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About & Contacts

since 1974

Showcasing the Best of Young Scientific Minds

The Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event that brings together the best of the young scientific minds of the region. WWSEF is open to Senior Elementary and High School students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Upper Grand District School Board. Grade 7 to 12 home-schooled or students from schools that do not run science fair programs are also welcome as individual entries.

Winners at our regional fair go on to the Canada-Wide Science Fair and some have been placed on Team Canada at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Each year we have approximately 200 projects involving 300 students from about 30 different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and Wellington County.  Independent entries are accepted if they meet our criteria.

The WWSEF is supported by the members of the community who encourage the development of our youth along scientific paths.

Science Fair Exhibitors with their Project Board
Council Members with Fair Winners

The Volunteers Behind the WWSEF Fair

The Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair is run by a group of volunteers called the WWSEF Council Members. Led by our Director, these individuals help make the fair happen through efforts such as event organization, program creation, fundraising, procurement of judges, social media and website management.

A list of our Council Members is provided below. Should you have any questions or queries, check out our FAQ page or contact our Council Members directly.

Maureen Hinan
Director & Secretary

Lois Peterson
Deputy Director

Lori Jones

Bill Proctor

Stefan Idziak

Quincy Almeda
Assistant Judge-in-Chief

Vince Campolongo
Awards Co-Chair

Karen Sooley
Awards Co-Chair

Wendy Shaw
Ethics Chair/Officer

Louis Silcox
Fundraising & Development

Steve Seifried
Safety & Regulations

Carolyn Winkel

John Ritchie

Brenda Lee

Heather Turnbull
Social Media

Stuart Nicholson
Member at Large

Carolyn Winkel

Nitish Bhatt
Member at Large

Matt Simone
Member at Large

Matthew Schmidt
Member at Large

Hayley Rutherford
Member at Large


Discover WWSEF's Impact on Our Community

Young people, because of their curiosity, are natural researchers. The Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair helps them satisfy this curiosity through the organization of data gathering, analysis and presentation in areas such as the Biotechnology, Engineering, Life Science, and Physical and Mathematical Science. The projects, produced as a result of this curiosity, are evaluated by expert judges.

Every year, the WWSEF touches the lives of many gifted youngsters in the following ways:

  • WWSEF provides guidance for the project process with manuals.
  • Over 3000 youth complete projects at schools and about 300 come to our Fair.
  • Strict rules for safety and ethics apply to all projects.
  • Strengths and opportunities for improvement are assessed.
  • Awards and prizes are presented. These include cash, medallions, scholarships and trips to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
  • Our Fair Day afternoon program develops leadership in environmental education and research.
Science Fair Program with Hunger Poverty Exercise