Guest Speakers

after-hours-poster-2016Each year, “After Hours @ The Library” features engaging guest speakers who share the unique stories from their dynamic lives.

Our speakers for 2016 are:

Brenda Halloran, former Mayor of Waterloo and Chair of the Board of Startup Canada

Erin Bow, award-winning Young Adult novelist

Saj Jamal, VP Marketing & Product Development, Communitech


  • John Neufeld, Executive Director, House of Friendship
  • Meaghan Coneybeare, Youth Advocate
  • Lisa Grogan, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
  • Tasneem Jamal, Journalist and Author of “Where the Air is Sweet”


  • Richard Hepditch, Fire Chief, Waterloo Fire Rescue
  • Terry Salmond, Executive Chef and former Top Chef Canada finalist
  • Laura Archibald, Director and Filmmaker
  • Mike Kirkup, Director, Velocity @ U of W
  • Syd “The Jewel” Vanderpool, former World Super Middleweight Champion
  • Carrie Snyder, Governor General’s Award-nominated author
  • Jennifer Moss, co-founder of the Smile Epidemic and Plasticity Labs

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