Compute Canada announces new board chair


Toronto, Ontario – November 30th, 2016 –   Dr. Christopher Loomis has been selected as Chair of the Board of Directors for Compute Canada. Compute Canada is the national organization that provides essential advanced research computing infrastructure to Canadian researchers.

Dr. Loomis recently retired from Memorial University after nearly three decades of service, including two terms as Vice-President (Research).

“We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Loomis as the new Chair of the Board,” says Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Compute Canada. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position from his years within the academic community, years serving and leading the boards of similar organizations, as well as the leadership role he played in establishing ACENET, one of Compute Canada’s regional partners. We look forward to his strong guidance of the national advanced research computing platform as we strive to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of Canadian researchers.”

Dr. Loomis is a former member and officer of many national boards, including CANARIE (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. Funded for twenty-five years by the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Dr. Loomis’  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.

“Compute Canada is an important part of a diverse and interdependent ecosystem supporting and enabling this nation’s outstanding community of researchers,” says Dr. Loomis. “I look forward to working with the Board, the Compute Canada team and our many partners and institutional members to meet the advanced research computing needs of our user community.”

Compute Canada’s governance model is unique, combining a federation of institutional and regional consortia with a national organization, which reports to an independent board of directors. Two independent committees support the activities of the board: The Advisory Council on Research (ACOR) and the International Advisory Committee. The four regional partner organizations (ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid) are observers on the board.

Compute Canada works closely with the Board of Directors to achieve the mission of enabling excellence in research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. This collaborative governance model seeks to engage directors, advisers and staff with a wide range of expertise to help make Canada a world leader in the use of advanced computing for research, discovery and innovation.

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

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