Executive Team

Jim Ghadbane

President and CEO

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Jim Ghadbane was appointed President and CEO of CANARIE in 2013, after joining the organization as Chief Technology Officer in 2010. Jim’s leadership, technical expertise, and focus on stakeholder needs support an increased impact and relevance of CANARIE programs and services in Canada’s public and private sectors.

Nationally, Jim works to strengthen the governance, collaborative operation, and evolution of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Networks Canada. Internationally, Jim works with global colleagues on the NREN CEO Forum to guide the evolution of the global network of research and education networks.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Jim held a variety of executive positions at leading ICT companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks. Jim is a devoted mentor to many colleagues and an avid golfer.

Contact Jim: (613) 944-5603 | jim.ghadbane [at] canarie.ca

Kathryn Anthonisen

Vice-President, External Relations

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Kathryn Anthonisen has served as CANARIE’s Vice President, External Relations since 2012, after joining CANARIE in 2010 as Director of Communications. Responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications, Kathryn leads the team responsible for driving stakeholder awareness and engagement and promoting the impact of digital research and education infrastructure to Canada’s innovation capacity. During her tenure, Kathryn successfully reshaped the perception of the CANARIE brand from that of solely a network operator to an organization focussed on delivering a range of relevant and impactful digital infrastructure tools and services. Kathryn is also responsible for building productive relationships with national and global stakeholders, partners, global peer networks, and funders.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Kathryn held a variety of senior roles in marketing and communications in the private sector. Earlier in her career, she was an instructor and program administrator at Humber College in Toronto, and worked to develop a college curriculum in Financial Services while at the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Kathryn earned her BA at McGill University and her MBA from Schulich School of Business, and spent a year studying French language and culture at the Sorbonne in Paris. Kathryn 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 Rideau Canal.

Contact Kathryn: (613) 943-5374 | kathryn.anthonisen [at] canarie.ca

Nancy E. Carter

Vice President, Legal and Corporate Governance

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Nancy Carter was appointed Vice President, Legal and Corporate Governance in 2022, having served as Chief Financial Officer of CANARIE since 2007, and in additional roles within the organization since 1997. In her new role, Nancy is responsible for legal matters, governance, risk management, compliance, and global projects, as well as aligning CANARIE’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals with business outcomes. 

Throughout her career at CANARIE, Nancy’s deep institutional knowledge, understanding of the stakeholder community, and appetite to adopt new technologies have helped drive the evolution of the organization and enhance the impact of CANARIE initiatives. Her expertise in not-for-profit governance continues to strengthen the impact of CANARIE’s Board and advisory committees, and her appetite for lifelong learning (she earned a law degree at the University of Ottawa while CFO) is a model for her peers within and outside CANARIE. 

Nancy serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and is the former Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Internet Society, Canada Chapter. Nancy actively supports cancer research initiatives, and her Run for the Cure team has raised over $140,000 for breast cancer research. 

Contact Nancy: 613-943-5437 | nancy.carter [at] canarie.ca

Tracy Murray

Chief Financial Officer

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Tracy Murray was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2022, having served in progressive roles as Director, Finance and Senior Director, Finance and Operations since joining CANARIE in 2011. As CFO, Tracy is responsible for CANARIE’s financial integrity, and the reliability of financial and operating results. She’s also responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, and Program Operations functions. 

As CFO, Tracy draws upon over twenty years of senior financial positions in Ottawa’s high technology and at CANARIE, where her drive for operational excellence led to modernizations of the organization’s financial management systems, procurement, and HR policies. Tracy is a CPA, CGA and has extensively trained in human resources management. 

With a commitment to life-long learning, Tracy recently trained as a pastry chef and is passionate about creating and collecting art. In the summer months, Tracy and her husband can be found cycling across the province, setting new distance goals each year.  

Contact Tracy: 613-943-5431 | tracy.murray [at] canarie.ca

Tim Stupich

Vice President, Business Development

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Tim Stupich was appointed CANARIE’s Vice President, Business Development in 2022, having joined CANARIE the previous year as Senior Director, Business Development. 

In his role, Tim is responsible for advancing existing partnerships and pursuing new opportunities that strengthen CANARIE’s ability to anticipate and meet evolving community needs. He is engaged in exploring opportunities to improve the successful development and execution of business strategies and programs, particularly in private sector innovation and cybersecurity.  

Tim came to CANARIE from Mitacs, where he developed strategies to strengthen business-driven research internships in key priority areas, including Indigenous initiatives, aerospace and defence, optical satellite communications technology for improved broadband in rural and remote communities as well as collaborations with the National Research Council. Tim also has an extensive career in the federal government, where he served as Director for the development of the Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy and led strategic contributions to research organizations including Canada Foundation for Innovation, Genome Canada, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Institute for Quantum Computing, Council of Canadian Academies, and many others.  

Tim is a Professional Engineer and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. A sports enthusiast, Tim can often be found playing hockey and hiking with his family and golden retriever. 

Contact Tim: tim.stupich [at] canarie.ca

Peter Wilenius

Vice President, Cybersecurity Programs and Services

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Peter Wilenius was appointed CANARIE’s Vice President, Cybersecurity Programs and Services in 2022, after serving eight years as Vice President, Business Development. 

Peter draws on more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles in Canada’s information technology sector, where he has led initiatives in corporate strategy, product line management global marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, and has extensive experience guiding emerging technology companies in business planning and go to market strategies. In his current role, Peter is focused on advancing the overall cybersecurity capabilities of Canada’s research and education sector by evolving existing cybersecurity services and the research and development of new services. 

During his tenure at CANARIE, Peter led the development of the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program, evolved the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) Cloud Program, and created and evolved relationships with partners in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Peter was also central to the launch of the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), where he was a Board member for seven years.  

Peter holds a BA Honours (Economics) from Carleton University and an MBA from Queen’s University. A former competitive triathlete, in his off hours Peter can be found on the rink or on the green, depending on the season.  

Contact Peter: (613) 943-5455 | peter.wilenius [at] canarie.ca

Mark Wolff

Chief Technology Officer

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Mark Wolff was appointed Chief Technology Officer of CANARIE in 2013, after joining the team as Senior Director of Technology Innovation in 2011.

As CTO, Mark is responsible for ensuring CANARIE continues to drive the transformation and evolution of digital research infrastructure to serve Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities. Mark’s collaborative approach, coupled with his expansive technical knowledge, has supported the evolution and impact of CANARIE’s portfolio of programs and services. Responsible for CANARIE teams in network operations, research software, research data management, identity and access management, cloud technology, and security, Mark’s leadership supports the cross-pollination of best practices and the strategic deployment of innovative technologies, with a clear focus on the needs of end users.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Mark held innovation, development, and leadership positions at Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Meriton Networks. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and holds several patents in telecommunications. In his spare time, you can typically find Mark with a guitar in hand.

Contact Mark: (613) 943-0460 | mark.wolff [at] canarie.ca