Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board

Members:  Stephen Thiele (Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Ken Fox, Susannah Tredwell, Jean-Sebastien Danis, Natalie Léonard, Michele Leblanc, Melanie Bueckert

The Canadian Abridgment Editorial Advisory Board was established through a partnership between CALL/ACBD and Carswell in 1989. The Board is composed of seven CALL/ACBD members appointed by the President, and meets twice  a year with the editorial staff of the Canadian Abridgment as well as by conference call as needed (as a board). The Board is also responsible for ensuring comprehensive and timely indexing of all published secondary material in Canada in the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), which is a cooperative effort of CALL and Carswell.

All members are encouraged to be part of the ICLL Data Collection Network by contributing records of new and recent Canadian legal publications to ensure a robust index.  More information can be found in “Guidelines for the Contributors to the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL).”

 If members have comments or concerns about any Abridgment components, in print or as incorporated into WestlawNext Canada, please feel free to contact any board member.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

Members: Susan Jones (CALL/ACBD Liaison to the Committee), Shaunna Mireau (Executive Liaison)

The Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC) is a national advisory committee on matters concerning cataloguing and bibliographic control. The CCC also represents Canada on the North American RDA Committee (NARDAC). NARDAC represents North America on the RDA Steering Committee (RSC). The CCC meets twice a year, depending on the work of NARDAC and the RSC. For more information on the CCC, including its terms of reference, please see here.

Canadian Law Library Review Editorial Board

Members: Nikki Tanner (Chair/Editor), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Susan Barker, Hannah Steeves, Stef Alexandru, Kim Clarke, Elizabeth Bruton, Nancy Feeney, Josée Viel, Dominique Garingan, Janet Macdonald, Nathalie Leonard

Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR) is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. It is published four times per year and subscriptions run on the calendar year. Members of CALL/ACBD receive an electronic subscription to CLLR as benefit of their membership.

Visit the publications page for more information!


Committee to Promote Research

Members: Leslie Taylor (Co-Chair), Michelle LaPorte (Co-Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Christine Brown, Kim Clarke, Helen Heerema, F. Tim Knight, Vicky Jay Leung, Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Leslie Taylor, Amy Kaufman, Marianne Rogers

The Committee to Promote Research was established to encourage and support research of individual members which is of interest to members and to the association. It advertises, receives and evaluates applications for the annual Research Grant and makes a recommendation to the Executive. It also maintains a list of Research Grant awards, a databank of research in progress and completed, and web pages of information on other research grants and research resources. The Committee frequently submits session proposals to the Annual Conference.



CALL Research Grant

Conference Planning Committee (2020)

Members: Michael McAlpine (Co-Chair), Karen Sawatzky (Co-Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison), Nora Ballentyne, Victoria Baronow, Meris James, Annette Demers, Vicki Jay Leung, Mary-Jo Mustoe, Matthew Renaud, Jennifer McNenly, Ashleigh Graden, Betty Dykstra, Robert Keshen, Martha Murphy, Louise Hamel, Stacey Zip

Report of the Committee

Conference Planning Committee (2021) 

Members: Nathalie Leonard (Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison) 

Copyright Committee

Members: Susannah Tredwell (Co-Chair), George Tsiakos (Co-Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison)

The Copyright Committee was set up in response to the tabling of draft copyright amendment legislation in 1988. Its primary mandate is to present the concerns of law libraries on copyright issues to the government and parliament of Canada. It prepares briefs to represent the views of the Association, presents these to the government and circulates them as widely as appropriate. The committee has provided input to advisory bodies and liaises with other organizations in order to promote the views of the Association and to share information.

Click here for more information. 


2019-2020 Annual Report

Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Committee

Members: Vicki Jay Leung (Co-Chair), Andrea Black (Co-Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Liaison), Connie Crosby, Tim Knight, Louise Hamel, Sara Klein, Susan Barker, Yemisi Dina, Margo Jeske, Jacob Ericson, Sarah Miller, Kim Nayyer, Katarina Daniels, Brenda Blundon, Alan Kilpatrick

Click here to view the mandate of this committee.  

