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Needs Assessment Update, Engage Blog and Other News

With the half-way point of 2021 fast approaching, I want to acknowledge and thank not only our team but our Members, partners and other Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem stakeholders for your continued dedication to serving Canada’s researchers. We truly are stronger together, and I appreciate all of the feedback, insights and support we have received to date.

In the spirit of collaboration, our newest blog features an interview with Brendan McGinty, Director of Industry at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Through our conversation, Brendan reflects on his experiences, wisdom and “secret sauce” about commitment and collaboration in an era of data deluge. I hope you enjoy it.

Needs Assessment Update

Earlier this month, we hosted a series of eight Virtual Town Hall meetings as part of our Canadian DRI Needs Assessment process. We welcomed over 1,400 people from across Canada to these meetings, where we shared and validated key findings from our current consultations.

Video recordings of the Virtual Town Hall presentations are now available on our website, along with further details on the Canadian DRI Needs Assessment process.

Thank you to all of you who joined us for these meetings. Your input will help shape the future of DRI in Canada. To ask questions on the Needs Assessment process or to submit additional feedback, please email our project team at

Employment Opportunities

As we continue to grow, our communications needs are expanding. We have the following employment opportunities available for application:

We invite any interested candidates to share their resume and cover letter to Please share these postings with others in your network to help us find our ideal candidates.

Upcoming Members’ Meeting

As a reminder, our next Members’ Meeting is scheduled for July 7, 2021. More details, including registration information, will be circulated in the coming weeks. We look forward to updating you on our recent progress and priorities for the months ahead.

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our latest updates, please reach out to us at


Nizar Ladak
New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)