CANARIE Summit 2016



Navigating our Data-Driven Future



November 22 - 23, 2016

Come together in beautiful Montreal and engage with Canada’s leaders in scientific research, private industry and government to explore how the torrent of data is impacting policy, technology, infrastructure, and behaviour.

LEARN

Learn about ground-breaking Canadian scientific discoveries that will shape our lives

BUILD

Build new, cross-sector and cross-technology relationships through networking opportunities

CONTRIBUTE

Contribute your thoughts and ideas to help shape Canada into an innovation powerhouse on the world stage

Why should you attend?

2015 Attendee Feedback Highlights

Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked at the Université de Montréal, beginning in 2007. There, she held a variety of positions, including acting vice-rector, Research; associate vice-rector, Research; and executive director, Research Services and Commercialization.

Dominique participated directly in the development and implementation of large research initiatives, including infrastructure and strategic projects. She was also responsible for the restructuring of the Office of Research Services to improve administrative processes and the quality of support for researchers, and she implemented a new digital expertise service to facilitate the use of digital technologies in research. Before her time at the Université de Montréal, she was director of research services at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Dominique played a key role in the development of Érudit, chairing its board of directors from 2012 to 2015. Érudit offers centralized access to the majority of North American francophone publications in the social sciences and humanities, and supports researcher-driven initiatives in the creation of new development tools for the digital humanities.

Dominique holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the École polytechnique de Montréal.

Kevin Chan

Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook and Instagram

Kevin Chan is Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook and Instagram, having recently taken on additional responsibilities for the photo-sharing service. He was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill and Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, and before that held executive roles in the Public Service of Canada. Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Leanne Elias

Associate Professor of New Media, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

Leanne’s interests lie in finding relationships: either in people, data or ideas. She is a co-lead of the Fine Arts Data Physicalization / Visualization Lab and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Lethbridge.

For several years the lab has asked questions about the value of building a relationship with the owner / generator of data, and to that end has brought students together with researchers from one of Canada’s largest agriculture research facilities. Over the course of a term students generate art and design work that responds to a single data set, exploring a wide range of media. This fall, she launched Visualizing Agriculture, a project that invited professional data artists from around North America to engage with the same methodology. The resulting exhibition and documentary film will be released in 2018.

Her background in art and design have led her to projects such as NewMediaIntersections, an exploration of interdisciplinary artistic work, Ecotone, a collaboration with ranchers, scientists and artists, and the The Resilient City Project.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control

Jennifer Gardy’s enthusiasm for science is refreshing. Called “the new Suzuki” by the Globe and Mail, she is a senior scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control and was guest host for one of the highest-rated Nature of Things specials. She communicates, with immense charm and energy, the impact of science on our everyday lives.

Gardy is a scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, where she hunts for the newest deadly diseases before they spread. In her talks, and in her work as a guest host on The Nature of Things, Gardy challenges our most commonly held beliefs to uncover the truth behind our folklore. Does drinking alcohol on a cold day really warm you up? Does eating grilled meat really increase your risk of cancer? And, do we really lose most of our body heat through our head? Gardy tackles these questions—and more—in her fascinating and engaging talks.

Scott Henwood

Director, Research Software, CANARIE

Scott joined CANARIE three years ago after a successful career in software development in the private sector. When he’s not working with his team and academic software developers across the country, you’ll find Scott with a camera slung around his neck and a backpack full of lenses, scouting his next great shot.

Erik Huizer

Chief Technology Officer, SURFnet

Erik Huizer is CTO at SURFnet, the Dutch national academic and research network. He is also a member of the board for GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education.

For over 30 years he has been involved in education and research networking, Internet standardization and Internet governance. For his contributions to the Internet he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015 he was honored with the title of Dutch ICT personality of the year.

Until 2015 he served as part-time professor Internet Applications at University of Utrecht. He remains a research associate at this university. His main interests are:

Before SURFnet he served as Managing Director Information Society and scientific director for ICT and Media at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Erik currently serves as chairman of the permanent stakeholders group of the Dutch National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). He is chair of the board of Enset (the non-profit registrar for NGO’s), chair of the Dutch national IPv6 Task Force and a member of the Advisory Board of the Internet Society (isoc.org). He is co-founder of the Dutch chapter of ISOC.

He has been teaching at various developing countries workshops on Internet policy and technology. He is a TEDx speaker.

