Technology Leader Joins CANARIE Board

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced changes to its 2015/2016 Board of Directors.

Departing the Board is Alain Brisson, Vice President, Quebec and Western Regions, Bell Business Markets, Bell Canada. CANARIE thanks Mr. Brisson for his support and commitment to the organization during his tenure.

One new Board member was elected at the CANARIE Annual General Meeting held on September 24, 2015: Moodie Cheikh, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Searidge Technologies.

In his role at Searidge Technologies, Mr. Cheikh is responsible for setting strategic corporate objectives and leading the team to meet those objectives. He is also accountable for operations and complex deal negotiations for the company. In 2013, Mr. Cheikh was named as one of Ottawa’s Forty under 40, an honour bestowed by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, under his leadership, Searidge was recognized by Jane’s Airport Review/CANSO for its market leading innovation. With his successful background building a globally-competitive technology company, Mr. Cheikh’s guidance will add tremendous value as CANARIE continues to leverage its digital infrastructure to spur innovation in the private sector.

“I am honoured to sit on the Board of CANARIE and make a contribution to the evolution of Canada’s digital infrastruture,” says Mr. Cheikh. “This infrastructure is critical to Canada’s capacity to create new knowledge and translate that knowledge into globally competitive products and services.”

CANARIE’s Board is comprised of an equal number of individuals from industry and academia. Directors bring a variety of skills and experience to the Board, and their backgrounds in the academic, institutional, private and public sectors ensure CANARIE’s programs and services anticipate and effectively address the evolving needs of these communities. Directors are elected for one-year renewable terms, and all Directors serve on at least one standing committee of the Board.

More information on CANARIE’s Board of Directors may be found here.

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
(613) 943-5432


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves 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 almost 2,000 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 ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.