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President and Vice-Chancellor

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Committed to raising Waterloo’s international profile and enhancing the learning experience of students, President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur has led the university since 2010.

A professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, Hamdullahpur served as Waterloo’s provost and vice-president academic from 2009 to 2010. Previously Dr. Hamdullahpur served as the Provost and Vice-President Academic (2006-09) and as the Vice President Research and International (2000-06) at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The president of the university provides leadership in all matters internal and external. According to the terms of the University of Waterloo Act, 1972, the president is to be appointed by the Board of Governors, in agreement with the Senate.

Also reporting directly to the President are:

  • Vice-President Advancement
  • Vice-President University Relations
  • Vice-President University Research
  • Vice-President Administration & Finance
  • University Secretary & General Counsel

 Vice-Preside​nt Academic & Provost

Ian Orchard Hamdullahpur is supported by Vice-President Academic and Provost Ian Orchard, who serves as the university’s chief operating officer.

Appointed to the role in July 2014, Professor Orchard is a professor of biology who served as a vice-president of the University of Toronto, and principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga for eight years, during which time he led the growth and development of the University of Toronto Mississauga into a semi-autonomous campus of the University of Toronto.

An expert in insect neurobiology with more than 200 research publications, Professor Orchard has been funded by NSERC since 1982, has chaired the NSERC Animal Physiology Grant Selection Committee, and has presented numerous invited papers at International conferences. He earned a Doctor of Science degree (1988), a PhD (1975), and a B.Sc. (1972), all from the University of Birmingham, in England.

The vice-president academic and provost is the chief academic and budget officer of the University of Waterloo. Working closely with the president, he leads and supports the efforts of the deans, faculty and staff to drive academic excellence. The provost is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the university.