Canada Chapter

The Canada chapter was founded in 2006 to bring a Canada perspective and leadership to this mission and to bring sustainable international integration with other research-producing nations working to collectively solve the core issues around administrative burden and administrative data — through standard information agreements.

Steering Committee Members

The following people have formed the Steering Committee (SC) for this chapter:

  • Karina McInnis (Chair) – Associate Vice President, University of Guelph
  • Sushanta Mitra (Deputy Chair) – Executive Director & Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Trevor Davis – Executive Director, Simon Fraser University
  • Lorraine Deydey – Director, University of Alberta
  • Marcel Fortin – Head, University of Toronto
  • Anne Klymenko – Director, Lakehead University
  • Andrea Lawrance – Director, Carleton University
  • Kristina Ohrvall (Past Chair) – Director, McGill University
  • Rebecca Pillai Riddell – Associate Vice-President, York University
  • Tobias Spears – Head, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Trevor Weissent – Research Finance Manager, Dalhousie University
  • Jennifer Freeman – Director, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Caroline Lachance – Directrice, University of Montreal
  • Martin Bernier – Chief Information Officer – uOttawa, CUCCIO
  • Susan Haigh – Executive Director, CARL
  • Janet Halliwell – Principal, JE Halliwell Associates Inc
  • Nathalie Laporte – Executive Director, CAUBO
  • Sally Rutherford – Executive Director, CAGS

Current Initiatives:

  • Glossaries, taxonomies and templates: CASRAI has led the development and maintenance of a glossary of “terms” and definitions specific to research administration information, as well as a number of “taxonomies” and “templates” that can be applied to addressing research administration productivity issues. Links to these source documents are at
  • IRiDiuM (International Research Data Management glossary) – a practical trans-disciplinary reference for individuals, organizations, and working groups concerned with the improvement of research data and data management, and as a meeting place for further discussion and development of terms.
  • The Tri-Council audit and compliance framework. (in partnership with CAUBO)
  • Gateway: CASRAI CA is supporting the implementation of the Gateway Tri-Agency initiative – a project to modernize the grants management platform.
  • Impacts: help researchers, research managers and non-academic partners to be more deliberate in thinking about and planning for outcomes and impacts, as well as collecting evidence of impact.
  • DRI: CASRAI CA is supporting the implementation of a new national Digital Research Infrastructure organization to coordinate funding and strategic directions for national DRI activitites.
  • Researcher Survey: CASRAI CA wishes to increase engagement with researchers for the following reasons – – Reducing administrative burden on researchers is part of the CASRAI mission

– Researchers have a good understanding of this problem and can advise CASRAI on priority issues
– Researchers can help influence institutions and funders to encourage administrative burden reduction

Past Initiatives:

  • The Admin Burden in Canada (ABC) initiative: Convened and coordinated by the Canadian chapter of CASRAI, ABC brings together combined leadership from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA), the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB), Polytechnics Canada as well as active researchers.
  • The inventory: The early work completed under the banner of ABC resulted in an extensive inventory of issues that constituted some level of undue administrative burden, together with identification of the key stakeholders and the desired end state for each. The inventory deals with a number of research and research management categories of interest:

Personnel Recruitment
Program Design
Financial Compliance
Non-Financial Compliance
Post-Award Management
Scholarly Communications
The inventory is accessible at

  • ORCID-CA. The internationally-used Open Researcher and Contributor ID (or “ORCID”) standard utilizes CASRAI standards; the development of the Canadian Consortium was also catalyzed by CASRAI, but is now spun-off, with CRKN taking on the coordinating role. ORCID was established to solve name ambiguity and researcher identification problems by giving individuals a unique numeric identifier that persists over time. Unlike other author identifiers, ORCID is not limited by discipline or by geographic region or to any proprietary publisher or information provider.
  • The CCCV. A long-standing priority for CASRAI has been to assist in the evolution of the CCCV to assist in improving its usability by researchers and value for research admin.


  • CA Reconnect 2019
  • CA Reconnect 2018
  • CA Reconnect 2017
  • CA Reconnect 2016
  • CA Reconnect 2015
  • CA Reconnect 2014
  • CA Reconnect 2013

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