Better planning for a better university.

Marcel Mérette leaning on a bannister

“I am confident that planning, data-driven analysis and budget transparency will enable us to better support the academic mission of the University of Ottawa.”

Marcel Mérette

— Deputy Provost, Planning and Academic Budgets

About the Deputy Provost


The Deputy Provost, Planning and Academic Budgets supports the Provost in all matters related to planning, development and execution of academic activities. This includes responsibility for the Professional Development Institute, Institutional Research and Planning, and the Financial Planning Department. 

The Deputy Provost's responsibilities include the budgeting process to determine revenues and budget allocations to faculties and services, strategic planning including follow-ups on Transformation 2030 and the Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Government of Ontario, as well as numerous analyses and reports to assist senior administration in making more informed decisions.


Marcel Mérette holds a Ph.D.  in Economics from the Université de Montréal and was a post-doctorate fellow at Yale University.  He started his career at the Department of Finance of Canada before joining the Department of Economics of the University of Ottawa in 1999.  His main research consists of developing simulation models called “computable general equilibrium models” with overlapping generations structures.    He has published on topics such as international trade and population aging.  Having held a few administrative positions at the Department of Economics, he became Vice-Dean of Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2005 to 2010.  He was also Acting Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies when he became Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in February 2010 until September 2017.  Then, he was nominated Acting Associate Vice-President, Planning, and since October 2018, he is Deputy Provost, Planning and Academic Budgets.

About Planning and Academic Budgets

Transformation 2030

Academic planning at the University of Ottawa is always carried out in the greater context of the University's strategic plan, Transformation 2030, which articulates the University's ambitions to become one of Canada's best teaching and research universities. 

Take a look at our Progress Report (PDF, 6.48 MB) to see how we are building the university of tomorrow.

Administrative units reporting to the Deputy Provost