Strategic partners, programs, and initiatives

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We provide strategic services and operate numerous programs and initiatives that help foster an inclusive learning, working, and living environment at the University.

Our work supports and contributes to the achievement of the University's strategic priorities, building organizational ability to lead sustainable change, and support our workforce in their professional development and health and well-being.

Strategic partners

Change Management

Waterloo’s strategic plan, Connecting Imagination with Impact, acknowledges we live in an era of rapid change and institutionally are built on a foundational “willingness to take risks and embrace new approaches”. 

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Human Resource Partners

Human Resources Partners (HRPs) provide support and guidance to our faculties and administrative support units, typically working with an area’s senior leadership team and managers to help guide and inform overall University policy and procedures.

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Workforce Planning

Workforce planning is the process to ensure the right number of people with the right skills are in the right place at the right time to deliver the short- and long-term objectives of the University of Waterloo.

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Programs and initiatives


Continuous Improvement

A Continuous Improvement culture provides a consistent framework and set of tools for improving processes within the University of Waterloo. It is founded on Lean principles of defining value within work processes and improving operational work.

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Healthy Workplace

The University of Waterloo cares about the health and well-being of all employees and supports a holistic approach to ensuring a healthy workplace environment.  We believe that that healthy employees help to create a healthy organization.

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SEE Canada Grant

Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant provides an opportunity for University staff members to further their professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other Canadian universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations.

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