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

Archeion Committee

The Archeion Committee oversees Archeion, Ontario's archival information network. In collaboration with the AAO Board of Directors, the Committee makes plans for the promotion and development of the service and directs the activities of the Archeion Coordinator

As of Summer 2014, this Committee is on hiatus. 

Archeion Coordinator, Lisa Snider, continues to support, promote, and develop Archeion.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is responsible for overseeing the following three functions:
Advertise, promote, adjudicate and present recognition  supported by the AAO. These awards include: 

  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.

    • Carolyn Bart-Riedstra, Chair
    • Rodney Carter, Member
    • Jean Dryden, Member
    • David Sharron, 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 and other archival institutions, as well as pursuing partnerships with other related bodies.

    The Committee includes a Student Outreach Subcommittee to coordinate student outreach activities across the AAO. 

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


    • Bailey Chui, Chair
    • Grant Hurley, Board Liaison, Student Outreach Subcommittee Member
    • Daniela Ansovini, Member
    • Daniel German, Member
    • MacKenzie Gott, Member
    • Megan Kerrigan, Member
    • Bridget Whittle, Member, Student Outreach Subcommittee Member
    • Emily Monks-Leeson, Member
    • Laura Hallman, Past-Chair 

    Fundraising Committee

    The AAO's Fundraising Committee advises the AAO on matters relating to fundraising opportunities, researching sustainable resources, and identifying Association-based projects that may be used for fundraising initiatives.


    • Dana Thorne, Chair and Board Liaison
    • Grant Hurley, Member
    • Tracey Krause, Member

    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.  


    • Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archives, Chair (2015-2019)
    • Paul Leatherdale, Law Society of Upper Canada Archives (2014-2018)
    • Ryan Kirkby, University of Guelph (2017-2019)
    • Sean Smith, Archives of Ontario (2014-2018)
    • Saara Mortensen, Ottawa Jewish Archives, Member (2016-2018)

    Preservation Committee

    The Preservation Committee advises the Board and the membership at large on matters relating to preservation policy and management and promotes preservation awareness in the archival community.


    • Unfilled, Chair
    • Iona McCraith, AAO Archives Advisor
    • Anne Daniel, Western University
    • Greg Hill, Canadian Conservation Institute 
    • Margaret Bignell, Queen's University Archives
    • Amanda Oliver, Western University Archives
    • Elizabeth Carroll, iSchool student

    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 with the AAO Advisor and the Archeion Coordinator.
    • 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 educational curricula through the investigation of new technologies.


    • Mary Kosta, Chair
    • Grant Hurley, AAO Board Liaison
    • Jacinda Bain, Member
    • Darcy Hiltz, Member
    • Mary Horman, Member
    • Richard Gale, Member
    • Stacey Lapp, Member
    • Lauren Halsey, Member
    • Jean Hung, Member

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