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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;
  • 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. Eddy Campbell

University of New Brunswick

Eddy Campbell

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.

Dr. David Castle

Vice-President Research
University of Victoria


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. Dr. Castle 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.

Ms. Chande was born in London England, but raised in Vancouver, Canada. She also holds a bachelor in business administration from Simon Fraser University (Co-op). She 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. Ralph Chapman

Vice-President, Public Sector
IBM Canada Ltd.

Ralph Chapman

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
Searidge Technologies

Moodie Cheikh

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. Bob Gagné

York University


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.

Mr. Bala Kathiresan

President and CEO 

Bala Kathiresan

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

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

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Lucie Laplante

Ms. Laplante joined the CANARIE Board in 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Audit and Investment Committee and 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 (now Finastra), a leading global financial services technology provider, as Sr. Vice President Finance and CFO – Canada. Ms. Laplante currently serves as CFO at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, a leading global law firm.

Mr. Chris Lumb

TEC Edmonton

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.

Mr. Petri Lyytikainen

Vice President, Network Strategy, Services and Management
Bell Canada

Petri Lyytikainen

As Vice President, Network Strategy, Services and Management Petri Lyytikainen 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 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 & 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.

Mr. Lyytikainen 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, Chair of the Board

Canada Research Chair, Communication Technologies in the Information Society
Ryerson University

Catherine Middleton

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.

Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Larry Rosia

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 had 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 earned 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

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 C3.ca, Canada’s national organization for high performance computing.