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Strategic plan

Have your say in UM's newest Strategic Plan

The world has changed significantly since we created Taking Our Place more than seven years ago. Now is the time to ask ourselves how we will bring about the most needed change in this new era—how we will inspire and advance big ideas and solve the world’s pressing problems.

The University of Manitoba has sought the expertise of Alex Usher and his team at Higher Education Strategy Associates to support our work. They have helped us design the consultation process, provided a brief on trends in the sector, are providing ongoing support to our facilitators, and will help interpret the results of the consultation that will lead to our final plan.

Strategic Plan Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who attended the January 26 Strategic Plan Town Hall. Roughly 370 community members took part in-person and online to help shape how we inform the development of the next UM strategic plan.

If you were unable to join us for the discussion, you can view the event on YouTube or review the event presentation given by President and Vice-Chancellor Michael Benarroch, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Diane Hiebert-Murphy, and CEO of Higher Education Strategy Associates Alex Usher.

Watch the event on YouTube View the Strategic Plan Town Hall presentation (PDF)

Ongoing opportunities to engage

The first phase of the strategic planning consultation process begins on January 30 and continues into the first week of March. Please find below a schedule of consultation sessions in which you can participate. Sessions have been scheduled in such a way for people to have multiple ways to engage, including in-person and virtual options.

There are two types of sessions available to faculty, students, and staff:

The first type of sessions are coordinated at the unit, committee, or community-group level, in which members will receive a direct invite. If there is no date or time indicated for your unit, we are in the process of finalizing those details and you will receive an email from the unit with more information in the near future.

The second type of sessions are open sessions that span multiple units and groups. For these, we ask that individuals register by completing the online registration form. Following registration, and prior to the session, you will receive more details on the room location (if it is an in-person session) or zoom link (if it is a virtual session).

Not sure which Vice-President portfolio your unit falls under? Please check out the UM organizational chart.

You only need to plan to attend one session as discussion at each session will revolve around the same questions. These sessions are meant to be engaging and aspirational – what do we see as the university doing well, what are our strengths, and where would we like to see ourselves moving forward?

Unable to attend a session?  Have additional thoughts following a session? Please provide your feedback using the online consultation form.

Preparing for your consultation session

You may wish to review the current strategic plan (PDF), strategic research plan (PDF) and the documents below in advance of your consultation session as background and context to the discussion. The UM reports highlight key recommendations and priorities identified by the university in recent years and the HESA Environmental Scan (PDF) provides a general overview of key issues and challenges in the broader post-secondary sector.

Consultation session schedule

Academic units and affiliated colleges

Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management

February 17, 2023, 11 a.m. - 12:3- p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources

February 2, 2023, 2 - 4 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


College of Nursing

February 21, 2023, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
College council
Standing Meeting


College of Pharmacy

February 15, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Staff meeting
Invite only


College of Rehabilitation Sciences

February 1, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Desautels Faculty of Music

February 27, 2023, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Division of Extended Education

February 15, 2023, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Division council
Standing meeting


Gerald D. Niznick College of Dentistry

February 8, 2023, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

February 7, 2023, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty council
Standing meeting


Faculty of Architecture

February 14, 2023, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Faculty of Arts

February 7, 2023, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty council
Standing meeting


Faculty of Education

February 21, 2023, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Faculty council
Standing meeting


Faculty of Graduate Studies

February 16, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m.
Faculty council
Standing meeting


Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

February 9, 2023, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Staff meeting
Invite only


Faculty of Law

February 6, 2023, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Faculty of Science

March 3, 2023, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Faculty of Social Work

February 24, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m.
Faculty council
Standing meeting


Max Rady College of Medicine

February 1, 2023. 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


Price Faculty of Engineering

February 9, 2023, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


School of Art

February 10, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Special meeting
Invite only


St. John's College

February 28, 2023, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Invite only


St. Paul's College

Date TBD
Invite only


Staff academic units option 1

February 22, 2023, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
In-person

Register for staff and academic units option 1


Staff academic units option 2

February 28, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual

Register for staff and academic units option 2


Staff - All option 1

February 24, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Virtual

Register for staff - all option 1


Staff - All option 2

March 1, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual

Register for staff - all option 2


Staff - Bannatyne campus

March 1, 2023, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
In-person

Register for staff - Bannatyne campus


Staff - Fort Garry campus option 1

February 2, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for staff - Fort Garry campus option 1


Staff - Fort Garry campus option 2

February 23, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In-person

Register for staff - Fort Garry campus option 2

Administrative units

Libraries

February 28, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Virtual
Invite only


Staff and units under the president and provost option 1

February 13, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
In-person

Register for staff and units under the president and provost option 1


Staff and units under the president and provost option 2

February 23, 2023, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Virtual

Register for staff and units under the president and provost option 2


Staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 1

February 8, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 1


Staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 2

February 22, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 2


Staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 3

March 2, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Virtual

Register for staff and units under the vice-president (administration) option 3


Staff and units under the vice-president (external)

March 3, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m.
Invite only


Staff and units under the vice-president (Indigenous)

TBA
Invite only


Staff and units under the vice-president (research and international)

March 3, 2023, 1 - 3 p.m.
Invite only


Staff - All option 1

February 24, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Virtual

Register for Staff - All option 1


Staff - All option 2

March 1, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual

Register for Staff - All option 2


Staff - Bannatyne campus

March 1, 2023, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
In-person

Register for Staff - Bannatyne campus


Staff - Fort Garry campus option 1

February 2, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for Staff - Fort Garry campus option 1


