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The President is the chief executive officer of the University and has supervision over and direction of the academic and general administration of the University, its students, Senior Executive, managers, teaching staff and non-teaching employees.

Asima C. Vezina

President and Vice-Chancellor

705-949-2301, ext.4117

Office: SH 310

Email: [email protected]


Aanii! Boozhoo! Hello! Bonjour! As President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, staff, faculty, guests, and those who will soon be joining us.

Here, we are a student centered organization focused on student success. The vision for this university was built using the voices of our students who have continued to tell us they value small class sizes, close relationships with faculty, strong academic programming, and our commitment to overall student experience.

As we create memories and achieve our goals, it feels very special to acknowledge the traditional territory and lands of the Anishinabek where our collective journey is taking place. Our special mission of cross-cultural education is coming into its own as we welcome people from around the world who are gathering at the heart of the beautiful Great Lakes on the St. Mary’s River in Bawatting / Sault Ste. Marie to learn from and with each other. It is an exciting time to be at Algoma U.

We use the natural beauty of this area and region to design and offer experiences that will provide lasting memories for a lifetime. My hope for everyone that comes to Algoma is that, as part of the unique and special experience we offer, each of you, in some way,  will be touched and transformed. Welcome!

A‌sima C. Vezina

A‌sima C. Vezina

President and Vice-Chancellor

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Reappointment of President and Vice-Chancellor

The Algoma University Board of Governors unanimously approved the reappointment of President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina for a second five-year term.

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Our President - Asima C. Vezina
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To view all President’s Report to the Board documents, please click here.

Strategic Plan

2023 - 2026

Algoma University’s new Strategic Plan is a commitment not only to change the lives of its students but to have a meaningful impact on the communities the university serves, for generations to come.

The Strategic Priorities evolve from an annual facilitated retreat between members of the Board, Senate and Administration and are guided by the Strategic Plan to assist the University in achieving its objectives.

Built through a visioning session, virtual and in-person learning circles and virtual two-to-one conversations where insights from over 700 knowledge-holders were gathered — including insights from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit partners and community members — Algoma University’s new Strategic Plan is a commitment not only to change the lives of its students but to have a meaningful impact on the communities the university serves, for generations to come.


Cultivate excellence through cross-cultural, equitable and engaging teaching, learning and research environments for all students.

Develop compelling, future-focused programs and areas of research that are:

  • responsive to the interests of students and communities,
  • community-integrated; and
  • interdisciplinary.

Foster and simplify means for connecting community and university partners.

Grow and nurture strong and responsible relationships locally and globally based on the foundational values of respect, reciprocity, and relationality.

Integrate and welcome diverse worldviews and cross-cultural perspectives into all aspects and areas of the university.

Enhance effective communication and connectivity across campuses.

Advance Indigenization and cross-cultural learning, within the spirit of our Special Mission.

Celebrate and share Algoma University’s impact.

Promote unity by articulating and representing the Special Mission in a way that resonates across campuses and in the communities we serve.

Execute a comprehensive student enrolment strategy to ensure the prosperity and creativity of the University into the future.

Invest in and refine our systems and processes to support growth and prioritize:

  • intimate and personal learning experiences,
  • cross-cultural leadership; and
  • purpose-driven impact.

Implement the Algoma University Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy and Action Plan.

Develop and implement a robust people and recruitment strategy with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Continue to invest in student-centric infrastructure that provides supports for all learners.

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Our Board of Governors

The board is responsible for governing and managing the affairs of the University, all of which are critical to Algoma’s success.

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The Senate

The Senate is an important part of academic life here at Algoma U since they’re responsible for the educational policy of the University.

Our Chancellor

The Chancellor of the University is the titular head of the institution and confers all degrees. He acts as an ambassador for the University.