Compute Canada Executive Team
Interim President & CEO
Robbin Tourangeau has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of a number of important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government.
Most recently, Robbin served as the Founding Executive Director of the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure (LCDRI). Prior to working at LCDRI, Robbin spent ten years at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) where she worked with the Vice-Presidents of Research from Ontario’s 21 institutions on issues related to research and innovation.
Robbin has also served as the Director of Policy in the Office for Disability Issues and as the Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Relations, at Imagine Canada. She also served as the Senior Policy Advisor on Social Development in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and as a senior policy analyst responsible for social and municipal/Aboriginal policy at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Robbin is a board member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) and the Youth Service Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa.
Director of Finance & Corporate Services
Terry Lockhart joined Compute Canada’s Executive Team as Director of Finance in 2015, after a short time as WestGrid’s Director of Finance. He has over 15 years of finance leadership experience in academic, research, and non-profit organizations. Terry holds a CPA-CGA designation. He works closely with management and regional finance staff, as well as funding partner representatives from across Canada.
Prior to joining Compute Canada, Terry served in finance leadership roles in two University-based research institutes (CFO at the Global Institute for Food Security and Director of Finance for the Hotchkiss Brain Institute), as well as a finance leadership role for several sport/recreation units at the U of C. His experience has led him to a clear understanding of financial management best practices, with first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that Compute Canada and its stakeholders face. Terry is based in Calgary, AB.
Chief Technology Officer
Gregory Newby has a passion for enabling diverse scientific, social and educational opportunities. He has devoted his professional career to advanced research computing. Born in Montreal, Dr. Newby received his doctorate in Information Transfer from Syracuse University and most recently completed an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute of Pinchot University. Dr. Newby also obtained a Masters in Communications from University at Albany, State University of New York. Author of several books and numerous publications, Dr. Newby was a faculty member at two major US universities where he developed and taught courses in information systems, information security, and computer technology. His most recent roles include Manager of the Supercomputing Core Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Newby was Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he also served as a faculty member for 11 years.
Chief Software Architect
Marc Rousseau has over 15 years of experience building IT infrastructure and software platforms for academic and commercial research teams. Marc’s foundation in both life science research and computer science allows him to bridge the knowledge gaps between researchers and software systems designers and operators. His involvement with Compute Canada started in 2008, as the lead system architect and technology manager for the CBRAIN neuroinformatics platform at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University. With CBRAIN, Marc helped develop several national and international research and cyberinfrastructure collaborations, making the platform an innovation leader in neuroinformatics. Since then, Marc has served on several national cyberinfrastructure committees with Compute Canada and CANARIE where he continues to share his enthusiasm and vision for advanced research platforms and cyberinfrastructure.
Director of Information Security
Jonathan Ferland’s role as the Director of Information Security at Compute Canada entails developing and implementing a pan-Canadian cybersecurity strategy for all Compute Canada’s facilities. He has been actively involved in the development and the emergence of a security program at Compute Canada. Jonathan holds a PhD in particle physics from the Université de Montréal. His involvement in Compute Canada started when he was an analyst in scientific computing at our regional partner in Quebec, Calcul Québec. Jonathan is also director of operations for the Université de Montréal site and is responsible for infrastructure operations and research services.