Compute Canada Executive Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an entrepreneurial leader with decades of executive management experience, and a proven track record of building and transforming organizations, increasing revenues, and maximizing organizational effectiveness. He specializes in innovative corporate strategy, marketing, business development and exceptional service delivery. Mark was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Ontario’s professional association for engineers, where he strengthened OSPE’s member value proposition through increased advocacy, professional development and career services, increased non-government revenues by 20%, reversed a significant decline in membership, and brought the organization to record membership levels.
Prior to joining OSPE, Mark founded Bloodstone Solutions Inc., a Toronto-based professional services firm specializing in strategic value innovation, lean services, and eGovernment solutions for public and private sector clients. Mark was also the Executive VP & COO for the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund (ORDCF), a $500 million government fund established to support leading-edge, innovative and industrially relevant university and hospital research. The ORDCF provided support to more than 100+ university-industry research partnerships in diverse areas, including nanotechnology, bioinformatics, as well as working to coordinate HPC initiatives at SciNet, SHARCNet, and HPCVL.
Mark’s diverse background in new product development, commercialization, service delivery, and marketing was built through a series of executive leadership roles with companies in the Greater New York City area. His success spans multiple industries, including consulting (strategy, marketing, process improvement, business model innovation), technology and information services (internet service delivery, commercialization, engineered solutions), and finance (project- and asset-based financing), in the United States and Canada, with international mandates. Mark has a BEE degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chief Science Officer
Dugan O’Neil is Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer. He is interested in particle physics at the energy frontier. His involvement in Compute Canada started in 2003 when he was an early user (beta tester) of WestGrid resources at SFU and UBC. At the time he led the Canadian team working on the Dzero experiment at Fermilab. His group used WestGrid resources to process hundreds of terabytes of raw data from the experiment, making Canada one of the largest contributers of compute and storage resources in the 19-country collaboration. He used that processing power to search for (and find) first evidence of single top quark production. He then shifted his focus to the ATLAS experiment. ATLAS-Canada relies heavily on Compute Canada to supply computing and storage infrastructure and has been one of Compute Canada’s early “big data” users.
Dugan’s current work is focused on digging through large quantities of collision data from the Large Hadron Collider to look for, and measure the properties of, Higgs bosons. Within the Canadian ATLAS collaboration he has served as both physics coordinator and deputy spokesperson. Over the last 10 years Dugan has taken many roles within WestGrid and within CC including chairing the WestGrid resource allocation committee and the WestGrid Executive Committee and serving as a member of the CC national initiatives committee.
Chief Technology Officer
Gregory Newby is Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. He 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 is Compute Canada’s Chief Software Architect. He 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 Finance
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 14 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.
Executive Director, External Affairs
Kelly Nolan is Compute Canada’s Executive Director, External Affairs and brings more than 15 years experience in marketing, strategic relations, and business development. She is a communications specialist, having developed bold and innovative engagement and marketing initiatives for a number of national medical societies, health innovation and commercialization hubs, and charitable sectors.
Prior to joining Compute Canada, Kelly was the Director of Communications for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), where she successfully led multiple public and government relations strategies, managed large-scale social media and online campaigns, and coordinated several national conferences. Based in Ottawa, Kelly has also held external affairs positions with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (now Invest Ottawa), the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT), and the Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO).
Director of Information Security
Jonathan Ferland is the Director of Information Security at Compute Canada. His role is to develop and implement a pan-Canadian cyber security 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.