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Overview and Objectives

Laurier is embarking on a consultative process to develop a five-year strategic plan (2019-2024) to guide the university’s priorities. The objectives of the planning process are to:

  • Create an institutional strategic plan that synthesizes and builds on existing (Strategic Mandate Agreement, Strategic Academic Plan, Strategic Research Plan, etc.) and emerging institutional priorities and brings life to the university’s strategic directions.
  • Lay out a bold, inspirational, and aspirational institutional vision for the next five years (2019-2024) that informs unit-level planning and priority-setting.

This will be accomplished through a planning process that focuses on engaging and energizing key internal and external stakeholder groups, in alignment with the university’s mission and values.


The university’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) (i.e. the president, vice-presidents and senior executive officer, Brantford) will provide strategic oversight and support to the planning process as sponsors of the project.

The plan will be presented to the Senate and Board of Governors for approval.

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee will lead the research and consultation process, and the development of the plan. The membership of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee will consist of the following 28 members:


Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor


  • Rob Gordon, Provost and Vice-President: Academic
  • Scott Lyons, External Representative, Board of Governors
  • Lynda Kitamura, External Representative, Board of Governors
  • Bill Muirhead, External Representative, Board of Governors
  • Heidi Northwood, Dean: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Interim Senior Executive Officer, Brantford Campus
  • Leanne Holland Brown, Dean of Students: Waterloo campus
  • Mary-Anne Banks, Associate Vice-President: Financial Resources
  • Jennifer Casey, Associate Vice-President: Enrollment Services and Registrar
  • Ulrike Gross, Associate Vice-President: Facilities and Asset Management
  • Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Indigenous Initiatives
  • Natalie Rigato, Undergraduate Student: Brantford Campus
  • Tarique Plummer, Undergraduate Student: Waterloo Campus
  • Kathy Bazinet, Graduate Student
  • Connie Palenik, Staff Representative, Board of Governors
  • Melanie Will, Staff Representative, Board of Governors
  • Thomas Waites, WLUAA representative
  • Mark Harris, Principal-Dean: Martin Luther University College
  • Gavin Brockett, Associate Professor: Faculty of Arts
  • Mary Kelly, Professor: Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
  • Kristiina Montero, Associate Professor: Faculty of Education
  • Nikolai Kovalev, Associate Professor: Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
  • Geoff Spurr, Associate Professor: Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • Leslie Fagan, Assistant Professor: Faculty of Music
  • Pam Bryden, Professor: Faculty of Science
  • Ann Curry-Stevens, Associate Professor: Faculty of Social Work
  • Michele Kramer, Contract Academic Staff
  • Yanli Li, Librarian

The executive assistant to the president will serve as the committee secretary, and the director of the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor will serve as the project manager.

Resource Group

The Resource Group will provide subject matter and operational expertise to support the work of the steering committee. The membership will be fluid based on project needs and phasing. For more information, please contact Sheldon Pereira, Resource Group chairperson and director, Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, at


The Steering Committee will begin meeting in October. It will identify and create opportunities for stakeholder consultation. This section will be updated at that time to include information on how to participate.

Project Progress

Timelines and project progress will be updated on a regular basis.

Tentative timeline:

  • September 2018: Establish and populate committees.
  • October 2018: Steering committee begins meeting.
  • October 2018: Stakeholder consultations begin.
  • January 2019: Iterative strategic plan development.
  • February 2019: Mid-project update to Senate and Board of Governors.
  • May 2019: Approval of Senate.
  • June 2019: Approval of Board of Governors.
  • September 2019: Implementation.

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