Ronald B. Bond honoured for his significant and sustained contributions
to the development of partnerships and the building of research
infrastructure and capacity in Canada's universities.
OTTAWA, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Research Knowledge Network
(CRKN) is pleased to announce Dr. Ronald B. Bond as the recipient of
the Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award for 2012. The award will
be presented on October 3, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of
CRKN's Annual General Meeting. The award celebrates Dr. Bond for his
dedicated service in advancing CRKN's mission and objectives, and his
vision and leadership in helping to establish new linkages across
organizations and sectors.
Dr. Bond is Professor Emeritus of English and Provost Emeritus at the
University of Calgary, having served as that institution's Provost and
Vice-President (Academic) from 1997 to 2006. He joined CRKN's Board of
Directors in January 2005, and assumed responsibility then for chairing
its external Advisory Board composed of prominent experts from various
sectors, who would enrich CRKN planning by providing broad and
international perspectives on emerging trends and strategic
opportunities. Dr. Bond chaired the Advisory Board until March 2011,
and continued serving on the Board of Directors until February 2012.
Under Dr. Bond's leadership, the Advisory Board played a key role in
helping CRKN develop and defend a proposal to the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) for a $50 million project to expand CRKN's digital
content across social sciences and humanities disciplines. The
successful bid to CFI resulted in a 2007 award that by 2010 had doubled
CRKN's services, transforming the research culture and fostering
innovative work by social scientists and humanists across the country.
Dr. Bond's deep understanding of postsecondary education also prompted
the Advisory Board to explore systematic linkages between university
libraries and information technology services on a national basis.
This work culminated in a partnership between CRKN and the Canadian
University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) to develop a
business plan and secure funding for the Canadian Access Federation
(CAF). As a result, the CAF is now a growing service operated by
CANARIE and central to Canada's digital infrastructure.
Dr. Bond's dedication to CRKN also included service on the Governance
Committee, Executive Committee, and Values, Influence, Trends and
Leadership (VITaL) task group. The impact of his contributions is
evident from many vantage points: successful conclusion of a recent
governance review and Board restructuring, development of performance
indicators to inform CRKN decision-making and engagement with
stakeholders, and ongoing review and application of best practices in
governance and management.
"Ron's understanding of the needs and perspectives of diverse
stakeholders, and his experience in organizational development have
earned him a well-deserved reputation as a bridge-builder, diplomat,
mentor, and role model," says David T. Barnard, President and
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manitoba and Chair of the CRKN
Board of Directors. "Ron's commitment to CRKN's vision and his ability
to build trust, respect, and common purpose among a host of
organizations is an ongoing inspiration for CRKN and the source of
significant benefits to Canada's scholarly research community."
"I am honoured to be receiving this award from CRKN," comments Dr.
Bond. "The achievements of CRKN are anchored in the collective vision
and engagement of university librarians, researchers, senior
administrators, funders, and many other organizations, all working
together to ensure that research flourishes in Canada. I am pleased to
have had the opportunity, through CRKN, to help university researchers,
teachers and learners meet new goals and undertake transformative work
that will benefit generations to come."
The Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award was launched by CRKN in
September 2008 to honour the late Ron MacDonald, who was a member of
CRKN's Negotiations Resource Team from February 2000 to July 2007 and
who played a key role in establishing CRKN's collaborative programs and
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian
universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic
research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of
librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes
large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives, currently
amounting to almost $100 million annually, in order to build knowledge
infrastructure and research capacity in 75 of Canada's universities.
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SOURCE: Canadian Research Knowledge Network
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