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CANARIE seeking a researcher for its Board of Directors: Call for Applications now open

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today launched an open call for applications for volunteer positions on CANARIE’s Board of Directors. Serving on the CANARIE Board is an opportunity to direct the evolution of a component of digital research infrastructure that is critical to Canada’s future in the global knowledge economy.

CANARIE is seeking two candidates: one who is currently a Researcher at a higher education institution in Canada and one who is currently a Vice President, Research at a university in Canada. These individuals will provide insight and context to Board discussions regarding the changing needs of Canadian post-secondary institutions, and guidance that will serve to ensure alignment between CANARIE programs and the needs of its stakeholder community.

CANARIE is governed by an independent Board of Directors that meets four times per year. CANARIE’s Board is comprised of an equal number of individuals from industry and academia, and is tasked with strategic direction, financial oversight, and policy oversight for the organization. These volunteer Directors bring a variety of skills and experience to the Board, and their backgrounds in the private and public sectors ensure CANARIE’s programs and services anticipate and effectively address the evolving requirements of these communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board. Terms may renew for up to six years.

Candidates should be willing to represent CANARIE in the community and to use their influence to help achieve CANARIE’s long-term goals.

Candidates for the Board position must be available to attend quarterly Board meetings held in different locations across Canada, attend quarterly committee teleconference calls, and dedicate a few hours per quarter to meeting preparation.

Current Researchers at higher education institutions in Canada or Vice Presidents, Research at universities in Canada who are considering the opportunity to serve on the Board should possess the following qualifications:

  • leadership skills;
  • experience with research and development, business development, and strategic planning;
  • experience working with researchers, educators, governments, agencies, and funders;
  • interest in, or knowledge of, digital infrastructure; and
  • experience in organizational governance.

The specific qualifications noted above ensure that the new Directors’ skills complement those of current Directors, and that members of CANARIE’s Board reflect our core stakeholders and the varied personal and demographic characteristics of Canadian society.

In support of the Board Diversity Policy, CANARIE seeks diverse representation through diversity of the institutional and industry stakeholder communities it serves, and diversity of personal and demographic characteristics represented in Canadian society, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, business experience, functional expertise and personal skills, and geographic location. By policy, CANARIE strives to maintain its Board gender balance between 40% and 60%. Regional representation includes directors from across the country and encompasses linguistic diversity to recognize Canada’s two official languages.

Interested individuals may apply for election as a Director by visiting the Board of Directors page on the CANARIE website and submitting the required information. Applications will be accepted until June 28, 2019.

The final candidates will be reviewed and approved by the CANARIE Board before being submitted for election by CANARIE Members at the Annual General Meeting in September 2019.

All individuals who submit an application will be notified of the outcome of the process after the final slate of Directors has been approved by the Board and before the slate is presented to Members for election.