Board of Directors
CANARIE’s Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of CANARIE’s research, education and innovation stakeholder communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board.
CANARIE relies heavily on the commitment of Board members for:
- Planning its future via the strategic plan;
- Reviewing and approving new initiatives that set direction for the organization within the funding mandate;
- Making final decisions on programs to be funded;
- Approving corporate policies and overseeing compliance; and
- Setting overall compensation strategy and specific compensation for executives.
The Board participates in various education and training initiatives each year, and also undertakes a biennial self-assessment exercise.
Board of Directors
Dr. Howard Brunt
Professor of Public Health and Social Policy
University of Victoria
Dr. Howard Brunt joined the CANARIE Board in June 2010 and served as Chair from June 2011 to October 2013.
Dr. Brunt is the past Vice-President Research (2007-14) at the University of Victoria and is currently a Professor of Public Health and Social Policy at UVic. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Provost and Vice President Academic at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Brunt recently completed a term as a member and Chair of the Board of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Dr. Eddy Campbell
University of New Brunswick
Dr. Campbell joined the CANARIE Board in October 2013.
Dr. Campbell is the President of the University of New Brunswick and has extensive experience in university administration, having previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor (Acting) and Vice-President (Academic) at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and as Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
A professor of mathematics, Dr. Campbell’s main research interest is the invariant theory of finite groups and he continues to maintain an active research career. Dr. Campbell currently sits on the Board of Directors of Compute Canada and has served in a variety of capacities with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), currently as a member of its governing body, as a member of the Executive Committee and the Committee on Research Integrity. He also serves on the Boards of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Invest NB, the New Brunswick Research and Innovation Council, and Atlantic University Sport.
Mr. Ralph Chapman
Vice-President, Public Sector
IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Chapman joined the CANARIE Board in 2012.
Mr. Chapman is the Vice President, Public Sector for IBM Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Chapman is responsible for providing the full range of IBM products, services, solutions and consulting to Canadian governments, education and healthcare institutions and life sciences. Prior to his appointment in October 2010, Mr. Chapman was the Vice President, General Business, for IBM Canada, responsible for overseeing the revenue growth, profit, and client satisfaction across the full range of IBM products, solutions, and services in the General Business market segment.
Mr. Chapman joined IBM in 1989 as a Marketing Representative and has held leadership roles within IBM across Canada over the past 21 years.
Mr. Chapman was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Co-Op), from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has also attended executive education programs at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Mr. Moodie Cheikh
CEO and Co-Founder
Mr. Cheikh is CEO and Co-Founder of Searidge Technologies.
As CEO, Mr. Cheikh oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Searidge’s global operations. He focuses on leadership, complex deal negotiations, and customers. Mr. Chiekh has successfully grown revenue year over year in excess of 25%, while maintaining the company’s profitability. He continues to be recognized for his mentorship, entrepreneurship and active involvement in the community.
With the goal of supporting local technology entrepreneurship and getting Canadian-based innovation accepted globally, Mr. Cheikh is an active Board member of two Ottawa-based organizations. He is also an industry recognized expert in the area of airport surface optimization—speaking at 50+ global conferences. In 2014, he was named one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” and under his leadership, Searidge has been recognized for its’ market leading technology with Jane’s Airport Review “Innovation Award”, Ottawa’s Exporter of the Year and was named to the Deloitte & Touche LLP “Companies-to-Watch” list, an award honouring Canadian technology companies who display the kind of management expertise and superior technology that mark a successful early-stage company poised for continued growth.
Mr. Kim Devooght
Mr. Kim Devooght joined the CANARIE Board in 2008.
Mr. Devooght was most recently, up until June 2015, the Vice President, Public Sector for Cisco Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Devooght was responsible for providing the full range of Cisco products, services, solutions and consulting to Canadian governments, educational and healthcare institutions and life sciences. Prior to November 2010, Mr. Devooght was Vice President, Public Sector for IBM Canada, and previously held various other senior positions with IBM responsible for the development and deployment of public access and electronic commerce solutions with governments around the world.
Mr. Grant Farmer
Strategic Outsourcing Solution Executive
IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Grant Farmer joined the CANARIE Board in 2009, served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer, and served as Chair from October 2013 to October 2015.
