Imagine 2030

An innovative strategic planning exercise.

To achieve their dreams and aspirations, people and organizations need to plan and map out the road to their future. With this in mind, the University of Ottawa is launching an innovative strategic planning exercise – Imagine 2030 – that will help define the long-term future of the university.

Over the next eight months, we will call on the creativity of the university community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and key stakeholders – to participate in co-creating a new vision for our future.

Under the leadership of David Graham, Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Imagine 2030 will proceed through several phases with a goal of presenting the Board of Governors with a new Strategic Plan in May 2019.

Via this website, social media, and innovative face-to-face meetings and events, we will be looking for maximum engagement and input. We will be looking for bold and creative ideas and suggestions about the best path forward.


The Planning Phases

Phase One
Validation of key aspirations
November - December 2018
Phase Two
Ideation - Co-creation
January - April 2019
Phase Three
Data Analysis
April - May 2019
Phase Four
Action Plan Development
May 2019
Phase Five
Presentation to the Board of Governors
May 2019

Phase Two
Ideation - Co-creation
January - April 2019

During Phase 1, we agreed on who we are at our very core. During Phase 2, we will imagine how our core aspirations will come to life. Will we focus on tradition or innovation? Knowledge or skills? Right brain or left brain? Online or on campus? Social impact or business impact? Teaching or learning?

To answer these questions, we will actively engage the community in a dialogue about the future of uOttawa. In other words, we will ask you to mind our own business by sharing your input and your big ideas on what our collective future should look like.

During a series of interactive events (workshops, deep dives, pop-ups, town halls, etc.) and collaborative online discussions, we will go deep and wide to explore potential futures, and then pick them apart and piece them back together. We will challenge ourselves to live up to our aspiration of defying the conventional.

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