Learning & Development at Waterloo


Organizational & Human Development (OHD) is committed to advancing and supporting the personal and professional growth of University of Waterloo employees to reach their highest potential. OHD’s mission is accomplished by creating innovative learning opportunities, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and engaging the campus community in lifelong learning.


To continuously improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of all University of Waterloo employees to support exceptional service to our institution, our students, and our community.

Our Goals

  • Create a culture of continuous learning and development
  • Be responsive to our community's learning needs
  • Foster a respectful, inclusive, and healthy workplace where all are valued 


  • Integrity                
  • Respect
  • Wellness       
  • Inclusivity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Courage

University of Waterloo land acknowledgement 

Organizational & Human Development acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 

  1. Oct. 9, 2018Waterloo Staff Conference 2019: Call for Proposals
    Waterloo Staff Conference

    October 2018 - Organizational & Human Development is inviting proposals for workshop sessions for the 12th annual Waterloo Staff Conference taking place on April 8 & 9, 2019.

  2. Nov. 16, 2017OHD recognized at the Excellence Canada Summit

    Organizational and Human Development (OHD) was recognized at the Excellence Canada Summit last week for achieving Silver certification in Excellence Canada's Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) program.

  3. Dec. 1, 20162017 Waterloo Staff Conference: Call for Proposals

    Organizational & Human Development (OHD) is inviting proposals for workshop sessions for the 10th annual staff conference taking place on April 5 & 6, 2017. Session proposals should be for a stimulating or interactive learning experience focused on professional and/or personal development of employees at the University of Waterloo.

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All workshops, unless specified, take place in MC 4068

Canada's Top 100 Employers 2018 

Canad's Best Diversity Employers 2018

Excellence Canada 2017 Silver award for Excellence, Innovation, & Wellness

Canadian Awards of Training Excellence Winner 2015

80+OHD offers over 80+ dedicated workshops and programsper year (on average)

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100+OHD offers over 100+ customized workshops & consultationsper year (on average)

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1565Individuals have attended OHD's workshops and programs 2018
1534Employees attended the Waterloo Staff Conference organized by OHD. 2019

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2152Employees have taken one of the OHD Principles of Inclusivity Workshops2013-2018

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296Employees have completed OHD's immersive Leadership Development programs2013 - 2018

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587Employees have taken Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace over the past five years2013 - 2018

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