Board

Governance Documents

CARL is a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation and registered charity operating in Canada, with its head office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Its fundamental governing documents are comprised of the following:

  • Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (S.C. 2009, c. 23)The Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (S.C. 2009, c. 23) and its Regulations provide many of the rules of operation of CARL as a federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporation.
  • Articles of ContinuanceCARL’s Articles of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (S.C. 2009, c. 23) received certification on June 14, 2013.
  • By-Law No. 1Except as already set out in the Act or the Articles, CARL is governed by the provisions of its general operating By-Law No. 1.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the chief governance body of CARL, responsible to the membership at large, and with formal legal responsibility for the organization. All other CARL committees are formally advisory to the Board.

The elected members of the CARL Board of Directors are all directors of member libraries. The Vice-President automatically becomes President at the end of the current President’s two-year term. Regional representatives are formally elected by all CARL members. New terms normally commence at the end of the spring annual general meeting.

The President and the Executive Director are the spokespersons for the Association of first resort. The Executive Director manages the operations of the Association and reports to the Board.

Board Members

Contact information for board members can be found within our Directory of Member.

President Ms. Martha Whitehead
University Librarian
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario Term: 2015-2017
Vice-President Ms. Donna Bourne-Tyson
University Librarian
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia Term 2015-2017
Treasurer
(Atlantic Region Representative)
Ms. Lesley Balcom
Director of Libraries
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick Term: 2015-2017
Secretary 
(Quebec Region Representative)
Ms. Lynda Gadoury
Directrice générale des bibliothèques
Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, Quebec Term: 2015-2017
Director
(Ontario Region Representative)
Ms. Vivian Lewis
University Librarian
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario Term: 2016-2018
Director
(Western Region Representative)
Ms. Gwen Bird
University Librarian / Dean of Libraries
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia Term: 2016-2018

Standing Committee on Finance and Audit

An advisory committee to the Board, the Standing Committee on Finance and Audit assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial affairs of the Association and to ensure the establishment of sound financial policies and practices that will lead to the long-term financial sustainability of the Association.  The CARL Treasurer chairs this committee, and membership consists of two members of the CARL Board (currently the CARL President and Vice-President), and a senior administrator with a CA designation at a member institution. This position is currently served by Ms. Donna Janiec, Associate Vice Principal, Finance, Queen’s University. The Executive Director is a permanent member of the committee and the Manager, Programs and Administration is Secretary.