Changes to CANARIE Executive Team Announced 

Executive-level cybersecurity role reflects focus on enhancing cybersecurity capabilities of the research and education sector 

(Ottawa, May 9, 2022)

CANARIE today announces that Peter Wilenius, formerly Vice President, Business Development, has been appointed Vice President, Cybersecurity Programs and Services. Tim Stupich, formerly Senior Director, Business Development, has joined the executive team as Vice President, Business Development. 

These changes reflect CANARIE’s focus on cybersecurity and the opportunities to leverage and strengthen national, regional, and local coordination through the recent integration of CanSSOC with CANARIE’s existing cybersecurity activities. Peter will oversee the CANARIE’s Cybersecurity Programs and Services department, which integrates CanSSOC, the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program, NREN cybersecurity service delivery, and Identity and Access Management services under one umbrella department.  

Peter is a seasoned technology executive with 30+ years of experience, including eight years as Vice President, Business Development at CANARIE. 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. In his new role, Peter will focus on the alignment of people, processes, and technologies at local, regional, and national levels within the sector to advance overall sector cybersecurity capabilities, evolve existing cybersecurity services, and advance research and development of new cybersecurity services.  

Tim Stupich joined CANARIE in 2021 after a successful career in the federal government and two years at Mitacs. Tim is well-known to many in the community, having been involved in the development and implementation of the Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy during his tenure at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. In his new role, Tim will be responsible for advancing existing partnerships and pursuing new opportunities that strengthen CANARIE’s ability to anticipate and meet evolving community needs. 

“I congratulate Peter and Tim on their new roles, which reflect CANARIE’s continued commitment to respond to evolving community needs. Their contributions demonstrate their dedication to ensuring our programs and services are relevant and deliver tangible value to the stakeholder communities we serve,” says Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE