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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.

A Steering Committee will lead the research and consultation process, and the development of the plan. The plan will be presented to the Senate and Board of Governors for approval.

A Resource Group will provide subject matter and operational expertise to support the work of the steering committee.


The Steering Committee began meeting in October 2018 to identify and create opportunities for stakeholder consultation.

Throughout the month of January, the Steering Committee will seek input from Laurier’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and external stakeholders through an online questionnaire, focus groups, workshops and targeted consultations.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to share their input at the following events:

Divisional Council Meetings

  • Faculty of Science: Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m., BA101
  • Faculty of Music: Jan. 11, 2:30 p.m., A510
  • Faculty of Education: Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m., Bricker, Faculty of Education Board Room 3F
  • Library Council: Jan. 23, noon, DAWB 5-103​
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences: Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m., RCE004
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts: Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m., RCW202
  • Faculty of Social Work: Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m., FSW301​​
  • Faculty of Arts: Feb. 1, 2 p.m., SB106
  • Lazaridis School: Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m., location TBD

Student Union Consultations

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union Board Meeting: Jan. 25, 3 p.m.
  • Graduate Students' Association Board Meeting: Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.

World Café​s

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chamber
  • Monday, Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in LH3101
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., MS207, second floor, Market Square​

Members of the Laurier community can register for the World Cafés via the online form

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.
  • January 2019: Stakeholder consultations begin.
  • February 2019: Iterative strategic plan development.
  • March 2019: Stakeholder consultations on draft plan.
  • May 2019: Approval of Senate.
  • June 2019: Approval of Board of Governors.
  • September 2019: Implementation.

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