Randy Jones

Senior Director, Technology Innovation, CANARIE

As Senior Directory of Technology Innovation, Randy is responsible for ensuring CANARIE programs continue to effectively meet stakeholder needs. Randy currently manages the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program serving Canadian startups, and the Canadian Access Federation (CAF) for the higher education community.

Randy has extensive experience in product management, development, and leadership positions across telecom, enterprise computing, and process control markets, including senior positions at Apption Software, Ciena, and Newbridge Networks.

Mark Leggott

Executive Director, Research Data Canada

As Executive Director of Research Data Canada, Mark builds on the existing progress of RDC and facilitates broad stakeholder outreach to launch programs that strengthen Canada’s research data management capacity. Under Mark’s leadership, RDC will move forward with programs that ensure data management solutions evolve in concert with other elements of Canada’s digital research infrastructure.   Before joining CANARIE, Mark enjoyed a successful academic career, most recently as the University Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island. Mark sat on the Tri-Agencies’ Data Management Policy Advisory Committee, and has also contributed to CANARIE’s Software Technical Advisory Committee and Federated Single Sign-On Committee.  Mark brings business acumen and technical savvy to his considerable knowledge of the research data management ecosystem as the founder of the Islandora project, an open source digital asset management system.

Dr. Maribeth Murray

Executive Director, Arctic Institute of North America

Maribeth Murray is the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America and a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. Her research is focused on the human dimensions of climate change, and human and marine system dynamics in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. She emphasizes the integration of climatological, historical, oceanographical, ecological, toxicological datasets to better understand how the Arctic functions as a system with people integral to that system. In recent years she has been engaged internationally in the development of an integrated Arctic Observing system that meets both research and stakeholder needs for information and that is useful for adaptation planning, and operational services in the Arctic.

Prior to coming to the University of Calgary in July 2013, Dr. Murray was with the International Arctic Research Center and Northern Studies Program of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She has also held the position of executive director of the International Study of Arctic Change where she was responsible for the growth and development of an internationally supported, ongoing program of arctic environmental change research, science planning and stakeholder engagement.

Dugan O’Neil

Chief Science Officer, Compute Canada

Dugan O’Neil is Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer. He is interested in particle physics at the energy frontier. His involvement in Compute Canada started in 2003 when he was an early user (beta tester) of WestGrid resources at Simon Frasier University and UBC. At the time, he led the Canadian team working on the Dzero experiment at Fermilab. His group used WestGrid resources to process hundreds of terabytes of raw data from the experiment, making Canada one of the largest contributors of compute and storage resources in the 19-country collaboration. He used that processing power to search for (and find) the first evidence of single top quark production. He then shifted his focus to the ATLAS experiment. ATLAS Canada relies heavily on Compute Canada to supply computing and storage infrastructure and has been one of Compute Canada’s early “big data” users.

Dugan’s current work is focused on digging through large quantities of collision data from the Large Hadron Collider to look for, and measure the properties of, Higgs bosons. Within the Canadian ATLAS collaboration, he has served as both physics coordinator and deputy spokesperson. Over the last 10 years, Dugan has taken many roles within WestGrid and within Compute Canada, including chairing the WestGrid Resource Allocation Committee, the WestGrid Executive Committee and serving as a member of the Compute Canada National Initiatives Committee.

Campbell Robertson

Public Sector Lead, IBM Cognitive Solutions Group

Campbell Robertson is a Public Sector Lead in IBM’s Cognitive Solutions Group. In his role Campbell is responsible for providing strategy and subject matter expertise to governments and IBM business partners. His primary focus is to help public healthcare and government organizations make informed decisions on how they can successfully align people, process and policy with cognitive based technology for improved program outcomes and innovation.

With over 25 years of experience working with government organizations worldwide to deploy best of breed technology solutions. Campbell features an extensive background in IT sales, marketing and business development to Public Sector organizations. Before coming to IBM, Campbell worked as Director of Government Solutions at FileNet and Open Text Corporation where he was responsible for the public sector strategy and go-to-market planning. Earlier in his career, Campbell held positions of increasing responsibility at Oracle, where he worked for over 12 years. Further, Campbell led the effort to identify and develop Smart Communities for Federal and Municipal Canadian government agencies.

