About the Associate Provost, Human Resources

 "At the University of Waterloo, every employee plays an important role in the education of our students and in reflecting our reputation for reaching excellence."

Responsibilities of the Office of Associate Provost, Human Resources

The position of Associate Provost, Human Resources (APHR) reports directly to the Vice President, Academic and Provost and is a member of the university’s Executive Council.

As APHR, Marilyn Thompson plays a key role in strategic planning, providing high-level vision and HR leadership in service to Waterloo’s mission. The APHR supports Waterloo’s Human Resource needs through policy development and leadership of service delivery portfolios, ensures compliance with legislation, and provides guidance and counsel to University senior leadership regarding a wide range of HR and employee relations issues.

The APHR portfolio includes: Human Resources (HR) which is responsible for the operational effectiveness of general HR programs and policies including Client Services, Talent Management, HR Operations and HRMS, Pension and Benefits, Total Compensation, Payroll, Onboarding, and Health Management; Organizational and Human Development, which is responsible for comprehensive learning and professional development programs for staff and faculty; and Strategic Initiatives which includes developing and optimizing programs that further nurture a healthy, learning-enriched, and high-performance work culture.


About Marilyn Thompson

Since coming to Waterloo in 2014, Marilyn Thompson has played a key role in strategic planning, providing high-level vision and HR leadership in service to Waterloo’s mission. The APHR supports Waterloo’s HR needs through policy development and leadership of service delivery portfolios, ensures compliance with legislation, and provides guidance and counsel to University senior leadership regarding a wide range of HR and employee relations issues. Continue reading Marilyn's biography


Councils and committees

The APHR chairs several key committees to support the operations of the University of Waterloo.