These key documents are available for the University community and members of the public to review. They provide important information about the University’s priorities, plans and overall performance, and are also an important component in ensuring accountability and consistent reporting across the sector.
In addition to the documents available here, the University’s website contains a wealth of information about our overall mission and vision, current University programs and initiatives, the exciting research and innovative teaching currently underway, and the partnerships we are building with our local and global communities. Further information about the Broader Public Sector Accountability requirements can be found here.
Information Box Group
Past Strategic Mandate Documents
President’s Reports to McMaster University Board of Governors
Past Reports- 2020
Past Reports- 2019
Past Reports- 2018
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
The President and Vice-Presidents establish performance goals on an annual basis. These goals reflect strategic priorities within their respective areas of responsibility in support of the University’s mission. The goals are established following discussion between the President and Vice-Presidents and are reviewed and formally approved by the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Governors. A summary of the agreed performance goals is provided to the Board of Governors on an annual basis and published here.
- Navigate the University successfully through the period of transition, maintaining the strategic position and standing of McMaster and supporting a smooth transition to the new President, whilst also supporting the new Chancellor and key colleagues who are new to their roles or serving in acting positions.
- Working closely with the Vice-President (Research) and Vice-President (University Advancement), continue the detailed planning for the Brighter World Research Initiative, with a view to formally launching this once the new President is in place.
- Work with the Acting Vice-President (Research) to implement the Strategic Research Plan, including identifying and supporting major research platforms and enhancing the oversight and support for key research institutes, as well as promoting and enhancing institutional support for commercialization and entrepreneurship across the campus.
- Work closely with the AVP (Equity and Inclusion), AVP (Human Resources) and others to implement the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) framework and strategic action plan, with a particular focus on advancing employment equity and inclusive hiring practices, while also overseeing the implementation of pan-institutional recommendations arising from the recent Human Resources review.
- Dr. Tighe joined the University on July 1, 2020. Her goals for the 2020/21 academic year will be posted once they have been finalized.
- Working in close collaboration with the Acting Provost, Deans and Associate Deans (Research), continue to implement the Strategic Research Plan, including developing a policy and action plan for core facilities and research platforms, and implementing a revised model for supporting and overseeing key research centres and institutes.
- Work with the President and other Vice-Presidents to advance research at McMaster through the Brighter World Research Initiative, undertaking the detailed planning for the initiative and identifying and articulating the “big ideas” for BWRI intended to promote and support McMaster’s research enterprise and secure funds to advance research priorities from a variety of sources.
- Continue to promote the McMaster Nuclear Reactor with government and others and seek long-term funding support, as well as collaborating with other institutions to develop a nationwide CFI proposal for the reactor and the Canadian Neutron Initiative.
- Continue to work closely with Indigenous colleagues, the Acting Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, and the other Vice-Presidents to appoint a permanent Director, stabilize the Institute and further promote and support Indigenous research and researchers.
- Work with colleagues at the University and at McMaster Innovation Park to enhance commercialization and entrepreneurial activities, including increased patent, licensing and start-up activity amongst McMaster faculty and students.
- Work in collaboration with the Acting Vice-President (Research) and colleagues across campus to develop multi-Faculty research initiatives, build research connections and partnerships, and support the ongoing sustainability of core research facilities and equipment.
- In support of an enhanced student experience, promote new student spaces within the Faculty to support the growth and visibility of the Indigenous Students Health Sciences, Indigenous Health Initiative and iBiomed programs, further develop McMaster’s global leadership in problem-based learning, and implement equity-based initiatives within the MD program to better prepare students to offer care to diverse populations.
- Continue to develop partnerships locally by supporting strong and productive relationships with McMaster’s academic hospital partners, as well as globally by expanding the extent of the Faculty’s engagement with partners in the Global Health program, and developing a targeted plan to engage with potential new international partners.
- Support the institutional focus on equity and diversity by further developing the Faculty’s Indigenous Health Initiative and implementing the goals of the strategic plan, developing respectful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous community members, and supporting fundraising related to the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge.
