Strategic Plan: Our Commitments

In 2016, the Board of Governors launched an eighteen-month process to develop the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.  More than 1,000 individuals shared their input, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, business and community leaders, and members of the communities we serve. This feedback helped create a bold and ambitious Strategic Plan that positions the University to achieve its aspirational goals and realize its vision. 

The themes in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan are shaped by Lakehead’s long-standing commitments to academic excellence, access and achievement for a diverse student body, social justice, and to the communities we serve in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County 

Each of these themes is critical to our mission and vision, and will act as a lens through which we measure our success as a regional university.

Academic Excellence  - Lakehead University will stimulate a lifelong quest for knowledge through unique, high quality, transformational undergraduate and graduate teaching, learning and research experiences that encourage critical thinking and positions students for success beyond the University.

Social Responsibility - Lakehead University is committed to social justice and will make a significant contribution to our communities and society as a whole through our programs, research, and the wide range of activities undertaken by our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Local and Global Partnerships - Lakehead University will develop informed education, research and service strategies and opportunities through connections with local and global partners, and relationships with Indigenous partners. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Lakehead University will be a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation in northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County in support of culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable social and economic objectives. 

Capacity Development  - Lakehead University will be recognized as a high performing, efficient and innovative academic environment that supports world-class scholarly activity.