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Faculty & Staff e-Communications Consultation

Since the summer of 2012, over 130,000 students and alumni have successfully migrated to a suite of e-communications and collaboration services offered by the University in partnership with Microsoft Canada. The institutional tools available to most faculty and staff now lag far behind those services. At the direction of the provost, Information Technology Services has undertaken investigation of extending such Microsoft-based services to our full community. As part of the extensive consultation that is underway, a committee of faculty and staff voices has been established.

Terms of reference

  1. Identify core expectations for enhanced faculty and staff e-communications services.
  2. Identify obligations and concerns in matters such as the protection of privacy and information security, and review the adequacy of proposed service arrangements.
  3. Recommend any variation in service provisioning required to satisfy the range of academic and administrative activities of faculty and staff
  4. Review the viability and adequacy of implementation plans.
  5. Recommend future directions for e-communications services that reflect changing academic and co-curricular needs, enhanced student experience, and administrative requirements.

Reports & reference materials

Please refer to this section to view the reports released over the period of the consultation process with faculty and staff.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the proposed project on faculty and staff e-communications were gathered from tri-campus town hall meetings, departmental consultations, multiple committee meetings and feedback received via the proposed project website.


The following individuals have generously offered to participate in the consultation:

  • Mike Luke (Committee Chair), Chair, Department of Physics
  • Kelly Lyons, Professor, Faculty of Information
  • Cynthia Messenger, Senior Lecturer and Director Writing and Rhetoric Program, Innis College (until June 30, 2013)
  • Hugh Gunz, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management, Department of Management, UTM
  • Lisa Austin, Associate Professor, Centre for Innovation and Policy, Faculty of Law
  • Corey Goldman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies)
  • Don Boyes, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography
  • Erin Jackson, Director, Central Administrative Human Resources
  • Helen Lasthiotakis, Assistant Dean & Director, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Zoran Piljevic, Director, IITS, UTSC
  • Rosanne Lopers-Sweetman, CAO, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Wes Robertson, Director, Discovery Commons, Faculty of Medicine
  • Robert Cook, Chief Information Officer


  • Marden Paul, Director, Planning, Governance & Assessment, ITS
  • Jeremy Graham, Assistant Director, Operations, Academic, Research & Collaborative Technologies, ITS