Governance & Structure

Membership governance strives to be representative of the many constituent sectors within the memory community, including libraries, archives, government bodies, museums, and historical societies. A pan-Canadian structure encourages all regions and sectors to participate in the vision, governance and financial support of the organization, a collaborative approach which  gives the flexibility to grow and the agility to respond to changing opportunities.

Membership, 2016-17

Committees and User Groups benefits from the strategic advice and input of various committees and user groups. These groups, populated by scholars and librarians, ensure that the work of remains relevant and useful for the community at large:

• Advisory Committees (Early Canadiana Online)
• Metadata Consultations Group
• Priority Advisory Groups


By-laws setting out the governance requirements of the organization are available for download (PDF, 257KB).

Board of Directors is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of distinguished scholars and representatives of major memory institutions across Canada. Elected by a majority vote during Annual General Meetings, directors hold office for a term of two years, after which they are eligible for re-election for one further term.


jonathan_bengtsonJonathan Bengtson

University Librarian
University of Victoria



vickery_bowlesVickery Bowles

Vice President,
City Librarian
Toronto Public Library



leslie_weirLeslie Weir

Past President,
University Chief Librarian
University of Ottawa



larry_alfordLarry Alford

University Chief Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries



lesley_balcomLesley Balcom

Director of Libraries
University of New Brunswick



heather_gordonHeather M. Gordon

City Archivist
City of Vancouver





Bill Waiser

University of Saskatchewan




normand_charbonneauNormand Charbonneau

Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer 
Sous-ministre adjoint et chef de l’exploitation
Library and Archives Canada /
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada



Donna Bourne-TysonDonna Bourne-Tyson

University Librarian
Dalhousie University