CANARIE Announces Changes to its Board of Directors

CANARIE welcomes Gayleen Gray to its Board of Directors

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE welcomes Gayleen Gray to its Board of Directors and thanks retiring Director, Bob Gagné, for his significant contributions to the Board. CANARIE is grateful for the tremendous energy, insight, and commitment of Mr. Gagné during his tenure, and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.

Ms. Gray was elected at the CANARIE Annual General Meeting held on September 23, 2020. She is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at McMaster University where she oversees information systems and services, including information security, and initiatives related to the McMaster IT Strategic Vision and Plan that she launched in 2019. Ms. Gray provides leadership across all campus technology systems, services, and priorities, and she is responsible for the institution’s IT governance processes. Throughout her 21-year career in higher education IT, Ms. Gray 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, she is a frequent presenter and active participant at various professional forums.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors remain Dr. Eddy Campbell and Ms. Sylvie LaPerrière, respectively.

“The CANARIE Board plays a key role in shepherding the evolution of digital research infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of Canada’s research and higher education communities,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, Chair of the Board of Directors. “I welcome Gayleen and extend the deepest appreciation of CANARIE and my colleagues to Bob for his service and contributions to the Board.”

CANARIE’s Board of Directors is comprised of an equal number of individuals from industry and academia. Directors bring a variety of skills and experience to the Board, and their backgrounds in the academic, institutional, private, and public sectors ensure CANARIE’s programs and services anticipate and effectively address the evolving needs of its stakeholder communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board.

More information on CANARIE’s Board of Directors is available at:

For more information, please contact:

Ela Yazdani
Director of Communications
(613) 943-5432
[email protected]


CANARIE connects Canadians to each other and to the world. Our programs equip Canadian researchers, students, and startups to excel on the global stage.

Together with our thirteen provincial and territorial partners, we form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This ultra-high-speed network connects Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to global data, technology, and colleagues.

Beyond the network, we fund and promote the development of software for research and national efforts to manage data generated from research. To strengthen the security of Canada’s research and education sector, we collaborate with our partners in the NREN, government, academia, and the private sector to fund, implement, and support cybersecurity initiatives. We also provide identity management services to the academic community and boost Canada’s startups with cloud resources and expertise in emerging technologies.

Established in 1993, we are a non-profit corporation, with most of our funding provided by the Government of Canada.