Compute Canada Calcul Canada Appoints Mark Dietrich as President and CEO

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Mark DietrichCompute Canada Calcul Canada (CC) has appointed Mark Dietrich as President and CEO of the organization. He will assume his duties on April 1, 2014.

“Mark has a proven track record of accomplishments at an executive level, and he understands the interfaces between business, academia and government, and the value of building strong relationships across these sectors,” said Don Hathaway, Chair of the Compute Canada Board of Directors. “Compute Canada is at an important juncture and as a Board we are confident in Mark’s ability to lead the organization into the next chapter of its future.”

Dietrich joins Compute Canada at a pivotal time. Over the last six months, the organization has been developing a strategic plan that will guide it for the next five years. A cross-Canada tour of face-to-face and online consultations with the research community helped inform this plan, complementing input from Compute Canada’s Advisory Council on Research and Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer. Starting in April, Dietrich will continue working with Compute Canada’s Member institutions, the broader research community, and other partners and stakeholders to refine the plan’s objectives and to begin delivering on those objectives. Priorities will include financial sustainability, advocacy for an enhanced digital infrastructure strategy in Canada and a continued emphasis on highly qualified people as a strategic advantage for Canadian research.

Dietrich is not new to Compute Canada. He joined the Board of Directors in November 2012 and became the Chair of the Audit and Disclosure Committee, and has been instrumental in budget development over the last 18 months.

“Through my years of work with the research community I have gained a deep understanding of how essential high performance computing, and digital infrastructure more broadly, is to Canada’s excellence in research and capacity for innovation. I originally joined the Board of Compute Canada because I am passionate about using these resources to enable research leadership across Canada. Now I am bringing this passion to the job of CEO, and I am committed to making Compute Canada a success — for universities and research institutions, for all levels of government, for the people of Canada, and most of all for Canada’s excellent researchers,” said Dietrich. “I look forward to working with the regional and local organizations that make up the extended Compute Canada enterprise, with the expert personnel that work for those organizations, as well as with the many institutions and partners that comprise Canada’s digital ecosystem. We need to work together to cost-effectively deliver world-class enhanced digital infrastructure to researchers across Canada, and advocate for the sustained investment in both the infrastructure and the people needed to allow our researchers to lead internationally today and in the future.”

Dietrich succeeds Jill Kowalchuk, who has been serving as Compute Canada’s Interim President since April 2013.

“In addition to welcoming Mark to his new role, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jill for her tireless work as President in the interim,” said Hathaway. “She helped lay the groundwork for this organization and her leadership over the last 10 months enabled Compute Canada to serve the research community while building the foundation for the future.”

Prior to this, Dietrich was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Ontario’s professional association for engineers. He joined the OSPE in August 2012, and previous to that he 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. Dietrich 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 and bioinformatics, and coordinated high performance computing (HPC) initiatives at SciNet, SHARCNet, and HPCVL.

Further announcements are forthcoming as the new President and the Board develop plans for the coming year.

For more information, please contact:
Don Hathaway
Board Chair, Compute Canada Calcul Canada
info@computecanada.ca

Mark Dietrich’s Biography
Mark Dietrich 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. Mr. Dietrich 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.

His 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.

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