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. 

Sincerely,

Lori MacMullen

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

Online Consultation in French on the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

Note:  Please help us get the word out and share the following with your institutional colleagues, constituents and communities.     

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the applicant board for the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution program, I am pleased to announce a further national consultation session online, in French.    Community consultations are necessary and important to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new organization early in the 2020.

A summary of earlier Fall 2019 consultations is available.

Wednesday, November 27, 09:30–10:30 EST

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
    Please click this URL to start or join. https://canarie.zoom.us/j/284745273  
    Or, go to https://canarie.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 284 745 273 
Join from dial-in phone line:
    Dial: +1 647 558 058
    Meeting ID: 284 745 273
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
    International numbers available: https://canarie.zoom.us/u/afmGzydIG
Join from a H.323/SIP room system:
    Dial: 205.189.33.73
    Meeting ID: 284 745 273

These consultations are the next step towards implementation of the DRI Contribution program with approved funding from the federal Minister of Science of up to $375 million.   This program will be governed by a not for profit organization that will coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to:  research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.

These consultations will build on the feedback received during the development of the proposal in the spring and address governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.

If you are unable to attend, you can also provide comments and input to the process by email to info@engagedri.ca or stay informed by visiting www.engagedri.ca for further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.   

Community engagement is critical for the successful implementation of a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.  We look forward to your participation and input in this important engagement process.   

Yours sincerely, 

Lori MacMullen

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

Online Consultations on the Data Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

Note:  Please help us get the word out and share the following with your institutional colleagues, constituents and communities.     

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the applicant board for the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution program, I am pleased to announce further national consultation sessions online.    Community consultations are necessary and important to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new organization early in the 2020.

Wednesday, November 6, 10:00-11:30 EST

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to start or join. https://canarie.zoom.us/j/195930094
    Or, go to https://canarie.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 195 930 094

Join from dial-in phone line:
    Dial: +1 647 558 0588
    Meeting ID: 195 930 094
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
    International numbers available: https://canarie.zoom.us/u/afmGzydIG

Join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial: 205.189.33.73
    Meeting ID: 195 930 094

Wednesday, November 6, 13:00-14:30 EST

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

   Please click this URL to start or join. https://canarie.zoom.us/j/214065281
    Or, go to https://canarie.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 214 065 281

Join from dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 647 558 0588
    Meeting ID: 214 065 281
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
    International numbers available: https://canarie.zoom.us/u/afmGzydIG

Join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial: 205.189.33.73
    Meeting ID: 214 065 281

Tuesday, November 12, 12:30-14:00 EST

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to start or join. https://canarie.zoom.us/j/381360300
    Or, go to https://canarie.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 381 360 300

Join from dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 647 558 0588
    Meeting ID: 381 360 300
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
    International numbers available: https://canarie.zoom.us/u/afmGzydIG

Join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial: 205.189.33.73
    Meeting ID: 381 360 300

Tuesday, November 12, 15:00-16:30 EST

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to start or join. https://canarie.zoom.us/j/743870430
    Or, go to https://canarie.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 743 870 430

Join from dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 647 558 0588
    Meeting ID: 743 870 430
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
    International numbers available: https://canarie.zoom.us/u/afmGzydIG

Join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial: 205.189.33.73
    Meeting ID: 743 870 430

These consultations are the next step towards implementation of the DRI Contribution program with approved funding from the federal Minister of Science of up to $375 million.   This program will be governed by a not for profit organization that will coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to:  research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.

These consultations will build on the feedback received during the development of the proposal in the spring and address governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.

If you are unable to attend, you can also provide comments and input to the process by email to info@engagedri.ca or stay informed by visiting www.engagedri.ca for further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.   

Community engagement is critical for the successful implementation of a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.  We look forward to your participation and input in this important engagement process.   

Yours sincerely, 

Lori MacMullen

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

Final Details on Consultation Locations

(Français)

We now have finalized locations for the consultations in Ottawa, Halifax, Saskatoon, Vancouver, and Montreal.

Please confirm your attendance to us at info@engagedri.ca.

Presentation slides for the consultation are here.

