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Board of Directors

CANARIE’s Board of Directors comprises equal numbers of individuals elected by Industry Members and by Institutional Members. This balance has been an important principle in CANARIE’s governance structure. Directors bring a variety of backgrounds to the Board including academic, research, institutional, private and public sectors. They 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
  • 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.

Mr. Alain Brisson
VP Sales for Quebec for Bell Business Markets

Alain BrissonMr. Brisson joined the CANARIE board in 2013.

Mr. Brisson joined Bell in 2012 as Vice-President, Sales, Québec for Bell’s Business Markets group. As a member of Bell’s senior leadership team based at Bell’s headquarters in Montréal, Alain leads the delivery of Bell’s leading business communications services to large corporate and public customers across Québec. Alain ensures the development and growth of this important market in the sales of integrated business solutions enabling clients to be more competitive and effective.

Mr. Brisson brings more than 15 years of sales and management experience in the information technology and communications sectors to Bell. Before joining Bell, Alain Brisson was Senior Vice President at CGI Group where he led major business units in both the corporate and public sectors. Alain has equally strong experience in delivering solutions for large, medium and small businesses.

Mr. Brisson holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and has followed Executive training in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School.

Throughout his career, he has actively and continuously supported multiple charities notably United Way and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.


Dr. Howard Brunt
Vice-President Research
University of Victoria

Howard BruntDr. Howard Brunt joined the CANARIE Board in June 2010, and served as Board Chair from June 2011 to October 2013.

Dr. Brunt is the Vice-President, Research with the University of Victoria and Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development. From 2004 to 2007 he served as provost and vice-president academic at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he led an academic planning process to set strategic directions for the university. He returned to UVic to lead the university’s research enterprise for five years, effective September 1, 2007. Dr. Brunt recently completed a term as Chair of the Board of TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.


Dr. Rick Bunt
Professor Emeritus and Former CIO
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Rick Bunt Dr. Rick Bunt joined the CANARIE Board in 2008.

Dr. Bunt is the Former Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President, Information and Communications Technology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. degree from Queen's University.  Dr. Bunt joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1972, where he is currently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science.  

Dr. Eddy Campbell
University of New Brunswick

Eddy CampbellDr. 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.

Ralph ChapmanMr. 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. Kim Devooght
Vice President, Public Sector
Cisco Canada

Kim DeVooght Mr. Kim Devooght joined the CANARIE Board in 2008.

Mr. Devooght is the Vice President, Public Sector for Cisco Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Devooght is 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, Chair of the Board
Strategic Outsourcing Solution Executive
IBM Canada Ltd.

Grant Farmer Mr. Grant Farmer joined the CANARIE Board in 2009, served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer, and was elected to the Board Chair position in October 2013.

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.

Dr. Michael Geist
Canada Research Chair,
Internet and E-commerce Law
University of Ottawa

Michael Geist 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

Sylvie LaPerriereMs. 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
Vice-President, Finance
Rogers Communications

Lucie LaplanteMs. Laplante joined the CANARIE Board in 2012 and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer.

Ms. Laplante has been with Rogers Communications since 2005, where she is currently the Finance Vice President, Service and Operations. Ms. Laplante is an accomplished business leader with over 20 year of experience in the wireless and wireline Communications, Media, Online, and Publishing Industries. She is recognized for her broad spectrum of Finance and operational expertise. Ms. Laplante is a Certified General Accountant.  

Mr. Chris Lumb
TEC Edmonton

Chris Lumb Mr. Lumb joined the CANARIE Board in 2012.

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
Vice President, Research and International
Carleton University

Dr. Kimberly Matheson Dr. Kimberly Matheson joined the CANARIE Board in 2011.

Dr. Matheson was appointed Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University in November 2009. She is a highly accomplished researcher and graduate supervisor and is widely published in the areas of Social and Health Psychology. Together with her collaborators in neuroscience, her work aims to understand the psychosocial factors that promote resilience in the face of stressors that disproportionately affect particular social and cultural groups, with the aim of designing intervention programs and to inform public policy. She is one of the few researchers to have 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
Canada Research Chair, Communication Technologies in the Information Society
Ryerson University

Dr. Catherine Middleton Dr. Catherine Middleton joined the CANARIE Board in 2011, and was elected to the Board Vice-Chair position in October 2013.

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 PittJim 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

Jonathan Schaeffer 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, Canada’s national organization for high performance computing.


Mr. Michel Vanier
Réseau d'informations scientifiques du Québec (RISQ) inc.

Michel Vanier Mr. Michel Vanier joined the CANARIE Board in 2007, and currently is Chair of the ORAN Advisory 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.