IT Project Dashboard 

This page is updated at the end of the Fall and Winter semesters. Latest update: December 2023

At a glance: IT Projects on the go

View current IT projects by community. Learn more about IT project management, governance, regulations, and guidelines.

Audience Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture Design/Construct/implement Delivery complete as of November 2023
  • Student Peer-to-Peer Mentoring System (moving to Design-Construct-Implement phase in December 2023)
  • Student Career Services Management Software
  • eCalendar Replacement (Curriculum & Course catalog)
  • Convocation Management System
  • Student Admission Systems
  • Student Appointment Management
  • Student Recruitment Management
  • Student Digital Credentials


  • Scientific Platforms Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management Solution
  • myLab migration to the new Web version
  • Thesis Examination Management 
Staff (Admin)
  • Procurement Data Warehouse and Analytics
  • LMS to Student Information Systems
  • OpenShift Upgrade (Application development and deployment platform)
  • Facilities Campus and Security Incident Management System (IMS)
  • Expense Management System
  • McGill Enterprise Integration Services
  • Medicine BI (Business Intelligence) and Analytics
  • Facilities Administration Management Information System (FAMIS) Asset Management Solution
  • Documentum Upgrade (including E-Calendar Migration)
  • Space Management Solution (for buildings)
All McGill
  • Retail Solution
  • Hardware Asset Management (Moving to Design-Construct-Implement phase in January 2024)
  • Banner 9 Functional Upgrade
  • University Advancement (UA) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) (Alumni and Donor Relations)
  • Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Network Information Security
  • Network Infrastructure Upgrade
  • Network Unified Communications
  • Cybersecurity & Risk Initiative
  • Service Desk Virtual Agent
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Web Publishing Platform (Drupal 9) Upgrade
  • Contracts Add-On for MMP

*Although an IT project may benefit multiple communities, each listed here has been classified according to the population that it will predominantly benefit. 

View details of current projects by community



IT Projects by community


    IT projects primarily benefiting the Student community

    Status notes use the following timeframes:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January-April
    • Summer: May-August
    Project name Project Overview  Phase / Status
    Student Career Services Management Software  This project aims to provide a University-wide career services management solution to support career counseling, assistance for student job searches, event management, internship, co-op management, and reporting and analytics. The current solution has inadequate integrations, limited mobile and bilingual support, and is missing many capabilities that would enable automation and more efficient process workflow and tracking. The new solution will address these deficiencies and enable integrations with other higher education institutions and the federal government. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Convocation Management System McGill developed the current solution used to manage student convocation in 1988 on an antiquated technology stack, which is difficult to maintain due to a lack of McGill and market technical expertise. This project will provide a modern and adaptable solution to support the convocation processes, including the production of all degrees, the management of the convocation ceremony artifacts, graduating student reports, and diploma management. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024

    eCalendar Replacement (Curriculum and Course Catalog)

    This project will replace the current solution for managing the publication of programs, courses, and other important information for the academic year. The current solution is built on outdated technologies, is difficult to adapt, and has high end-user dissatisfaction from staff and students. The project will begin by gathering feedback on current experiences from students and advisors by conducting a solution market survey and a solution benchmarking exercise to prepare for a Notice for Request for Information to the market.

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Student Peer-to-Peer Mentoring System There are thousands of coordinators, mentors, and mentees across many Peer-to-Peer Student Mentorship programs at McGill. This project aims to implement a comprehensive, integrated, and user-friendly solution for automating, assigning, managing, recording, and reporting these relationships. Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: December 2023
    Student Admission Systems McGill Enrolment Services, in collaboration with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), is replacing all existing solutions with one central system (Slate) that will efficiently support all variations of the graduate and undergraduate credit program admission process. 


    • Undergrad Dentistry & Medicine, Slate launch in Sept 2023 (Delivered)
    • Grad: Jan 2023 (Delivered)
    • Undergrad Medicine & Dentistry: Slate launch in September 2023 (Delivered)
    • All remaining Admissions launch: October 2024
    • Complete delivery: Spring 2025

    Student Appointment Management

    This project aims to provide students with a simple, easy, timely, reliable, convenient, and intuitive platform to manage their appointment needs. This includes appointment scheduling, queue management, appointment record management, appointment service provision, and post-service experience.

