University of Ottawa’s digital ambitions

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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At the end of April, University of Ottawa’s executives and leaders took part in a workshop and roundtable on the University’s digital ambitions.

This workshop follows on the initiative endorsed on March 14 by the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Jacques Frémont and the Administration Committee to launch an ambitious and integrated digital strategy for the University. The event was the result of a collaboration between the CIO’s Office, the Chief Librarian’s Office, and Teaching Learning and Support Services. Martin Bernier, Alain Erdmer, and Talia Chung co-hosted the event.

Martin Bernier, Jacques Frémont, Huang LeHong

Left to right: Jacques Frémont, Martin Bernier and Huang LeHong

The workshop brought together the University’s executive management, academic and administrative leaders to discuss digital projects, share their specific digital realities, reflect on their digital ambitions, and to explore synergies within the larger uOttawa community.

Mr. Jacques Frémont opened the event, highlighting that in order to improve the student and user experience, digital technologies and investments must be leveraged and aligned to a common vision of success. Technology advances at a rapid pace and to remain competitive and relevant, the University must evolve and adapt to today’s digital environment.

Mr. LeHong, Vice-President and Gartner Fellow – a global information technology research and advisory company – led the workshop. Mr. LeHong helps executives understand what is coming so they can innovate today to improve their position and effectiveness in the future.

The outcome of the workshop targeted the creation of learning and sharing opportunity for the University stakeholders and the provision of information regarding next steps and potential action plans.  

Over the next months, the CIO’s Office will work with faculties and services to understand the future needs and the existing digital initiatives across the University community. The University Information Governance Council will set the strategic direction.

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