Compute Canada welcomes new board of directors


Toronto, Ontario – October 17, 2017 –   Compute Canada is pleased to announce the election of new directors to the board, including Dr. Susan Brown, Dr. Jacques Corbeil, Robert Dunlop, Bernie Kollman, Dr. Robert Mantha, Robert Strachan, and Michel Vanier.  Compute Canada is the national organization that provides essential advanced research computing infrastructure to Canadian researchers.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome these new directors to the board,” says Dr. Christopher Loomis, Chair of the Compute Canada Board of Directors. “Their collective backgrounds and wealth of experience will help guide Compute Canada through the critical renewal process on which have embarked with our members and partners.”

“I would also like to express, on behalf of the Board, my deep appreciation to Dr. Nils Petersen, Roger Foxall and John Towns for their generous and committed service to Compute Canada during their years as Directors.”

Three of the new board directors come from the academic research community. Dr. Jacques Corbeil is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics and a Professor of Medicine at Université Laval. 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. Dr. Robert W. Mantha is the Vice-president, Research and Development, at the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Rob Dunlop brings over 32 years experience in federal government, including time as Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Innovation at Industry Canada. Bob Strachan, a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, held various senior management positions in the areas of financial and risk management, treasury, asset management and taxation. 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.

Bernie Kollman enjoyed an extensive career as Vice President, Public Sector Alberta at IBM Canada Ltd. She founded 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.

“Compute Canada is a key player in the provision of advanced computing services to researchers across the country,” says Dr. Loomis. “Our new board brings together strengths and complementary expertise from the academic, public and private sectors with a focus on making Canada a world leader in advanced computing for research, discovery and innovation.”

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 additional 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 to 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.

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