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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; and
  • Approving corporate policies and overseeing compliance.

Members of the Board of Directors

Chair of the Board of Directors: Chris Lumb, TEC Edmonton
Vice-Chair: Eddy Campbell, University of New Brunswick
Secretary and Treasurer: Gopi Chande, TELUS
President of the Corporation: Jim Ghadbane, CANARIE

Dr. Eddy Campbell

University of New Brunswick

Eddy Campbell

Dr. Eddy Campbell joined the CANARIE Board in October 2013 and was elected to the Vice-Chair position in October 2017.

Eddy 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, Eddy’s main research interest is the invariant theory of finite groups and he continues to maintain an active research career. Eddy 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.

Dr. David Castle

Vice-President Research
University of Victoria


David Castle joined the CANARIE Board in 2016.

David Castle is Vice-President, Research and a Professor in the School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business. His research focuses on social aspects of life science innovation including democratic engagement, regulation and governance, and intellectual property and knowledge management. He has published extensively on the social dimensions of science, technology and innovation, has held several major research awards, and has considerable experience leading strategic research initiatives and research project management. David has consulted widely to government and industry on issues such as the impact of national technology transfer policies and programs, intellectual property and knowledge management strategies, and the role of non-scientific considerations in the regulation of science and technology.

Ms. Gopi Chande

Vice President, Finance

Gopi Chande

Gopi Chande is Vice-President, Finance at TELUS. Her portfolio includes managing the financial planning and analysis for the Technology Strategy and Broadband Networks business units, as well as overseeing TELUS-wide capital management, asset management and accounting policies. Gopi has held various leadership positions in the Finance team for the past eight years. Prior to joining TELUS, she earned her CPA, CA designation with gold medal distinction by examination with KPMG, and worked in their Vancouver, Budapest, and Silicon Valley offices.

Gopi was born in London, England, but raised in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (Co-op) and has attended executive education programs at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently serves on the Boards of the TELUS Workers’ Pension Plan, Concert Properties, and the Mulgrave Independent School Society in West Vancouver.

Mr. Moodie Cheikh

CEO and Co-Founder
Searidge Technologies

Moodie Cheikh

Moodie Cheikh joined the CANARIE Board in 2015.

Moodie Cheikh is CEO and Co-Founder of Searidge Technologies. As CEO, Moodie oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Searidge’s global operations. He focuses on leadership, complex deal negotiations, and customers. Moodie 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, Moodie 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. Bob Gagné

CIO (retired)
York University


Bob Gagné joined the CANARIE Board in 2012.

Bob Gagné is the former CIO of York University, retiring in 2017 after eighteen years in the role.  As the CIO, Bob was responsible for university leadership and strategy on information technology matters and had direct responsibility for York’s central information technology group, University Information Technology (UIT).

In addition to his role at York, Bob has worked to foster collaboration within university IT in Canada, having served as president of the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO), and on the boards of GTAnet Networking and Onet.  He has also been active in community organizations and currently serves as a public member on the Canadian Drug Expert Committee.

Bob graduated from York University with an MBA in 1981. Prior to his CIO role at York University, 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 IT in a teaching hospital in Toronto; and three years as director of strategic technology for a top Canadian internet portal.

Mr. Bala Kathiresan

President and CEO 

Bala Kathiresan

Bala Kathiresan joined the CANARIE Board in 2017.

Bala Kathiresan is the President and CEO of BCNET and the Chair of the National Research and Education Network Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Administrative Services Delivery Transformation Steering Committee in British Columbia. He brings over 25 years of information systems and strategic leadership experience and has a solid track record in facilitating strategic vision, managing execution and achieving organizational excellence in the public and private sector. Bala has successfully led strategic alliances and partnerships across a wide spectrum of stakeholders to enable a shared vision.

He has effectively merged large public-sector organizations working collaboratively with boards, management teams as well as internal and external stakeholders to accomplish strategic, operational and cultural aspects of mergers. As a community and industry leader, he has worked with local, provincial and federal government to successfully advocate for community and industry initiatives.

Bala served on numerous not-for-profit and public-sector boards and chaired various board committees, including finance, audit and compensation committees. He is the past Chair of the Ontario University Council of Chief Information Officers and Treasurer of the Canadian Council of Chief Information Officers. Bala holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, an MBA, and a certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Sylvie LaPerrière

Program Manager, Network Content Distribution

Sylvie LaPerrière

Sylvie LaPerrière joined the CANARIE Board in 2012.

Sylvie 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 an 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. Natalie Le Prohon

Vice President, Healthcare Industry and Telecommunication Industry
IBM Canada Ltd

Natalie Le Prohon

Natalie Le Prohon joined the CANARIE Board in October 2018.

