#Imagine2023 : More Consultations and Guest Speakers

Dear members of the University community /Boozhoo/Aanii/Kwe kwe,

I want to thank the 350 students, faculty, staff, Governors, alumni and community members who attended one of eight electronic brainstorming sessions held on March 27-29th to help shape our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. The energy in the room was incredible and the ideas expressed were inspiring!

The 24-member Strategic Plan Steering Committee held its first meeting on February 27th and heard from Dr. Ted Hewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), who delivered a 14-minute talk on the topic of  “What will university-based research look like in 10 years”? I invite you to watch it.

Students, colleagues and members of the public have already responded with over 500 answers to the three statements on the strategic plan website: 1) I am proud of Laurentian because … 2) Laurentian should consider … 3) Five years from now Laurentian will …  In addition, everyone is invited to email advice to the Steering Committee at strategicplan@laurentian.ca.  All submissions received will be shared with the full Steering Committee.

I want to thank our student associations who are enabling the Steering Committee to seek advice from members of the university community in the “bowling alley.” Check out the chalkboard and give us your input on a new question each week from now until the end of May.

Dr. Linda Ambrose, Special Advisor for Strategic Planning who supports the work of the Steering Committee, already met with the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture Council on March 15th and with the Association of Retired Academics of Laurentian University on March 22nd.

Other consultations by Dr. Ambrose have been scheduled with the:

  • Library and Archives Faculty Council (March 30th);
  • Faculty of Arts Council (March 31st);
  • Institut franco-ontarien (April 5th);
  • Faculty of Management Council (April 5th);
  • Offices Reporting to the VP Research (April 6);
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Council (April 11th);
  • Faculty and staff of Thorneloe University (April 19th);
  • Centre for Academic Excellence/Registrar’s Office (April 26th);
  • Laurentian University Native Education Council (May 9th);
  • Faculty of Education Council (May 10th); and the
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine (May 24th).
  • … and arrangements for several others are still in the works!

I engaged with alumni and friends of Laurentian in Ottawa on March 24th, and will do the same in the Cobalt area on April 7th and in Sault Ste Marie on April 13th. Similar sessions are being organized on Manitoulin Island and in Timmins, as well as discussions with students attending local elementary and secondary schools.

I want to remind you that on Monday, April 3rd, Dr. Janet Morrison, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Sheridan and former Vice-Provost, Students at York University, will stimulate our reflection about student life. She will deliver her presentation at 7 pm in the Governors’ Lounge. Once again, we will take some time that evening to discuss what we hear and think about how it helps to inform our strategic planning process.

On Wednesday, April 19th, Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor, and a member of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, will present a talk on trends in postsecondary education. This will take place at 7 pm in the Executive Learning Centre. Alex’s presentation, and our reflection on it from that evening, will be captured by graphic recording artist Sara Heppner-Waldston. In 2012, Sara worked with the McEwen School of Architecture as they developed their vision. We are pleased to welcome her back to Greater Sudbury to work with us as we #Imagine2023.

I am pleased to confirm that on Wednesday, May 10th, Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Assistant Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, will be our guest speaker on Indigeneity in universities. Details to follow.

If you have any questions or comments about the strategic planning process, please do not hesitate to email strategicplan@laurentian.ca

As always, I welcome comments on the blog or any other matter. You can reach me at dominicgiroux@laurentian.ca, or can join the 12,700 people who follow me on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Merci, Thank you, Miigwech.

#Imagine2023 : Electronic Brainstorming Sessions March 27-29th

Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,

Consultations to inform the first draft of the university’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan are now underway until the end of May. The strategic plan website was launched in early March and has already been visited by more than 500 people. Check it out for yourself.

Eight electronic brainstorming sessions will be held on March 27-29th in West Residence room 132. Electronic brainstorming sessions are an efficient way to capture everyone’s ideas, and make strategic choices. It served us very well in 2011 when we developed our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. Participants are encouraged to read in advance a 10-page backgrounder. At each session, every participant will be able to brainstorm with other attendees and enter their ideas and suggestions on a laptop, and will then get to vote on all the ideas generated. Participants in each session will spend no more than two hours and leave with a sense of the consensus from the group. In other words: it’s not just a brainstorming for the sake of brainstorming. It’s a very good use of everyone’s time! These discussions will lead to results.

These eight sessions are designed, on one hand, to capture the unique perspectives of students, faculty, LUSU and LUAPS colleagues – four of the eight sessions are intended for one of these specific audiences. On the other hand, the process approved by Senate and the Board of Governors also calls for inter-departmental and multi-stakeholder discussions fostering collaborations. Therefore, the remaining four sessions are opened to all, including community members and alumni.

In order to assist with logistics with laptops, we are kindly asking participants to register in advance to the session of their choice as follows:

Participants Date and Time RSVP
LUSU members (bilingual) Monday, March 27th 10 am – noon Not required
All (in French only) Monday, March 27th 2-4 pm Imagine27PM.rsvpify.com
Students (bilingual) Monday, March 27th 6-7:30 pm Imagine2.rsvpify.com
Faculty (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 10am-noon Not required
All (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 2-4 pm Imagine28PM.rsvpify.com
Community members and alumni (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 7-9pm Imagine28EVE.rsvpify.com
LUAPS members (bilingual) Wednesday, March 29th 10am – noon Not required
All (bilingual) Wednesday, March 29th 2-4 pm Imagine29PM.rsvpify.com

This is your chance to help shape the future of Laurentian University. I really encourage you to take two hours of your busy schedule to be part of the discussion!

On Tuesday, March 21st, Professor Bonnie Patterson, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and former President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities and former President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, will deliver a talk at 7 pm in the Governors’ Lounge to explain what are Strategic Mandate Agreements, their implications for universities, and what strategic questions the university community should be asking itself as we develop our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan together.

On Monday, April 3rd, Dr. Janet Morrison, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Sheridan and former Vice-Provost, Students at York University, will stimulate our reflection about student life. She will deliver her presentation at 7 pm in the Governors’ Lounge.

On Wednesday, April 19th, Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor, and a member of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, will present a talk on trends in postsecondary education. This will take place at 7 pm in the Executive Learning Centre.

Each of these talks will be followed by questions, after which Dr. Linda Ambrose, Special Advisor for Strategic Planning, will facilitate a discussion among attendees reflecting on what we will have heard.

In my next strategic planning update, I will provide you with additional details about other consultations and opportunities to learn from guest speakers.

If you have any questions or comments about the strategic planning process, please do not hesitate to email strategicplan@laurentian.ca.

As always, I welcome comments on the blog or any other matter. You can reach me at dominicgiroux@laurentian.ca, or can join the 12,700 people who follow me on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Merci, Thank you, Miigwech.