Our History

Waterloo recognizes the benefits of lifelong learning and employee growth and development. To support this value, Organizational & Human Development (OHD) was formed in 2006 as a non-academic support unit to design and deliver a wide range of personal and professional training and development opportunities for the campus community.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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 Values

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

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 

OHD Facts & Figures 

1583Individuals have completed OHD's workshops and programs 2019

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1534Employees attended the Waterloo Staff Conference organized by OHD. 2019

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2,565Employees have taken one of the OHD Principles of Inclusivity Workshops2013-2019

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

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296Employees have completed OHD's immersive Leadership Development programs2013 - 2018
100+OHD offers over 100+ customized workshops & consultationsper year (on average)

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


2015 Canadian Award for Training Excellence - Facilitated Learning Silver Award

2016 Employee Engagement Award from the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards


NOTE: Currently all OHD employees are working remotely and our workshops and learning events are being offered virtually. 

Organizational & Human Development is located on the first floor of East Campus 1 (EC1). 

On campus mailing address: OHD, EC1

All workshops, unless specified, take place in EC1 1004 and 1023.

Our organizational structure

The OHD Organizational Chart