Dr. Vivek Goel, a distinguished scholar with extensive achievements in research, teaching and leadership across both public and private sectors, will become the seventh president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo.  

Goel is recognized in Canada and around the world as a leading public-health researcher, health-services evaluation expert, and champion for the use of research evidence in health policy making.

Goel’s five-year term will begin on July 1, 2021

Goel has held a number of senior leadership roles at the University of Toronto including as Vice-President and Provost and most recently as Vice-President Research and Innovation.

In June, Goel stepped down from his Vice President role to focus on COVID related work to support Canada’s response to the pandemic.

Currently, he serves as a member of the federal government’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and Scientific Advisor for the CanCOVID Research Network. He was previously the Founding President and CEO of Public Health Ontario.

He also currently serves on the boards of the Vector Institute, TRIUMF, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada Health Labs, and the Post Promise.

Goel obtained his medical degree from McGill University. He did his post-graduate medical training in community medicine at the University of Toronto and obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in health administration from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree (MS) in biostatistics from Harvard University’s School of Public Health.