Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research and innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Comprised of Compute Canada Executive Staff and Regional Directors, the Management Committee works together to advance research in Canada.
Robbin Tourangeau – President & CEO
Robbin 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.
Nizar Ladak – President and Chief Executive Officer, Compute Ontario
Nizar is a seasoned health care executive with 25 years of experience in Federal and Provincial Government agencies and hospitals. His passion is finding innovative solutions to operational problems, mentoring teams and volunteering his time in non-profit, social service organizations. Prior to joining Compute Ontario, Nizar was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Quality Ontario, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at North York General Hospital and Senior Director at the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Director of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
John Longbottom – Chief Executive Director, WestGrid
John brings a wealth of experience across the telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance sectors, having previously held senior positions in sales, marketing, and general management. Prior to joining WestGrid, John led IBM Canada’s innovation strategy in Western Canada, including its Smarter Cities initiative, which focused on creating value through new information technology (IT) models, agile development, and alignment of partner capabilities from industry, government, academia, research, and start-up companies and organizations.
Suzanne Talon – Executive Director, Calcul Québec
Suzanne Talon currently holds the position of Executive Director at Calcul Québec. She played a major role in the creation of this regional organization that brings together all major Québec Universities Advanced Research Computing (ARC) efforts.Prior to this, Suzanne was Assistant Director of the Réseau québécois de calcul de haute performance (RQCHP) as well as Technical Site Lead for Université de Montréal’s HPC team. She obtained her PhD in Astrophysics from Université Paris VII and during a decade of research, developed pioneering ideas in the field of angular momentum transport by waves, building theoretical and numerical models to understand the transport of angular momentum and elements in stars.
Greg Lukeman, Chief Executive Officer, ACENET
Greg has been involved with HPC for 18 years, either as a user, systems administrator, or managing executive. As the Chief Technology Officer for ACENET from 2007 to 2019, Greg guided the creation of ACENET, its technical team, and its computing resources. He has been a participant in the evolution of Compute Canada since its inception, representing Atlantic Canada on the Technology Leadership Council, numerous committees and various working groups. He represented Atlantic Canada on the ARC working group of the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI), the group that prepared the report for the federal government that resulted in significant new funding for digital research infrastructure in Canada.