Welcome to the Secretariat

The Secretariat’s mission is to manage and support the University’s bicameral governance system consistent with statutory requirements, the University of Waterloo Act, the By-laws and regulations of the Board of Governors and Senate, and good governance practices.

We provide support services for the Board of Governors, the Senate and their Committees and ensure membership is duly constituted and bodies receive materials that support informed decision-making.  We ensure that decisions taken by Senate, Board and their committees is available to the university community and provide advice to senior administration and Board leadership so that the process of decision-making is clear, efficient and effective.

We also support the work of faculty, staff and student relations committees which are the primary venues for collegial employee/employer and student relations activities.  We maintain the library of institutional policies and support committees and administration in the process of development and renewal of policies.

The Secretariat ensures impartial support and guidance for the various quasi-judicial processes as outlined in institutional policies, agreements and practices related to faculty, staff and students.

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The University of Waterloo is offering a full tuition waiver to all qualifying students from two First Nations communities on whose traditional territory the University is located. 

The initiative covers current and incoming students who are members of the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

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The University of Waterloo has appointed Murray Gamble (BASc ’85 Civil Engineering) as chair of the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors. His term of office begins May 1, 2023 and will run for three years.