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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, then President of the University of Waterloo at the opening ceremony of Energy 2030.

Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) - a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo - is a successful example of how two organizations can combine their strengths to work towards a better future. In forming WGSI, these two organizations are building upon a history of collaboration that has already given rise to the pioneering University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing and the distinguished Perimeter Scholars International program.

At the 2009 launch of WGSI, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, then President of the University of Waterloo, and also the official Patron of the Energy 2030 Summit, said, "The growing complexities of our world require exceptionally clear thinking if we are to grow the knowledge economy and benefit the province and Canada. Taking a long term view is critical to spotting opportunities early in order to identify and sustain responsible social and economic development.”

At that same time, Neil Turok, Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, said, “Science and technology will be vital to our future. Through wise investments, Ontario and Canada are already emerging as global knowledge leaders. WGSI will help with identifying key challenges and opportunities, thereby ensuring the best possible decisions are taken.”

Feridun Hamdullahpur (at podium) and Neil Turok at the closing ceremony of Learning 2030.




The Power of Partnership

Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo are each leading Canadian institutions that produce high-impact research. Collaboration has strengthened the impact of their individual achievements."Waterloo Global Science Initiative provides support and leadership to guide us to a future where smart communities thrive through scientific thought and innovation. WGSI's summit series brings together bright minds and big ideas to envision a better future for Canada and the world," says Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and Vice-Chair of the WGSI Board of Directors.