Creating Our Strategic Plan

August 14, 2017

Good day everyone,   

I would like to take a moment to update you on the activities underway in developing our new strategic plan for AU.

In my previous message on this topic, I noted that I would be bringing a team together to help lead the process. I have appointed the Strategic Planning Working Group and we met to kick-off the strategic planning process. Members of the Working Group are: Neil Fassina, President, Matthew Prineas, Provost and Vice President Academic, Pamela Hawranik, Dean, Graduate Studies, Alain May, Associate Vice President, Student and Academic Services, Shauna Reckseidler-Zenteno, Associate Professor, Biology, Margaret Kierylo, Director, Integrated Planning, Ann Conguergood, Academic Expert, Faculty of Business, and Eva Sale, Liaison Officer. The Office of the President EPO is supporting the team. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Working Group for the time and effort they are investing in the planning process.

Last week and this week the group is reviewing internal and external documents, processing all the information, distilling patterns, and identifying dominant strategic themes. This work will form the basis of a concept paper that will be presented at the Vision and Values Conference scheduled on August 28 in Calgary, August 29 in Athabasca, and August 31 in Edmonton. Additional information on the Conference will be available in the coming days. I encourage all of you to participate as this is a great opportunity for you to help shape the future of our university.

The process is currently underway to bring together the Strategic Plan Steering Team. This team will be integral to providing feedback, comments, and recommendations for improvement on working drafts of the document. I will be able to provide more of an update on the Steering Team next week.

As we accelerate forward in our planning process, your input is essential to a vibrant plan. One way that I will be gathering your perspective is through asking members of the University community to participate in a regular electronic question. In some cases, these questions may come weekly. In yet others, there may be more than one question during a week. As these questions arrive, please feel free to respond to as many or as few as you feel you need to.

As we progress through this process, I invite you to provide your feedback and will be updating you regularly as the planning process moves forward. Please send your thoughts to