The AAO depends on its committees to carry out its mandate. The committees deliver services and resources and contribute to the operations of the AAO in various ways. Below is a list of the committees and their chairs, and on each committee page is you will find the rest of the committee's members as well as a description of the committee.

Volunteering with an AAO committee is a great way to gain experience and network with other archivists. No experience is required to join an AAO committee! If you're interested in joining a committee, please contact the AAO Office at

    Advancement Committee

    Advises the Board on matters relating to fundraising opportunities, membership recruitment and support, opportunities for collaboration and resource-sharing among like organizations, research sustainable resources, and identify Association-based projects that may be used for fundraising initiatives. For further details, please see the committee’s Terms of Reference.


    • Jennifer Grant  Chair (2019-2022)
    • Sarah McDougall  Member and Board Liaison (2019-2023)
    • Dominique Rivera  Member (2019-2022)
    • Alesha Grummett-Roesch  Member (2021-2023)
    • Natasha Beaton  Member (2021-2023)

    Awards Committee

    The Awards Committee is responsible for overseeing the advertising, promotion, adjudication, and presentation of the AAO awards. 

    1. Advertise, promote, adjudicate and present recognition awards supported by the AAO. These awards include: Alexander FraserJames J. TalmanInstitutional and Corporate.
    2. Advise the AAO Board on new award categories, modifications to existing awards, and opportunities for special recognition.
    3. Establish eligibility and procedural criteria for AAO awards.


    The Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of four individuals who are members in good standing of the AAO (either individual or institutional). One member shall act as Chair. At least two members must be a past recipient of an AAO award. Membership shall generally be for a two-year term and terms may be renewed.

    • Rodney Carter  Chair
    • Charlotte Chaffey - Board Liaison
    • Moska Rokay - Member
    • Jean Dryden Member
    • David Sharron Member 
    • Matt Szybalski Member

    Communications and Advocacy Committee

    The Communications and Advocacy Committee advises the Board on matters relating to communication with the membership, the operation of a program of public awareness and outreach, as well as providing leadership in the event that emergency advocacy is required on behalf of the membership. The Committee will provide liaison with the related committee on the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) and other archival institutions, as well as pursuing partnerships with other related bodies. For further details, please see the committee’s Terms of Reference.

    Visit the Advocacy page for more information about the Committee's work. 


    • Tys Klumpenhouwer Chair
    • Leslie Thomas - Member and Board Liaison
    • Daniel German Member
    • MacKenzie Gott Member
    • Laura Hallman Member
    • Tiffany Ribeiro Web Administrator, Member

    Digital Access and Preservation Committee

    The Digital Access and Preservation Committee (DAPC) advises the AAO Board and membership at large on matters relating to preserving and accessing digital archival collections in Ontario. For further details, please see the committee’s Terms of Reference.


    • Samantha Shields Library and Archives Canada, Chair (2019-2021)
    • Rachel E. Beattie AAO President (2021-2023)
    • Jazmine Aldrich  Archeion Coordinator (2022-)
    • Jennifer Georgiou Wellington County Museum and Archives, Member (2020-2022)
    • Mitchel Parker Trent University, Member (2020-2022
    • Melanie Davey Western University, Member (2020-2022)
    • Tiffany Ribeiro Web Administrator, Member and Board Liaison (2021-2023)

    Institutional Development Committee

    The Institutional Development Committee (IDC) advises the Board on all matters pertaining to the interests of institutions in Ontario and the development of a provincial archives system. The Committee shall advise the Board on matters relating to the allocation and adjudication of grants to Institutional Members, and the establishment of criteria to determine such allocations.

    For more information about the Provincial Acquisition Strategy (PAS) and the role the IDC has played in supporting it's development, please visit the Provincial Acquisition Strategy page.  


    • Jessica Barr, – John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Chair and Board Liaison 
    • Lindsay Osmun CIBC Archives
    • Ryan Kirkby University of Guelph Archival & Special Collections
    • Sean Smith Archives of Ontario 
    • Paul Henry City of Ottawa Archives 

    Programme Committee 

    The Programme Committee is responsible for overseeing the organization, promotion, and execution of the AAO's annual conference.


    • Moska Rokay – Board Liaison 
    • David Sharron, Chair – Brock University Archives
    • Liz Dommasch – Oxford County Archives
    • Angela Fornelli – City of Kawartha Lakes, Corporate Records and Archival Services
    • Bridgette Somers – City of London, Corporate Records
    • Michelle Vosburgh – Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum / Archives

    Local Arrangements Committee


    • Charity Blaine – Brock University Library
    • Helen Booth – St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
    • Shawna Butts – Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
    • David Sharron, Chair – Brock University Archives * with assistance from Brock’s conference services department

    Professional Development Committee

    The Professional Development Committee of the Archives Association of Ontario supports the archival community by providing basic and continuing education pertaining to information management. The committee seeks to:

    • Determine educational needs within the archival community and in conjunction
    • Engage in active communication with the AAO chapters and committees in order to support them in the development of workshops.
    • Provide educational workshops at the annual AAO conference.
    • Develop and deliver educational curricula, in the form of both in-person workshops and through the use of new technologies.
    For further details, please see the committee’s Terms of Reference.


    • John Yolkowski – Humber Archives Chair  and Board Liaison (2020-2022)
    • Katrina Cohen-Palacios  York University (2019-2022)
    • Alisha Barron – Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (2020-2022)
    • Melissa Caza – McMaster University (2020-2022)
    • Sarah Glassford – University of Windsor (2020-2022)
    • Molly McGowan – Prince Edward County Public Library and Archives (2019-2021)
    • Christine Schindler – Stratford Festival (2020-2022)
    • Steve Kim – University of Toronto iSchool (2020-2022)
    • Amanda Humber  University of Toronto (2021-2023)

    • Jacob Keszei Region of Peel (2021-2023)

    • Mitchell Parker – Trent University (2021-2023)

    • Teresa Wong  John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto (2021-2023)

        Student and New Professional Outreach Committee

        The Student and New Professional Outreach Committee will build on continuing work to engage current student members, and attract new student members to the AAO, with opportunities for funding, networking, and workshops to supplement their education.


          • Jenna Lemay Chair
          • Moska Rokay - Board Liaison
          • Sandra Moore Social Media Coordinator
          • Helen Liu Member
          • Tori Cartwright Member
          • Bridgette Somers Member
          • Melissa Caza Member
          • Marianna Kalaczynski Member
          • Anjani Singh Member
          • Krista McCracken Member

          The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is led by a committed community of volunteers from across the province. 

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