Strategic Plan 2022‑2025

The Alliance’s inaugural strategic plan is a commitment to improving access to digital tools and services for all Canadian researchers.

Accelerating Canada’s Research Future

From discovering insulin to fighting climate change to examining social inequity and beyond, Canadian researchers have collaboratively tackled some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Today, research is increasingly urgent, complex and interconnected, and in response, researchers need better support for data management and better access to specialized software and advanced computing power.

We are accelerating discovery by transforming how digital research infrastructure is designed, managed, sustained and delivered to Canada’s researchers and their global collaborators. Investing with vision, planning for the future, improving access to integrated digital research infrastructure and collaborating with a network of partners are all at the heart of what we do.

We both lead and serve, bringing a cohesive pan-Canadian vision for digital research infrastructure and a passion to collaboratively support our brilliant research community as they ask questions, gain understanding, accelerate discovery and transform how we live in our world.

Accelerating discovery

We are transforming digital research infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of Canada’s researchers. The next few years is our collective opportunity to decide what side of history we wish to be on. Together, we are accelerating discovery for Canada, for the world, for the future.

Facilitate innovation and collaboration

This flexible framework will guide decisions and actions that will allow researchers to continue to do outstanding work by providing the resources and tools they need to thrive. The Strategic Plan 2022-2025 identifies four strategic directions:

  1. Provide quality service to all researchers
  2. Optimize organizational structure and enhance capacity
  3. Work together for an integrated DRI landscape
  4. Maximize public investments to accelerate innovation


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To catalyze world-class Canadian research for the benefit of all.

Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors

With any new venture comes uncertainty. What is often forgotten, is that uncertainty provides a unique opportunity for innovation and creativity.

Over the past year, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada has been determined to use this opportunity to develop a robust Strategic Plan to outline the organization’s future goals, objectives and commitments to the researchers of Canada.

This Strategic Plan will allow the Alliance to be guided by its purpose and values, deliver on its pledge to support research innovation and strive for excellence in the execution of its mission.

As we strive to inspire Canada’s researchers, we also look to inspire the world.

We hope to share this vision for the future with all of you.

This is where the next chapter of our story begins; we invite you to take this journey with us.

Janet M. Davidson, O.C., BScN, MHSA, LLD (Hons)
Chair, Board of Directors
Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Message from the CEO

The Government of Canada showed innovation and leadership by coordinating Canada’s national computing power and connectivity with the best possible software and storage services available for data through a DRI strategy.

As a key part of this strategy, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada is building and sustaining a strong and vibrant DRI ecosystem in Canada. As the global innovation race speeds up, national world-class DRI will be necessary to stay competitive on the world stage. Canada is solidly positioned as a global innovator and our research future is both bright and vital.

I believe in collaborative relationships. Together, as an ecosystem of partners, institutions, funders and researchers, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada is enabling Canada’s researchers to conduct leading edge research and accelerate discovery.

Nizar Ladak
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Research Alliance of Canada

The Alliance

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (please call us the Alliance) was established in 2019 as a non-profit organization mandated to coordinate and fund activities related to Advanced Research Computing (ARC), Research Data Management (RDM) and Research Software (RS), and to advance the national Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy.

By working closely with local, regional and national stakeholders, the Alliance will ensure researchers across disciplines have access to the digital tools, services and infrastructure they need to conduct cutting-edge research.

Our vision

To catalyze world-class Canadian research for the benefit of all.

Our mission

As a trusted and inclusive partner, the Digital Research Alliance of Canada fosters national and global collaboration to provide researcher-centric, sustainable and integrated digital research infrastructure.

Our values

We cultivate safe spaces through mutual recognition and respect.

We seek out new perspectives and celebrate alternate viewpoints.

We act with integrity.

We honour our commitments and outcomes.

We build dynamic relationships.

Guiding principles

To ensure we meet the long-term DRI needs of Canada and to help deliver against our mission, we are guided by six principles:







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