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 launched an innovative strategic planning exercise – Imagine 2030 – that will help define the long-term future of the university.

Throughout the strategic planning exercise, we called 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, we proceeded through several phases with a goal of presenting the Board of Governors with a Strategic Framework in June 2019.

Via this website, social media, and innovative face-to-face meetings and events, we sought maximum engagement and input. We solicited 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
Brainstorming – Ideation – Co-creation
January - March 2019
Phase Three
Data Analysis
January - March 2019
Phase Four
Strategic Framework Development
April - May 2019
Phase Five
Finalization and Approval of the Strategic Plan
May - October 2019

Phase Five
Finalization and Approval of the Strategic Plan
May - October 2019

The Strategic Framework was presented to the Executive Committee of the Senate on June 4 and to the full Senate on June 10, It was also presented to the Board of Governors for approval on June 20, where it received unanimous approval.

The University’s Institutional Research and Planning Department is currently developing a detailed Action Plan for the years 2020-2025. This Action Plan will define the specific actions to be undertaken to achieve the objectives outlined in the Strategic Framework. It will be accompanied by a dashboard to assist the university community in tracking its progress towards achieving those objectives.

The 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, which will include the Strategic Framework, the Action Plan and the online dashboard, will be released in its entirety in the fall of 2019 in the form of a dedicated website.

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