During the development of our new Strategic Plan In Front of What’s Ahead, we looked to the College community to provide input, ask questions and identify opportunities for RRC Polytech to chart its path for the next five years. We are now positioned to take the next steps and collaboratively bring it to life with the development of our new Academic Plan and Research Plan.

While the Strategic Plan outlines where we need to go and why we need to get there, the Academic Plan and Research Plan will define how we undertake that journey. And your input and ideas are vital as we move forward, together.

Over the coming weeks there are several ways you can contribute to this process. We encourage all staff – including instructors, student support services personnel and non-academic staff alike – to participate and have your voices heard.

Three ways to participate – take part in one, take part in all!

Dr. Watson Is In

Connect with Dr. Christine Watson for a ten-minute one-on-one session. This is your opportunity to tell Christine what you think she needs to know and keep in mind as the Academic Plan and Research Plan are developed.

MS Teams sessions are available:

  • Thursday, Jan 27 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
  • Thursday, February 10 from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

Registration links for the sessions will be posted to Staff News and Staff Forum beginning next week.

Note that there are a limited number of sessions available. Please book as soon as possible.

Academic and Research Roundtables

Join us for two virtual roundtables focusing on the major themes of the Academic and Research plans. Both roundtables will offer the opportunity for the College community to engage with the presentation, provide feedback, new ideas, and reactions to preliminary themes.

  • Academic Roundtable
    Wednesday, Feb 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Dr. Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic and Research
    • Valerie Shantz, Senior Strategic Advisor
  • Click here to register
  • Research Roundtable
    Thursday, Feb 3, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Dr. Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic and Research
    • Dr. Simon Potter, Director of Research Partnerships & Innovation
  • Click here to register

For those who are unable to attend the Academic and Research roundtables live, recordings of the sessions will be available.


Weekly themed ThoughtExchanges helped shape the Strategic Plan, and we are leveraging this tool to engage the College community to share ideas and rate thoughts submitted by your peers. We will be hosting ThoughtExchanges in advance of as well as after the Academic and Research Roundtables.

More information, including links to participate, will be provided in Staff News in the coming days.

Your guidance in shaping the Academic and Research plans is essential. No one knows better than you, RRC Polytech faculty, researchers, and staff how best to support the greatest needs of our students and industry partners. We are calling on your expertise and experience to design a learning and research model that supports our entire College community live our values and see our key commitments through.

We appreciate your thoughtful participation and look forward to insightful conversations ahead.