Ottawa, Tuesday, October 1, 9:30-12:00

  • Carleton University, Residence Commons, Fenn Lounge, 1125 Colonel By Drive

Halifax, Thursday, October 3, 9:30-12:00

  • Saint Mary’s University, Loyola Academic Building, 2nd Floor, Loyola Private Dining Room LA 298; 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue

Saskatoon, Monday, October 7, 9:30-12:00

  • Delta Hotels Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent, East Battleford Room, Mezzanine Floor

Vancouver, Thursday, October 10, 9:30-12:00

  • BCIT Downtown Campus, 8th Floor, Room 825, 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H

Montreal, Thursday, October 17, 9:30-12:00

  • McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street, Billiard room, 3rd Floor

Announcement of Interim Implementation Team and Changes to Consultation Schedule (Montreal and Vancouver)

(Français)

Interim Implementation Team

On behalf of the Applicant Board I am pleased to announce the engagement of the following individuals as the senior members of the interim implementation team.  This team will support the work of the Applicant Board as we undertake the community consultations necessary to define and put in place the governance structures required to establish the inaugural Board.   

  • George Ross, Interim Executive Director:  George comes to us with significant leadership experience including executive roles in the Ontario and Yukon Public Services and several appointments as Deputy Minister. With 35 years of experience, George is no stranger to the research and innovation field, having led the development and delivery of critical investments in research and innovation in Ontario.  
  • Allison Barr, Governance and Policy:  Allison was part of the writing team during the development of the proposal, providing exceptional writing skills and the ability to distil complex material into understandable concepts.  Allison’s knowledge of communications planning and practices including event planning, communications strategy development and issues management will serve the implementation team well.   
  • Ghilaine Roquet, Planning and Operations:   Ghilaine’s experience as Associate Vice-Rector/Vice President and CIO at the Université de Montréal and McGill University will provide the team with expertise and support in the development of potential strategic directions for the operations and services for the new organization.   
  • Jay Black:  As a former CIO and co-chair of the leadership council for DRI Jay will provide strategic governance and operational advice and ensure important continuity with the foundational work of the community.    

Consultation Sessions Schedule Changes – Vancouver and Montreal 

Please note the following changes to the dates for our planned consultations in Vancouver and Montreal.  

  • Vancouver – Thursday, October 10 (to avoid the Friday before Thanksgiving)
  • Montreal – Thursday, October 17 (to avoid the planned Manifestation on Climate Change planned for Friday, September 27) 

All sessions will start in the morning at 9:30 and run until 12 noon. Additional venue details and background information will be posted to www.engagedri.ca prior to each of the consultation sessions. 

As we launch the community consultations we encourage all members of the community to engage in these very important discussions – both at the in-person sessions as well as through our info@engagedri.ca email address.   We will also continue to share updates and information on www.engagedri.ca.   

Lori MacMullen 
Chair – Applicant Board

Venue for September 24 Toronto Consultation

Please share with your colleagues 

Dear Colleagues, 

Further to our September 17 email on the national consultation process to address outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) organization, the Toronto consultation session will take place on 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Rosetti Room (3rd floor) 

Delta Chelsea Hotel

33 Gerard Street West

Coffee will be available at 9:00 am.  

We are aware that this session overlaps with the Compute Canada Annual General Meeting in Calgary and apologize for this.  We are committed to engaging stakeholders in these consultations will ensure there are other opportunities for our Toronto colleagues who cannot attend to participate in a future virtual but interactive session at the completion of our in person sessions.   

For planning purposes if you are planning to attend an RSVP by Friday, September 20 to info@engagedri.ca would be appreciated.  

We look forward to your continued engagement toward building a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.  

Lori MacMullen

Chair – Applicant Board
Executive Director, CUCCIO

Save the Date for Consultations on the Data Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

(Français)

Note:  Please help us get the word out and share the following with your institutional colleagues, constituents and communities.     

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the applicant board for the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution program, I am pleased to announce that the Applicant Board will be conducting national consultation sessions.    Community consultations are necessary and important to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board for the new organization early in the 2020.  In-person consultations will start as early as next week to be able to hit important milestones in forming the full governance structure of the organization.

These consultations are the next step towards implementation of the DRI Contribution program with approved funding from the federal Minister of Science of up to $375 million.   This program will be governed by a not for profit organization that will coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to:  research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.

