Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. More than 530 Canadians are diagnosed with this disease each day. For people living with cancer finding places of support is crucial to their recovery. My name is Troy Glover, and I’m a researcher in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. My research focuses on the therapeutic value of places and in particular I’m interested in how people who have a cancer condition connect with others in places outside their homes or workplaces. Supervising graduate students is important to my research and to my professional experience because I gain so much and learn so much from the students with whom I work. In Canada we deal with a lot of social problems. Work-life balance, obesity, stress. These are the types of issues that warrant solutions to those problems. Graduate studies in Recreation and Leisure Studies allows students to find those solutions. Teaching at the University of Waterloo is one of the greatest pleasures that I have as a faculty member. I get to engage with students I get to discuss relevant questions and get at their answers to those questions. The University of Waterloo is an innovation hub. It’s a place where people can harness their creativity and take it in whatever direction they want to go. That’s the type of environment I want to work in.