Thomas Tam

Chief Engineer, CANARIE

Thomas Tam joined CANARIE in 2002 as a Network Engineer. He previously worked for Bell Canada where he supported the CANARIE network operation and services. Over the course of his 14 years at CANARIE, Thomas has been involved in the design and deployment of the past four generations of CANARIE network infrastructure and services, including the deployment of packet over SONET, Ethernet over SONET, long-haul DWDM systems, and the latest, MPLS-based infrastructure.

In addition, Thomas is actively involved in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) Technical Committee, helping to develop the strategy to shape the future of the NREN. He is also involved in global initiatives to develop a global network architecture framework to efficiently connect national and multi-national R&E networks around the world. In his spare time, Thomas loves to travel and see the world.

Dr. Paul Terry

CEO, PHEMI Systems

As CEO of PHEMI Systems, a big data warehouse company, Paul combines his visionary approach to technology and 10 years of experience in healthcare to enable enterprises across industries to capitalize on their data and become data-driven innovators.

Paul is also an adjunct professor in big data at Simon Fraser University, where he lectures on technology, strategy, and product management for the MBA program at SFU. He is a sought-after speaker on data innovation and strategy.

Additionally, Paul serves on the Board of Directors for Providence Health Care, a Canadian healthcare organization with over 9,000 workers across 16 sites, advising on its subcommittees for innovation, quality, EMR, and next-generation data strategies in healthcare. Paul serves on the Boards of Directors for Genome BC, Life Sciences BC, and Molecular You, and is an advisor to the BC provincial government on next-generation data strategies. He is a member of the BC Institute for Health Innovation and serves on Genome BC’s Health Strategy Task Force.

Prior to his experience in healthcare and venture capital, Paul was the CTO and cofounder of OctigaBay Systems – a pioneer in high-performance computing – which was acquired by Cray Inc., the world leader in supercomputing. He was also the cofounder and CTO of Abatis Systems, which was acquired by Redback Networks in one of the largest technology acquisitions in Canadian history.

Kevin Tuer, PhD PEng

Managing Director, Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX)

Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange, a national initiative launched in May 2015 with a mandate to help the private sector adopt and commercialize data from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing their current products or creating new products.  Previously, Kevin was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, which is dedicated to establishing Canada as a world leader in Digital Media by enabling connections and collaboration of people across the country and bringing more digital solutions to market.  He led the design and deployment of the Communitech Hub, a world leading innovation centre located in the Waterloo Region as well as the CDMN’s national network and associated programming strategy. Prior to launching the CDMN, Kevin held several engineering and senior management positions in the high tech industry including Senior Research Engineer with Computing Devices Canada (now General Dynamics Canada), VP Engineering for Control Advancements Inc.,  as well as co-founder and CTO of Handshake VR. Kevin holds a BASc (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.  Further information can be found at ca.linkedin.com/in/kevintuer.

Program

Please note: the CANARIE National Summit will be conducted in English.

All National Summit sessions, including meals and networking breaks will take place at the Hotel OMNI Mont Royal.

November 22, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM

Welcome Address

Jim Ghadbane
President and CEO, CANARIE

Kathryn Anthonisen
Vice President External Relations, CANARIE

9:45 AM

Keynote: The Open Source Outbreak

Dr. Jennifer Gardy
Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control

10:45 AM

Break and Networking Session

11:15 AM

Dataversity

Mark Leggott
Executive Director, Research Data Canada

12:00 PM

Lunch and Networking Session

1:30 PM

Cognitive Computing and the Art of Fly Fishing

Campbell Robertson
Public Sector Lead, IBM Cognitive Solutions Group

2:30 PM

Blind Date: How Art and Data Met

Leanne Elias
Associate Professor of New Media, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

3:30 PM

Break and Networking Session

4:00 PM

The Role of the NREN as the Internet Evolves

Erik Huizer
Chief Technology Officer, SURFnet

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Evening Reception

November 23, 2016
8:00 – 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome Address

Kathryn Anthonisen
Vice President External Relations, CANARIE

9:05 AM

Data: Today’s Critical Capital

Dr. Paul Terry
CEO, PHEMI Systems

10:00 AM

Lessons from Canada’s First Open Data Exchange

Kevin Tuer, PhD, PEng
Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX)

10:45 AM

Break and Networking Session

11:15 AM

Infrastructure for Data: A Canadian Status Report

Panel

Dominique Bérubé, Moderator
Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Scott Henwood
Director, Research Software Program, CANARIE

