Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board.

We rely heavily on the commitment of our Board members for:

  • Planning strategic initiatives;
  • Reviewing and approving initiatives that set CANARIE’s direction within our funding mandates;
  • Making final decisions on programs to be funded; and
  • Approving corporate policies and overseeing compliance.

Dr. Eddy Campbell

Professor | University of New Brunswick

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2013; served as Vice-Chair from 2017 – 2019; served as Chair from 2019 – 2021

Dr. Eddy Campbell previously served as 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. He is a fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and has served on the governing bodies of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Compute Canada, the Banff International Research Station, and as President of the CMS.

Dr. David Castle

Professor | University of Victoria

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2016

David Castle is a Professor in the School of Public Administration and 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, and 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. David also serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for Research Data Canada.

Gopi Chande

Vice President, Finance | TELUS

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2017; elected as Secretary-Treasurer in September 2018

Gopi Chande is Vice-President, Finance at TELUS. Her portfolio includes managing the financial planning and analysis for the Technology Strategy and Customer Service Excellence business units. 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.

Moodie Cheikh

CEO and Co-Founder | Searidge Technologies

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2015

Moodie Cheikh is a technology business leader with experience at all stages of company growth. He has been involved in the start-up of multiple companies, including investment and acquisition phases, and most recently has grown a technology company organically and primarily through international expansion.

As CEO of Searidge Technologies, Moodie oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Searidge’s global operations. Reporting to the Board, he focuses on leadership, complex deal negotiations, operations, and customers. He has successfully grown revenue year over year in excess of 25%, while maintaining the company’s profitability targets.

An entrepreneur at heart, Moodie thrives in an environment of innovation and growth. His direct experience growing a technology company has provided a variety of opportunities to share his knowledge by participating in various roundtables (including supporting development of G7 policies on SMEs), providing advice and guidance on how to attract and retain innovative companies, and develop mechanisms to allow them to compete on a global scale.

He also teaches the next generation of businesspeople through the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa’s eMBA program, where he instructs a course on entrepreneurship.

Dr. Charmaine B. Dean

Vice-President, Research and International | University of Waterloo

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2019

Dr. Charmaine Dean is Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she is focused on building upon foundational strengths to heighten the emphasis on collaborations, and link related external portfolios in a systematic approach to industrial partners and entrepreneurship.

From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Dean served as Dean of Science at Western University. Prior to her service at Western, she played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in her capacity of Associate Dean of that Faculty. Previously, she was the founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

An engaged member of several relevant boards including, Compute Ontario, the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform, the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy, Dr. Dean has also served as a board member for the US National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) Corporation, the National Institute for Complex Data Structures and the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute. She is dedicated to developing outstanding computing capabilities for researchers and for building capacity in Canada and is interested in bringing together diverse communities to drive forward a unified direction for data management activities and priorities.

Gayleen Gray

Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer | McMaster University

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2020

Gayleen Gray is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at McMaster University where she oversees the University’s information systems and services, including information security, and initiatives related to the McMaster IT Strategic Vision and Plan that she launched in 2019. Gayleen provides leadership across all campus technology systems, services, and priorities, and she is responsible for the institution’s IT governance processes. A truly collaborative leader, Gayleen works with the institutions’ leadership team and a network of diverse colleagues and IT personnel to ensure McMaster’s research, teaching and learning initiatives are supported and enabled by campus systems and infrastructure.

Throughout her 21-year career in higher ed IT, Gayleen has developed relationships with colleagues and peers across Canada and in the United States, furthering collective areas of interest. Known for her deep experience and open and authentic nature, Gayleen is a frequent presenter and active participant at various professional forums such as EDUCAUSE, CUCCIO, CANHEIT and OHEIT. Gayleen sits on the ORION Board of Directors, the Hospice Wellington (Guelph) Board of Directors, and in 2020 joined the CANARIE Cybersecurity Advisory Committee and the CUCCIO Cybersecurity Standing Committee.

Bala Kathiresan

President and CEO | BCNET

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Joined 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 Administrative Services Collaborative Steering Committee, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training – 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 realize a shared vision.

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. 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.

Sylvie LaPerrière

Program Manager, Network Content Distribution | Google

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2012; served as Vice-Chair from 2019 – 2021; elected as Chair in October 2021

Sylvie LaPerrière 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.

Dejan Mancic

VP, Wireline Network Engineering and Deployment | Bell Canada

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2021

Dejan Mancic has spent over 20 years in the industry as a senior leader with roles in product development, sales, technology, and engineering.

Dejan joined Bell in 2005 and is currently leading teams accountable for the network engineering and deployment of Bell’s extensive fibre network to homes and businesses.

Dejan holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Belgrade, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business.

Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO | Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2017; elected as Vice-Chair in October 2021

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. He has served and is serving as a Director or Board Member for several Regional, National, and International organizations, including the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Canadian Homebuilder’s Association, the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII), Polytechnics Canada (current Chair), Post-Secondary International Network (PIN), Skills Canada Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Post-Secondary International Education Council, the Saskatchewan Labour Market Task Force (LMTF), the Chair Academy, the University of Regina Senate, and the World Federation of Colleges & Polytechnics (WFCP).

Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of the University of Alberta 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.”

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone

President and CEO | Profound Impact

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2021

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone has made a significant contribution to the spectrum of digital industries from cryptography to telecommunications to electronic commerce, while also making a major contribution to the advancement of all women.

Sherry has been involved in three start-up ventures with successful exits — Cylink, Certicom, and TrustPoint Innovation— and in 2018 launched Profound Impact.

Sherry was recently named Rogers Woman of the Year in STEAM for the Waterloo Region and in 2020 was the recipient of the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship from Women in Communications and Technology. In June 2019, Sherry received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from Western University and in 2015, she was named the Waterloo Region’s Female Innovator of the Year.

She is also the co-chair of the Emmy Noether Council at Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

Sherry holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and was a cryptologic mathematician with the US Government.

Dhruva Suthar

Director, Security | IBM Canada

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2021

Dhruva Suthar is the Director of Security, IBM Canada. Dhruva leads a team that is passionate about delivering value to clients and helping organizations, large and small, use market leading technology to protect their business from cyber threats.

Most recently Dhruva was the Chief of Staff to the General Manager of IBM Americas, where she gained a broader view of the IBM business, its clients, and the marketplace.

Dhruva has led teams across IBM in Canada, the United States, and Latin America throughout her 20+ year career.  She has managed Sales Account Teams, Operations, and Finance units.

Dhruva holds a Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and completed a financial analysis and business management program at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Deb Verhoeven

Canada 150 Research Chair | University of Alberta

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Joined CANARIE Board in 2019

Deb Verhoeven is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Before this she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at the University of Technology in Sydney. Deb is one of the world’s leading proponents of Digital Humanities research. Among her many accolades, she was named Australia’s Most Innovative Academic in 2013. Deb was the inaugural Project Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure project (2012-19), a virtual laboratory interoperating data from Australia’s major cultural collections. She is the Director of the Kinomatics Initiative, a global investigation of big cultural data with a particular focus on the film industry. She serves on the inaugural board of NDRIO and from 2011-2014, she was Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. She has previously served on the boards of the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative (VeRSI) and the Tasmanian government’s Digital Futures Advisory Council.

John Weigelt

National Technology Officer | Microsoft Canada

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Joined CANARIE Board in 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.