2016 CAE Recipient Profile - University of Waterloo


The University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Canada’s innovation university — offers the opportunity to earn and learn in the world’s leading co-operative education program, a research-rich environment, and a broad-based entrepreneurial culture, creating higher education unparalleled in depth of learning and breadth of experience. As the academic engine of one of the world’s top startup ecosystems, and with world-class research institutes in quantum information, water, health, energy, information technology and transportation, Waterloo is committed to utilizing new knowledge and ideas for the benefit of all. Waterloo’s success is grounded in excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, residing in each of our six Faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics and Science. Our dedication to education begins with equity-focused initiatives that open doors to education for all learners, and extend around the world.

The Office of the President

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the university and is responsible for administering the affairs of the University including the responsibility to achieve the vision of the University – “to be recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world.” 

The President is required to provide outstanding academic leadership within a vibrant and complex culture, maintain the intellectual independence and integrity of the university, and promote a visionary approach in all matters both internal and external.  

The Office of the President currently consists of the President, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, three full-time employees Andrea Kelman, Lori Gamble, and Jennifer Knight, and one part-time staff member Marlene Haehn. The primary objectives of the Office of the President are to provide the President with the support required to govern effectively and achieve annual objectives, to facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and to maintain continuity within the Office during leadership transitions.

The Office of the President is the first area in the University to integrate the EIW Standard at the Silver level and achieve the Silver Award for Excellence. Over the past few years, the Office of the President has implemented significant changes and improvements to its structure and work processes as part of its strategic plan. The Office was well-positioned to certify directly at the Silver level and, thanks to the immense efforts of the President’s team, achieved certification in just over two months.

The University of Waterloo began its Excellence journey in 2014 when the University’s Library piloted the integration of the EIW Standard at the Bronze level. It has since committed to the integration of the Excellence Canada's Excellence, Innovation, and Wellness (EIW) Standard across the university with the overarching goal being to support and advance the University’s Strategic Plan and eight strategic themes. In particular, the University’s Excellence Canada efforts support the theme of a Robust Employer-Employee Relationship.

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