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Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO

Jim Ghadbane

(613) 944-5603 | jim.ghadbane at canarie.ca

As President and CEO, Jim is responsible for achieving the company’s objectives as stated in its current agreement with the Government of Canada, including providing an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network for Canada’s research, innovation and education communities; developing and implementing next generation technologies; and assisting Canadian firms and higher education institutions advance innovation and commercialization efforts.

Jim joined CANARIE as Chief Technology Officer in May 2010 and is an experienced leader in the ICT industry. Prior to joining CANARIE, Jim held a variety of executive positions at leading technology companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks.

Nancy E. Carter, Chief Financial Officer

Nancy E. Carter

(613) 943-5437 | nancy.carter at canarie.ca

Nancy joined CANARIE in 1997 as a financial analyst and has filled the role of Chief Financial Officer since April 2007. In her role as CFO, Nancy is responsible for the overall accountability of the organization, which includes the administration of CANARIE’s funding. She assumes all of CANARIE’s human resources, IT management, and Facilities responsibilities; additionally she liaises with counsel on legal issues.

Nancy has a passion for life-long learning. While fulfilling her functions as CFO at CANARIE, Nancy undertook a law degree at the University of Ottawa, earning her J.D. in 2012. She is presently contemplating her next learning opportunity.

Nancy, a native Montrealer, raised her two children in Ottawa, while volunteering for many community organizations, including Scouts, Girl Guides and a Tall Ship Sail Training Program. She is an avid runner and frequently participates in races in the Capital region. Nancy is keenly interested in supporting cancer research and volunteers in a number of fund-raising events. She sits on the Board of Trustees of ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) as Treasurer, and is Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Internet Society Canada Chapter, and a condominium corporation.

Mark Wolff, Chief Technology Officer

Mark Wolff

(613) 943-0460 | mark.wolff at canarie.ca

Mark joined CANARIE in May 2011 as Senior Director, Technology Innovation.

As CTO, Mark is responsible for ensuring CANARIE continues to drive transformative change in the use of digital infrastructure among Canada’s research, education and innovation communities.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Mark has held innovation, development and leadership positions at Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Meriton Networks. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and holds several patents in telecommunications.

An accomplished guitarist and musician who hails from Saskatoon, Mark now makes his home in Ottawa, where he is an avid snowboarder and mountain biker.

Kathryn Anthonisen, Vice-President, External Relations

Kathryn Anthonisen

(613) 943-5374 | kathryn.anthonisen at canarie.ca

Kathryn joined CANARIE as Director of Communications in 2009. Since then, her responsibility and role have evolved, and she is now Vice President, External Relations. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications, as well as CANARIE’s relationships with national and global stakeholders, partners, and peer networks.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Kathryn held a variety of senior roles in marketing and communications, including Vice President Marketing, in the private sector. Earlier in her career she was an instructor and program administrator at Humber College in Toronto.

Kathryn earned her B.A. at McGill University and her M.B.A. from Schulich School of Business. She has added to her skills through ongoing training in leadership development, project management, and French. She lives in Ottawa where she takes advantage of Ottawa’s extensive bike paths to commute to work until the snow flies, when she switches to skates and glides home on the canal.

Peter Wilenius, Vice-President, Business Development

Peter Wilenius

(613) 943-5455 | peter.wilenius at canarie.ca

Peter brings to CANARIE more than 25 years of executive responsibility for strategic planning, global marketing, business development, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. Peter has extensive experience in guiding emerging technology companies in business planning, channel development and marketing strategies.

He has launched a number of new products and managed large strategic relationships for public companies such as March Networks Corporation and for bio-medical start-ups such as Biopeak Corp and XiTec Inc.

Peter holds a B.A. Honours (Economics) from Carleton University and a M.B.A from Queen’s University.