Stewards, Domains and Resources

Sponsor of the UCalgary's Institutional Data Governance - Penny Werthner, Interim Provost and VP Academic

Institutional Data Governance Advisory Group

Members are appointed by individuals from the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and/or Information Asset Management Committee (IAMC). Members represent the business area(s) within portfolios of the trustees (VPs). See Operating Model.

Alyson Kenward - Advancement

Amy Dambrowitz - Academic - Registrar's Office

tba - Facilities

Joanne Perdue - Sustainability

Malinda Smith - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Meghan King - Finance

Pamela Hinman - University Legal Counsel

Robert Thompson - Research Services

Shawna Cunningham - Indigenous Engagement; Michael Hart (on academic leave)

Sumana Dasgupta - Human Resources

Trevor Poffenroth - Information Technologies

Verity Turpin - Student Experience


Information Stewards

Please see Operating Model for more description about Information Stewards and their Subject Matter Expert teams.

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Information Stewards have decision authority over the business process through which data for the data element is generated and managed. Information Stewards are confirmed by Information Trustees (VPs).

The below list of Information Stewards is organized by executive leadership portfolios. Please note that this list continues to be updated as more Information Stewards become confirmed.

  • Continuing Education - Sheila LeBlanc, AVP Continuing Education
  • Cumming School of Medicine - Todd Anderson, Dean
  • Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (EDI)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies - Tara Beattie, Interim Dean and Vice-Provost
  • Office of Indigenous Engagement - Shawna Cunningham, Acting Vice-Provost;  Michael Hart, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (Indigenous Engagement) on academic leave
  • Office of Institutional Analysis - Bruce Evelyn, Vice-Provost (Planning & Resource Allocation)
  • UC International - Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (International)
  • Libraries & Cultural Resources - Mary-Jo Romaniuk, Vice-Provost LCR
  • Student & Enrolment Services - Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost (Student Experience)
  • Enrolment Services - Registrar's Office -  Amy Dambrowitz, Registrar
  • Office of Sustainability - Joanne Perdue, AVP (Sustainability)
  • Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning - to be confirmed, Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning)

Information steward(s) to be confirmed.

 Advancement Services - Alyson Kenworth, AVP Advancement Services

Tanis Barr, AVP Finance

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) - Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (EDI)
  • Health Research Clinical Trials Administration - Marcello (Cell) Tonelli, AVP Research (Health)
  • Indigenous Engagement - Michael Hart, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (Indigenous Engagement)
  • International - Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost & AVP Research (International)
  • Research Services - Robert Thompson, AVP Research and Director of Research Services
  • Environment, Health & Safety - Mark Davies, Director EHS
  • Facilities Development - tba
  • Facilities Management - James Rendell, AVP Facilities Management
  • Human Resources - Sumana Dasgupta, AVP HR
  • Information Technologies - Trevor Poffenroth, CIO

UCalgary Data Domains

Data domains are high-level categorizations and logical groupings of university data based on shared attributes, characteristics, or purposes. This categorization helps in efficiently managing, discovering, and accessing relevant data by providing a structured and coherent framework.


Academic Domain

Academic data domain captures data about credentials and curricula, and, academic governance structure (e.g., data elements related to faculty, departments, BoG, GFC).

Advancement Domain

Advancement data domain captures data about the following areas: services such as fundraising; alumni engagement; community engagement such as donors and key stakeholders; and, development.

Facilities Domain

Facilities data domain captures data about the following areas: facilities development data on architecture, engineering, project management, real estate and records; and, facilities maintenance data on buildings/physical assets operations and maintenance, including caretaking, grounds, energy and utilities, and fleet management.

Financial Domain

Financial data domain captures financial data about the following areas:  financial services, financial operations, financial reporting, research accounting, finance services, supply chain management, treasury and investment.

Human Resources Domain

Human Resources data domain captures data about the following areas:  human resources services; employee life-cycle; operational services (e.g., recruiting, onboarding/offboarding, benefits, performance management, merit, tenure, promotion, learning and development); talent management; and staff wellness.

Research Operations Domain

Research Operations data domain captures data related to research administration at the university.

Services and Administration Domain

Services and Administration data domain is meant to capture cross-university support functions.

Student Domain

Student data domain captures data about each student (student record level) related to degree credit and non degree credit activities.

Foundational Documents:

University of Calgary Information Asset Management Policy

Data Governance Charter (pdf)

Institutional Data Governance Best Practice Assessment & Critical Analysis (pdf)

Institutional Data Governance Roadmap (pdf)

Operating Model Roles and Responsibilities - See Operating Model. For document, please email


External Resources:


   Dataversity - educational resources for management of data

   DAMA International - The Global Data Management Community

   iData Data Management for Higher Education - Data Cookbook videos

   TDAN - The Data Administration Newsletter

   CAUBO (Cdn Assoc of University Business Officers) - Data Gov Framework


Non-Invasive Data Governance -The Path of Least Resistance and Greatest Success, by Robert S. Seiner, 2014, Technics Publications