Functional workstreams

A significant amount of the SET program is focused on administrative transformation, which has been divided into six areas of focus, or what are known as functional workstreams. These workstreams reflect key areas of administrative services at the university, and are as follows:

Please note that each functional workstream moves at its own pace through its own discoveries and processes, reaching milestones at different times. You can learn more about their timelines on each stream's dedicated web page.

You can also learn about shared services here.


Executive sponsors

To ensure expertise and knowledge within each of the functional workstreams, academic and administrative leaders have partnered and taken on the role of sponsors to help guide the change to a new organizational model.

The role of the sponsors includes:

  • Critically and objectively analyzing the portfolio for opportunities and efficiencies.
  • Seeking ideas through consultation and staff expertise.
  • Considering all opportunities openly and constructively, learning from each other and from staff.

Each sponsor works with their co-sponsor to review their respective workstream or functional area, with support from staff in the SET Program Office. The sponsors also seek guidance from staff subject matter experts to help define specific processes, activities, and services in each area.

List of dean and administrative sponsors for each functional work stream
Initiative/workstream Dean sponsor Admin sponsor
Initiative 1: Administrative transformation Greta Cummings AVP HR
1. Research Admin Steve Patten Walter Dixon
2. Information Technology Fraser Forbes Mike MacGregor
3. Human Resources Demetres Tryphonopoulos AVP HR
4. Student Services Barbara Billingsley Melissa Padfield
5. Finance Brenda Hemmelgarn Martin Coutts
6. External Engagement Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell Elan MacDonald
Initiative 2: Procurement Joe Doucet Martin Coutts
Initiative 3: Space and facilities Stan Blade Andrew Sharman