Consultation Process

Groups Consulted

A series of workshops and presentations were held across campus over the 2009-2010 academic year. Groups consulted included:

  • Deans' Council (29 September 2009)
  • Centres/Canada Research Chairs Forum (15 October 2009)
  • Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Committee (16 October 2009)
  • Open Faculty Workshops (19 and 20 October 2009)
  • Associate Deans Research Forum (22 October 2009)
  • Department Head Forum Program (22 October 2009)
  • USSU/GSA Executives (5 November 2009)

The following questions were asked of each group:

  • What are the areas that would bring our university distinct recognition and distinguish us as leaders in Canada and among the very best in the world?
  • How will these make the university stand out based on our research output and achievement, capacity, investments, history, and sense of place?

The responses were collected and analyzed by the Areas of Pre-Eminence Commitment Working Group. To submit feedback on these questions, faculty members can click here.


Signature Areas Theme Refinement Workshop

From the extensive campus-wide consultation, a consensus around several broad themes emerged. The Working Group developed several options to articulate these themes and to express their distinctiveness and impact.

A workshop to which all attendees at previous consultation sessions and all faculty across campus were invited was held 23 March 2010 led by Executive Sponsor Peter MacKinnon and Commitment Leader Karen Chad. The workshop attendees provided feedback on refinement of the themes.

Next Steps

The finalized list was endorsed by President Peter MacKinnon and brought forward for information to University Council and the Board of Governors in June of 2010.

The next steps for the Working Group include:

  • Develop a description for each signature area (global relevance, areas of strength/pre-eminence, and impact) - winter 2010-11
  • Share signature area descriptions with internal/external stakeholders - winter 2010-11
  • Develop environmental scan for each signature area - spring 2011
  • Identify gaps and build on strengths - spring 2011