Admin Burden in Canada/Organization


Steering Committee

The ABC Steering Committee is composed of the following individuals from partner organizations:

Name Affiliations
Nathalie Laporte (Chair) CAUBO
Janet Halliwell (Chair) CASRAI
Judith Chadwick CASRAI, University of Toronto
Karina McInnis CARA, Queen's University
Diane Johnston CARA, University of Waterloo
Sally Rutherford CAGS
Geoff Harder CARL, University of Alberta
Andrew Kim CAGS, Memorial University
Doug Peers Deans, University of Waterloo
Graham Carr VPR, Concordia University
Ray Hoemsen Polytechnics Canada, Red River College

The Steering Committee (SC) oversees consultation process, reviews and considers feedback from the community, makes decisions regarding further work/analysis required, agrees on final recommendations. Also:

  • Maintains liaison with CASRAI-CA National Committee, CASRAI Board and ISED.
  • Liaise with the Tri-Agencies and CFI though ISED regarding insights and proposed actions;
  • Ensures that solutions are optimal, feasible, and desirable for most institutions, and other funders.

Communities of Interest

The ABC initiative will cover a number of thematic areas where administrative burden is an issue. These areas will have associated Communities of Interest to enable participants to focus on areas of most interest to them. Communities of Interest participate in online surveys and reviews the draft outputs from the Working Group(s) on best practices, proposed harmonizations and other improvements to reduce admin burden. Community-of-Interest members are also a key pool of subject experts for use in recruiting Working Groups.

If you have an interest in this topic or an affinity for the problems being solved by this activity we encourage you to take a first step by joining this community. Participation is free and open to all and has the following benefits:

  • lend your vote and voice to supporting an open, sustainable and transparent solution to a shared problem,
  • receive regular updates on ABC-related activities, implementations and news,
  • receive regular progress reports from any Working Groups,
  • participate in the review of any new draft revisions produced by Working Groups,
  • participate in conversations on various admin burden-related sub-topics.

Working Groups

A Working Group (WG) can be created by the Steering Committee. A WG carries out the detailed work as directed by the Steering Committee. This might include a mandate to prepare/conduct surveys and the analysis of responses, and/or to undertake further work/analysis as required related to proposed harmonizations or improvements. Working Groups would also be responsible for formulating recommendations to the Steering Committee. There will be a call for participation in Working Groups once the Steering Committee has determined priority issues.


The CASRAI Secretariat coordinates and supports meetings of the Steering Committee and any Working Groups. It also coordinates the online activities and communications of the wider community of interest. The Secretariat keeps records of outcomes of discussions; drafts summary reports, facilitates standards-development, develops background and content documents for review and decisions by the Steering Committee. Recognizing that all institutional and association stakeholders are heavily committed, the CASRAI Secretariat will provide as much content support as possible to the Steering Committee and any Working Groups, drawing down on work that has already been accomplished in developing the issues matrix and the discussions of the National Committee.