Board of Directors
Christopher Loomis, Ph.D., FCAHS
Christopher Loomis received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology from Queen’s University in 1983, where he subsequently served as assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Anaesthesia).
In 1988, Dr. Loomis moved to Memorial University of Newfoundland as associate professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed full professor in 1996, and became Dean of Pharmacy in 1998. Beginning in 2002, Dr. Loomis served two 5-year terms as Vice-President (Research) at Memorial. He also served as President & Vice-Chancellor Pro Tempore from 2009-2010, and as Vice-President (Academic) Pro Tempore from 2008-2009.
Funded for twenty-five years by the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Dr. Loomis’ program of research focused on the spinal pharmacology of pain (opioid and non-opioid mechanisms of spinal analgesia) and the central mechanisms of neuropathic pain early after nerve injury. As Vice-President (Research), he played a leadership role in the establishment of the regional HPC network, ACEnet, and served as Chair of its Board of Directors from 2003-2013.
Dr. Loomis is a former member and officer of many national boards including Canarie Inc. (2003-2013) and the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2007-2013). He continues to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Ocean Networks Canada Inc., as a member of the Science Advisory Board of Health Canada, and as an invited Chair of past and upcoming multi-disciplinary assessment committees (MACs) for the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Loomis was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in 2012. He retired from Memorial University on March 1, 2016.
Elizabeth Beale is an economist and corporate director. She recently retired as President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), a position she held from 1996 to 2015. She currently serves as a director of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance, where she is chair of the Conduct Review and Corporate Governance Committee; director of Invest Nova Scotia; and director of DHX Media, where she is the deputy chair of the Audit Committee. She remains active in Canadian public policy through her role as a commissioner of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, mentor for the Trudeau Foundation, member of the National Statistics Council and member of the Board of Economic Advisors for the government of Prince Edward Island. She was elected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science in 2015.
Ms. Beale has served as an advisor to government and industry on economic strategies for Atlantic Canada throughout her career. Her policy and research interests have focused on energy, labour market, and innovation topics where she has authored numerous studies. Notable initiatives under her leadership at APEC included chairing the first Atlantic Energy Roundtables in 2002 and 2003, coordinating the Atlantic research team for an OECD-IMHE project on higher education and regional development from 2005 to 2008 and participating as a member of the federal-provincial Labour Market Information Advisory Panel and the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory Panel in 2009.
Throughout her career, Ms. Beale has combined her commitment to progressive policy research with civil society engagement. She was an associate fellow and lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College from 1981 to 1991, director of the Telecom Applications Research Alliance from 1999 to 2004, governor of Dalhousie University from 2000 to 2010, director of the University of Prince Edward Island’s research commercialization initiative (Three Oaks Innovation) from 2006 to 2010 and founding advisory board member of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University from 2005 to 2014.
Ms. Beale is a graduate of the universities of Toronto (B.A.) and Dalhousie (M.A. Economics). She resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Susan Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Brown is a Professor of English at the University of Guelph where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship. She is also a Visiting Professor in English and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta.
Her current research touches on a range of topics in the digital humanities including interface design and usability, visualization and data mining, semantic technologies, and humanist-centered tool development. She is increasingly engaged with inquiry into how linked open data can serve humanities research. She also works on the impact of new technologies in the literature of the Victorian period. Dr. Brown co-directs and co-edits the award-winning Orlando Project, an experiment in online literary history published by Cambridge University Press.
She leads the development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), a CFI-funded online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. CWRC provides tools to advance collaborative knowledge production, interoperability, and sustainability of digital scholarly resources.
At Guelph, Dr. Brown runs The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab and leads DH@Guelph training initiatives including the DH@Guelph Summer Workshops, part of the international digital humanities training network that includes the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, where she has offered several courses. She is currently the President (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé Canadienne des humanités numérique and a member of Compute Canada’s Advisory Council on Research (ACOR).
Rick Bunt, Ph.D.
Rick Bunt (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan and former CIO whose research career dealt with issues affecting the performance of computer systems. As an academic, he was a founding member of the DISCUS Research Group, supervised the successful completion of 35 graduate student theses at the Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels, and was active with NSERC as a member/chair of a number of committees. As the University of Saskatchewan’s CIO from 2001-2013 he led an extensive transformation of both academic and administrative processes and oversaw the installation of the infrastructure required to achieve this.