Staff - Fort Garry campus option 2

February 23, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
In-person

Register for Staff - Fort Garry campus option 2

University committees and other groups

Associate Deans Research

TBA
Invite only


Associate Deans Undergraduate

February 6, 2023, 9 - 10:15 a.m.
Standing meeting


Board of Governors (special meeting)

March 2, 2023, 4 - 7 p.m.
Invite only


Deans and directors

February 14, 2023, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Standing meeting


Indigenous Connect

February 10, 2023, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Invite only


Ongomiizwin - Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing

TBA


Senate (special meeting)

February 9, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Invite only


Senate (special meeting)

February 17, 2023, 9 - 11 a.m.
Invite only


Senate Planning and Priorities Committee

February 27, 2023, 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Standing meeting


University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA)

February 10, 2023, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Invite only

Students

GSA - Executive and council

TBA
Invite only


Students - Bannatyne campus

February 27, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for students - Bannatyne campus


Students - Fort Garry campus

February 15, 2023, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
In-person

Register for students - Fort Garry campus


Students - Graduate

February 16, 2023, 3 - 4 p.m.
Virtual

Register for students - Graduate


Students - Indigenous student groups

February 6, 2023, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Virtual

Register for students - Indigenous student groups


Students - Undergraduate

February 3, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Virtual

Register for students - Undergraduate


UMSU Board

February 9, 2023, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Standing meeting

External partners

Alumni/community at large

February 27, 2023, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
SMARTPark Innovation Hub, MPR Room, 100 Innovation Drive

Register for Alumni Forum


Alumni Council

February 13, 2023, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Borger Board Room – E1-270 EITC
Invite only


President's Advisory Council

TBA
Invite only

Strategic Plan Committee 2023 - Membership

Co-chairs

Michael Benarroch
President and Vice-Chancellor

Diane Hiebert-Murphy
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

From senate

Stephan Pflugmacher Lima
Dean, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Susan Prentice
Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Faculty of Arts

John Sorensen
Associate Head Undergraduate (Courses and Programs); Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

From Board of Governors

Lynette Magnus
Vice-Chair, Board of Governors

From Deans/Directors and senior administrative leaders

Tina Chen
Executive Lead (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), and Distinguished Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Peter Nickerson
Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) and Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Science; Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine

From faculty

Shawn Bailey
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Namita Bhatnagar
Professor and F. Ross Johnson Fellow, Department of Marketing, I.H. Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management

Afra Bolefski
Head, Library Social Sciences, Libraries

Katherine Boyer
Assistant Professor, School of Art

Robert Mizzi
Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology

Kim Ominski
Professor and Head, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Leisha Strachan
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

From staff

Jeff Adams
Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services

Carla Loewen
Director, Indigenous Student Centre

From students

Uche Nwankwo
Senator, UMGSA

Jaron Rykiss
President, UMSU

From senior executive team

Naomi Andrew
Vice-President (Administration)

Catherine Cook
Vice-President (Indigenous)

Mario Pinto
Vice-President (Research and International)

Vanessa Koldingnes
Vice-President (External)

Resources

Cassandra Davidson
Academic Program Specialist, Office of the Provost

Jay Gamey
Improvement Specialist, Change Management and Project Services

Randy Roller
Executive Director, Office of Institutional Analysis

Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA):

  • Alex Usher
  • Maica Murphy
  • Janelle Curry

Other resources as needed

Our shared future

We are excited to share Our Shared Future: Building on our Strategic Plan, which will help guide the work we do over the next 12-18 months. We developed this interim Strategic Plan in consultation with our community.

In recent months, we heard from close to 2,000 members of the UM community about what matters most to them. Because of your feedback, we will focus on post-COVID planning and further our progress on anti-racism, experiential learning, Indigenous achievement and engagement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and addressing climate change will inform all our plans and priorities.

Undoubtedly, we will need to re-evaluate and fine-tune these priorities to adapt to changing circumstances, as our university has done for 144 years. In 2022, we will undertake a robust consultation process to inform our work in developing the University’s next five-year Strategic Plan.

Building on our Strategic Plan

In imagining the path to set forward for our University, we remain committed to academic and research excellence, an accessible, inclusive and supportive environment on our campuses, and engagement and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities. We continue in our commitment to consulting with our entire UM community for strategic direction.

The University’s mission, vision, values and the current Strategic Plan Taking Our Place 2015-2020 will continue to guide us.

Our work will build on the pillars in Taking Our Place 2015-2020:

  • Inspiring Minds through innovative and quality teaching
  • Driving Discovery and insight through excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities
  • Creating Pathways to Indigenous achievement
  • Building Community that creates an outstanding learning and working environment
  • Forging Connections to foster high impact community engagement

Our success also continues to be supported by, and build on, the success of the Front and Centre campaign and enhanced by big, bold ideas to inspire the highest levels of philanthropic support for our academic, research, and engagement mission.

The online consultation process will solicit input from our academics, students, staff, administrators, retirees, and alumni, the Board of Governors, and from the wider community on several areas of focus across the pillars of Taking Our Place.

These focus areas will bridge to a robust strategic planning process with broad community engagement, leading to the introduction of a new plan in 2023.

Taking Our Place: University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020

This final report on Taking Our Place: University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 summarizes the progress made on achieving the goals and priorities set out in the original plan. It provides a broad overview of the major highlights and insights into the many ways in which UM as a whole has worked together to advance our collective priorities.

This report was prepared in the spring of 2020: COVID-19 has changed our circumstances significantly. The content in this report focuses on the period prior to the onset of the pandemic.