Member Status

Associate Country Participant

GBIF Participant since


GBIF Region

North America

Head of Delegation

Mark Graham

Participant Node Manager

James Macklin

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The Canadian node was established under the management of an informal group of Federal departments and agencies responsible for biodiversity information known as the Federal Biodiversity Information Partnership. The node is entitled the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility and is hosted by the Agriculture and Agri-Food department. Three other Canadian institutions have developed national resources that complement the node. These are the Canadian Barcode of Life that serves vouchered DNA barcode information, Canadensys that aggregates specimen, observation, and checklist data predominantly from academic sources, and the Canadian Museum of Nature with the longest-serving and broadest national natural history collection in Canada.

Vision and Mission 

As a GBIF Participant, Canada is exploring new ways to improve the organization, exchange, correlation, and availability of primary data on biological species of interest to Canadians. By enhancing access to these data, CBIF provides a valuable resource that acts as a foundation for academic investigations, that supports a wide range of social and economic decisions including efforts to conserve our biodiversity in healthy ecosystems, use our biological resources in sustainable ways, and monitor and control pests and diseases.


The federal department of Agriculture and Agri-Food is responsible for the operation of the node and seeks guidance, support and decisions through a federal governing body of science departments and agencies, the Federal Biodiversity Information Partnership. A network of Canadian biodiversity-invested departments, agencies, museums, academic institutions, and not-for-profit groups maintain a loose affiliation through various meetings and workshops based around mutual projects and opportunistic funding.

Key driving institutions currently include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Université de Montréal through Canadensys, the University of Guelph through the Canadian Barcode of Life, and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

National Funding 

CBIF is hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The Federal Biodiversity Information Partnership funds node meetings and workshops. Members include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and The Canadian Museum of Nature.


Mark Graham
Vice President, Research and Collections
Canadian Museum of NatureCanadian Museum for Nature P.O. Box 3443, Station DK1P 6P4 Ottawa, OntarioCanada+1 613 566 4743
Head of Delegation
James Macklin
Research Scientist, Botany and Biodiversity Informatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada Science and Technology Branch 960 Carling AvenueK1A 0C6 Ottawa, OntarioCanada+1 613 759 7553
Node Manager
Robert Hanner
Associate Professor-North American Nodes Representative
International Barcode of Life Centre for Biodiversity Genomics University of Guelph 50 Stone Road EastN1G 2W1 Guelph, OntarioCanada+1 519 8244120 extension 53479
Node Team
David Shorthouse
Director of informatics
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV)Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) Dépt. sciences biologiques Université de Montréal 4101 Sherbrooke E.H1X 2B2 Montréal, QuebecCanada+1 343 6111 #82354
Node Team

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