    There will be two releases:

    • Service Point
    • Student Wellness Hub

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery:

    • Service Point: Winter 2024
    • Student Wellness Hub: Summer 2024

    Student Digital Credentials 

    Enrolment Services processes student requests (both from current students and Alumni) for official documents for third parties (e.g., government officials or other academic institutions). The current process is highly manual and paper-driven, with students being redirected to different systems to make a request. This increases the complexity of the end-to-end process and results in a less-than-optimal student experience.

    This project will allow McGill to move to a more environmentally friendly, integrated, and secure digital platform where students can receive and share documents with third parties to verify digital credentials. This project will be delivered in two phases:

    • Phase 1 is a subset of letters and documents (e.g., enrollment letters, non-standard letters currently issued via Service Point, and degree verification, which is currently provided through the Auradata application)
    • Phase 2 will tackle Automated Document Upload to MyCreds (Enrolment Letters and Transcripts).

    Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture:

    • Phase 1: Delivered, Summer 2023
    • Phase 2: Estimated delivery, Summer 2024
    Student Recruitment Management This project aims to provide more streamlined, personalized communications and targeted outreach to prospective students. It offers McGill recruiters additional capabilities for event management, registration, campus tours, and managing all prospect and applicant interactions. It also provides new reporting insight on recruiting prospective students, applicants, and registered students. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Series of improvements from Summer 2023 to Winter 2024

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    IT projects primarily benefiting the Research community

    Status notes use the following timeframes:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January-April
    • Summer: May-August
    Project name Project Overview Phase / Status

    Hazardous Waste Management Solution

    The Hazardous Waste Management office runs software built by central IT, which manages work orders, billing, and reporting. This application’s most critical use is to produce a report to comply with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR). The current application is end of life; it was built using Visual FoxPro (VFP), which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2015.


    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Winter 2024

    myLab migration to the new Web version

    This project will ensure business continuity by replacing obsolete software with up-to-date software. The new software will remedy security risks identified in the 2017 internal audit of EHS by migrating to a supported myLab version. It will also remedy current myLab issues (bugs, reports, enhancements) to ensure they do not persist. It will also streamline business processes scattered on different software modules into a unified web interface.

    Project completed, Winter 2023

    Scientific Platforms Management

    The School of Biomedical Studies lacks an efficient software solution to support their Scientific Platforms in managing and billing their services and instrument bookings/trainings. Multiple processes are manual and labor-intensive, and full inventory control is not possible. In addition, timely and accurate reporting on usage, finances, and assets to the University leadership and various governing bodies is difficult.

    Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Fall 2025

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    IT projects primarily benefiting the Academic community

    Status notes use the following timeframes:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January-April
    • Summer: May-August
    Project name Project Overview Phase / Status
    Thesis Examination Management

    This project enables students to upload their initial thesis and forms electronically, securely, and consistently. The initial thesis is then accessible to the thesis unit, examiners (external and internal), and the Pro-Dean. This results in a more streamlined and cost-efficient process (from submission through grading, oral defence, final thesis and publication to Library), with centralized access to and traceability of documents. The final component, Release 4, is approaching completion: uploading & approval of the final thesis, publication to the Library, and decommissioning of Minerva eThesis.


    • Release 1-3: Delivered
    • Release 4:  December 2023 estimated delivery

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    IT projects primarily benefiting the Staff community

    Status notes use the following timeframes:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January-April
    • Summer: May-August
    Project Name Project Overview Phase / Status

    Facilities Campus and Security Incident Management Solution (IMS)

    Security Services presently uses a solution to manage incidents at the Security Operations Center. This solution was not designed for a campus safety operation and has limitations, specifically during major incidents. This project aims to implement a streamlined incident management solution that will document an incident from the initial alert to the final distribution of the reports with reduced processing time and effort. The project will deliver incremental functionality through four releases:

