NDRIO Membership Q&A, 13:00 EST, Thurs, Jan 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,  The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is inviting the DRI community to apply for membership as we head into the first full year of operations. We are actively recruiting for Primary (Voting) Members and prospective Associate Members. Membership application will be received up to and including January 24, 2020. Information about membership can be found here. We are hosting a Q&A session to discuss the membership categories and what membership entails. 

Please join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 13:00 EST.
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Please help us get the word out and share the above call-in information with your institutional colleagues, constituents and communities. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Yours sincerely, 
The NDRIO Team

NDRIO Now Recruiting Members: Applications Due Jan 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is now extending invitations to the DRI community to apply for membership as we head into the first full year of operations.

Based on the criteria outlined in the Membership and Governance Model, tailored letters and application forms are being sent to prospective Primary (Voting) Members and prospective Associate Members through a new email account, NDRIO-NOIRN@engagedri.ca. We will also be using this email account to share future updates about NDRIO. 

For more information about Primary (Voting) Membership, please click here. For the Primary (Voting) Membership application form in MS Word, click here

For more information about Associate Membership, please click here. For the Associate Membership application form in MS Word, click here.

Membership applications will be received up to and including January 24, 2020, with payment not required until April 1, 2020. The deadline is driven by the need to call a general Members’ meeting in late February to establish the inaugural Board of Directors.

It has been an exciting and fast-paced six months since we developed and submitted the proposal to establish the new organization, and we want to thank the community for its continued engagement and support. We look forward to this continuing as we undertake these critical next steps to get NDRIO up and running. 

On behalf of the Applicant Board and the Interim Team, I would also like to extend best wishes for the holiday season. This is an exciting time for Canada’s research community, and we look forward to 2020 as we continue to build this important organization with the community.

If you have any questions about NDRIO and/or membership, please contact me any time or email NDRIO-NOIRN@engagedri.ca

Sincerely,

Lori MacMullen

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

Inaugural Board Recruitment Posting Now Available

Dear Colleagues,

We have initiated the process to recruit the Inaugural Board of Directors, including the Inaugural Board Chair, for the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). The posting has been published on the Odgers Berndtson website. Odgers Berndtson is supporting the Applicant Board in the recruitment process.

NDRIO will fund activities in advanced research computing (ARC), data management (DM) and research software (RS), and in conjunction with partner organizations will ensure Canadian researchers have equitable access to the necessary services, tools and infrastructure to drive continued excellence in research across all disciplines. The Board, supported by a management team, will be trusted partners, bridge builders and collaborators working with other ecosystem partners and stakeholder positions across the country.

We will be filling up to 15 seats on this skills-based Board. If you or someone in your network are interested in this opportunity, please review the posting and contact Odgers Berndtson by Monday, January 13, 2020.

More information can be found in our Membership and Governance Model. If you have questions about the process please contact me any time. 

Sincerely,

Lori MacMullen

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

Inaugural Board Recruitment Process for the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)

(Le français est en cours de traduction.) (PDF version)

Recruitment for the Inaugural Board of Directors of the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) represents the next stage in the implementation of the organization’s Governance and Membership Model.

One of the key themes emerging from the consultation process was the importance of openness and transparency in process, governance and operations of the new organization. In keeping with these values, please find below background and information pertaining to the recruitment and selection of the Inaugural Board Directors. 

Following a competitive process, the Applicant Board has engaged executive recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson to support the recruitment process. Odgers Berndston has significant experience recruiting for Boards in the areas of research, academia, public service and the not-for-profit sector.

Process & Timeline

The call for interest in Director positions will be an open process, with the ad being posted before Christmas. The ad will include additional information about the process (e.g. how to express interest and what to include), as well as all key dates.    

Potential Board Directors will be vetted by a selection committee consisting of Applicant Board members and additional research community members and / or external members. The objective is to present a slate of up to 15 Directors to the first general members’ meeting in early 2020. 

A Governing Board

The Inaugural Board’s role is to provide oversight to NDRIO. Accordingly, Directors will be required to act independently in the best interests of the organization and not their affiliated organization.  

The Board will guide operational start-up activities – including transition planning with CANARIE, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Compute Canada – and will lead strategic planning for the next phase of the new organization’s mandate.  

The Board will lay the foundation for the governance of the organization, which includes hiring the CEO, monitoring the organization’s financial affairs, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements and meeting the terms of the contribution agreement with the Government of Canada. 

Skills-Based

The Board will need seasoned Directors with the right mix of skills and experience, including a deep knowledge of the community served by NDRIO and expertise in the effective and efficient functioning of a non-profit organization. Competencies will be sought in the following broad areas: Canada’s research environment; Board governance and oversight; financial acumen; strategic planning; business and risk management; security and privacy; and an ability to drive strategy to execution. 

Given the scope of the new organization’s mandate across the three DRI components, the Board of Directors will also have knowledge of, or expertise in, one or more of the following: advanced research computing (ARC), research software (RS), and / or data management (DM).

Using a skills-based assessment process, potential Board Directors will be assessed and appointed to staggered terms of one to three years.  

Additional Board Composition Considerations

The Government of Canada requires NDRIO’s recruitment process to reflect equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles, resulting in a Board with 50% independent Directors, including the Chair. Independent Directors are defined as having no material relationship with the organization. NDRIO is committed to these principles, and will further apply best efforts to see the appointment of 50% female Directors. Furthermore, the Inaugural Board of Directors will reflect the geographic and linguistic diversity of the country. 

As the new organization will need to coordinate across a highly diverse stakeholder environment, and national, regional, provincial and local delivery layers, it will be critical that the composition of the Board reflects not only the broad competencies described above, but also the diversity of Canada’s research ecosystem. 

All Directors will be subject to stringent conflict of interest and code of conduct policies that require those undertaking activities on behalf of the organization to do so in a way that avoids any real or perceived conflicts of interest.

Next Steps

As noted above, the Board recruitment ad will be posted shortly. Please review it and, if interested, submit the requested information. To help ensure all potentially interested candidates are aware of the process, please share this information and the ad when posted with potential candidates in your networks. The community’s input continues to be valuable to this process and the new organization.   

If you have feedback about the recruitment process described above, please share it through info@engagedri.ca.

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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