from technology, science and the arts to work together on exciting and innovative projects.

Science outreach has been my passion for more than 25 years. I firmly believe that successful outreach programs can change lives by making young people aware of education and career opportunities available to them.

I am a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and am active in the community as a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Board of Directors and the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and founder of the Wise Women networking group.

Angela Olano

Co-founder, VP Marketing and Operations

After working in and with museums, galleries and science centres for fourteen years, I can definitely say I have found my niche! Before joining the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, I worked on exhibition marketing with the Art Gallery of Ontario and previous to that, I spent ten years with THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener leading marketing and operations.

I now work for IQC leading strategic projects including the development and national tour of the first-ever travelling exhibition on quantum science and information technology, QUANTUM: The Exhibition – a Canada 150 Signature Initiative that was hosted by science centres across the country. I’ve also lead the development of the popular game app Quantum Cats, helped IQC win a Guinness World Record and travelled quantum pop-up exhibition all around Europe.

While I am passionate for all things quantum, I also stay close to the local arts community by serving as a member on the Board of Directors of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

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