Our impact

Nenone Donaldson

Waterloo Warriors fight for a better world. Together, we tackle the biggest problems faced by humanity, drawing on research strength across a wide range of disciplines, deep connections with industry and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that produces the most successful business founders in Canada.

Thinking differently is part of our DNA – it’s how we became world leaders in co-operative education and a hothouse of technological and social innovation. We continue to harness that power to improve life worldwide. However, we can’t – and we don’t – reach audacious goals alone.

Each of the University’s extraordinary achievements – from advancing ethics in artificial intelligence to blazing trails in sustainable aeronautics – is possible because of partners who share our bold vision for the future. Proud alumni, industry collaborators, co-op employers, donors and volunteers are the catalysts who drive progress at Waterloo. They’re the champions who connect ideas with actions to increase wellbeing and prosperity.

The Office of Advancement builds bridges between the University and partners across the globe to support Waterloo researchers, alumni and students. Guided by the University’s strategic plan, we work together to ensure humanity will thrive in futures we cannot yet imagine.

As we prepare for our next big fundraising campaign, I invite you to think about the complex problems you want to solve, and how we can help you solve them. You might want to develop innovative strategies to address climate change, amplify Canada’s health tech sector or create scholarships to help talented students achieve their dreams. However you want to make an impact on society, my team will help you find opportunities to put your goals within reach.

During my 19 years of fundraising at the University of Waterloo, I have witnessed remarkable growth across our campuses. I’m excited to take the next step in our University’s journey, and to learn how you can play a role in Waterloo’s thrilling evolution. Whether you volunteer, build networks with future collaborators or provide financial support for a worthy initiative, I encourage you to give. The rewards of your generosity will multiply as Waterloo Warriors shatter the limits of their potential and create a better world for us all.

Nenone Donaldson 
Vice-President, Advancement

Dominic Barton

Advancing the talent evolution

Waterloo’s chancellor commits $1 million to support community-focused Indigenous students, aspiring leaders in global business and next-generation entrepreneurs

George and Judy Woo

Helping people see

School of Optometry & Vision Science celebrates a historic gift that will expand access to low vision rehabilitation services in Waterloo region