Nathalie Le Prohon is Vice president, Healthcare and Telecommunication industries for IBM Canada. She rejoined IBM in 2016 to lead a national team of industry professionals dedicated to working with clients in their transformation journey. Nathalie began her career at IBM Canada where she held several positions including Vice president of Strategic Outsourcing Sales, IBM Global Services. After leaving IBM, she took the position of President, Nokia Canada.

From 2007 and until joining IBM in 2016, Nathalie was a full-time director for various public and private companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves as Director of 5N Plus (vnp.to) where she is Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee. She is also a director of BlackRock Metals and Casavant Frères, as well as a member of the John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia where she was named Alumna of the year in 2009. She was also honored in 2013 by the MBA Association of Québec.

Mr. Chris Lumb, Chair of the Board

TEC Edmonton

Chris Lumb

Chris Lumb joined the CANARIE Board in 2012, served as Vice-Chair from October 2015 – October 2017, and was elected as Board Chair in October 2017.

Since December 2009, Chris 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 standing as 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 centred around building commercial success for advanced technologies, and the management of technology organizations to ensure they are profitably focused on addressing market needs.

Mr. Petri Lyytikainen

Vice President, Network Strategy, Services and Management
Bell Canada

Petri Lyytikainen

Petri Lyytikainen joined the CANARIE Board in 2017.

As Vice President, Network Strategy, Services and Management Petri works closely with Bell business units to create, support and implement technology strategies to enable new growth, cost reduction and competitive advantage. Petri leads Bell’s network infrastructure transformation initiatives to improve time to market, user experience and cost competitiveness. He is also responsible for value-added services (e.g. voice, unified communications, messaging, charging, Internet of Things etc.), network management solutions, and the Big Data Centre of Excellence.

Petri is a true telecom veteran with global experience in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. Prior to joining Bell, Petri headed Nokia’s network business in Canada as General Manager, and worked as Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer and Head of Solution Sales. Before that, he was based in Finland heading Nokia’s global Packet Core business unit as Global General Manager with an overall responsibility for 2.5G and 3G wireless data networks; solutions; and research and development.

Petri is an entrepreneurial business and technology leader who has an impressive track record of building businesses, and products and solutions. He creates high-performance teams and transforms organizations through achieving stretch goals.

Petri has degrees in Software Engineering and Programming from the Institute of Electronic Data Communications, and in Marketing and Business Administration from the Finnish Business College.

Dr. Catherine Middleton

Ted Rogers School of Management

Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton joined the CANARIE Board in 2011, served as the Board Vice-Chair from October 2013 – October 2015, and served as Board Chair from October 2015 – October 2017.

Catherine is a 2017-2018 Canadian Science Policy Fellow at the CRTC, and held a Canada Research Chair from 2007-2017. 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. Her research projects have investigated the development of next-generation broadband and public Wi-Fi networks, competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians’ internet use. Catherine is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) Directors Education program and holds the ICD.D designation.

Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Larry Rosia

Dr. Larry Rosia joined the CANARIE Board in 2017.

Dr. Rosia’s career in education spans more than 35 years, as an Instructor, Program Chair, Revenue Generating Coordinator, Marketing Manager and Dean.  He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in educational administration and has served in advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees.  Dr. Rosia is the President of Post-Secondary International Network (PIN).  He has and is serving as a Director or Board Member for several Regional, National and International organizations;  including Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) Committee, Polytechnics Canada, the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII), Skills Canada Saskatchewan, The Chair Academy International Leadership Board, the Saskatchewan Post-Secondary International Education Council, the Saskatchewan Labour Market Task Force (LMTF), World Federation of Colleges & Polytechnics, and the University of Regina Senate.

Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of UofA and SAIT Polytechnic and a lifelong learner.  He has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education and educational policy and administration, and in 2006 completed his PhD in academic leadership at the University of Calgary.  He completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University and he earned the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Designation.  Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governor Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award, the Saskatchewan Men of Influence Award, and the Paul A. Elsner Excellence in Leadership Award.

Dr. Rosia is a well-respected ambassador for the post-secondary community.  He authored a book titled “The Successful College President.”

Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer

University of Alberta

Jonathan Schaeffer

Jonathan Schaeffer joined the CANARIE Board in 2013.

Jonathan is a Professor at the University of Alberta, and previously served as that institution’s Dean of Science, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Information Technology. Jonathan’s main research area has been artificial intelligence and he 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. Jonathan 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.

John Weigelt

National Technology Officer
Microsoft Canada

John Weigelt

John Weigelt joined the CANARIE Board in October 2018.

As National Technology Officer, John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. He leads Canadian outreach for a variety of technology policies including: Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Government 3.0, Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability, and Interoperability. A strategic thinker, John has contributed to the development of international technical standards and guidelines, and to government policies and legislation.