CANARIE adds leaders in telco, high-tech, entrepreneurship to Board of Directors

Board composition reflects impact of CANARIE on network innovation, advanced technology and small business in Canada

[Ottawa, ON | 1 February 2013] CANARIE Inc., operator of Canada’s Advanced Network for Innovation and Research, today announced that five new members have been appointed to its Board of Directors. These appointees are accomplished leaders in their fields and represent some of Canada’s most innovative enterprises, adding to the strong complement of Board members from Canada’s education, research, and information and communications technology sectors.


CANARIE’s new Board members are:

Mr. Alain Brisson, Vice-President, Sales for Quebec, Bell Canada
Mr. Ralph Chapman, Vice-President, Public Sector, IBM Canada Ltd.
Ms. Sylvie LaPerrière, Program Manager, Network Content Distribution, Google
Ms. Lucie Laplante, Vice-President, Finance, Rogers Communication
Mr. Chris Lumb, CEO, TEC Edmonton


“We are delighted to welcome this cohort of remarkable digital leaders to our Board,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “As CANARIE’s impact grows from our roots in research networking to encompass the development of research software and the delivery of cloud computing services for Canada’s entrepreneurs, their wise counsel will help shape our programs to deliver maximum value.”

“Our new members will help ensure CANARIE continues to support the evolving needs of Canada’s scientists, educators and entrepreneurs,” notes Dr. Howard Brunt, Chair of the CANARIE Board of Directors. “They epitomize trailblazing leadership in a range of digital industries that will support CANARIE’s mandate to deliver cutting-edge technologies that support a vibrant digital economy.”

“I believe in the transformative power of technology on individuals and societies, and so am delighted to accept this role with CANARIE,” says Sylvie LaPerrière. “It is a tremendous opportunity to help shape the strategy of such an important enterprise in Canada”


CANARIE’s Board is comprised of members elected by its Institutional and Industry members. This balance has been an important principle in CANARIE’s governance structure, as CANARIE’s role in Canada’s innovation ecosystem spans both public and private sector enterprises. CANARIE’s new Board members are from the private sector, and were elected by CANARIE’s Industry members.

CANARIE’s Board of Directors is made up of the following members:

Mr. Alain Brisson
Mr. Ralph Chapman
Mr. Kim Devooght
Mr. Grant Farmer
Ms. Sylvie LaPerrière
Ms. Lucie Laplante
Mr. Chris Lumb
Mr. Jim Roche (currently on leave from the board as he fulfills the role of President and CEO of CANARIE)


Dr. Howard Brunt, Chair
Dr. Rick Bunt
Dr. Michael Geist
Dr. Chris Loomis
Dr. Kim Matheson
Dr. Catherine Middleton
Mr. Michel Vanier
Dr. Mark Whitmore

CANARIE relies heavily on the counsel and commitment of its Board members to:

  • Oversee the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Review and approve new initiatives that set direction for the organization within the funding mandate;
  • Make final decisions on programs to be funded;
  • Approve corporate policies and oversee compliance; and
  • Set overall compensation strategy and specific compensation for executives
  • .


List and brief biographies of all of CANARIE’s board members

Full list of Industry and Institutional Members of CANARIE

New Board Members

Alain Brisson

Alain Brisson joined Bell in 2012 as Vice-President, Sales, Québec for Bell’s Business Markets group. As a member of Bell’s senior leadership team based at Bell’s headquarters in Montréal, Alain leads the delivery of Bell’s leading business communications services to large corporate and public customers across Québec. Alain ensures the development and growth of this important market in the sales of integrated business solutions enabling clients to be more competitive and effective.

Mr. Brisson brings more than 15 years of sales and management experience in the information technology and communications sectors to Bell. Before joining Bell, Alain Brisson was Senior Vice President at CGI Group where he led major business units in both the corporate and public sectors. Alain has equally strong experience in delivering solutions for large, medium and small businesses.

Mr. Brisson holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and has followed Executive training in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School.

Throughout his career, he has actively and continuously supported multiple charities notably United Way and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Ralph Chapman

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.

Sylvie LaPerrière

Ms. 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 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.

Lucie Laplante

Ms. Laplante has been with Rogers Communications since 2005, where she is currently the Finance Vice President, Service and Operations. Ms. Laplante is an accomplished business leader with over 20 year of experience in the wireless and wireline Communications, Media, Online, and Publishing Industries. She is recognized for her broad spectrum of Finance and operational expertise. Ms. Laplante is a Certified General Accountant.

Chris Lumb

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.

Mr. Lumb 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.

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CANARIE designs, delivers, and drives the adoption of digital infrastructure for Canada’s research and education communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra- high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

CANARIE, together with twelve provincial and territorial network partners, forms Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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