The Executive Steering Committee held its fourth meeting on Tuesday, May 28. Updates on merger activities are as follows:
- Government approval of the Merger Agreement and proclamation of the legislation is expected within the week. In anticipation of final approvals, and briefings on both he agreement and transitions plans will be arranged beginning Wednesday, June 4. (Details on these sessions will follow in a separate communication).
- As part of transition communications, plans are underway to update the NSAC website content to reflect the transition period and to provide NSAC staff the option of using a transition message as a component of the signature section on emails.
- With the anticipated approval of the merger agreement, we will be able to move fully into transition activities. Many will be involved in these activities over the summer and beyond. A key next step will be discussions and communications relating to the organization structure in support creating the Faculty of Agriculture effective September 1, 2012. Plans are underway for organizing meetings on the organizational structure for mid June. There will be a number of small group sessions organized to allow for detailed discussions.
- The changes associated with the merger will be supported by both staff and activities to assist us through various changes. Regular communications, training on new processes, policies and/or procedures, support to leaders and examples of transition support that will be detailed in the upcoming weeks.
A significant milestone will be arrived at with the anticipated approval of the merger agreement and proclamation of the legislation within the next few days. Many of us are receiving positive messages from individuals who want to be involved in the transition activities and who look forward to finally being able to “get on with these activities”. The Transition Steering Committee shares those views and we fully expect that June will indeed be the time that we can all fully engage in this significant transition.
Susan Spence Wach
Executive Transition Committee Chair