CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that Jim Ghadbane has been appointed President and CEO of the organization. Jim will assume his duties effective Monday, November 11.
The appointment of Jim Ghadbane comes at a critical point in CANARIE’s evolution. In the short term, Jim will be responsible for achieving the company’s objectives as stated in its current agreement with the Government of Canada, including the ongoing evolution of the advanced research and education network, technology innovation and the development of research software tools, and stimulating innovation and commercialization in Canada’s ICT sector.
Jim will continue to develop and deepen relationships with CANARIE stakeholders, including universities, colleges, government research labs, the granting councils, Canada Foundation for Innovation, private sector organizations, researchers, and Industry Canada; partners, including the provincial and territorial advanced networks and Compute Canada; and peer organizations, such as Internet2, to ensure CANARIE evolves to anticipate the changing needs of Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. Further, he will lead the development of the strategic plan for CANARIE’s next mandate, spanning 2015 – 2020, and will engage CANARIE’s public, private and non-profit stakeholders to support and advocate for CANARIE’s mandate leading to renewed funding from the Government of Canada.
Jim joined CANARIE as Chief Technology Officer in May 2010, and since that time has led a number of strategic initiatives, including: launch of CANARIE’s cloud computing service for entrepreneurs, DAIR; launch of CANARIE’s Research Middleware program and the creation of CANARIE’s software development team; evolution of CANARIE’s backbone network to become 100G (100 Gigabits per second) capable; growth and development of CANARIE’s CAF service, an identity and access management solution for research and education communities; creation of the CIO Advisory and Research Advisory Committees; and management of the Network Alliance Infrastructure Program, which provides support for CANARIE’s provincial and territorial network partners. As a member of the executive team, Jim also played a key role in defining CANARIE’s voice in the broader digital infrastructure ecosystem, and in developing strategic plans and priorities for the company. Prior to his role at CANARIE, Jim held a variety of leadership positions at leading high-tech companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks.
“Jim has demonstrated tremendous leadership during his tenure as CANARIE’s Chief Technology Officer, and his understanding of CANARIE, its stakeholders, and its role in supporting Canadian innovation means CANARIE will continue to move forward on a number of strategic initiatives without missing a beat,” says Grant Farmer, Chair of CANARIE’s Board of Directors and Strategic Outsourcing Solution Executive at IBM Canada Ltd. “I have no doubt that Jim’s passion for CANARIE and the role it plays in spurring and enabling Canadian innovation will inspire the organization to new heights of achievement and impact.”
“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead an organization that can have a transformative impact on Canada and its citizens,” says Jim Ghadbane. “I look forward to working with CANARIE’s partners, stakeholders and staff to ensure that CANARIE continues to achieve the broad objective set out in its articles of incorporation – ‘to contribute to Canadian competitiveness in all sectors of the economy, to wealth and job creation and to the quality of life of Canadians.”
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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, form 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.