Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved in the Wellbeing Waterloo Region Initiative.

Upcoming events

Register for the Beyond Reports Forum, Dec. 8, 2017

This session is free! Register on or call 519-575-4758.
(Download the BEYOND_THE_REPORT6 for distribution)

Data and reports are everywhere but gaining easy access to the information and making sense of it can be challenging for organizations and citizens.

Join us! to explore ways of communicating and sharing data beyond reports:

  • Learn about what we are doing locally and what other communities are doing to communicate, visualize and share data;
  • Hear the results of the Profile of Wellbeing for Waterloo Region, completed by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and explore ways to move beyond the report;
  • Explore ways to move beyond reports so we can improve access and make data easy to understand and use in Waterloo Region.

Speakers include (but not limited to):

Richard Pietro – MARS
Richard Pietro socializes Open Government & Open Data by creating Civic Engagement as Art. Some of his projects include the 2014 Open Government Tour, the Toronto Open Data Book Club, and Open – The World’s first short film on Open Government, Open Data, and Open Source. He also worked collaboratively with the Ontario Ministry of Housing to the “Open Data in Reverse” as a method to create, publish, and activate Open Data sets. This process helped the government win a nationally recognized award for engagement. Most recently his Open Data Iron Chef workshop has garnered attention due to its innovative way for introducing Open Government & Open Data to students at both the secondary and university levels.
  Harvey Low – Manager –  Social Research Unit, City of Toronto.
With a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University, Harvey Low has over 30 years of experience as a social researcher.  He is the Manager of the Social Research Unit of the Social Development Division at the City of Toronto. Harvey currently chairs the City of Toronto’s Research Network, and is a representative on the City’s Open Government Committee.
  Mike Murray – Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Waterloo.
Mike Murray is currently the Chief Administrative Officer with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo where he has overall responsibility for all of the Region’s functions including Community Services; Public Health and Emergency Services; Transportation and Environmental Services; Planning, Development and Legislative Services; Corporate Services; and Human Resources and Citizen Service, and all related corporate support functions.
Jennifer Temmer – Peg – Winnipeg
Peg measures the health of our community year over year – in ways that count. It’s here at Peg that Winnipeggers can learn how their life, their neighbourhood and their city is changing – for the good and the bad. Peg is a starting place for Winnipeg citizens, business owners and policy makers to learn the facts so they can lead change to create a better city for their children.

Ron Jaros – Manager, Peel Data Centre, Region of Peel.


(Bio pending)

The ‘my Perth Huron Initiative’ is a community resource that measures and tracks trends to encourage discussion that influences and ignites positive social change. Speaker to be announced

Working groups

There is always an open seat at each table/working group as members of the community are invited to join the working groups at any time throughout the process.

There is always an open seat at each table/working group as members of the community are invited to join the working groups at any time throughout the process. Based on feedback an official structure for the Wellbeing Initiative will be determined once the areas of priority and action are identified. In the interim: A small Planning Group will provide input on the planning process.

  • A small Planning Group will provide input on the planning process.
  • A Reference Group has been established to provide advice and direction on the overall initiative’s decisions.
  • There are also several working groups established to ensure that the goal areas are achieved. Working Group members include individuals from different sectors specific to the task at hand. Working Groups are accountable to the Reference Group.
    Backbone Support is the organization that provides ongoing support to all functions of Wellbeing Waterloo Region and work groups.

The Region of Waterloo was identified as the most appropriate organization to provide interim backbone support until a backbone organization is identified/confirmed by the formal structure once it is established. Click here to review the current working group’s membership.

For more information on the working groups contact the backbone support staff – Lorie Fioze or call at 519-575-4758.

Register for Capacity Canada’s 9th annual Manulife Governance Boot Camp, November 16 – 18, 2017. Registration & Additional Info: