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:


By-laws setting out the governance requirements of the organization are available for download (PDF, 240KB).

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 Bengtson

University Librarian
University of Victoria

Donna Bourne-Tyson

University Librarian
Dalhousie University

Leslie Weir

Past President,
University Chief Librarian
University of Ottawa

Vickery Bowles

City Librarian
Toronto Public Library

Larry Alford

University Chief Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries

Heather M. Gordon

City Archivist
City of Vancouver

Bill Waiser

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Saskatchewan

Normand Charbonneau

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

Pilar Martinez

Chief Executive Officer
Edmonton Public Library

Gabrielle Prefontaine

Dean, Library
University of Winnipeg