Mr. Farmer has an extensive background of sales, general management and management consulting in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic outsourcing solution development with IBM Canada’s largest enterprise clients. Previously, he held several roles with Bell Canada including Vice President, West Region, responsible for Bell Business Markets activities and customers in Western Canada.
Mr. Bob Gagné
Bob joined York University in October 1999 and is the University’s first CIO. Reporting to the Vice-President Finance and Administration, Bob is responsible for University leadership and strategy on information technology matters with direct responsibility for York’s central information technology group, University Information Technology (UIT)
In addition to his role at York, Bob has been active in fostering collaboration within university I.T. in Canada having served as president of the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO), the chair of the Ontario Association of Computing Services Directors and was the founding Chair of the Board of GTAnet Networking, the high-speed research and education network connecting Toronto’s universities, colleges and teaching hospitals.
Bob graduated from York University with an MBA in 1981. Prior to his current position he held a number of management and leadership positions including: four years in planning and strategy development with a global financial institution; eight years as Director of I.T. in a teaching hospital in Toronto; and three years as director of strategic technology for a top Canadian internet portal.
Dr. Michael Geist
Canada Research Chair, Internet and E-commerce Law
University of Ottawa
Dr. Michael Geist joined the CANARIE Board in June 2010.
Dr. Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law, and was a member of Canada’s National Task Force on Spam. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues. Dr. Geist serves on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, on the Canadian Digital Information Strategy’s Review Panel, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute.
Ms. Sylvie LaPerrière
Program Manager, Network Content Distribution
Ms. LaPerriere joined the CANARIE Board in 2012.
Ms. LaPerriere is an active builder of the global Internet. An expert in negotiating peering and international network interconnections she is actively involved in extending the reach and use of the Internet. She is a strategic negotiator for Google’s global interconnection team managing the network edge and content delivery programs. Previously, she expanded Tata Communications’ Internet backbone in more than 25 markets, had it circle the globe and achieved settlement-free status. Operating in the international telecommunications arena for two decades, Sylvie has extensive experience in developing peering partnerships and negotiating commercial agreements with global, regional and national telecom and Internet operators.
An engaged member of the global Internet community of networkers, Sylvie chairs the Board of Directors of the North American Network Operator Group (NANOG), whose mission is to improve the Internet interoperability through the coordination and dissemination of technical information related to networking technologies and operational practices. She is also a member of the Board of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and of the Montreal Internet Exchange.
With a solid foundation in product development for Internet, data and mobile services, Sylvie is international leader on peering strategy and a frequent speaker at international panels. She received her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Information Systems from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal.
Ms. Lucie Laplante
Canada and Corporate Services, D+H
Ms. Laplante joined the CANARIE Board in 2012 and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer.
Ms. Laplante is a fluently bilingual finance executive who, for the last 25 years, has driven the growth and profitability of some of Canada’s most recognized brands in the financial technology, telecommunications, media , and retail distribution sectors, including Nortel Networks, Bell Media, and Rogers Communications. In July 2015, she joined D+H, a leading global financial services technology provider, where she serves as Vice President Finance, Canada and Corporate Services.
Lucie is a results-driven Finance leader with an in-depth knowledge of strategy, operations, IT, technology and sales. She has demonstrated a proven ability to bridge operations and finance, and to secure alignment and decision making to optimize profitability. She brings a relentless focus to cost control and optimized capital spending, and is known for establishing discipline, control and governance to the finance and analytics processes. Lucie has played a critical role in closing multiple large retail distribution contracts, in rolling out product offerings from the strategic planning phase to commercial launches, and in re-tooling a distribution and finance organization to optimize operating expenses and to strengthen governance.
Ms. Laplante holds a bachelor of Commerce from HEC Montreal, and is a designated CPA, CGA.
Mr. Chris Lumb
Chris Lumb Mr. Lumb joined the CANARIE Board in 2012 and was elected to the Vice-Chair position in October 2015.
Since December 2009, Mr. Lumb has been CEO of TEC Edmonton, a technology accelerator created by the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. Through a variety of commercialization services, including intellectual property management, business planning and mentoring, market research, financing strategies and the TEC Centre incubation facility, TEC Edmonton’s programs contribute to Edmonton’s being one of North America’s leading regions for wealth creation through innovation. Working with researchers, entrepreneurs and investors, TEC Edmonton transforms technologies into viable companies.
