President's yearend update

Archival Colleagues, I want to provide you an update on some recent Association of Canadian Archivists' (ACA) initiatives and activities.

Leadership Team Transitions:
Karen Buckley, Scott Goodine and I end our terms as Secretary-Treasurer, Director-at-Large, and President on December 31, 2014. Kathryn Harvey, Jennifer Roberts, and Ian Burnett will assume their respective roles of President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Director-at-Large on January 1, 2015. At that time, Karen Buckley will become the new sixth ACA Board member serving a one year appointment until a new Director is elected at the 2015 AGM.
With these changes, the ACA Leadership Team for 2015 is:

  • Kathryn Harvey (University of Guelph): President 
  • Michael Gourlie (Provincial Archives of Alberta): Vice-President
  • Jennifer Roberts (Yukon Archives ): Secretary-Treasurer
  • Heather Beattie (Hudson's Bay Company Archives): Director-at-Large
  • Ian Burnett (Yukon Archives): Director-at-Large
  • Karen Buckley (University of Calgary): Director-at-Large

The ACA Committee Chairs are:

  • Amanda Tome (University of New Brunswick): Communications Committee
  • Michael Gourlie (Provincial Archives of Alberta): Governance Committee
  • Jordan Bass (University of Manitoba): Membership Development Committee
  • Cheryl Avery (University of Saskatchewan): Online Learning Committee
  • Sara Janes (City of Thunder Bay Archives): Outreach Committee
  • Patti Harper (Carlton University): Professional Learning Committee

Canadian Archives Summit Working Group:
Throughout the Fall, the ACA President and President-Elect participated in discussions with leaders of l'Association des archivistes du Québec, the Canadian Council of Archives, the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists, as well as Library and Archives Canada as part of the Canadian Archives System Working Group. The Working Group's purpose is to advance discussions initiated at the Canadian Archives Summit. The Working Group has now prepared a preliminary consultation document with a draft vision statement and a series of priority areas of focus. This document will be distributed in early 2015 to members of the executive boards of the AAQ, ACA, CCA, CPTA and LAC. Comments received during this first consultation will be consolidated and integrated into another draft document for broader consultation with the archival community in the late Spring 2015.
ACA Board Activities:
Recent ACA Board activities include:

  • The Board and Directors-Elect held their regular monthly teleconference meetings on September 17, November 19, and December 16.
  • Michael Gourlie, Vice-President, hosted a teleconference concerning archival education with representatives of the provincial and territorial councils on October 2.
  • The ACA Leadership Team had its annual in-person Fall Planning and Priorities Meeting October 24 and 25 in Toronto. The meeting brought together Chairs, Directors, and Directors-elect, to discuss issues facing the Association and to develop work plans for 2015.
  • Loryl MacDonald, President, participated in the Canadian Council of Archives' General Assembly on October 29.
  • On November 17, President-Elect, Kathryn Harvey, met in Ottawa with representatives of the Canadian Historical Association and l'Association des archivistes du Quebec. The group meets in person once a year to share information and to discuss issues of mutual concern.
  • The Association of Canadian Archivists issued a statement on December 2 in support of the private member's bill, Bill C-626, An Act to amend the Statistics Act (appointment of Chief Statistician and long-form census). The full statement can be found on the ACA website at:
  • President-Elect, Kathryn Harvey, participated in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Stakeholders Forum, hosted at Gatineau on December 9 and 10. The Forum provided key organizations from the Canadian history, library and archival communities the opportunity to share the priorities of their respective organizations and to exchange ideas on upcoming projects and initiatives.
  • At its December meeting, the Board approved a Code of Conduct and rules for the East-West baseball game. Click on the document names to view these. 

We always appreciate your feedback! Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any concerns about the ACA or any suggestions on how to make your association better. Um .. but please direct any baseball comments to Heather Beattie ...
On behalf of the ACA Leadership Team, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and very happy archival New Year!
Best Regards,
Loryl MacDonald
President, Association of Canadian Archivists