He has experience on the Boards of both CANARIE and CUCCIO (the Canadian University Council of CIOs), and has chaired numerous review panels. He has also served as a member of Compute Canada’s Community Planning and Advocacy Council and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Information Technology in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Bunt is passionate about research infrastructure and wants to ensure that Canadian researchers are provided the infrastructure they need to compete successfully with their international peers. In 2012 he hosted the first National Summit on Digital Infrastructure for Research and he has maintained contact with developments in this area both in Canada and abroad.
Jacques Corbeil, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacques Corbeil is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics and a Professor of Medicine at Université Laval. His research focuses on using the latest techniques in bioinformatics and machine learning to assist in diagnosis, facilitate the prognostic process, and optimize the response to treatment. He uses state-of-the-art instrumentation and big data analytics to facilitate the interpretation of complex phenotypic data. His research includes investigating how infectious microorganisms interact with their hosts, examining the effects of antibiotics on our microbial flora, and exploring how to design small molecules and drugs to interfere with specific microbial functions. He operates at the interface of computer and omic sciences and aims to integrate omic data to gain a better understanding of the processes at hand.
Dr. Corbeil’s diverse research interests include environmental microbiology, emerging pathogens, and food production, among others. He serves on the CIHR Committee on Health innovation (2016- ) and, more recently, on an expert panel of the Canadian Space Agency to provide input on how to monitor and improve the health of astronauts at the International Space Station (2017-). He has a strong entrepreneurial bent and assists biotechnology companies in different capacities.
Dr. Corbeil completed his undergraduate work at Laval, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and received postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. He then joined the faculty at UCSD, rising to the rank of Associate Professor, before returning to Canada as the holder of the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics at Laval.
Robert Dunlop received his bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University and subsequently joined the federal public service in 1982.
He retired from the federal government in 2015, after completing 6 years as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Innovation at Industry Canada. Mr. Dunlop was the official responsible for the relationships between the federal government and third-party organizations contracted to provide support for scientific research including the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Genome Canada. He was also responsible for the management of several programs including the $225 million/year Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) and the one-time, $2 billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).
Prior to joining Industry Canada, Mr. Dunlop served at the Assistant Deputy Minister level at Finance Canada, where he co-managed the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch between 2004 and 2009. Over his 32-year career in the federal government, Mr. Dunlop worked in several departments in policy development, program management and supporting ministers.
Since his retirement, Mr. Dunlop has taken on a number of paid and pro bono assignments. He served as advisor to the secretariat supporting Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, chaired by Dr. David Naylor. Mr. Dunlop also sits on the boards of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the Healthy Minds for Healthy Lives initiative at McGill.
Angela Holtham B Math, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D
Angela Holtham held the position of Vice President Finance and CFO of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for 8 years. Prior to that, she held a number of positions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including 20 years with Nabisco Canada moving through the ranks from Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President and CFO.
In addition to her role on the Board of Compute Canada, Ms. Holtham holds/has held a number of other Board governance positions in both the private and public sectors including Oncolytics Biotech Inc, (a publicly traded development stage biopharmaceutical company focused on a potential cancer treatment) , the Ontario Financing Authority (the Agency that manages the province’s debt and investments), IBI Group Inc (a global architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm), Plexxus (supply chain & IT service provider for 10 GTA hospitals), and CMA Canada and Ontario (her professional association).
Ms. Holtham has an MBA from the University of Toronto and a B Math from the University of Waterloo. She earned the designation of Certified Management Accountant and was subsequently awarded the FCPA, FCMA designation for her accomplishments. In 2011, she obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Bernie Kollman, ICD.D
Ms. Kollman is an innovative and driven professional with expertise in business development, client relationship management and leadership in the technology industry working within the government, healthcare and education sectors. She consistently achieved revenue, profit, and client satisfaction targets during her extensive career as Vice President, Public Sector Alberta at IBM Canada Ltd.
Ms. Kollman was a founder and Co-Chair (2005-2016) of the IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies, one of 24 such initiatives by IBM globally with the focus on enhancing research collaborations between the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and IBM.
She holds positions on a number of boards, including Travel Alberta, the United Way, and Edmonton Global, and is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Kollman has been recognized as a Global TV “Woman of Vision”, Top 50 Most Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture Magazine and by her alumni, University of Regina, for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service. She was named a Fellow, Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) for her commitment to advancing the IT profession, particularly for young women.
Steven N. Liss, Ph.D.
Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. His recent return to Ryerson, April 2017, follows a decade of distinguished service at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University, where he served as Vice-Principal (Research) and a professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering.
