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New Board of Directors

Last Saturday was the Annual General Meeting of Wikimedia Canada. We would like to thank all the members who participated. After having presented the achievements of the past year, the adjustments due to the pandemic as well as our financial statements, we proceeded with the election of the 5 vacant positions on the Board of Directors. Since there were 5 candidates and each had received more than the required number of endorsements from members, they were nominated by acclamation. Two new directors joined our Board of Directors:

  • Catherine Bernier, involved with the GLAM-Wiki projects with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
  • Thérèse Ottawa, referent of the WikiClub Metapeckeka (the WikiClub of the Atikamekw Community of Manawan) and very dedicated in the project to develop the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin (the Wikipedia in Atikamekw language)

In addition, three directors had reached the end of their two-year terms, and were re-elected:

  • Benoit Rochon
  • Ha-Loan Phan
  • Michael David Miller

The other members who are halfway through their two-year terms are:

  • Guillaume Lafrance
  • Jean-Michel Lapointe
  • Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf
  • Sarah Severson

The Board of Directors will elect its new Executive Committee in the coming weeks.

If you were unable to attend the Annual General Meeting but have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we will be pleased to respond.

Wikimedia Canada is proud that its Board of Directors is still composed of a majority of women and to welcome a member of the Atikamekw First Nation as a director, as well as maintaining a representation from the LGBTQ+ community. We are sure that this will help us to continue and further our efforts in terms of inclusiveness and diversity.

COVID-19 Situation

As you are all aware, COVID-19 is a day-to-day situation and we were informed by the Wikimedia Foundation that all in-person activities funded by them must be cancelled, postponed or moved to virtual events effective immediately and until further notice.

From the Wikimedia Foundation: "Our first priority is the health and safety of you, your Wikimedia community, and the general public health. Global health guidance indicated that the more quickly the world responds to a pandemic, the better off the outcomes. In order to safeguard free knowledge, we must also prioritize the well-being of the people who make it possible."

Wikimedia Canada recognizes the efforts of all the volunteers of the Wikimedia movement in Canada. At this point, Wikimedia Canada is also cancelling or postponing all in-person activities organized or funded by the Chapter until further notice.

We ask all volunteers in Canada to do the same with the activities that they are organizing, and to abide by the directives of their respective provinces regarding health, safety and public events.

Thank you all for your understanding.

If you have any concerns, please communicate with us at