The Right Honourable David Johnston announced as Honorary Chair for the Waterloo Eye Institute

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Official headshot of The Right Honourable David Johnston
The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (UWOVS) is announcing that The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada and former UWaterloo president, will serve as Honorary Chair for the School’s $35-million campaign.

The campaign will support the School in its mission to address the growing national demand for eye care, to be at the forefront of vision-science research, and to deliver optometric education taught at North America’s highest scope of practice.

A key mission of the Seeing Beyond campaign is to create the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI), which would become Canada’s premier eye and vision-care centre. The WEI will harness innovative research and the expertise of the School’s faculty to deliver direct applications to patient care and help address the growing vision-care crisis.

“I believe in the power of collaboration, and I know that this remarkable community within the University will come together to make a world-class institute,” Johnston said. “We are barn-raisers here at Waterloo. We know how to help one another and do things so much larger than ourselves. That’s why I’m happy to make a personal contribution toward this important project.”

Read more about the Waterloo Eye Institute in the full story on Waterloo News.