Jason Amri explores ‘Economic & Sustainable Futures’ in latest UWaterloo podcast

Friday, May 10, 2024

Jason Amri, a fourth-year Computer Science student, was featured in two episodes of the Global Futures podcast.

Hosted by Chancellor Dominic Barton, this podcast series explores the world’s challenges and solutions cutting across our health, economy, technology, society, and environment. Each episode is centred on these five transformative forces. For example, the premiere Health Futures explores the various physical and social determinants affecting our quality of life. Its guests included Nobel laureate Professor Donna Strickland and Professor Anita Layton, Canada’s 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine.

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Jason guested in the Economic Futures episode, which explores the intersections of societal and technological changes impacting local and global economies. It featured various University of Waterloo students and alum, such as Dave McKay, the president and CEO of RBC, Brigette Lau, the co-founder of Firework Ventures, and Vivek Goel, the current President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. Notably, these guests either had new or established careers. They discussed solutions to overcome critical economic challenges, namely shortage of skilled labour and productivity growth, and shared their aspirations for the future workforce. Described as a "changemaker" Jason discussed “the value he's gaining from co-op, and how he leverages his background in tech in a business setting”.

The episode's transcript is available on the Waterloo at 100's website. 

In the Sustainable Futures episode, the guests tackle how sustainability could drive modernization — where industry and environment, ecology and the economy are intrinsically linked rather than conflicting goals. Jason discusses his startup 3cycle, which ‘reuse, reduce, and recycle’ 3D-printed waste into brand-new filament, and how Waterloo’s programs support his entrepreneurial pursuits.

The episode's transcript is available on the Waterloo at 100's website. 

Currently, Jason is completing a work term in Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the annual Schulich Leader Scholarship, which is awarded to 100 high school students pursuing undergraduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It recognizes students exhibiting academic excellence and entrepreneurship. Even before attending the University, Jason was an aspiring entrepreneur just his fellow Waterloo network.

Listen to each of the five episodes wherever you get your podcasts.

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