Candidate for 2016-2018 Treasurer: Richardson

Juanita Richardson
Richardson Jalakas & Associates
Toronto, Canada
(Withdrawn 08.10.15)

Question 1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?

Question 2: How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally?

Question 3: SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?

Question 4: Tell us why you accepted the call to run for the Board? Why now in your career and at this time in the life of the Association?

Question 5: Every SLA member knows the Association is facing challenges – what do you feel are the key issues we as an Association need to tackle?



Juanita is Principal of Richardson Jalakas & Associates – an information strategy company which she founded in 1998 and is currently partnered with Dysart Jones & Associates as an Associate Consultant.

In her career, Juanita has worked on both sides of the information industry.  She worked for many years as a Business Development Consultant for CEDROM-SNi, Canada’s only bilingual news and business information service.  Prior to that, she was the Manager of Licensing, Product Strategy and Client Services with InfomartDialog.  Before “crossing the street”, she was the Manager of the Business Information Centre in the Toronto Office of Deloitte & Touche and previously held positions in the Research Departments of CIBC Wood Gundy and ScotiaMcLeod.

Juanita is fluently bilingual (French-English) and holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University, Montréal, Québec as well as a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University, Edmonton, Alberta.  Her undergraduate degree is in modern languages from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.  Juanita is a Fellow of SLA and has served on the Board of Directors of SLA as Chapter Cabinet Chair, has been Chair of the Leadership & Management Division and has held office in the Competitive Intelligence Division.  Other association-level positions include a term on the Finance Committee as well as the Chair of the Annual Conference in 2005 in Toronto.  She has long been active in the SLA Toronto Chapter including a term as President.  She is also an active member of the Canadian Library Association.  Known as an innovative information professional and for being an analytical thinker, she believes in “paying it forward” and has spoken at various information industry conferences and has also published articles in industry magazines.

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