Canada Awards for Excellence

Recipient Profile

University of Waterloo

2019 Gold Recipient
Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®

The University of Waterloo has been ranked the most innovative university in Canada every year for the past twenty-seven years. With more than 40,000 students, it is home to the world’s largest co-operative education system of its kind. Its unmatched entrepreneurial culture, combined with an intensive focus on research, powers one of the top innovation hubs in the world.

This spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship infuses every aspect of life at Waterloo – from teaching and learning to the workplace culture. Waterloo employees are creative-thinkers and problem-solvers who play a central role in the success of the University. Waterloo’s journey to excellence began in 2014 when the Library integrated the  Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® (EIW)  Standard at the Bronze level. It has since committed to the integration of the EIW Standard across the entire University.


Waterloo, ON

12,414 Employees

The campus community participates in Thrive week, a series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff.

“The University of Waterloo strives to continuously reach higher and achieve more. This is at the heart of our innovation legacy and it is in our DNA. Our entire institution is honoured to have achieved Gold-level certification and we are thankful for Excellence Canada’s ongoing efforts to recognize organizations that are dedicated to excellence, innovation and wellness.”

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Previous Awards

Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® – Silver, 2017

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