Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives with a membership of over 120 institutions worldwide from 36 countries on 6 continents. COAR’s aim is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access repositories based on international collaboration and interoperability. Shearer has been working in the area of open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 15 years. She has been Executive Director of COAR since 2015, and participates actively in numerous other organizations in Canada and internationally. She has been an active member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and has acted as co-chair of two RDA Interest Groups, “Libraries for Research Data” and “Long Tail of Research Data”. Shearer was instrumental in launching the Portage Initiative in Canada, a library-based research data management network. She is a research associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a strategic consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Shearer also sits on the CASRAI Executive Board.