Colleagues,
 
I am so happy to finally join you here in Waterloo as I start my tenure as president. I'm looking forward to spending time on campus and, as the public health restrictions lift, getting out and meeting as many of you in person as possible.

I've had the chance to virtually meet with some people already to learn about Waterloo and what makes this such a great place. Since we all can’t come together yet, I am pleased to share this video message with you.

I am keen to start work to support a safe and staged return to campus experiences as we prepare to welcome more students back to campus in September and as public health conditions allow. As I wrote in the Globe and Mail over the weekend, although we will see some measure of normalcy return this fall, the pandemic has shown us that a complete return to “normal” is not what our sector, or society at large, should expect to see.
 
Fortunately, Waterloo has a strong strategic plan that identified some significant priority areas for the University. We can all build on that strong foundation to focus on the things that are most important to our community, Canada and to the world.
 
I look forward to listening to you and the whole Waterloo community to develop my priorities as your president. I also look forward to working with you and promoting all the excellent work that you are accomplishing here in Waterloo.
 
Sincerely,

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Vivek Goel, CM

President and Vice-Chancellor


President Vivek Goel shares additional thoughts on co-op education and lessons from the pandemic: