Board Initiated Strategic Planning Underway
Friday, March 21, 2014
Collaboration is Key: Reaching Beyond Extraordinary Together
Using a combination of video- and tele-conference connectivity across Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
At this meeting, the Board received an update regarding the Board initiated development of 2015-2020 NOSM Strategic Plan. Seeking the input of NOSM's many collaborators is key to the development of a plan that continues to support the School's social accountability mandate to contribute to improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario.
On March 13, the NOSM Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC) met for the first time. The 28 member SPAC brings together a very wide range of perspectives and expertise to: oversee the strategic planning process; ensure inclusiveness through a broad and transparent consultative process; and recommend the draft Strategic Plan to the NOSM Board Executive. Consistent with NOSM's Vision, Mission and Values, NOSM is seeking input under five headings: Educational Excellence; Outstanding Research; Relationship Development; Organizational Effectiveness; and, Expanded Resources. All of NOSM's collaborators are invited to access the NOSM Strategic Plan 2015-20 website at
, review the background information, and contribute initial input online.
The Board also participated in a session led by NOSM's Chief Information Officer, Omair Quraishi, which focused on supporting Board activities via technology. NOSM relies heavily on innovative technologies and electronic communications to sustain its Distributed Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) model. NOSM's Board will soon be the first group at the School to pilot a portal environment called MyPortal, which will house relevant information and applications to enhance and support Board participation from wherever members are located. Currently under development, MyPortal will be single-point web access for staff, faculty, and other NOSM stakeholders to access relevant resources. Quraishi also provided an update to the Board about NOSM's recent installation of Eduroam Wireless Network. Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming, free wifi access service developed for the international research and education community.
The Board received reports from the Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Executive, and Governance Committees. The Board also received a report on Advancement initiatives at NOSM, including the recent MASH Bash held in Thunder Bay on February 28 to raise funds for student bursaries, and ongoing discussions with mining industry leaders and others with an interest in proactively developing health-care infrastructure and services as mining expands in Northern Ontario.
The Board reviewed the Financial Report for the period ending January 31, 2014.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is the Annual Board Face-to-Face Meeting scheduled for May 8-9, 2014 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
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