Welcome to the Office of the President

The Office of the President assists the President with activities on and off campus which includes working with internal and external stakeholders and managing communications and outreach.

Message from President Vivek Goel

President Vivek GoelWelcome. As President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, I am proud to welcome you to our innovative institution.  

The best and brightest are drawn to the University of Waterloo for our renowned academic programs, our world-leading co-operative education and our teaching and research excellence.  

Waterloo has long fostered a culture of curiosity, exploration, risk-taking, entrepreneurship, global stewardship and leadership. In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought University of Waterloo into being, as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges.  

Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections. We bring bold ideas and brilliant minds together — inspiring innovations with global impact today and in the future. 

During this period of rapid societal, technological and environmental change, our focus over the next few years is to continue to build on our unconventional foundation. We will position Waterloo to develop talent for a complex future, advance research for global impact and strengthen Waterloo’s sustainable and diverse communities. 

Whether you are already part of our University community or looking to learn more about our institution, I invite you to connect with us, read our strategic plan or visit one of our campuses.  


Vivek Goel

Vivek Goel, CM

President and Vice-Chancellor

President Vivek Goel in the news

Beyond the Bulletin logo (two vintage microphones), and a headshot of President Vivek Goel.Vivek Goel on the spread of Omicron

January 10, 2021

Before becoming the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo last year, Vivek Goel supported Canada’s response to the pandemic as a member of the Federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. As we face Omicron, the latest variant of concern, Dr. Goel discusses the ways it has changed the pandemic, its impact on society, and what to do about it. 

Listen to President Goel's interview on a special episode of the Beyond the Bulletin podcast, or read the Q&A here.

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Canada is falling behind globally on public funding for universities. That's a problem.

January 6, 2021

Vivek Goel: "How do we ensure that the financial resources available to Canadian universities are commensurate with the positioning we seek on the global stage?"

Read the op-ed in Maclean's.

President Goel speaking with students outside.

Wishing you light, health and happiness for 2022

December 14, 2021

"As we head into the end-of-term break, I want to remind you that it is especially important to take care of yourselves and one another. The pandemic has presented many challenges and I urge you all to use this break for rest, reflection and rejuvenation."

Watch video on YouTube

Vivek Goel in doctoral regalia giving remarks at a podium.

President Goel leads Waterloo into bold new futures

November 8, 2021

Hundreds of viewers tuned in virtually to the ceremony that took place live on November 8, 2021 at Engineering 7, where President Goel was formally endowed the duties and responsibilities of office. 


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Health data is essential

November 22, 2021

Fostering a clinical data ecosystem in Canada is more important than ever. Leaders in the health-care space, including Waterloo’s President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel, motivated calls for more organized and accessible forms of gathering and sharing health data across the country. 

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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day is an important day of reflection in Canada and many countries around the world.

November 11th marks the anniversary of the formal end of the First World War hostilities. On this day we remember and honour all the individuals who have and continue to serve in Canada’s Armed Forces through times of war, armed conflict and peace.

Vivek Goel headshot with Thrive logoThrive Month

October 15, 2021

Thrive Month focused on building a culture of wellbeing and normalizing mental health struggles for Waterloo students and employees. President Goel shares a message to the University community to kick off Thrive Month.