    1. Computer Aided Dispatch for incident response and patrol rounds, including access to the solution through in-vehicle workstations and security agent cellphones
    2. Business continuity planning, alarm integrations, mapping layers, and security staff training modules
    3. Investigation Management, Lost and Found, Emergency repositories
    4. Service Request Management, Inventory Management, Inspection Management and Event Management
    Design-Construct-Implement, Delivery per releases starting Winter 2024 up to Summer 2025
    Documentum Upgrade (including E-Calendar Migration) The Documentum Platform Upgrade Project consists of upgrading all components of McGill University's main document management platform. Several thousand users use this platform directly or indirectly to manage documents associated with processes critical to the University's mission. The project will address end-of-life components that the vendor will no longer support as of February 2023 by installing new hardware equipment and upgrading required software components of the Documentum platform. The new up-to-date components will also enable staying current with required security patches. Project completed, Winter 2023

    Expense Management System 

    A new travel and travel expense management solution is required as the existing tools in the Minerva system (Advances and Expense Reports) are cumbersome, highly manual, and principally paper-driven, with a substandard user experience. This project will explore the different solution options available on the market, make an acquisition, and deliver an expenditure management tool (expense management tool) that integrates with the tools (Online Booking Tool, Central Airfare Card, and Individual Travel Corporate Card) that are part of the travel management program at McGill. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Fall 2024/Winter 2025
    Facilities Administration Management Information System (FAMIS) Asset Management Solution The current Facilities Management solution, FAMIS, is built on obsolete technology. FMAS needs to move towards a modern Asset Management solution.
    The scope of Release 1 is to replace functionalities of the current solution used by FMAS: inventory management, work order management, self-service, and procurement processes. The scope of Release 2 will include enhanced reporting and analytics, time-tracking capabilities, document management, and utility management.
    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Winter 2024
    McGill Enterprise Integration Services

    This upgrade project addresses end-of-life concerns regarding McGill's installation of IBM's API Connect management platform. This platform supports application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable enterprise application integrations, which are key when off-the-shelf solutions (cloud or on-premise) continue to be privileged over custom-built solutions.

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Medicine BI and Analytics

    This project aims to build a centralized source of integrated data that will provide an efficient, accurate, and secure platform for reporting and analyzing data about medical students and residents. This foundation will meet current needs and allow for rapid adaptation for future reporting requirements from accreditation governing bodies.

    Design-Construct-Implement estimated delivery: Summer 2024

    OpenShift upgrade (Application development and deployment platform)

    OpenShift is an open-source cloud development platform that enables developers to develop and deploy their applications on cloud infrastructure. McGill's current version of OpenShift requires an infrastructure upgrade and additional investment in the evolution of functionality, training, and onboarding of resources to grow the platform's usage. The platform enables self-service for developers to create, modify, and deploy applications on demand, thus enabling faster development and release life cycles.

    Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Summer 2024

    Procurement Data Warehouse and Analytics

    No dedicated Data Warehouse (Business intelligence) views exist to support Procurement Services' operational or analytical needs. This project will provide members of Procurement Services the ability to build reports and KPIs, give them visibility of the spending across the University and thus provide opportunities to consolidate spending across different units and negotiate volume discounts, be fully compliant with Act C-65.1 and its Regulations (Act Respecting Contracting by Public Bodies), support strategic planning and decision-making in the short, medium and long term, measure their performance, create process efficiencies, and offer a wider range of services to support their clients.

    Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Winter 2024

    Space Management Solution (for buildings)

    The Campus Planning and Development office needs a modern space management solution to support a growing space inventory and replace an obsolete existing solution. The new solution will support a complete and up-to-date database of all McGill Facilities spaces and support CPD in the annual space submission to the Ministère de l'Éducation/Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur. The solution will create centralized and easy access to accurate and timely information, floor plans, space information, and equipment location. It will also provide a sustainable solution for archiving plans. This database will be available to all Facilities and Campus planning personnel and external consultants working on construction projects. Project completed, Summer 2023
    LMS to Student Information Systems Holding Tank is a critical integration process for the School of Continuing Studies as it enables the automatic transfer of non-credit courses data between the School of Continuing Studies' SIS, Destiny One, and myCourses LMS Service. This integration is at the end of life. This project will replace the holding tank data integration and the Banner Adapter data integration between our main Banner SIS system and our main LMS myCourses, and regroup all Course information in one LMS instance. Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Winter 2024