Open Letter to CALL/ACBD Members:  

Learn and share: A living list of resources and action opportunities
Visit these sites:


A Collective Impact: Interim report on the inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service

Link to final report of the TRC (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (racism; systemic racism; law and justice)

Selwyn Pieters and Adrian Roomes, Data Collection, Race and Justice in Canada: Alchemical Reflections, 2012 CanLIIDocs 290. (Critical Race Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, November 2, 2012.) This study examines attitudes to data collection in interactions of law enforcement and racial minorities. The authors conclude that, while increasing collection and use of hard data on law enforcement interactions with minorities remains important in illuminating the existence of racial discrimination and racial profiling, “deep structural impediments” continue. 

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


The award-winning “The 1619 Project” the New Times is an important resource to assist with understanding slavery and its continuing legacy in the USA. This legacy in systemic criminal system injustice, persistent racial prejudices, and the impacts of segregation. It was released August 2019, 400 years after the beginning of slavery in what is now the USA:

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta GA, USA, and its website connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for Global Human Rights. It enables visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings, to inspire and empower ongoing dialogue about human rights in communities. 

Find these books in your local library or bookstore:

  • Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist (racism; systemic racism; law and justice; society)
  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (systemic racism; law and justice; USA)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (racism; systemic racism; law and justice; USA)
  • David Chariandy, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (racism; Canada)
  • Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism (racism)
  • Reni Eddo-LodgeWhy I’m No Longer Talking To Write People About Race (racism)

Suggestion for Donations:  



Resources: CALL/ACBD, Resolution 2018/1



KF Modified Classification Committee

Members: Tim Knight (Chair), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Lorne Cox, Jan Fleckenstein, Susan Jones, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, Joan Yanofsky

The KF Modified Classification Committee oversees the development of KF Modified (KF Classification Modified for Use in Canadian and Common Law Law Libraries). In addition committee members organize the annual business meeting, prepare reports, etc., and facilitate communication among members and to the Association.


Membership Development Committee

Members: Stef Alexandru (Co-Chair), Emily Deere (Co-Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Board Liaison),  Tanya Davis, Janet Macdonald, Michel-Adrien Sheppard, Martha Murphy, Dominique Garingan

The purpose of the Membership Development Committee is to develop a dynamic and effective membership. This is achieved through activities related to the recruitment, retention and education of members on the value of CALL:
  • Recruit new members to the profession through outreach activities
  • Follow up on lapsed memberships
  • Coordinate the mentoring program to develop leadership skills
  • Welcome and orient new members to the benefits of the organization
  • Host first time attendees and mentoring meet and greet at the Annual Conference
  • Foster a spirit of volunteerism to support the committee and special interest groups' initiatives
  • Ensure regular review of membership brochures and other promotional materials
The Membership Development Committee coordinates with the advocacy committee to ensure collaborative efforts to create a positive association image.


Mentorship Program

Nominations Committee

Member:  Ann Marie Melvie

Procedural Advisor

Member: Cyndi Murphy

The Procedural Advisor provides counsel on matters pertaining to the conduct of meetings and other aspects of
procedure at the Annual General Meeting. 

Professional Development Committee

Members: Emily Benton (Chair), Hannah Steeves and Matthew Renaud (Co-chairs of Webinar Subcommittee), Nathalie Leonard (Conference Planning Committee Liaison), Annette Demers, Yemisi Dina, Sooin Kim, Jennifer Walker, Krisandra Ivings, Michelle LaPorte, Nicole Doyle, Jenny Thornhill, Martha Murphy, 

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is responsible for ascertaining the needs the continuing professional development needs of CALL members across Canada. The PDC assists with oversight over continuing education programs and surveys the membership to identify knowledge and skills necessary for professional excellence. The PDC also investigates possibilities for continuing education in the various geographic regions across Canada. The webinar sub-committee reports directly to the PDC.

