CANARIE Launches Call for Board Nominations

One position available on CANARIE Board of Directors; qualified candidates encouraged to apply

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today launched an open call for individuals to apply to be considered for one open volunteer position on CANARIE’s Board of Directors. Serving on the CANARIE Board is an opportunity to direct the evolution of a component of digital infrastructure that is critical to Canada’s future in the global digital economy.

CANARIE is a not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. In partnership with twelve provincial and territorial network partners, CANARIE operates the national ultra-high-speed research and education network, enabling today’s most advanced, data-intensive, collaborative research and innovation. CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools and provides cloud computing resources to help Canada’s entrepreneurs accelerate product development timelines and gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

CANARIE is governed by an independent Board of Directors that meets four times per year. CANARIE’s Board is currently 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 these communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board.

Candidates for the Board position must be available to attend quarterly Board meetings held in different locations across Canada and to attend at least one quarterly committee teleconference, plus dedicate a few hours per quarter to meeting preparation. Candidates should be willing to represent CANARIE in the community and to use their influence to help achieve CANARIE’s long-term goals.

Individuals considering the opportunity to serve on the Board should possess the following qualifications:

  • currently active Chief Information Officer (CIO);
  • member of the Canadian university, college, or higher education community;
  • possess senior executive and/or administrator skills;
  • experience with university or college research and development, strategic planning, and governance;
  • experience working with researchers, educators, governments, agencies and funders;
  • interest in, or knowledge of, digital infrastructure; and
  • experience in organizational governance in the non-profit, corporate, or broader public sectors.

The specific qualifications noted above ensure that new Directors’ skills complement those of current Directors, and that members of CANARIE’s Board reflect the geographic breadth of the communities it serves.

Interested individuals may apply for election as a Director by submitting their resume to by June 23, 2014.

The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors will review and select the candidate from among the applications received. This candidate will then be brought forward to the CANARIE Board for approval before being submitted to CANARIE Members for election at the Annual General Meeting on September 18, 2014.

All individuals who submit an application will be notified of the outcome of the process after the final candidate has been approved by the Board and before the candidate is presented to Members for election.

CANARIE relies heavily on the commitment of volunteer Board members for:

  • planning its future via the strategic plan;
  • reviewing and approving new initiatives that set the direction for the organization within the funding mandate;
  • making final decisions on program funding;
  • approving corporate policies and overseeing compliance; and
  • setting overall compensation strategy and specific compensation for executives.

More information on the CANARIE Board may be found here.

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
CANARIE Inc. (613) 943-5432


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.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s
National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects

Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of
innovation in today’s 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.