Our History

Waterloo recognizes the benefits of lifelong learning. 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 Services

OHD offers workshops for employees on a variety of topics, from leadership and communication to planning for your retirement. In addition, OHD can provide customized training solutions. The OHD team will work with you to assess and address your concerns and needs.

Finally, OHD organizes the annual Waterloo Staff Conference for the University of Waterloo. This two-day event brings engaging and informative keynotes to the campus and provides multiple in-house workshops from across the university.

More information about the services of OHD can be found at our various workshops, news, and events sections. 

OHD Facts & Figures 2017-2018

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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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


Organizational & Human Development is located on the fourth floor of Math & Computer (MC). 

On campus mailing address: OHD, MC 4055

All workshops, unless specified, take place in MC 4068.

Our organizational structure

The OHD Organizational Chart