2016 Highlights

CANARIE is grateful for the support of its partners, sponsors, speakers, and attendees who helped make the 2016 Summit a success. We look forward to welcoming you to our 2017 National Summit in Ottawa on November 14 and 15. Stay tuned for more details on next year’s Summit.

Thoughts from Attendees

“The variety and quality of speakers were great and always a highlight of the Summit. As is the chance to network with colleagues and friends.”

“I liked the way in which the theme of research data was explored from a diverse set of perspectives.”

“An opportunity to meet others, renew acquaintances and get a better understanding of how CANARIE and the NREN can continue to support the national and provincial agendas.”

“Breadth of perspective (not just hardware, not just science); networking, very engaging speakers.”

“The speaking topics were very interesting, especially the focus on the northern areas and felt that Dr. Murray’s talk was a masterclass.”

“[The Summit] creates opportunities of collaboration cross different field of research.”

Attendees (click to enlarge)



CANARIE’s President and CEO, Jim Ghadbane, prepares everyone for the thought-provoking speakers coming up.

Kathryn Anthonisen, CANARIE, lets the crowd know that if you want to ask a question, be ready to throw and catch this mic.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Gardy, of the BC Centre for Disease Control, surprises everyone by sharing the Poop of Concept: studying sewage can provide a view of infectious disease prevalence.

CANARIE Staff enjoyed many intriguing conversations with attendees.

Each year, the Summit has an area that we like to call the “Innovation Alley.” This is where researchers and entrepreneurs benefitting from CANARIE’s Research Software and DAIR programs showcase their work.

Whether catching up with old friends or meeting new people, networking is always one of the highest rated elements of the Summit.

Mark Leggott, Research Data Canada, poses the question: What would society look like if all research data was shared and openly accessible?

Campbell Robertson, IBM, shares the importance of analyzing and refining data to make better sense of it.

Dr. Leanne Elias, University of Lethbridge explains that when it comes to scientific data “art helps us see things differently.”

The day 1 closing Keynote, Erik Huizer, SURFnet, shares his views on privacy and freedom on the Internet, advocating that the Internet should always be open and accessible.

Attendees could share their thoughts with us over the #CANARIE16 hashtag; pictures were appreciated!

Dr. Paul Terry, PHEMI Systems, explains why data is the new capital.

The Catchbox microphone is a crowd hit! This looks like it will be a long throw.

Kevin Tuer, Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX), enforces the importance of open data.

The panel on Infrastructure for Data was comprised of CANARIE Program managers and a colleague, Dugan O’Neil, from Compute Canada.

Dominique Bérubé, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, asks the panel important questions.

Dr. Maribeth Murray, Arctic Institute of North America provides some surprising stats on our changing Arctic.

Kevin Chan, reveals some new projects at Facebook, including solar-powered drones aiming to bring Internet connectivity to the world’s most remote communities.

Jim Ghadbane thanks everyone for another wonderful National Summit, and expresses his hope of seeing everyone next year.