- Lead the University’s work in support of the Okanagan Charter, enhancing the University’s focus on health and well-being, raising the profile of work related to the principles of the Charter and supporting the ongoing reputation-building initiative.
- Oversee the planning and development of new capital projects intended to support the University’s core mission, including leading the discussions around the proposed new graduate and undergraduate student residences, project planning for the Light Rail Transit system, and successful management of construction projects.
- Work with the Vice-President (Research) to support the implementation of the Strategic Research Plan, including progressing research commercialization initiatives across the campus and at McMaster Innovation Park.
- In collaboration with the President and other senior leaders, oversee the implementation of recommendations arising from the recent pan-institutional HR review, and continue to progress matters arising from the IT Services and Research Finance reviews, including the implementation of a number of IT project initiatives.
- Continue to lead efficiency planning at the institutional level, based on Uniforum and other data, through the development of a range of activity-based pilot projects intended to rationalize and streamline services and support Faculty initiatives.
- Oversee the development and implementation of the University’s Employee/Labour Relations Strategy 2019-21, including the successful completion of collective bargaining with eight different employee groups.
- Continue to promote and advance McMaster’s reputation for excellence with alumni, donors and government, leading and supporting the ongoing implementation of the University’s brand and marketing work, strengthening McMaster’s digital ecosystem through a refreshed web presence, and implementing an integrated content strategy that supports reputation strategic initiatives.
- Support the pursuit of knowledge by expanding and stewarding private and public
support, including working with the President and other Vice-Presidents to further develop the Brighter World Research Initiative, developing a compelling case for support and a shared strategic plan for the initiative, with the goal of diversifying existing and new revenue generation.
- Foster effective external and internal relationships through strong partnerships and effective government, community and alumni relations programs, events and services, locally, nationally and internationally, including advocating to government on issues of importance to the University, and engaging friends, volunteers and influencers.
- Continue to build a strong and collegial University Advancement leadership team focused on supporting the long-term success of the institution, with the systems and tools needed to support the work of the team and enable success, including the development of advanced analytics programs to enhance decision-making processes and support strategic outcomes.
- Continue to take a leadership role in supporting the work of the University rankings committee, including pursuing opportunities to enhance McMaster’s position as a world-leading university in a range of rankings and international reputation building activities.
As part of the University’s commitment to good governance and transparency, summaries of the personal travel and hospitality expenses incurred by the President in undertaking his duties are being made available. The President represents the University at a variety of meetings, conferences and events in order to strengthen and promote relationships within the local community, raise the profile of McMaster with all levels of government and contribute proactively to the debate around the future of higher education. The President also works to maintain a strong connection with McMaster’s alumni community, our external supporters and partners, and foster collaborative relationships with other universities, both within Canada and overseas. Summaries of the personal expenses incurred in undertaking this work will be posted on a quarterly basis. The expenses relate to travel costs and associated meals, accommodation and other expenses organized by trip, together with personal hospitality expenses. The University’s policy on Reimbursements to Individuals for University Business governs the approval and reimbursement process for such expenses.
McMaster has been a member of UNAI since its formation in 2010, and is part of a diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations in more than 120 countries around the world.
The UNAI is informed by a commitment to support and advance ten basic principles:
A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education;
A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world;
Education for All
A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;
A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education;
Access to Higher Education
A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education;
A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;
A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the “unlearning” of intolerance, through education.
Peace and Conflict Resolution
A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education;
A commitment to promoting sustainability through education;
United Nations Charter
A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations
The members of UNAI believe that every subject and discipline can have an impact on these goals and member institutions commit to recognizing this link and, often without additional effort or expense, undertaking activities that can directly support United Nations mandates and objectives.
“By sharing ideas, across borders and disciplines, we can find solutions to the interconnected problems that cause so much suffering. Climate change is not just an environmental threat; it is closely tied to poverty. Poverty is not just about jobs, it is directly related to food security. Food security has an impact on health. Health affects generations of children. Children hold the key to our future. And education can lead to progress on all these fronts.”
Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the launch of the United Nations Academic Impact on November 18, 2010
Member institutions are asked to report annually on at least one activity relevant to the goals of UNAI. Recent McMaster reports can be found below.