Jim Roche, CANARIE President & CEO, receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada

Roche receives honour for advancing Canadian high-tech sector as he continues to lead the evolution of CANARIE.

[Ottawa, ON | 21 October 2012] CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced that Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE, will be presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal this evening at a ceremony in Montreal at the i-CANADA Summit.


Jim Roche was recognized for his contribution to the advancement of Canada’s high-tech sector, where he has enjoyed a successful career in both the public and private sectors.

Currently President and CEO of CANARIE, Jim is leading the evolution of the organization beyond its roots in ultra-high-speed networking supporting research and education. In addition to providing the network bandwidth required to enable today’s data- and compute-intensive research, CANARIE is investing in the development of software tools for research and in cloud computing services that provide the next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs with a “digital testbed” to accelerate product development. The evolution of CANARIE services ensures that Canada’s research and entrepreneurial communities have the advanced digital tools they need to succeed in a highly competitive global marketplace.

Prior to his role at CANARIE, Jim had a long and successful career helping to build Ottawa’s high-tech cluster. As one of the founding members at Newbridge Networks in Ottawa, Jim helped to build one of Canada’s premier computer networking businesses. Following his tenure at Newbridge, Jim launched Tundra Semiconductors, a developer of specialized chips for the world’s leading computer companies including Cisco, Nortel, Huawei and IBM. Following the successful sale of Tundra, Jim founded Stratford Managers, a company focused on delivering multi-disciplined management consulting plus hands-on implementation and operations support.


“I am very honoured by this recognition,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “I am also delighted to see that the Governor General – and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – recognize the great importance of digital technologies and connected communities to the social and economic development of Canada.”

“It takes individuals with vision to drive Canada’s progress on the digital technology front, and Jim is one of those people,” notes John Reid, President of CATA Alliance. “Jim is leading the evolution a key component of Canada’s digital infrastructure for research and education, expanding the impact of the network to develop software, services and expertise that will amplify its impact on Canadians. Jim is well-deserving of this honour and of the gratitude of all Canadians.”


i-CANADA is a national movement dedicated to the development of Intelligent Communities. The i- CANADA Summit brings together premiers, mayors, CEOs, business and social leaders to drive a nationwide strategy focussed on digital technologies and their transformative impact. For further information, visit the i-Canada Alliance website.

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by
Canadians. To read more about the program, visit the Governor General’s website.


Biography of Jim Roche [pdf]
High-resolution photo of Jim Roche
Photo of the Medal

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CANARIE operates Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports 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. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. CANARIE also offers cloud computing services to information and communications technology sector entrepreneurs to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please visit: www.canarie.ca .

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