Research PortalNational Experts


Compute Canada offers consultation and expert support to Canadian researchers across the country. Our national experts are listed below. Furthermore, we have more than 200 experts employed at 35 campuses in Canada. Our experts are available to offer support on a wide range of topics.

National Experts

John Simpson
Digital Humanities Specialist

John is Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Specialist. He has a diverse background in Philosophy and Computing and is an active contributor to the Digital Humanities as a Member­-at­Large of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH­SCHN) Executive, a Programming Instructor with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), and as Co­Chair, Minimal Computing, with Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH). Prior to joining Compute Canada, John was involved in a research ­intensive postdoctoral fellowship focusing on developing semantic web expertise and prototyping tools capable of assisting academics in consuming and curating the new data made available by digital environments. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Philosophy and Hons. BA in Philosophy & Economics, with a specialization in International Trade, from the University of Waterloo. John’s focus as Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Specialist is building programs for outreach, training, and support that will serve the Canadian digital humanities community in its diverse forms. In step with the construction of these programs is the ongoing development of Compute Canada’s ability to understand and respond to the needs of the Canadian digital humanities community. The principal body for carrying out this work is Compute Canada’s Digital Humanities Working Group, which John chairs.

Jonathan Ferland
Director of Information Security

Jonathan Ferland is the Director of Information Security at Compute Canada. His role is to develop and implement a pan­Canadian cyber security strategy for all Compute Canada’s facilities. He has been actively involved in the development and the emergence of a security program at Compute Canada. Jonathan holds a PhD in particle physics from the Université de Montréal. His involvement in Compute Canada started when he was an analyst in scientific computing at our regional partner in Quebec, Calcul Québec. Jonathan is also Director of Operations for the Université de Montréal site and is responsible for infrastructure operations and research services.

Alexei Razoumov
Visualization Coordinator, WestGrid

Alexei Razoumov is WestGrid’s Visualization Coordinator. He received his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of British Columbia. Before joining Compute Canada in 2009, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California in San Diego, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Saint Mary’s University. His research experience in computational astrophysics focused on fluid dynamics and radiative transfer, with an emphasis on galaxy formation, core-collapse supernovae, and stellar hydrodynamics in binary systems. He has extensive experience in HPC code development, numerical techniques and scientific visualization.

Alain Veilleux
Compute Canada Cloud Expert