About the IT Strategy

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The U of G IT Strategic Plan will reimagine how staff, faculty, and students work, teach, and learn. The strategy presents six key pillars that will drive technological innovation, creativity, and efficiency for the next five years and beyond. Aligning IT with the U of G's strategic and academic missions, the IT Strategic Plan will foster a culture of collaboration and exploration of new opportunities to grow and succeed together.


  • The strategy will focus on improving the user experience rather than a focus on specific technologies.
  • The process of building the strategy will be a highly collaborative one, involving significant community engagement from across campus.
  • The strategy will have a clear implementation plan, such that the vision is achievable and can be executed in a timely manner.
  • The implementation plan will be short on rhetoric, long on action. We want clear, actionable goals that are understood and agreed upon by the entire community.


The development of the U of G IT Strategic Plan is being led by Dave Whittle, Associate Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, in conjunction with an advisory committee. The advisory committee is:

  • Laurie Arnott, Assistant Vice-President (Faculty and Academic Staff Relations)
  • Dave Hargreaves, Assistant Vice-President (Finance)
  • Radek Pacanowski, Manager, Academic & Campus Technology Services, Guelph-Humber
  • Samantha Brennan, Dean, College of Arts
  • Ann Cesar, Program Manager, Data Strategy, (IRP/CIO)
  • Carrie Chassels, Vice-Provost (Student Affairs)
  • Ray Darling, Registrar
  • Michelle Fach, Executive Director, Open Learning & Educational Support
  • Rebecca Graham, University Librarian
  • Craig Hyatt, Manager, Web & Development Solutions, Computing & Communications Services
  • Scott Moccia, Organizational Architecture Officer, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Norm O’Reilly, Assistant Dean (Executive Programs), Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
  • Graham Taylor, Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Mark Torcoletti, Associate Director, Finance & Operations, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Marshall Asch, Graduate Student Representative
  • Madeline Gabriel, Undergraduate Student Representative


The IT Strategy is focused on six distinct pillars, with targeted and unique engagement taking place for each one. These pillars include:

Cyber Security

The Cyber Security portion of the IT Strategy is in an advanced state due to the previous development of the U of G Security Roadmap, previously developed by the CCS Information Security team. Further engagement will continue to identify gaps and and possible solutions to further improve the Roadmap.  

Data and Analytics

Institutional Analysis & Research (IAR) has developed a comprehensive Institutional Data Strategy that will inform the bulk of the Data and Analytics portion of the IT Strategy. 

Information Systems

Enterprise-wide systems at U of G enable many vital day-to-day operations. Examining the current challenges and opportunities in this area will provide insight to improve efficiencies, user and staff experience. 

Research Support

Researchers are subjected to myriad demands related to compliance, finances, staffing, regulatory issues, and more. A main intent of this portion of the IT Strategy is to help improve the experience for researchers, helping to streamline their efforts via system integration and improved support. 

Student Experience

A critical part of the IT Strategy, their are many opportunities to improve the student experience through technology. We will engage with students and other campus groups to understand their current challenges and ideal future state. 

Teaching and Learning

This section of the IT Strategy aims to ensure technology is an enabler of both the teaching and learning practices on campus.