OCUL Planning and Assessment Committee (OCUL-PA)

OCUL-PA is now in abeyance. Matters previously within the OCUL-PA mandate can be brought to OCUL Executive.

OCUL-PA facilitates OCUL’s strategic plan implementation and its measures of success, and reviews and develops proposals for new services and annual priorities in collaboration with OCUL-IR and OCUL-SP.

  1. Oversee an annual planning process in conjunction with the development of OCUL’s annual budget.
  2. Oversee the development of effective measures for the assessment of OCUL services and programs.
  3. Stay abreast of the activities of OCUL-IR, OCUL-SP and OCUL Communities to identify synergies and gaps in the support of OCUL’s strategic directions.
    1. Receive, review and assess proposals for new services and programs from OCUL-IR, OCUL-SP or OCUL Communities.
    2. Make recommendations on proposals for further consideration by the OCUL Executive and/or OCUL Directors.


  • OCUL Vice-Chair (OCUL-PA Chair)
  • OCUL-IR Chair
  • OCUL-SP Chair
  • 4 OCUL Directors-at-Large – 2 years, staggered
  • Ex officio members: OCUL Chair, OCUL Treasurer and OCUL Executive Director.

The OCUL-PA Committee invites guests to attend its meetings as needed.

Past members 2020-2021

  • Robert Clarke (Trent University) - Acting OCUL-PA Chair (until 2021)
  • Carol Shepstone (Ryerson University) - OCUL Vice-Chair (2020-2021)
  • Vacant - Director-at-Large 
  • Gohar Ashoughian (Wilfrid Laurier University) - Director-at-Large (2019-2021)
  • Ed Driedger (Nipissing University) - OCUL-SP Co-Chair (2019-2021)
  • Karen Pillon (University of Windsor) - OCUL-SP Co-Chair (2020-2022)
  • Lei Jin (Ryerson University) - OCUL-IR Co-Chair (2019-2021)
  • Nicole Nolan (Brock University) - OCUL-IR Co-Chair

Ex officio members:

  • Beth Namachchivaya (University of Waterloo) - OCUL Chair
  • Gohar Ashoughian (Wilfrid Laurier University) - OCUL Treasurer
  • Michael Vandenburg - OCUL Interim Executive Director
  • Alan Darnell - Director, Scholars Portal Services
  • Kate Davis - Assistant Director, Scholars Portal Services
  • Amy Greenberg - Assistant Director, Scholars Portal Services

Established 2013

Download the full Terms of Reference

In here you will find information about membership terms, the appointment process, subcommittees and task groups, reporting and decision making, communications, work plans and administrative and financial support for the committee.