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Our Strategic Objectives

Great Foundations

A different kind of school with a different kind of graduate is supported by great faculty and staff, processes and infrastructure. Our employees work in a progressive, respectful environment infused by an inspiring culture and our processes meet our current needs and support what we imagine we can do tomorrow. We are continually creating opportunities to innovate and improve within Seneca and around the world. And we are always putting quality first – for our students, for our employees and for our many stakeholders.

2017-18 Initiatives

Develop new guiding plans

  • The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan received Board approval. Building on the foundations of the 2012-17 plan, it focuses on Seneca’s commitment to “bring great to the world”
  • The 2017-2020 Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities was finalized, with funding received to grow Seneca’s “hub-and-spoke” student mobility model

Leveraging new technology and data-driven strategies

  • A new strategy for improved data collection for the KPI Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey was implemented, resulting in a 12.5 per cent increase in the number of classes surveyed in winter 2018
  • Remote learning technology piloted and tested for implementation in collaboration with Canadore College
  • Seneca mobile app updated with tuition fee payment and wayfinding capabilities

Continue sustainable approach to facilities management and capital planning

  • Sustainability Seneca launched to celebrate and encourage Seneca’s efforts in conservation and restoration, energy and climate change, green building, transportation, waste and food management, and water; Sustainability and Conservation Demand Management plans scheduled for completion by 2019
  • $4.7 million in provincial government funding received through the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofits Program for a geothermal retrofit of the heating and cooling system at Garriock Hall. This retrofit will reduce greenhouse gas emissions Seneca-wide by 10 per cent

Continue to build a culture of philanthropy to support Seneca students

  • The Au Large Legacy Society launched, recognizing individuals who have made provisions in their estate plans to provide a legacy gift to Seneca
  • Four million dollars in cash and new pledges secured in support of new capital builds, student financial aid and programs

Expand Seneca’s brand awareness and profile to support recruitment activities, benefitting enrolment, retention, reputation-building and community engagement

  • Increased outreach efforts to direct and non-direct markets, participating in more than 700 off-campus events
  • New opportunities provided for prospective students to visit our campuses, including an additional open house in summer 2017
  • A redesigned, recruitment-focused homepage and program pages launched in September 2017 with a larger web renewal project scheduled for completion in summer 2018

2017-18 In Review: Celebrating Our History And Building For The Future

Once again, one of Greater Toronto’s top employers

Seneca was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for the ninth time. The list was included in a special editorial supplement in the Globe and Mail. Seneca was also cited for its work with newcomers through programs that bridge existing skills and credentials to in-demand occupations in Canada.

Seneca hosts first Sustainability Fair

Seneca’s first-ever Sustainability Fair took place at Newnham Campus in March 2018, organized by Paula Echeveste Petrone, a Sustainable Business Management graduate. It showcased a number of initiatives, including an energy dashboard that displays our power usage, our Green Citizen program, Seneca Sting Honey and the Ripple Farms urban farming unit. External organizations such as Smart Commute and Habitat for Humanity also participated.

RED receives North American recognition

RED, Seneca’s community magazine, earned silver in the 2017 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Circle of Excellence Awards, Annual Magazines category. Chosen from 63 entries from across North America, judges acknowledged that RED stood out among the other annual magazines for its purposeful design and infographics.

$100,000 pledge for the Campaign for King Campus

Winston Stewart, graduate of Seneca’s Police Foundations program and founder of Wincon Security, continued his long-time support of Seneca with a $100,000 donation to the King Campus infrastructure expansion. A classroom at Magna Hall will be named in recognition of Winston and his family’s generosity.

United Way Campaign raises more than $150,000

The 2017 United Way Campaign raised $151,894 through employee donations and on-campus fundraising activities, which will benefit hundreds of community organizations funded by United Way throughout Toronto and York Region.

Fifty years in the making

Seneca 50 – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was published by Seneca Press. This commemorative book, highlighting Seneca’s past, present and future, was compiled and edited by Seneca Professor Tom Bartsiokas.

Newnham Campus water savings recognized

Seneca’s Facilities Management team received a Proof Not Promises award from General Electric in recognition of our ongoing sustainability and energy management initiatives.

Teeing off in support of students and United Way

Seneca hosted its fifth annual charity golf tournament in September 2017, raising $194,870 for the Campaign for Students and United Way campaigns.

Seneca Sting Honey debuts to benefit students

Seneca’s apiary at King Campus harvested 900 pounds of honey, producing the first 1,500 bottles of Seneca Sting Honey. Don Forster, Senior Manager, Custodial and Support Services, and a registered beekeeper, runs 10 hives with approximately 600,000 honey bees.