Council Staff

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Robbin Tourangeau
Executive Director

Robbin is the Founding Executive Director of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure. She has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of a number of important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government. Prior to joining the Council, Robbin was the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). She has also held executive positions within the federal government and at Imagine Canada, and served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chretien. In her spare time, Robbin is a board member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.

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Emmanuelle Klassen
Executive Assistant

Emmanuelle graduated from the University of Ottawa in December 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She has since worked with the Leadership Council as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She previously worked with the City of Ottawa’s Markets Management as an administrative clerk and operational support.

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Chantel Ridsdale
Policy Analyst

Chantel Ridsdale is working with the Leadership Council as a Policy Analyst, focusing on the outputs of our Working Groups and conducting research on data management and advanced research computing. She graduated from her Masters of Library and Information Studies in 2016, winning the Information Technology Leadership Award. She previously worked for Research Data Canada, where she learned much about the Canadian DRI ecosystem and key players in data.

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Jay Black
Consultant

Jay Black is a consultant for the Leadership Council. He is a retired professor of Computer Science, and has been CIO at both Simon Fraser University and the University of Waterloo. He has been an active participant in strengthening digital research infrastructure in Canada, as Chair of the Board of BCNET, and as a founding co-chair of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure.