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. To consult the terms of reference, click here


  • Jennifer Grant, Chair and Board Liaison, 2019-2021
  • Emma Carey, Member, 2018-2020
  • Sarah McDougall, Member, 2019-2021
  • Dominique Rivera, Member, 2019-2021
  • Kelsey Beauvais, Member, 2019-2021

Awards Committee

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

  • Rodney Carter, Chair
  • 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.

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
  • Jennifer Grant, Board Liaison
  • Daniela Ansovini, Member
  • Daniel German, Member
  • MacKenzie Gott, Member and Board Liaison 
  • Megan Kerrigan, Member
  • Laura Hallman, Past-Chair 

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.


  • Emily Sommers, University of Toronto Archives & Records Management Services, Chair
  • Iona McCraith, AAO Archives Advisor, Member
  • Samantha Sheilds, Library and Archives Canada, Board Liaison
  • Lisa Snider, Archeion Coordinator, Member
  • Lisa Lawlis, Archives of Ontario, Member
  • Elizabeth Carroll, Regional Municipality of York, Member 
  • Bridget Whittle, McMaster University Archives and Research Collections, Member
  • Grant Hurley, University of Toronto, Member
  • Jessica Haskell, City of Toronto, Member
  • Devon Mordell, University of Windsor Library, Member
  • Stephenie Agnew, Regional Municipality of York, 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.  


  • Matthew Fells, Simcoe County Archives, Chair and Board Liaison 
  • Lindsay Osmun, CIBC Archives
  • Ryan Kirkby, University of Guelph Archival & Special Collections
  • Sean Smith, Archives of Ontario 
  • John Lund, City of Ottawa Archives 
  • Dominy Williams, Bishop Farrell Library & Archives, Diocese of Hamilton 
  • Sean Hayes, Seneca College Archives
  • Angela Fornelli, City of Kawartha Lakes Archives
  • Lisa Snider, Archeion Coordinator
  • Iona McCraith, AAO Archives Advisor

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 and deliver educational curricula, in the form of both in-person workshops and through the use of new technologies.


  • Katrina Cohen-Palacios, Chair 
  • Lauren Halsey, Board Liaison, (2018-May 2020)
  • Jacinda Bain, Member, (2016-February 2020)
  • Hilary Barlow, Member, (2018-May 2020)
  • Darcy Hiltz, Member, (2016-May 2020) 

Student Outreach Subcommittee

The Student Outreach Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the AAO's Advancement 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
  • Melissa Caza  
  • Christopher Hogendoorn
  • Amber Mandich
  • Michelle Pariag
  • James Roussain, Board Liaison

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

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