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Collaborating for the future of Canada’s Digital Research Infrastructure

This site is a collaboration tool for the DRI community as we formalize the governance and structure of the new organization funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development under their DRI Contribution Program. The main steps in this process include the legal incorporation of a numbered, not-for-profit organization by an initial applicant board, community consultations on the future structure and governance of the new organization, and a first annual general meeting to approve bylaws and elect an inaugural board.  The purpose of the new organization is to coordinate and fund activities in Advanced Research Computing (ARC), Data Management (DM), and Research Software (RS) to ensure that Canada’s researchers have equitable access to the necessary infrastructure and tools to support research across all disciplines.

Ce site est l’outil de collaboration de la communauté INR (infrastructure numérique de recherche) lors de la formalisation de la gouvernance et de la structure de la nouvelle organisation subventionnée le ministère d’Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique par le Programme de contributions pour l’INR.  Les étapes principales comprennent l’incorporation d’une société numérotée à but non-lucratif par un conseil d’administration provisoire, des consultations avec la communauté sur la structure et la gouvernance futures de la nouvelle organisation, et une première assemblée générale annuelle visant l’approbation des statuts et règlements et l’élection d’un conseil d’administration inaugural.  La mission de la nouvelle organisation est de coordonner et subventionner des activités en calcul informatique de pointe pour la recherche (CIP), gestion des données (GD), et logiciels de recherche (LR), afin d’assurer un accès équitable à tous les chercheurs canadiens à l’infrastructure et les outils qui soutiennent la recherche dans toutes les disciplines.

Governance and Membership Model

Dear Colleagues, 

The Applicant Board and interim management team are pleased to share with the community NDRIO’s Governance and Membership Model.  Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. 

This model was developed based on community input, principles of good governance and a number of specific requirements (e.g. equity, diversity, inclusion, independence, etc.) as defined in the new organization’s funding agreement with the Government of Canada.

The model describes the composition and operating model of the incoming Inaugural Board of Directors, the recruitment process, and the purpose and mandate of the Researcher Council. 

The model further describes the approach to membership, including a category of Primary Members (voting) and Associate Members (non-voting).   The membership fee model is being finalized and will be shared as part of the membership recruitment process. Based on community input, the membership approach was designed to reflect and accommodate the diversity of our national research community.

The model also includes a set of Guiding Principles to reflect how NDRIO should be led and managed, as its culture is shaped.  In all that it does, NDRIO must be:

  1. Researcher-Centric
  2. Service-Oriented
  3. Accountable and Transparent
  4. Striving for Excellence
  5. Collaborative

We continue to welcome the engagement of the community.  If you have any further comments on the Governance and Membership Model, please share it through info@engagedri.ca.

Over the next week we will share the Inaugural Board competency model, provide additional details on the Board recruitment process and begin the process of engaging and recruiting members.   Please continue to monitor www.engagedri.ca  for information and updates as our journey to NDRIO continues. 


Lori MacMullen

Chair, Applicant Board (NDRIO) and Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO)

Comments and questions may be directed to the email address info@engagedri.ca.

Les questions et commentaires sont invités à info@engagedri.ca.