For his contributions to Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem, Dr. Liss was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
He has also held positions on a number of boards and councils and he has played an important leadership role nationally in the advancement of support for digital infrastructure as the founding co-chair of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure (LCDI) and a founding board member and Corporate Officer of Compute Ontario.
Dr. Robert W. Mantha, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert W. Mantha is Vice-president, Research and Development, of the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières. He has held this position since 2013.
Prior to this position, Professor Mantha was Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of Laval University in Québec City since 2004. He was also the Deputy Executive Vice-President, Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Planning and Analysis of the university. Professor Mantha was also Associate Dean of Laval’s business school for seven years after being Chair of its Management Information Systems department. One of his noteworthy achievements was the use of information and communication technologies as catalysts and levers of organizational learning and teaching innovation within his school.
Professor Mantha holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Science in business administration from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He is a chartered director (Administrateur de sociétés certifié – ASC).
Michael W. Salter, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Salter is Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), a Senior Scientist in the Program in Neurosciences & Mental Health, and a Professor of Physiology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Salter received an MD degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1982 and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Physiology from McGill in 1987. After post-doctoral training at Toronto Western and at Mt. Sinai hospitals, he joined the Research Institute of SickKids in 1990. From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Salter was the founding Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. Dr. Salter’s main research focus is on synaptic physiology, in particular in relation to pain, and he has done groundbreaking work that has led to new paradigms about neuroplasticity and about how synaptic transmission in the central nervous system is regulated by biochemical processes within neurons and by glial-neuronal interactions. His discoveries have broad implications for the control of cell-cell communication throughout the nervous system and his work has regularly appeared in elite journals including Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Medicine and Neuron. Dr. Salter has a broad interest in neuroscience and his work relevant to learning and memory, stroke-induced neuron death, epilepsy and schizophrenia. As a distinct line of research, he and his collaborators reported in Cell in 2006 their discovery of a previously unsuspected role for sensory neurons in the pathogenesis of diabetes and in the control of glucose homeostasis.
To facilitate the translation of his fundamental studies to the development of new therapies for humans, Dr. Salter is a founding scientist and actively involved in two startup biotech companies – NoNO Inc and Afference Therapeutics. Dr. Salter currently holds the Northbridge Chair in Paediatric Research. He has received numerous awards including the E.B. Eastburn Award, the John Charles Polyani Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Early Career Investigator Award of the Canadian Pain Society, the Distinguished Career Investigator Award of the Canadian Pain Society, and was an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Robert Strachan, FCPA, FCMA, C.Dir
Bob Strachan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He joined the CPA Canada Board of Directors in 2013 and served as both vice-chair (2013-14) and chair (2014-15). From 1983 to 2013, he held various senior management positions with the Capital Regional District in Victoria, BC, in the areas of financial and risk management, treasury, asset management and taxation. He retired in 2013.
Mr. Strachan has been a long-time advocate for the CMA and CPA designations and the Canadian accounting profession, serving as a member of the Boards of Directors for CMA British Columbia (1998-2005, including Chair of the Board from 2001-2003) and CMA Canada (2006-2011, including Chair of the Board from 2009-2011). He has also served on the Boards of the Camosun College Foundation, Leadership Victoria, and the Royal Roads University Masters of Arts in Leadership program, and has been a member of the Province of British Columbia’s Accounting Policy Advisory Committee and the Camosun College Business Advisory Board.
Michel Vanier recently retired as CEO of RISQ (Réseau d’informations scientifiques du Québec), the regional R&E network in Québec, a position he held since 2004. RISQ is now a self-financed corporation, with stakeholder governance, recognized by its peers as one of the most advanced and professional regional network service organization.
Before joining RISQ, Mr. Vanier held a number of positions at Université de Montréal, including Associate General Manager, information and communication technology. He was the university’s Y2K coordinator, responsible for preparation and response, presided over the institutional task force that drafted the first information security policy and was responsible for many procurement RFPs. Some 30 years ago, as an assistant to the director, he managed the university’s RFP for HPC.
Mr. Vanier served on the CANARIE Board from 2007 to 2017, was chair of the National R&E Network Governance Committee until 2017, and was also a founding board member of the Montreal Internet Exchange in 2013, a corporation established to foster the development of the Quebec Internet eXchange (QIX) with Internet industry partners.
Mr. Vanier holds a M.Sc. in computer science (compiling techniques) from DIRO, Université de Montréal, after a B.Sc. in computer science and operations research. He also holds a Diploma in administration form HEC Montréal and more recently completed a Fellow of the Community Shift program at the Ivey Business School, Western University. From time to time he has been an instructor at DIRO in operating systems, scientific programming and software engineering.