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Professional Development Documents:

Resolutions Committee 

Members: Katie Cuyler, Alicia Loo

The Resolutions Committee consists of two members, one who is French speaking. The committee is responsible
for receiving and reviewing all resolutions that are presented by members of the Executive Board, in advance
of the Annual General Meeting. Resolutions are generally accepted until 5:00 PM on the evening before the
second part of the AGM. 

Scholarships & Awards Committee

Members: Dolores Noga (Chair), Kristin Hodgins (Executive Liaison), Greg Wurzer, Sara Faulhafer, Alisa Lazear, Anne Matthewman, Josée Veil, Donna Sikorsky 

To perform activities related to CALL/ACBD’s operation and granting of scholarships and awards such as the Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship, the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship, the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship, grants from the Education Reserve Fund and the nomination and support of a candidate to attend the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute. The Committee is responsible for the administration of the following awards and scholarships:
  • Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship 
  • Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship
  • CALL Education Reserve Fund Grant 
  • James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship 
  • Janine Miller Fellowship 
  • Northern Exposure to Leadership Grant
  • The Gisèle Laprise Prize
  • The Michael Silverstein Prize

Click here for more information. 


Vendor Liaison Committee

Members:  Joan Rataic-Lang (Co-Chair), Jacob Ericson (Co-Chair), Ann Marie Melvie (Executive Liaison), Danielle Brosseau, Dominique Garingan, Loiuse Hamel, Nadine Hoffman, Yasmin Khan, Amy Kaufman, Alexia Loumankis, Josette McEachern, Katherine Melville, , Mary-Jo Mustoe, Judy Singh, Jennifer Walker 

The Vendor Liaison Committee exists to act as liaison between the members of the Association and vendors. Committee members monitor trends  and gather input from the membership to co-ordinate efforts to advocate, recommend and propose solutions to our common issues that relate to vendor relationships and products.

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VLC Terms of Reference


Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Best Practices:

Librarian-Vendor Relations

Cost Containment Strategies

Webinar Sub-Committee

Members:  Hannah Steeves (Co-Chair), Matthew Renaud (Co-Chair), Kim Nayyer (Executive Liaison), Melissa Firth, Yemisi Dina, Krisandra Ivings, Doris Wagner 

The Webinar Committee is a Sub-Committee of the Education Committee with the mission of providing continuing learning and professional development opportunities for CALL members beyond the Annual CALL Conference. The Committee meets regularly to develop a program of at least 5 webinars to be held throughout the year.

Visit the CALL Webinar page for more information!



Website Editorial Board

Members: Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Chair), Alan Kilpatrick (Executive Liaison), Helen Mok, John Kerr

The Website Editorial Board oversees the direction, policies and guidelines for the website, gives the Website Administrator direction, and reports to the Executive Board through the Executive liaison.

The Editorial Board determines policy and guidelines relating to content and design of the website, working within the approved budget. Formal approval for editorial policy rests with the Executive Board.

Website Content Guidelines
2014 Annual Report
2014 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Annual Report
2015 Business Meeting Minutes
2016 Annual Report
2016 Business Meeting Minutes
2017 Annual Report
2017 Business Meeting Minutes
2018 Annual Report
2018 Business Meeting Minutes
2019-2020 Annual Report

Volunteer Experts

Bylaws Expert

Member: Catherine Cotter

The by-laws expert's mandate is to attend to problems of a constitutional nature within the association,
to receive input from the membership in that regard and to advise the Executive Board. To view the
association bylaws click here.  

Bylaws Committee Report for May 2020

Legal Information Preservation Alliance representative

 Members: Yemisi Dina

Annual Report 2019-2020

Members Open Forum Chair

Member: Michèle LeBlanc

Acts as a moderator at the annual members open forum that takes place at the CALL/ACBD Conference.

Social Media Coordinator

Members: Alan Kilpatrick

The CALL/ACBD President shall appoint a Social Media Coordinator (SMC) who is a member of CALL/ACBD who is prepared to take on the responsibility in a volunteer capacity. The Board Member at Large with the Publications portfolio is the Board liaison for this position.

The work of the SMC will be closely related to by the communications work of the National Office.

Click here for more information. 

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