Annual General Meeting 2020

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Annual General Meeting 2020

21 November 2020
Province [1] Time zone
British Columbia 12:00 PST
Alberta 13:00 MST
Saskatchewan 14:00 CST
Manitoba 14:00 CST
Ontario, Quebec 15:00 EST
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island
16:00 AST
Newfoundland and Labrador 16:30 NST
  • Date: 21 November 2020
  • Time: 15:00 EDT
  • Location:
By videoconference: Via Google Meet at this link.
By telephone: ‪+1 515-518-4453‬ PIN: ‪766 125 788#‬

Important links[edit]


  1. Registrations and confirmation of voting rights
  2. Opening of the meeting
  3. Confirmation of quorum
  4. Motion to allow observers at the meeting pursuant to section 21 of the General Bylaws (if needed)
  5. Address from the President
  6. Motion to accept the agenda
  7. Reading and motion to accept the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting: 1
  8. Annual review of the activities of Wikimedia Canada in the past year
  9. Motion to accept the Annual Financial Report 2019: 2
  10. Election of new members of the board of directors (see below)
  11. Announcements
  12. Question period
  13. Adjournment of the meeting

Election of new board members[edit]


  1. Election of an "election president" by the members
  2. Opening of the election by the election president
  3. Presentation of each nominee by the election president
  4. Opening to nominations from the floor by the election president
  5. Motion to close the nominations proposed by the election president
  6. Presentation of the names of the scrutineers by the election president
  7. Voting
  8. Results announced by the election president
  9. Motion to destroy the ballots proposed by the election president
  10. Closing of the election by the election president


Add your name and motivation below if you want to be a candidate for the Board of Directors. As per our General Bylaws, to be valid, a candidate must have the signatures of not less than 5% of members entitled to vote at the meeting (as of 21 November 2020, Wikimedia Canada has a total of 52 members).

Ha-Loan Phan[edit]

Wikipedian since 2011, I am a member of the board of directors since 2016. Recently graduated from the Collège des administrateurs du Québec/Chartered Directors College (knowledge in governance standards), I would like to renew my involvement. I can only be proud of how far we have come: in 2017, Wikimedia Canada held Wikimania, allowing the chapter to assert itself at the international level. In 2018, we were taking our first steps with a contractor who would soon become our "Institutional Advancement Manager", one of his missions was to obtain the charitable status for our chapter. This happened a few months ago, in 2020, and you will now receive a tax receipt for every donation made to Wikimedia Canada. In 2019, we received a major grant from Environment and Climate Change Canada for a project based on 100 years of meteorological data in Canada. The institutions that we have supported over the past few years, such as the National Library and Archives of Quebec, are now autonomous and they organize their own unifying events about Wikimedia projects. For 4 years, I have fought for Wikipedia to be better recognized in the academic milieu in Canada (by training and informing the community, as well as by including members from the academia on the board of directors) and I can now say “Mission accomplished”. We are now entering a new era for the chapter's 10th anniversary. I actively participate with the firm that we have engaged in a communications plan and a financing plan to consolidate the foundations of Wikimedia Canada and take it to its next stage of evolution. I am known for my leadership, my sensitivity in terms of communications and my general skills related to events and operations. Looking forward to working and editing together!

--Ha-Loan Phan (talk) 01:52, 8 November 2020 (UTC)

Supported by/Appuyé par :

  1. --BiblioQC (talk) 18:32, 14 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. Lea-Kim (talk) 02:33, 18 November 2020 (UTC)...
  3. Benoit Rochon (talk)
  4. --Great11 (talk) 14:29, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  5. Luc Patin Luc Patin (talk) 16:46, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Benoit Rochon[edit]

I have been an editor to Wikipedia since 2003. In 2008, I was invited to be part of the steering committee for the formation of what would become Wiki Canada under Canadian law, and then in 2011, co-founder of Wikimedia Canada when the chapter was recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation. Elected project manager in 2011, vice-president in 2015 and president in 2016, then board member in 2019.

Since June, the federal government has recognized Wikimedia Canada as a charity, which is a giant step for a non-profit like ours, and this recognition opens up a world of possibilities. The years to come will be coloured by this recognition.

I'm starting to see the projects that are on the drawing board, it's very exciting and I hope to continue the adventure on the Wikimedia Canada Board of Directors for a 6th term. Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:20, 11 November 2020 (UTC)

Supported by/Appuyé par :

  1. --BiblioQC (talk) 18:32, 14 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. --Claude Brochu (talk) 19:22, 14 November 2020 (UTC)...
  3. Lea-Kim (talk) 02:33, 18 November 2020 (UTC)...
  4. --Great11 (talk) 14:30, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  5. Luc Patin Luc Patin (talk) 16:47, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Catherine Bernier[edit]

Wikipédienne officiellement inscrite depuis 2017, mon intérêt pour Wikipédia s'est peu à peu développé depuis 2015.