Randy Jones
Senior Director, Technology Innovation, CANARIE

Mark Leggott
Executive Director, Research Data Canada

Dugan O’Neil
Chief Science Officer, Compute Canada

Thomas Tam
Chief Engineer, CANARIE

12:15 PM

Lunch and Networking Session

CANARIE Town Hall

CANARIE Executive Team

1:30 PM

Advancing Arctic Science: Understanding a Changing Arctic

Dr. Maribeth Murray
Executive Director, Arctic Institute of North America

2:45 PM

Policy and Technology Innovation at Facebook

Kevin Chan
Head of Public Policy, Canada, Facebook and Instagram

3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Jim Ghadbane
President and CEO, CANARIE

Kathryn Anthonisen
Vice President External Relations, CANARIE

Registration

All fees are in CAD and are subject to GST and QST. Registration fees include all on-site meals throughout the Summit proceedings.

 CANARIE Members*Non-Members
Early Bird Rate (pre September 30th)$299$349
Standard Rate$349$399
On-site Registration Rate$449$499

*Check to see if your organization is a CANARIE Member.

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Sponsors

Sponsors of CANARIE’s National Summit have the opportunity to increase their exposure to 175+ senior members of Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities.

The 2015 National Summit drew nearly 175 senior leaders from the higher education, not-for-profit, government, and private sectors. Speakers addressed a range of topics, including robotics, wearables, and medical technologies. Attendees reported high satisfaction with the event, with an overall satisfaction assessment of 90%. An overwhelming majority of participants said they would recommend the Summit to colleagues.

Attendee Profile: National Summit 2015

Travel & Accommodations

OMNI Mont Royal ** Fully Booked **

1050 Sherbrooke Street West

Rated a prestigious four-star by Hébergement Québec and Four Diamond by AAA/CAA, the Omni Mont-Royal provide travelers with an array of hotel amenities and guest services in a luxury setting.  Surrounded by a vast array of boutiques and restaurants, the Omni offers you the utmost in hospitality and convenience.

Parking

Valet parking: $29 inclusive of taxes (in and out privileges)

Self-parking: various indoor parking garages near the hotel

Prices are subject to change without notice. Alternatively, public parking is available at lots throughout downtown Montreal.

Delta Marriott

475 President-Kennedy Avenue

Located in the heart of the city’s downtown district, the Delta Marriott offers all of the comforts of home, along with convenient access to some of Canada’s most famous attractions. The rooms and suites showcase modern design and intuitive amenities like free Wi-Fi access, 24-hour room service and proximity to many great restaurants.

CANARIE’s room blocks at the OMNI Mont Royal are now sold out, but a block with highly discounted rates has been secured at the downtown Delta Marriott Hotel. Many large conferences are taking place in Montreal during the week of the National Summit. We encourage Summit attendees to book accommodations as soon as possible.

Rate: Two-bedroom Suite – $149 + taxes / night
Online Reservations: Click here for preferred CANARIE rate.

Parking

Valet parking: $32 per day

Self-parking: $26.50 at the hotel, various indoor parking garages near the hotel

Prices do not include taxes and are subject to change without notice. Alternatively, public parking is available at lots throughout downtown Montreal.

Travel to Montreal

Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Visit the Aéroports de Montréal website to find flight information and rental car options. Transportation is also available directly from the terminal to downtown Montreal via bus, taxi and limousine service.

VIA Rail

VIA Rail provides frequent daily service to Montreal from most Canadian cities. Montreal’s Central Station is a short 15-minute walk from the CANARIE Summit venue.

Public Transit

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

A public corporation, the STM serves the mobility needs of residents and visitors by offering an efficient public transit system (bus and metro). At the heart of Montréal life since 1966, the metro system counts 68 stations and provides more than 1.3 million passenger trips each day.

Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit or extend your stay by checking out Montreal Tourism’s suggestions of things to do when visiting this beautiful city.

Local Dining

Whether you are seeking fine dining or quick take-out, Montreal is host to a widely diverse range of restaurants to fit every palate. The city’s ethnic diversity will allow you to travel the tastes of the globe as you explore your surroundings.

Contact

Registration Questions

Please email registration@canarie.ca or call 1-613-680-6950.

Omni Mont Royal

1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

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