Following its first call for tenders in the fall of 2012 for ADM documents from every post-secondary institution in Ontario, the Province of Ontario recently requested brand new agreements showing how each institution`s current and planned activities contribute to the branches mentioned in a document entitled “Strengthening Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge. A discussion paper on innovation to strengthen our university and university system.” At the end of 2017, Queen`s concluded discussions with the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and signed its Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) for the three-year period 2017-20. The ADM expresses some of the strengths that distinguish Queen`s University of Ontario in the post-secondary education system and contains a number of MAESD commitments. The first round of Strategic Mandate Agreements (2014-17) was negotiated in 2014 with individual institutions on the basis of Ontario`s differentiation policy framework for post-secondary education (PDF 250 KB). During the period of validity of these programs, the government reviewed and amended the funding formula for Ontario universities. The current round of strategic mandate agreements (2017-20) promotes the achievement of their differentiation objectives and objectives, which are to ensure financial sustainability throughout the higher education system. Ontario universities have successfully negotiated individual agreements with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Qualifications and Development (MAESD). These agreements demonstrate the breadth of everything Ontario universities achieve, including improving the student experience, preparing students for the workforce, leading research, local and global economic and social development, community contacts, and the development of pathways between institutions, including Aboriginal colleges and institutes. The development of Lakeheads SMA3 included a consultation process that spanned the fall of 2019 and the winter of 2020 and included faculties and senators. Feedback from the university community was included in the final draft of the SMA 3 agreement. Lakehead University`s Strategic Mandate Agreement 2 (2017-2020) outlines the university`s current role in Ontario`s post-secondary education system and how it will build on its current strengths to realize its vision and help achieve system-wide goals articulated by the ministry`s differentiation policy framework. Lakehead University`s ADM proposal (2014) submitted to the ministry was used to inform the Strategic Mandate Agreement and was the culmination of two years of academic development. The proposal was guided by the requirements of the ministry and its differentiation policy framework and was developed on the basis of consultations with the university community, including students, teachers and staff, senators and members of the Governing Council.