J'y suis arrivée par la lorgnette des projets pédagogiques en tant que bibliothécaire de littérature et de cinéma à l'Université de Montréal. J'ai mis en place des ateliers de contribution sur le thème de la littérature et de la culture québécoises et dans le cadre du projet Art+Féminisme, puis j'ai collaboré avec des professeurs de littérature afin d'inclure la contribution à Wikipédia dans le cadre de leurs cours. Mon implication la plus marquante fut de faire bonifier les pages portant sur les auteures de langue française dans le cadre du cours FRA2183 - Histoire de la littérature des femmes. À l'automne 2019, j'ai fait une présentation dans le cadre de la WikiFranca intitulée "Planter les graines de la littérature québécoise dans Wikipédia".

Bibliothécaire coordonnatrice à la Direction de la recherche et des collections patrimoniales de BAnQ depuis mars 2020, je m'implique dans les projets de mise en valeur du patrimoine québécois dans Wikipédia et ses projets frères (WikiSource, WikiCommons, WikiData). J'ai offert un atelier d'introduction à Wikipédia pour les jeunes, collaboré à l'organisation de la campagne WPWP et de La Grande Wikiphonie, et offert un atelier Mardi, c'est Wiki! le 3 novembre 2020.

Je crois fermement à la construction commune des savoirs, à la collaboration et au développement de l'esprit critique et citoyen par le biais des projets Wikimédia. Cette passion, jumelée à mon désir de faire exister le patrimoine et la culture québécois au-delà des institutions officielles, fait de moi une bonne candidate à titre de membre novice du Conseil d'administration de Wikimédia Canada.

Catherine Bernier (talk) 11:20, 11 November 2020 (UTC)

Supported by/Appuyé par :

  1. --BiblioQC (talk) 18:32, 14 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. -- Benjamenta (talk) 19:06, 16 November 2020 (UTC)
  3. Lea-Kim (talk) 02:33, 18 November 2020 (UTC)...
  4. --Great11 (talk) 14:30, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  5. Benoit Rochon (talk) 19:06, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Michael David MILLER[edit]

Wikimedian since August 2017, WMCA Board member since 2018 and VP of Wikimedia Canada since 2019, I wish to seek a second term on the WMCA Board.

My interests in the Wikimedia Movement focus on representing North America's French-speaking LGBTQ+ communities in francophone Wikipedia and integrating Wikipedia and its sister projects into the work of librarians. In particular, the role of libraries in contributing not only to the Wikipedia project, but also to Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikisource through their collections as well as how librarians can teach Wikipedia and help teachers integrate Wikipedia into their courses.

Since September 2020, I have had the opportunity to integrate a Wikipedia assignment into the FREN 480 course at McGill University's Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création (DLTC), where students have been given the task of writing Wikipedia articles on Québec women poets (pedagogical page / dashboard).

At the McGill University Library, where I hold the position of liaison librarian for French-language literature, economics and LGBTQ+ studies, I regularly offer workshops open to all on how to contribute to Wikipedia, and I am often invited to classes to give workshops on Wikipedia. In my role on the board of Wikimedia Canada, I have contributed to several dossiers, including the organization of the #1Bib1Ref / #1Lib1Ref Canadian campaign, I was active on the program committee and represented Wikimedia Canada at events.

Knowledge commons, equity of knowledge and democratization of access to knowledge are very important to me. I wish to continue to contribute to the development of Wikimedia Canada as an administrator at Wikimedia Canada.

--BiblioQC (talk) 18:28, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Supported by/Appuyé par :

  1. Benjamenta (talk) 19:07, 16 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. Lea-Kim (talk) 02:33, 18 November 2020 (UTC)...
  3. Benoit Rochon (talk)
  4. --Great11 (talk) 14:30, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  5. Luc Patin Luc Patin (talk) 16:48, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Thérèse Ottawa[edit]


I have been a Wikipedian since 2016 and one of the instigators of the Aboriginal projects in Canada, including Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. In real life, I am a multimedia technician and executive secretary for the Manawan Educational Service. I am the official referent of the WikiClub Metapeckeka and a member of the Wikimedia User Group of North American Native Languages. I am also an Aboriginal ambassador for the Art & Feminism Group of Canada and I was part of the Atikamekw delegation during Wikimania Montréal 2017 and the WikiConvention francophone de Bruxelles 2019.

One of my passions is visual art, especially land and aerial photography (drones) and filmmaker at the NFB. I take part in many activities on Nitaskinan territory with the youth and elders of my nation, for example the Tapiskwan Sipi Expedition supply, Motetan Mamo, Nanto masinatcikan photo contest.

I would like to join the board of directors of Wikimedia Canada in order to contribute to free knowledge, especially indigenous knowledge. Through this participation, I wish to highlight the value of indigenousness within Wikimedia projects.

Thérèse Ottawa (talk) 21:58, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Supported by/Appuyé par :

  1. Lea-Kim (talk) 21:55, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
  2. Benoit Rochon (talk) 22:47, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
  3. Thekidpossum (talk) 23:18, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
  4. --Great11 (talk) 14:31, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
  5. Luc Patin Luc Patin (talk) 16:49, 21 November 2020 (UTC)


  1. Please note that the provinces in this table are for guidance only, since some have two time zones (e.g., The Magdalen Islands and the south-eastern part of British Columbia are not in the same time zone as their provinces). Please refer to your time zone instead of your province.