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Laurier Strategic Plan: 2019-2024

In September, Wilfrid Laurier University embarked on a consultative process to develop a five-year Strategic Plan: 2019-2024.

Since October, the steering committee has been meeting and working to develop a plan that will set strategies to guide the university over the next five years. Over this time, they have reviewed literature, data sets, historical documents, learned from expert guest speakers and received input from over 2,000 members of the Laurier community through extensive consultations that were held in January.

Based on this information, the draft strategic plan attempts to capture the Laurier community’s aspirations and vision for the next decade. Throughout the month of April, there will be various opportunities for the community to share feedback on the draft strategic plan. Consultation opportunities will be posted on, and on Connect.

A final draft will be presented for approval to the university Senate on May 22 and to the Board of Governors on June 6.

Overview and Objectives

A five-year strategic plan (2019-2024) is in the process of being developed 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) is providing strategic oversight and support to the planning process as sponsors of the project.

A Steering Committee is leading 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 has provided subject matter and operational expertise to support the work of the steering committee.

Draft Consultation

The Steering Committee is sharing a draft Strategic Plan document for community review and input throughout the month of April. At the end of March, students, staff and faculty will be invited via email to provide feedback through an online questionnaire. Additionally, they are invited to share input at the following events:

Divisional Council Meetings

  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences and Faculty of Liberal Arts: March 25, 2:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Music: April 5, 2:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Science: April 11, 2:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Arts: April 12, 2 p.m.
  • Faculty of Education: April 16, 11 a.m.​​
  • Lazaridis School of Business and Economics: April 17, 1:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Social Work: April 24, 11 a.m.


  • Senate: April 15, 4 p.m.
  • Board of Governors: April 25, 2 p.m.

Student Union Consultations

  • Graduate Students' Association Board Meeting: March 26, 5 p.m.
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union Board Meeting: April 25, 2 p.m.

Unit-level Consultations

  • Scheduled on request of unit leaders. Please contact Melissa Heaman.

Facilitated Discussions

Students, staff and faculty are invited to register for one of four facilitated discussions taking place throughout the month of April.

  • Monday, April 15, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Brantford Campus (OD200)
  • Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Waterloo Campus (Senate and Board Chamber)
  • Tuesday, April 23, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Waterloo Campus (Paul Martin Centre)
  • Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Brantford Campus (OD200)

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.
  • April 2019: Stakeholder consultations on draft plan.
  • May 2019: Approval of Senate.
  • June 2019: Approval of Board of Governors.
  • September 2019: Implementation.

Steering Committee Members

The membership of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee consists 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, Assistant Vice-President: Financial Resources
  • Jennifer Casey, Assistant Vice-President: Enrollment Services and Registrar
  • Ulrike Gross, Assistant Vice-President: Facilities and Asset Management
  • Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Indigenous Initiatives
  • Natalie Rigato, Undergraduate Student: Brantford Campus
  • Tarique Plummer, Undergraduate Student: Waterloo Campus
  • Filip Adamski, 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

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