Strategic Planning Advisory Group

The Strategic Planning Advisory Group plays a central role in developing the university's next strategic plan. Over the next 12–18 months, this group will facilitate an inclusive planning process and community engagement that will focus on exploring ECU’s unique position as a public art and design university.

We are pleased to have staffed a robust advisory group with representation from across the institution. Advisors represent the interconnected areas of the university that enable ECU’s main activities of teaching, learning, creative practice and research within and beyond the walls of our classrooms and studios.

Advisory group members will participate in monthly meetings and contribute to at least one of several project teams. For staff and regular faculty, these meetings occur during normal business hours. Students and non-regular faculty will also receive a $1,000 honorarium to recognize their time and contributions.

The advisory group is supported by the two co-chairs of the strategic planning process, Tiffanie Ting (Executive Director of Continuing Studies) and Kyla Mallett (Dean of the Audain Faculty of Art).

The group has met three times since April for engagement and training sessions with Vantage Point to familiarize themselves with approaches and methods to strategic planning, engagement strategies, guiding principles, and logistics.

This summer, the group will form smaller project teams. Each team will be assigned to lead various aspects of the plan, including research, information-gathering, writing and storytelling.

Advisory Group Members

President’s Office

Gillian SiddallPresident + Vice Chancellor (Ex-Officio)

Academic Affairs

Trish KellyVP Academic + Provost (Ex-Officio)
Deans + Directors
Kyla Mallett*Dean, Audain Faculty of Art (Co-Chair)
Tiffanie TingExecutive Director, Continuing Studies (Co-Chair)
William NewhouseDirector, Technical Services
Beth HoweAssociate Professor, Audain Faculty of Art
Gwenessa LamAssociate Professor, Audain Faculty of Art
Maryam MahvashSessional Faculty, Culture + Community
Mimi GellmanAssociate Professor, Faculty of Culture + Community
Haig ArmenAssociate Professor, Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media
Vanessa KamFaculty, Electronic Resources Librarian and liaison to the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media
Kate ArmstrongDirector of Living Labs and Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship
TLC + Writing Centre
Jacqueline TurnerFaculty, Assistant Coordinator + Writing Specialist, Writing Center
ECU Library/Gallery
Emma SomersCoordinator, Library Operations
Technical Services
Yang Hong*Studio Technician, Interdisciplinary
Michelle PetersTechnical Services, Communication Designer
Student Services
Lee GiladGraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Continuing Studies
Lori LaiPrograms Assistant, Continuing Studies


Yu LuIan Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media
Kalp BhasvarFaculty of Culture + Community (Foundation): 2021-22,
Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media: May 2022
Khim HipolAudain Faculty of Art

Aboriginal Gathering Place

Brenda CrabtreeDirector, Aboriginal Programs + Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives (Ex-Officio)
Sydney Pickering*Aboriginal Program Coordinator, Graduate Student

Communications + Marketing

Rob MaguireExecutive Director, Communications + Public Affairs (Ex-Officio)
Rumnique NannarCommunications Advisor (Ex-Officio)

Advancement + Events

Kevin BertramFundraising Coordinator, University Advancement


Marion MorganSenior HR Advisor, Leadership + Organizational Development
Viktor SokhaVP Finance + Administration (Ex-Officio)

IT Services

Hannah RuotsalainenManager, Systems + Networks

*ECU Alums

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