Web Steering Committee

The University of Waterloo Web Steering Committee (WSC) provides directions for the University of Waterloo’s official web presence.

Committee Terms of Reference

The Web Steering Committee has decision-making responsibilities and accountabilities for the following:

  • Directions for the web presence, including underlying technologies (content management system, social media, etc.), and support/training models for its use.

  • Monitoring web accessibility legislation requirements and Waterloo compliance.

  • Evolution of, and compliance to, the official web design, web development and web technology.

  • Approval of best practice guidelines (use, design) for the University web presence.

  • Review recommendations and seek advice from the Web Advisory Committee (WAC), on all aspects of web planning, development and practice on campus.

  • Provide a forum for University Relations, IST and WAC to discuss and share information about University of Waterloo web design, technologies and training.

  • Inform campus community about web initiatives on the WSC website.

  • Prioritize web projects.


  •  The Web Advisory Committee (WAC) is the primary advisory body to the Web Steering Committee.

  • Web Steering Committee is accountable for its decisions to the University Committee on Information Systems and Technology (UCIST).

  • The Chair of the WAC is appointed by the Web Steering Committee.

  • The Chair of WAC will be the formal link between Web Steering Committee and the Web Advisory Committee, informing WAC about the decisions made on WAC recommendations


The Chair of the Web Steering Committee will provide updates to the University Committee on Information Systems & Technology (UCIST) as requested/needed. The Web Steering Committee may seek advice from UCIST to help with decisions as noted in Governance above. The Chair of the Web Advisory Committee will provide updates to the Web Advisory Committee at each Web Advisory Meeting.

This website will be maintained by the Chair of the Web Steering Committee and all relevant documents (such as minutes) shall be kept in this location.


The membership of the Web Steering Committee includes the following:

Ex officio

  • Greg Smith, Chief Information Officer (IST)
  • Michael Dorr, Associate Vice-President, Marketing and Brand Strategy (University Relations)
  • (Vacant), Director, Information Systems (IST)
  • Iva Badjari, Associate Director, Digital Communications (University Relations)
  • (Vacant), Chair, Web Advisory Committee

Faculty representatives (3)

  • Daniel Allen, Information Technology Specialist (School of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics)
  • Sarah Forgrave, Web and E-Communications Officer (Faculty of Science)
  • Marlon Griffith, Project Leader (Faculty of Engineering)

Academic support unit representatives (2)

  • Jennifer Halcrow, Manager, Digital Student Experience (Office of the Associate Provost, Students)
  • Jodi Szimanski, Associate Director, Communications Engagement and Digital Experience (Co-operative and Experiential Education)

Resources to the committee

  • Joe Kwan, Manager, Web Development (IST)
  • (Vacant), Manager, Web Strategy (UR)


The Web Steering Committee will meet once a month or more frequently if deemed appropriate by the Committee.


The Web Steering Committee will maintain a public web site, where minutes, projects and reports are available.