From 1994 to 2009 Chris was the CEO of Micralyne Inc. He was involved in all aspects of Micralyne’s development, including leading its transition from a university-owned not-for-profit to a privately held commercial company, growing annual revenues to more than $28 million, and delivering long-term profits and return on equity to its shareholders.
Chris is a Board Member and Former Chair of CMC Microsystems, Board Member for ACAMP, Radient Technologies, Cleankeys Inc, and Startup Edmonton. Overall, his career has been centered around building commercial success for advanced technologies, and management of technology organizations to ensure they are profitably focused on addressing market needs.
Dr. Kimberly Matheson
Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Dr. Matheson is the past Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University (2007-2015). She is currently a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton, and Director of Carleton University’s Research Centre, The Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations, and Mobilization (CHAIM) Centre. She is a member of the Board for the Ottawa Network for Education and for Partners in Research. Dr. Matheson is on the Program Advisory Committee for the Social Identity, Interactions, and Well-being program of the Canadian Institutes for Advanced Research. She has been funded by all three major funding agencies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Catherine Middleton, Chair of the Board
Canada Research Chair, Communication Technologies in the Information Society
Dr. Catherine Middleton joined the CANARIE Board in 2011, served as the Board Vice-Chair from October 2013 – October 2015, and was elected to the Board Chair position in October 2015.
Dr. Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, and she is also interested in how Canadians use (or don’t use) the internet in their daily lives. Current research projects investigate the use of ubiquitous communication technologies (like Blackberries) in organizations, the development of next generation broadband networks, competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians’ internet use.
Mr. Jim Pitt
Vice President, Business Operations and Service Delivery
Jim Pitt is currently the VP of Business Operations and Service Delivery, most recently re-joining Shaw in 2011. He is accountable for the leadership of Shaw’s Business Operations and Carrier Services teams including Client Services, Technical Services, Technical Operations and Wholesale Sales.
Jim brings a wealth of knowledge with over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and was a Canadian cellular pioneer by playing a role in launching Cantel (later Rogers Wireless) in 1985. Jim’s experiences include running the Canadian NEC distribution wireless business and Shaw Paging, one of Canada’s largest paging companies. As an executive at Fibre Link, Jim led Sales and Operations for Eastern Canada before being appointed CEO of Navigata.
Jim’s experience also included time at SaskTel where he was the VP of Partnership Development and Carrier Relations, managing and negotiating alliance and roaming agreements for the company. Jim was also accountable for overseeing SaskTel’s partnership strategy. In addition, Jim oversaw SaskTel Labs and served as the Executive Sponsor for Salveo and SaskTel International (SI).
Jim has an extensive background in the telecommunications industry on a national basis. Prior to joining SaskTel, Jim held executive positions at GT Group Telecom from 1999 to 2005, with mandates of responsibility including Carrier Relations, Carrier Sales, Enterprise Sales, International Business Development and National Partner Programs. From 1995 to 1999, Jim was Vice President, General Manager at Shaw Communications, responsible for Shaw Paging and Shaw Mobilecomm.
Jim attended McGill University’s Faculty of Education as well as McGill’s Management Institute, focusing on finance, transportation and distribution management.
Jim is married with two adult children.
Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer
Dean of Science
University of Alberta
Dr. Schaeffer joined the CANARIE Board in October 2013.
Dr. Schaeffer is the Dean of Science at the University of Alberta, and previously served as that institution’s Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Information Technology.
Dr. Schaeffer’s main research area has been artificial intelligence and is best known for his work in applying AI technology to the problem of building high performance game-playing programs, as well as tackling the challenges of the commercial computer games industry.
He is an industry leader in high performance computing and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Cybera. Dr. Schaeffer has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of Compute Canada from 2010-2012. He was one of the founding members of C3.ca, Canada’s national organization for high performance computing.
Mr. Michel Vanier
Réseau d’informations scientifiques du Québec (RISQ) inc.
Mr. Michel Vanier joined the CANARIE Board in 2007, and currently is Chair of the NREN Governance Committee.
Mr. Vanier has been chief executive officer of RISQ (Réseau d’informations scientifiques du Québec) since 2004. Before joining the organization he held a number of positions at Université de Montréal, including Associate General Manager, information and communication technology, and acted as the university’s Y2K coordinator, being responsible for preparation and response. Mr. Vanier also serves on the Board of the Montreal Internet Exchange.