Advisory Committee – South Asian Canadian Digital Archive – SACDA

Co-Lead: Dr. Tzu-I Chung

Dr. Tzu-I Chung is a cultural and social historian, broadly interested in transnational migration within the context of historical, cultural and economic interactions between North America and Asia-Pacific and of cultural and economic globalization. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona, studying political economy, representation in popular culture and comparative cultural and social history. Since becoming the Curator of History at the Royal BC Museum in 2011, Tzu-I’s research has focused on BC’s diverse cultures and communities and their transnational connections. Her work is enriched by her experience in community outreach and her own cross-cultural and multi-lingual background.

Co-Lead: Dr. Balbir Gurm

Dr. Balbir Gurm is a member of the Faculty of Health at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. Balbir has been honoured with the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the University of Texas. She has also been the recipient of Academic Excellence Awards from the Times of Canada and from Shakti (non-profit society dedicated to empowering individuals, families and communities). Balbir founded NEVR (the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships). She has raised issues of equity in many spheres including in definitions, in policies, practices and in relationships. Balbir has brought together community partners from policing, volunteer and government services to work on eliminating violence in relationships.

David Alexander

David Alexander is the Head of Partnerships, IT and Digital and acting Head of Archives at the Royal BC Museum. David oversees an integrated department that includes the BC Archives, physical and digital access to collections, and preservation, digital and IT services and initiatives. David is responsible for the care of the archives’ collection, growth and maintenance of the archives’ and museum’s collections management databases, the development of strategic partnerships and an array of related services. David has a master’s of applied communication from Royal Roads University, a BA from the University of Victoria and broad experience in the cultural, non-profit and business sectors.

Mary-Anne MacDougall

Mary-Anne MacDougall has been the information services & special collections librarian at UFV since 2001 where she is involved in the coordination of digital project management and information services. She is also the liaison librarian to the History, Political Science and Philosophy departments as well as to the SASI at UFV. Mary-Anne was previously the head of Special Collections at the Vancouver Public Library, and has an undergraduate degree in History and Women’s Studies from SFU, and a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

David Stewart

David Stewart is the Digital Manager at the Royal BC Museum. He manages a small but mighty team who oversee all the institution’s web assets and their collection management systems for the many collections: museum, archives, library and genealogy. He is also active in digital heritage governance through participation in several committees at the provincial and national level. He strives to improve the state of digital heritage preservation and online public access within his own institution and across the public sector.