Associate Vice-President, Innovation

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The University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice-President, Innovation—a role that will support the impactful, bold, and game-changing culture that characterizes this University. With the potential for great societal impact with this portfolio, the position of AVP, Innovation represents both an exciting and rare opportunity within Canada’s higher education landscape. Success in this portfolio represents an opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Canada’s innovation agenda and the nurturing of discoveries that permeate the world.

Waterloo—Canada’s innovation university—stands as a global model of 21st-century higher education. With approximately 39,000 students, Waterloo has an unmatched entrepreneurial culture, an intensive research focus, and deep connections to industry, which combine to create one of the top innovation hubs in the world. Through excellent and relevant undergraduate and graduate education delivered by six Faculties (Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science), eight faculty-based professional schools, and over forty research centres and institutes, the University has earned a reputation for building leaders of tomorrow. Waterloo is distinguished for having the largest, best-established, and most sophisticated co-operative education program of its kind in the world, with about 20,000 work terms annually.  

The Office of Research is deeply committed to converting ideas into opportunity. In 2017-18, faculty, staff, and students attracted more than $225 million from public and private sources to fund research and innovation across a spectrum of challenges, and over the years the University has realized tremendous success with partnership-building, patents and licences, commercialization, and knowledge-mobilization. With a forward-thinking outlook and a genuine passion for supporting ground-breaking ideas, the Associate Vice-President, Innovation will play a vital role in advancing Waterloo’s already outstanding reputation.

Reporting to the Vice-President, University Research, the Associate Vice-President, Innovation has oversight responsibility for innovation broadly across campus. This includes provision of strong leadership to Waterloo’s Innovation Ecosystem Council, which comprises several of Waterloo’s functional groups with innovation mandates as well as external partners. The AVP will be accountable for the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive, pan-campus innovation strategy that will integrate innovation initiatives. Using their exceptional leadership and integrative skills, the Associate Vice-President, Innovation will enhance strategic research alliances with private- and public-sector partners looking to innovate, enhance knowledge translation leading to commercialization of innovative technologies, and influence the development of governmental policies that have broad societal impact. The successful candidate possesses excellent communication skills, proven competence in driving consensus and building effective working relationships, an ability to capitalize on opportunities, strong business acumen, and an understanding of academic research and innovation. 

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process. For more information, please see The University of Waterloo encourages requests for accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodations can be made available throughout the recruitment process. 

Consideration of candidates will begin in August 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate to take office as mutually agreed. Applications and expressions of interest should be submitted, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at