Technology Leaders from Private and Public Sectors Join CANARIE Board

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the election of its 2014/2015 Board of Directors. Two new Board members were elected at the CANARIE Annual General Meeting held on September 18, 2014: Bob Gagne, Chief Information Officer at York University, and Jim Pitt, Vice President, Business Operations and Service Delivery at Shaw Communications.

CANARIE wishes to thank departing Board member Dr. Rick Bunt, former Chief Information Officer at the University of Saskatchewan, for his service to CANARIE and its stakeholders. Dr. Bunt sat on the Board for five years, providing insighful guidance on the evolution of CANARIE as key infrastructure supporting world-class research, education and innovation across Canada.

“Rick made a tremendous contribution to CANARIE over the years and on behalf of our stakeholder community and the rest of the Board, I extend my profound thanks for his service,” says Grant Farmer, Chair of the CANARIE Board. “I also welcome Bob and Jim, who will contribute their significant expertise to what is already a high-calibre and engaged Board, focussed on ensuring Canada has the digital infrastructure it needs to thrive in the global digital economy.”

Bob Gagne is a newly-elected Board member replacing Rick Bunt. He was selected for the Board position following a national call for nominations. Bob has been CIO at York University since 1999, and has direct accountability for the university’s technology infrastructure and entreprise IT resources and applications.  Bob has also served as former president of CUCCIO (Canadian University Council of CIOs) and in his Board position will provide CANARIE with valuable insight regarding the digital infrastructure needs of CANARIE’s university stakeholder community.

Jim Pitt was appointed to the CANARIE Board in the spring of 2014 to replace departing member Jim Roche. His appointment was affirmed by CANARIE members during the September Annual General Meeting. Jim has over two decades of senior management experience with leading companies in the telecommunications industry, including Shaw Communications, SaskTel, and Navigata.  His experience in managing change in a rapidly evolving technology landscape will assist CANARIE as it proactively evolves the digital infrastructure supporting today’s most advanced, data-intensive research and innovation.

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 theBoard.

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

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
(613) 943-5432