This edition of Dialogue is a perfect opportunity
to reflect on our progress as a Network to date and to begin talking
about the upcoming year. Last month marked our first anniversary.
In 2001 we were busy distributing funds for our first year of the
Research Program; organizing our Project Leaders retreat and
building the legal and administrative infrastructure required to
support The Networks world-class research. We are now officially
incorporated as a not-for-profit institution and each of our Member
institutions has signed the Network Agreement. We have recruited
an excellent Board of Directors and the staff members have been
hired in London to help administer The Canadian Language and Literacy
Over the next several months, our efforts at the Administrative
Centre will shift towards collecting some baseline data from everyone
involved in the Network. This collection is critical to the future
of the Network and will tie directly into our performance indicators.
Not only is the data a requirement of our continued funding from
the government but also the data collected will be used to build
a case for our mid-term review scheduled in the Spring of 2004.
More details will come soon with completion deadlines slated for
the end of June 2002.
This summer we will be conducting our first financial
audit; creating an annual report; continuing to develop strategic
partnerships with industry, government agencies and other not-for-profit
organizations and award our post-graduate student supplements. The
most exciting project ahead will be developing and launching the
second phase of our Web site to include more interactive and collaborative
tools. We will continue to strengthen our communication efforts
and outreach programs with more newsletters and posters. Finally,
in September we will begin the process of reviewing and administering
the next round of research funding.
There is still much to achieve, and a key part in
making The Network a success is your feedback. I welcome any comments,
suggestions, or feedback you would like to give, either in terms
of Network management, scientific direction, or otherwise. Please
call 519.850.2535 or
. If nothing else, it would be really helpful if you
could identify two (or more) things you think we have done well,
and two things you think we could really improve on. We will publish
an anonymous aggregation of these comments on the Web site for everyone
In closing, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe summer. Im
looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference.
Dan Sinai, Managing Director