Chancellor's installation

The chancellor’s installation signifies the formal changing of a new institutional leader.

The installation is an important, centuries-old rite where the conferment of authority is signified and a long-standing intersection of tradition and fresh beginnings for the University is proclaimed.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the eleventh chancellor of the University of Waterloo will be installed as a leading ambassador and voluntary ceremonial head of the University. The chancellor presides over convocation ceremonies every spring and fall and has the authority to award all degrees, diplomas and certificates, including honorary degrees.

The University of Waterloo has appointed Dominic Barton, senior partner and former global managing partner of McKinsey & Company as the institution’s newest chancellor. Barton recently stepped down as the global leader of McKinsey, where he provided strategic advice to national leaders, government and corporations.

Barton chairs the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He is also a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, a board member at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and the Asia Pacific Foundation Canada. Born in Uganda and a Ugandan and Canadian citizen, Barton received a BA Honours in economics from the University of British Columbia and studied as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford. Barton is the author of more than 80 articles and several books ranging from the role of business in society to leadership and talent development.

Photo of Dominic Barton


Barton succeeds Tom Jenkins as chancellor. Jenkins is being invested as chancellor emeritus during the chancellor’s installation ceremony. Jenkins, chair of the board of OpenText Corporation and chair of the National Research Council, has served as chancellor since 2015. Jenkins was an early supporter of establishing the University’s Stratford campus and he and wife Toby Jenkins (BES ’82) have also supported the University of Waterloo with contributions of more than $23 million.

University of Waterloo names global business advisor as 11th chancellor