These consultations will build on the feedback received during the development of the proposal in the spring and address governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.    

Please save the date in your region for the following face-to-face consultation sessions.  All sessions will start in the morning at 9:30 and run until 12 noon.  Venue details as well as agendas and supporting materials will be communicated shortly. 

·       Toronto – Tuesday September 24

·       Montreal – Friday, September 27

·       Ottawa – Tuesday, October 1

·       Halifax – Thursday, October 3

·       Saskatoon – Monday, October 7

·       Vancouver – Friday, October 11

If you are unable to attend the face-to-face session, you can still provide participate by attending one of several online sessions we will schedule at the completion of the face-to-face meetings.    You can also provide comments and input to the process by email to info@engagedri.ca or stay informed by visiting www.engagedri.cafor further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.   

Community engagement is critical for the successful implementation of a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.  We look forward to your participation and input in this important engagement process.   

Yours sincerely, 

Lori MacMullen

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


Update on the Data Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution Program

(Français)

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the steering group for the development of the proposal for Digital Research Infrastructure Contribution program I am pleased to provide you with an update on the progress made since the proposal was submitted.   

The federal Minister of Science approved funding of up to $375 million towards the establishment of a new not for profit organization to coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to: research data management; advanced research computing, and research software.  

To that end, an applicant board has been established to undertake the work necessary to incorporate the new organization, including ongoing community consultations to address a number of outstanding governance issues prior to the establishment of the inaugural board in the new year.   

We would like to thank the following individuals for agreeing to form the applicant board for this very important initiative.    

  • Dr. Guillaume Bourque, Director of the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics, Professor, Human Genetics, McGill University,
  • Ms. Barbara Kieley, ICD.D, Retired Partner Ernst & Young focus onpublic sector digital service transformation projects,
  • Mr. Peter MacKinnon OC, QC, President Emeritus of the University of Saskatchewan, and former interim president of Dalhousie University and Athabasca University, and; 
  • Ms. Lori MacMullen, Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO).  

A consultation plan is currently under development with in person and electronic consultations across the country starting in September.   Building on the feedback received during the development of the proposal these consultations will address a number of the key outstanding governance issues including membership and board composition for the new organization.     

During this phase of the work, the applicant board will continue to use the engagedri.ca web site to post information and updates.  They will also continue to receive input and questions through info@engagedri.ca.   

On behalf of the steering group we look forward to supporting the work of the applicant board as they continue the engagement with the community to ensure a researcher-focused DRI ecosystem in Canada.   

Sincerely

Gail Murphy

Proposed Organization Funded

(Français)

As the Steering Group for the proposal submitted in response to the Canadian government’s call for a new not-for-profit organization to support the compute, data and software needs of Canadian researchers, we are pleased to announce the Minister of Science has approved the funding for the organization described in the proposal. The announcement, with new details, can be found here.
We are in the process of incorporating the new organization and will announce the members of the applicant board shortly.  The applicant board will engage with the community in the fall of 2019 to finalize details for the governance of the new organization.   More details on this work will be shared through this website and email communications.    We look forward to continued engagement with the community to build a researcher-focused digital research infrastructure ecosystem for Canadian researchers.

Sincerely,

Proposal Steering Group

Guillaume Bourque, Director, Canadian Center for Computational Genomics and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics, McGill University
Rafik Goubran, Vice-President Research and International and Professor in Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
Lori MacMullen, Executive Director, Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers and former CIO, University of New Brunswick
Gail Murphy, Vice-President Research and Innovation and Professor of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Final Proposal as Submitted

The final proposal was submitted to ISED on May 6.   A summary of the themes and highlights drawn from the community’s input is still being developed and will be posted as soon as it is complete.

An advisory group, made up of Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, Dr. Mona Nemer, Dr. Andrew Bjerring, and Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri was struck to provide advice to ISED on the evaluation of the proposal.  The steering group met with the members of the advisory group on May 14th to discuss the details of the proposal and answer their questions.

Although a specific date was not provided, we anticipate that the evaluation process will be completed by early to mid June with a decision to follow.  As the process unfolds, we will continue to keep the community up to date through posts to this site and as needed by email.

We look forward to the next step toward building a researcher-focused digital research infrastructure ecosystem for Canadian researchers.