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NDRIO seeking feedback on Researcher Council governance model

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) has announced a public consultation that will inform its process to form a permanent Researcher Council. The Researcher Council will be a critical component of NDRIO’s commitment to involve the research community as it designs a new service delivery model supporting Canada’s new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy.

This strategy aims to help ensure scholars and scientists have the digital tools, support, services and infrastructure they need to support leading-edge research that enables Canada to compete on the world stage. Seeking expert advice to serve and engage with researchers as NDRIO develops is core to its Guiding Principles. The Researcher Council is also included in NDRIO’s By-Laws.

NDRIO's goal is to have the Researcher Council in place by Fall 2020 so that the multi-disciplinary, researcher-led group can provide the NDRIO Board and management guidance on the completion of the researcher needs assessment and NDRIO’s first strategic plan.

Opportunity for Input

The Researcher Advisory Group has developed a draft Researcher Council Governance Model Consultation Paper, which is housed on a dedicated Researcher Council consultation page on the NDRIO website. This paper outlines preliminary thinking and asks questions related to the role of the Researcher Council; governance and operations; and composition, size and nominations process. Community members are invited to review this document and provide input by Friday, July 10 by emailing

NDRIO will also host information sessions, which will include a Q&A, by videoconference on:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 -- 1 pm to 2:30 pm EDT (English)
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020 -- 1 pm to 2:30 pm EDT (French)

Call-in details will be emailed to everyone on NDRIO’s mailing list in advance. You can also access call-in details on the NDRIO website in advance of these meetings. Note, these sessions will be recorded and housed on the NDRIO website.

Researcher Council Nomination Process

NDRIO expects to initiate the Researcher Council nomination process shortly. It will share more information about the process, including selection criteria, at that time. Principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) will be stringently applied during the selection process.

If you have any questions about the Researcher Advisory Group and/or NDRIO's work to establish the permanent Researcher Council, please send an email to

NDRIO is encouraging researchers to share this message with others in their networks to help NDRIO broaden its consultation reach. If you would like to be added to NDRIO’s mailing list, send an email to