Creating Our Strategic Plan

August 21, 2017

Good morning everyone – admittedly, this is an exciting email for me to sending to you all. I invite you to AU’s Vision and Values Workshop being held next week. This is a unique opportunity to bring together our diverse community for a facilitated conversation to shape and guide our future path. The theme for the workshop is “Imagine If…”.

Your ideas, passion, and dedication will fuel our journey of transformation. We must embrace bold thinking, reimagine our university, and look at the actions and resources necessary to reach our highest potential.

You may choose to attend the entire day (or parts of). For those participating online – we’ll be using an Adobe Connect session to facilitate digital engagement (we are encouraging workplace teams to gather in boardrooms if possible).

If you are in the area and available, I encourage you to attend one of the 8:30AM to 3:45PM sessions:

  1. AU Calgary: Monday, 28th August 2017
  2. AU Athabasca: Tuesday, 29th August 2017
  3. AU Edmonton: Thursday, 31st August 2017

To RSVP to one of the above scheduled gatherings (whether in person or digitally), simply email by Thursday August 24th, and in the subject line, please indicate which session number is preferred (1, 2, or 3); and whether participation is online or in person.

A preliminary environmental scan is attached. Prior to the workshop, please take a few minutes to review this draft document. It will be useful in to have in our minds when charting our future, these trends likely to influence the direction of higher education.

Further to the Vision and Values Workshop, we will be providing additional opportunities for face-to-face, teleconference, and digital means by which to participate, have your voice heard, and shape the final direction of our plan – in other words, this is not your only opportunity to weigh in.

If you have questions, please drop me a line at


Neil Fassina   PhD CPHR ICD.D