Annual General Meeting



Compute Canada hosted its Annual General Meeting in Montreal on September 15th, 2015. In many ways, it was a great opportunity to share the latest developments with approximately 50 attendees. The AGM also presented a chance for Compute Canada members to engage in discussions on building a working group for a sustainable business model for Compute Canada.

Sustainable Business Model

Compute Canada is forming an ad-hoc working group dedicated to examining and making recommendations on a more sustainable business model for the future. With the impending deployment of new capital investments and the need to renew operating and maintenance funding through a new Major Science Initiative application to the Canada Foundation for Innovation in early 2016, the Board of Directors is seeking advice on what constitutes the best sustainable business model for the future.

This working group, comprised of members of the board, host sites, and representatives of members of Compute Canada, will work towards making those recommendations to the Compute Canada Board of Directors by March 1, 2016. Working group members will be chosen by their respective organizations or institutions.

Board of Directors

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors consists of 10 returning board members, with the addition of Mr. Charles Vaillancourt from Pratt & Whitney, who was also elected at the AGM.

Mr. Charles Vaillancourt was appointed Chief Information Officer – Pratt & Whitney Canada in 2014. Before joining Pratt & Whitney Canada, Mr. Vaillancourt was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at Cogeco Cable, responsible for IT strategy, architecture, development and maintenance of the information systems that support the company’s activities.

Prior to that he was Vice President, Global Business Engineering at CGI, a world-class IT service provider, where his responsibilities included structuring, negotiating, and implementing large IT outsourcing agreements with clients worldwide.

He joined CGI after its acquisition of Myriap, an architecture consulting and application development services company which he had co-founded. Before his career in information technology, Mr. Vaillancourt worked as a mechanical engineer for Nortel and GE Aviation.

Mr. Vaillancourt earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University for his research on the International Space Station’s robotic systems which was funded by the Canadian Space Agency. He is an instrument-rated pilot.

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