Since 1961, the university has used a coat of arms. The coat of arms was officially registered with the Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1987 and the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 2001.  The President, appointed by the Board of Governors, is, with the approval of the Senate, the chief executive of the university, manages the affairs of the university and acts on behalf of the board of directors with respect to the management and operational control of the university. The President is President of the Senate and a member of the Board of Directors.  The President also serves as Vice-Chancellor and assumes his duties as Clerk during his absence or temporary vacancy.  The Clerk is elected by members of the Senate for a three-year term, although he is eligible for an extension. The Chancellor`s main task is to preside over all summonses and to present volunteer candidates to the Senate.  Dominic Barton has been Chancellor since 27 October 2018.  He succeeded Tom Jenkins, who has held the position since May 1, 2015. In March 2011, Feridun Hamdullahpur was proclaimed the university`s sixth president after serving as interim president since October 2010.  The type of library identification required for mutual lending is defined by each participating consortium. The following information indicates the identification of students, teachers and staff in different regions or provinces. For example, students, teachers and staff in the Atlantic provinces should receive a CAUL-CBUA card that they can present at other Canadian university libraries.
Students, teachers and staff in the western provinces should receive a COPPUL card. These cards are available in the library of the original institution. The university has established several research partnerships with other institutions. In 2007, the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was established in partnership with the University of Waterloo as a postgraduate school and research centre. [b] BSIA operates three research centres in the area of public governance and public policy.  In 2016, Facebook`s hardware development department announced a partnership with Waterloo and 16 other post-secondary institutions, with Facebook exploring new revenue streams in virtual reality, cybersecurity and other areas of research.  In 2019, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Waterloos Institute of Artificial Intelligence for $115 million over five years as part of Microsoft`s broader AI For Good Initiative. The Waterloo Es Artificial Intelligence Institute is an interdisciplinary initiative involving researchers from the faculties of art, engineering, mathematics and computer science.  During the COVID 19 pandemic, researchers at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, in collaboration with SiO2 Innovation Labs, worked on a coating that would kill the virus on impact.