Advancing Research Committee

Canada’s research libraries play pivotal roles in the creation and long-term stewardship of the scholarship produced at universities—whether new faculty publications or the research data upon which new scholarship is built. They also provide access for students, faculty, and researchers to the world’s information resources.

Mandate and Role

The Advancing Research Committee develops CARL positions, priorities, and initiatives that collectively aim to foster a sustainable scholarly research ecosystem in Canada, whether at the stage of new knowledge creation or at later stages of its dissemination, use and preservation. While maximizing open access to scholarship is a clear objective, the ultimate goal is to create a healthy, integrated scholarly communication environment to serve the interests of Canadian research, learning and scholarship.

Read the complete Terms of Reference of this committee.


  • Talia Chung (University of Ottawa) – Chair
  • Dale Askey (University of Alberta)
  • Lesley Balcom (University of New Brunswick)
  • Jonathan Bengtson (University of Victoria)
  • Gwen Bird (Simon Fraser University)
  • Loubna Ghaouti (Université Laval)
  • Sylvie Fournier (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Alexandra Freeland (National Research Council Canada, Federal Science Libraries Network)
  • Stéphanie Gagnon (Université de Montréal)
  • Frédéric Giuliano (Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Joy Kirchner (York University)
  • Beth Sandore Namachchivaya (University of Waterloo)
  • Catherine Steeves (University of Western Ontario)
  • Donna Bourne-Tyson (Dalhousie University, observer)
  • Rebecca Graham ( University of Guelph, observer)
  • Mark Robertson (Brock University, observer)
  • Carol Shepstone (Ryerson University, observer)
  • Susan Haigh (CARL, ex-officio)

CARL Liaison and Committee Secretary:

Lise Brin, CARL Program Officer
(902) 318-4485

Active Sub-Groups of this Committee

Past Sub-Groups of this Committee