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Company Overview of University of Waterloo

Company Overview

University of Waterloo operates colleges that offer undergraduate and graduate programs. The university was founded in 1957 and is based in Waterloo, Canada.

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1


Founded in 1957





Key Executives for University of Waterloo

President and Vice Chancellor
Age: 73
Chancellor of Renison College
Age: 77
Provost and Vice President of Academic
Associate Vice-President
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

University of Waterloo Key Developments

University of Waterloo Breaks Ground on Innovative Engineering Building

The University of Waterloo broke ground on an innovative engineering building that will feature facilities designed to expand student-driven innovation and advanced research labs to develop emerging technologies that will help to boost Canada's global competitiveness. The new $88-million building, Engineering 7, will provide students with enhanced learning experiences as well as researchers and graduate students with facilities to advance their work on emerging and disruptive technologies including machine intelligence, automation of knowledge work and wearable biomedical devices to monitor human health. Perkins+Will of Toronto designed the seven-story, 240,000-square-foot building - one of the large on campus. Scheduled to open in September 2018, Engineering 7 is located beside the existing Engineering 5 and the two buildings will be joined by a central atrium and enclosed pedestrian bridges. The new building will provide much-needed student study and community spaces for all Waterloo Engineering students, as well as classrooms, teaching labs and faculty offices to accommodate enrolment growth in the biomedical engineering and mechatronics engineering programs. Engineering 7 will also accommodate a learning space, the Engineering Ideas Clinic(TM), where undergraduate students will integrate classroom theory with multidisciplinary hands-on learning as they design, build, test and refine their ideas. A student-centric building, there is dedicated study and social spaces for students, lecture halls and entrepreneurial support areas, along with 20 design garages for student design teams to prototype their Capstone Design projects. Engineering 7 will house some of the best research facilities in the world, including the Multiscale Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) laboratory, and the RoboHub - the only robotics testing facility in Canada which can support testing of aerial, mobile and magnetically levitated robots.

University of Waterloo Announces New Research Facility for Intelligent Green Cars

A new breed of smarter and greener than current models could emerge from technology developed at a new research facility at the University of Waterloo. The $10 million Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) research facility is established June 17, 2015 in the Faculty of Engineering with $1 million initial funding from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC). The Governments of Canada and Ontario are also providing $2.1 million each through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund Research Infrastructure program. GAIA will consist of three labs: one focusing on powertrain efficiency, another on longer-lasting batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and a third lab for testing research-modified hybrid electric vehicles on rolling dynamometers. Alternative powertrains found in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are integral to the future of transportation. Developing intelligent software for use in low-cost, on-board vehicle computers can provide significant reductions of both emissions and fuel consumption. Complex component systems will contribute to the development of new in-vehicle power electronics and embedded controllers. The result of this research work also has the potential to enable hybrid vehicles to feed energy into Canada's electrical grid and become an integral daytime supplier of low cost energy. As part of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), which leads automotive-academic collaboration in North America, GAIA will support Canadian industry in providing new components and systems into a rapidly growing market. The facility has the capacity to conduct confidential projects simultaneously, offering open access for any company. To meet demand, it is expected new companies will be established, while existing manufacturers will evolve their product offerings.

University of Waterloo Announces Executive Changes

University of Waterloo appointed Bill Watson as new chair. He is a principal with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP specializing in administrative law; complex negotiations, both domestic and international; employment law; labour relations; international labour standards; and occupational health and safety. Watson joined Waterloo's board in 2011. Watson has been a member of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council since 2005, and served as its chair. Catherine Booth appointed as Vice-Chair. She is currently a Senior Project Executive with the University Health Network. She previously served as the CIO of Plexxus, senior vice-president, information technology for Loblaw Companies Limited, and vice-president, information technology for Canadian Tire Corporation.

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