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Welcoming Mark Leggott, Latest Engage Blog and Other Updates

As our team continues to evolve and grow, we’re excited to welcome our newest leader, Mark Leggott, effective June 21, 2021. In his new role, Mark will further develop and oversee International Relations on behalf of NDRIO to ensure Canada’s Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem is well positioned on the global stage. Welcome aboard, Mark!

Updating our Terminology: Position Papers

Through ongoing planning and internal consultation efforts, we are working to embed principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion throughout every facet of our organization. Recently, a team member highlighted the importance of updating a specific term to ensure we are fostering a more inclusive and collaborative environment for all of our stakeholders. In light of this feedback, “White Papers” will now be referred to as “Position Papers” in all projects. We are thankful to our team members for raising these issues, which allows us to continuously learn and improve.

Latest Engage Blog

This month, we are working closely with our Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) community on our plans for the future, including the transition ahead. In my latest blog, I wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the crucial and invaluable role HQP play in fostering a strong DRI ecosystem through their specialized support of researchers at universities, libraries and other institutions across Canada. Thank you to our HQP for enabling Canada’s researchers to innovate every day.

Upcoming Member Events

We also wanted to share the timing of two key upcoming events. Our Members’ Meeting registration message will be forthcoming over the next few days. In the meantime, please be sure to save the date for this meeting, plus our 2021 Annual General Meeting which will be virtual again this year.

  • Members’ Meeting: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  • Annual General Meeting: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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)