Some of the information that we share with our Directors of the Board and/or committee members is, by its very nature, confidential. To protect the owners of that confidential information, as a key element of good governance, and ultimately to prevent lobbying of the CANARIE Board and our funder, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), all committee and Board members are asked to sign the CANARIE Confidentiality Agreement. This blog post explains.
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.
Members of the Board of Directors
Dr. Eddy Campbell
Professor | University of New Brunswick
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.
Vice President, Finance | TELUS
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.
Dr. Charmaine B. Dean
Vice-President, Research and International | University of Waterloo
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.
Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer | McMaster University
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.
President and CEO | BCNET
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.
Vice President, Finance and Administration | Dalhousie University
Gitta Kulczycki joined the CANARIE Board in 2022.
Gitta has served in several senior leadership roles in Canada’s post-secondary education, healthcare, and high-tech sectors. Before joining Dalhousie in 2020, Gitta was Vice President, Finance and Administration at the University of Alberta. Prior to that, she spent 12 years as Vice President, Resources and Operations at Western University, and has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, the South East Health Care Corporation in Moncton, and the Calgary General Hospital.
In her current role as Dalhousie’s Vice President, Finance and Administration, Gitta plays a key role in the development, management, and planning of Dalhousie’s infrastructure, human resources, information technology services, ancillary services, environmental health and safety, athletics and recreation, sustainability, and financial services.
Gitta also serves on the boards of CURIE, Interuniversity Services Inc. and the Baycrest Academy for Research & Education.
Gitta earned a Commerce Degree (Cum Laude) in Accounting, Finance, and Mathematics from Laurentian University and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa. She also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Program Manager, Network Content Distribution | Google
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.
VP, Wireline Network Engineering and Deployment | Bell Canada
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
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.”
President and CEO | Profound Impact
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.
Director, Security | IBM Canada
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.
Niek Van Dierdonck
CEO | RedLore
Niek Van Dierdonck joined the CANARIE Board in 2022.
Niek Van Dierdonck is a business leader with decades of experience in the logistics, manufacturing, and technology sectors, including as founder and CEO of two technology start-ups. He is currently CEO of RedLore, a company focused on helping manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers, and healthcare organizations improve efficiencies in their supply chains and distribution networks through on-site asset tracking and touchless process solutions.
Before founding RedLore, Niek was the Director of Innovation at Fremach, an automotive manufacturing multinational, where he was also the General Manager of the German and French subsidiaries. Prior to that, Niek was the founder-CEO of high-tech start-up Ubiwave, an early IoT leader that was successfully acquired by a semiconductor manufacturer. Niek has also served on the boards of several organizations, including Belgium-based tech startups, VILOC and Ubiwave.
Dr. Deb Verhoeven
Canada 150 Research Chair | University of Alberta
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.
National Technology Officer | Microsoft Canada
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.