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    All McGill 

    IT projects primarily benefiting the entire McGill community

    Status notes use the following timeframes:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Winter: January-April
    • Summer: May-August
    Project Name Project Overview Phase / Status
    Cybersecurity & Risk Initiative This project will document the security and risk maturity for all McGill administration units and some research units using the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Compliance. An external vendor will perform this assessment. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Contracts Add-On for MMP Procurement Services is upgrading the Contracts Manager module of MMP to Contracts+. The initiative consists of improving tracking and execution of contract requests, driving systematic use of the latest contract document templates, streamlining and accelerating contract approvals, and managing/monitoring supplier performance in relation to deliverables/contract achievements. Project completed, Summer 2023
    University Advancement (UA) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) (Alumni and Donor Relations) University Advancement’s (UA) customer relationship management (CRM) is a critical solution that facilitates stakeholder communications, engagement, relationship management, fundraising, and stewardship. This solution is essential for fundraising and alumni engagement programs, as well as other charitable organizations. The current CRM is built with software nearing the end of its useful life. The project aims to implement a new CRM, improving stakeholder experience with dynamic features that allow UA to automate manual processes and increase productivity while maximizing fundraising and engagement potential. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Winter 2025

    Disaster Recovery plan

    This project aims to move all resiliency currently in place in the Ferrier data center (presently our secondary data center) to a location that will provide redundancy, lower recovery time and recovery period objectives, and mitigate the risk of a potential environmental disaster. The project's scope will cover the primary data center, the wide-area network (WAN), and network connectivity.

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024


    Retail Solution This project will acquire and implement a new retail solution for the McGill Bookstore (Le James) and other McGill retailers, such as the Redbird Sport Shop, Shag Shop, ES Online Store, and Food & Dining Services. Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Hardware Asset Management IT hardware asset management is the tracking, monitoring, and controlling of assets (e.g., laptops, monitors) through their lifecycles: acquisition, receiving, use & reuse, and, finally, end-of-life management. This project improves and expands on the existing IT hardware asset management process and regulation for all IT hardware assets purchased using McGill funding, including Research funds. The project leverages the existing functionality of ServiceNow; no new software is expected to be deployed. Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: January 2024

    Identity and Access Management

    Managing identities and access rights is a fundamental prerequisite for information technology service delivery, institutional information protection, and privacy protection. The Identity and Access Management program will optimize the management of digital identities by promoting delegated administration and self-service. It will also allow applications to identify users and control access to resources according to organization policies.

    Project completed, Winter 2023
    Network Information Security The Information Security Project is an initiative to enhance the security and efficiency of McGill’s IT network and support the evolving needs of the University’s research, academic, and administrative community. This project implements industry standards for IT security to secure data on the network further.

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Winter 2024

    Network Infrastructure Upgrade

    The Network Upgrade is a McGill-wide initiative to enhance the University's IT network by replacing its core technologies and hardware. The upgrade will improve service quality, security, performance, and reliability for the McGill community. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Winter 2024

    Network Unified Communications

    This project aims to replace our aging telephone system with newer technologies that will seamlessly integrate and improve communication channels between members of the McGill community. It aims to enhance the student learning environment and increase workplace effectiveness by providing a new means of virtual collaboration and communication. Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery: Summer 2024

    Banner 9 Functional Upgrade

    McGill Student and Finance business units currently operate an outdated and mostly unsupported version of its ERP, Ellucian's Banner. Banner is the enterprise database used by McGill University to store all student, employee, and financial data. The Banner 9 Functional Upgrade project aims to upgrade this ERP to the latest version, Banner 9, which uses an entirely new application development framework and technology. This upgrade will provide staff and students with a modern, improved end-user experience.

    Preliminary Analysis-Solution Architecture, estimated delivery: Summer 2024
    Service Desk Virtual Agent This project aims to introduce an IT support chatbot (Virtual Agent) that can scale up capacity to meet the increased demand for IT support.

    Design-Construct-Implement, estimated delivery:

    • Selected pilot groups, March 2024
    • Full roll-out by end of August 2024

    Web Publishing Platform (Drupal 9) Upgrade

    McGill’s central web publishing platform uses software developed and supported by the members of The Drupal organization has released a new version, Drupal 9, a significant update to its existing Drupal 7 and 8 software versions, neither of which have been fully supported since November 2022. This project will upgrade our Drupal-based platform to Drupal 9, including all functionality and the migration of existing content.

    Project completed, Fall 2023

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