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The President is the chief executive officer of the University and has supervision over and direction of the academic and general administration of the University, its students, managers, teaching staff and non-teaching employees.

Asima C. Vezina

President and Vice-Chancellor

705-949-2301, ext.4117

Office: SH 310

Email: asima.vezina@algomau.ca

Lauren Nasby

Executive Assistant

705.949.2301, ext. 4114

Email: lauren.nasby@algomau.ca


Aanii! Boozhoo! Hello! Bonjour! As President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, staff, faculty, guests, and those who will soon be joining us.

Here, we are a student centered organization focused on student success. The vision for this university was built using the voices of our students who have continued to tell us they value small class sizes, close relationships with faculty, strong academic programming, and our commitment to overall student experience.

As we create memories and achieve our goals, it feels very special to acknowledge the traditional territory and lands of the Anishinabek where our collective journey is taking place. Our special mission of cross-cultural education is coming into its own as we welcome people from around the world who are gathering at the heart of the beautiful Great Lakes on the St. Mary’s River in Bawatting / Sault Ste. Marie to learn from and with each other. It is an exciting time to be at Algoma U.

We use the natural beauty of this area and region to design and offer experiences that will provide lasting memories for a lifetime. My hope for everyone that comes to Algoma is that, as part of the unique and special experience we offer, each of you, in some way,  will be touched and transformed. Welcome!

Asima Vezina

Asima Vezina

President and Vice-Chancellor

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Public Disclosure Documents

Algoma University’s is committed to transparency, accountability and public disclosure. Stakeholders and the public at large are given access to key documents and reports that we use as planning tools and as barometers of our success.

Academic Plan 2016-2021

At its June 3, 2016 meeting the Algoma University Senate approved a five-year rolling Academic Plan that lays out the foundations that undergird the development of Algoma University’s programming in all areas. This plan will guide new program development and careful review of programming already in place.

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Academic Plan Report 2014

The purpose of this document is to provide an update of the current Five-Year Academic Plan (2010-2015) which was approved by Senate in March 2010.  Specifically, the updates will focus on providing the current status of academic programs as well as program development. Divisional priorities with their associated timelines will also be introduced as a new but important component of the plan.

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Academic Plan 2006-2011

The Academic Planning Committee of Senate makes annual recommendations to Senate for program renewal, and the Strategic Plan has largely been built around these recommendations.

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Bill 80: An Act to establish Algoma University and to dissolve Algoma University College

Bill 80, which received Royal Assent on June 18, 2008, dissolved Algoma University College and re-established the institution as Algoma University. Bill 80 has been enacted as Chapter 13 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2008.

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For a  complete list of the university, pension and foundation statements please view our Audited Financial Statements section.

Community Report 2014

Algoma University takes great pride in the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff, and is pleased to share them in these Community Reports, along with some key institutional data.

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Community Report 2013

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Institutional Plan 2010-2015

Algoma University has completed its second strategic plan as the province of Ontario’s nineteenth and newest university. The Algoma University Institutional Plan was approved by the Board of Governors on March 11, 2010 and by the Algoma University Senate on March 5, 2010.

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Statement on Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action and Beyond

Algoma University’s Board of Governors, with the support of its many partners, but notably the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Education Trust, proclaims its profound support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action…and beyond.

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2015-2016 Strategic Mandate Agreement

The Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs) between individual universities and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (the ministry) outline the role that each university currently performs in the post-secondary education system and how it will build on its current strengths to achieve its vision and help drive system-wide objectives articulated by the ministry’s Differentiation Policy Framework.

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2017-2020 Strategic Mandate Agreement

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Strategic Mandate Statement

This document sets out the institutional vision and six components of differentiation that are unique to Algoma University.

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2016-2021 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan sets the institution’s direction and priorities for the next five years. It provides a way to look forward while reflecting on the significant accomplishments of the past and the challenges of the future. This rolling plan will guide the university for the next five years and will be revisited regularly to meet the strategic objectives and goals set out in the plan.

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Strategic Plan Highlights

The Student Experience

Algoma University is a dynamic hub for student life. We will enhance the student experience by creating a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the integration of student services, leveraging state-of-the-art technology while emphasizing personal contact and student empowerment. We will enhance the academic experience by creating a Learning Commons in the library where students will access a wide variety of academic learning supports in a friendly space that promotes a strong sense of community.

Experiential Learning and Vibrant Programming

Algoma University has an integrated suite of relevant programming that is linked to the broader community. We will enrich the educational experience by embedding experiential learning into our academic programs to inspire students and support the application of knowledge and skills in a real-world context. We will enrich campus life by engaging the community and by connecting students with the community in a meaningful way.

Research and Innovation

Algoma University nurtures a culture of research and innovation among students and faculty to promote entrepreneurship and economic development. We will develop a research and innovation hub to support faculty and student research and to facilitate engagement with the wider community.

Anishinaabe Inendamowin

Algoma University is recognized as a leader in Anishinaabe learning in Canada. We will identify and implement actions supportive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action relevant to Algoma University. We will develop housing to meet the needs of Anishinaabe students on campus creating a strong sense of belonging.

Institutional Excellence

Members of the AU community have a strong sense of pride in their institution. We will develop a new and clear brand identity and communications strategy that showcases the University and the success of students, faculty and staff.

Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2013-2014

These annual reports provide the government with a tool for publicly reporting on the performance of Algoma university on the principles of access, quality and accountability.

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2012-2013

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2011-2012

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2010-2011

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2009-2010

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2008-2009

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Interim Accountability Agreement 2008-2009

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Multi-Year Accountability Action Plan, 2006-2008

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Multi-Year Accountability Agreement Report Back, 2006-2007

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President’s Council

Guiding Current Operations and Future Performance

Established by the President and Vice Chancellor , the President’s Council (PC) is a management team providing advice to the President regarding matters of major significance to the successful operation of the University. The PC is responsible for providing effective, coordinated and strategic leadership of the University’s current operations and future performance.

For more information, please view the Terms of Reference for the President's Council.

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