CANARIE Launches Open Call for Applications for its Board of Directors

Call is open to candidates who serve as a President or Vice President at a Canadian college, cégep, or polytechnic institute

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today launched an open call for applications for a volunteer position 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 a candidate who currently serves as a President or Vice President at a college, cégep, or polytechnic institute in Canada. This individual 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 the its user 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 research, education and innovation stakeholder communities 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 Presidents or Vice Presidents at Canadian colleges, cégeps, or polytechnic institutes who are considering the opportunity to serve on the Board should possess the following qualifications:

  • senior executive and/or administrator 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 Director’s 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.

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 30, 2017.

The final candidate will be reviewed and approved by the CANARIE Board before being submitted for election by the CANARIE Members at the Annual General Meeting in September 2017.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Director, Communications
(613) 943-5432


CANARIE strengthens Canadian leadership in science and technology by delivering digital infrastructure to support world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Canadians at universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories rely on this ultra high-speed network to collaborate in data-intensive, cutting-edge research and innovation within Canada and with colleagues in over 100 countries.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools to accelerate scientific discovery. CANARIE also supports Research Data Canada as it leads national research data management initiatives, and through the Canadian Access Federation, provides identity management services that enable secure, ubiquitous connectivity and content access to the academic community. To boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector, CANARIE offers cloud resources to startups through its DAIR service, and links a powerful community of public and private sector partners in the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the majority of its funding provided by the Government of Canada.

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