High Tech Trailblazer Joins CANARIE Leadership Team

Peter Wilenius to lead stakeholder and partner outreach as CANARIE evolves services to drive increased value to Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities.

CANARIE, operator of Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced that Peter Wilenius has recently joined the executive team as Vice-President, Business Development.

As CANARIE broadens its offerings to include value-added services for the research and education sector and cloud-based technologies to help entrepreneurs accelerate product development, the need for ongoing outreach with its community moved to the forefront. CANARIE is committed to engaging more actively with its stakeholders to ensure they have the opportunity to adopt the services that support collaborative, data-intensive research and the advanced technologies that drive Canada’s digital economy.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Peter had 25 years of executive experience in marketing, strategic planning and business development. He has launched a number of new products and managed large strategic relationships for public companies, such as March Networks Corporation, and for bio-medical start-ups, such as Biopeak Corp and XiTec Inc.


“Peter’s extensive experience in the high-tech sector will help CANARIE effectively deliver our services, and ensure that we continue to stay on top of evolving community needs,” states Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “Peter’s ability to create positive and collaborative relationships will contribute to CANARIE’s goal of leveraging our partnerships in the research and education ecosystem and maximizing the value we deliver to our community.”

“CANARIE is a vitally important strategic asset that plays a critical role in enabling increasingly data-intensive research and innovation in Canada. In addition to operating a leading edge network, CANARIE’s forward-looking services and programs support the kinds of research and innovation that will have a lasting impact on Canadian competitiveness and prosperity,” notes Peter Wilenius. “I am energized to be part of the organization as it moves proactively to serve its stakeholders with innovative services like Canadian Access Federation (CAF) and DAIR.”



Peter Wilenius, Vice-President, Business Development
(613) 943-5455

Peter brings to CANARIE more than 25 years of executive responsibility for strategic planning, global marketing, business development, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. Peter has extensive experience in guiding emerging technology companies in business planning, channel development and marketing strategies.

He has launched a number of new products and managed large strategic relationships for public companies, such as March Networks Corporation, and for bio-medical start-ups, such as Biopeak Corp and XiTec Inc.

Peter holds a B.A. Honours (Economics) from Carleton University and a M.B.A from Queen’s University.

DAIR, the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research, is a cloud-based, on-demand, advanced research and development environment where Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs can design, test, prototype, validate and demonstrate new technology apps, products and services. The objective of the program is to support the government’s priority of commercialization and growth of the information and communications technology sector.

CAF, the Canadian Access Federation, provides a trusted identity management platform for Canadian research and higher education communities – making it easier and more secure for students, educators, and researchers to access protected online content and to use on-campus WiFi when visiting other institutions. CAF makes sharing protected resources easier, safer, and more scalable in our age of digital resources and services. It enables participants to meet the needs of 21st century research and learning by making collaboration easier among academic and research organizations across Canada and around the world.


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For more information, please contact:

Wynn Anne Sibbald
Communications Manager
(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.

CANARIE, together with twelve provincial and territorial network partners, forms Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the 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.