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Public consultations in Vancouver & Saskatoon for new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) organization

Over the next few weeks, public consultation sessions will be held across Canada as the next step towards implementation of the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Contribution program. Specifically, the consultations will focus on governance issues, including membership and board composition, of the new not-for-profit organization that will coordinate funding and strategic directions for national activities related to:

  • research data management
  • advanced research computing
  • research software.

In Western Canada, in-person consultation sessions are being held:

  • SASKATOON - Monday, October 07
    Delta Hotels Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent, East Battleford Room, Mezzanine Floor
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm 
    Presentation slides 

  • VANCOUVER - Thursday, October 10
    TBC - visit 

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 or stay informed by visiting for further information and updates on the implementation of this initiative.

Last month, an Interim Implementation Team was appointed to support the work of the Applicant Board as it puts in place the governance structures required to establish the inaugural Board. The members of the applicant board include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

For the most up-to-date information on the DRI Contribution Program and the formation of the new organization, visit