Council Members

A Unified Voice for the DRI Community

The Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure brings together leaders from across the country, representing a variety of interests, including: computational resources, broadband delivery, research data management, standards, research and libraries.

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Feridun Hamdullahpur • Council Chair
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Feridun Hamdullahpur is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo and was appointed chair of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure in 2015. Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher, and an academic administrator. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2014 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his leadership in education and innovation.


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Larry P. Alford
Chief Librarian, University of Toronto

Larry P. Alford is Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Press. He was previously Dean of University Libraries at Temple University and has extensive experience in library operations. Mr. Alford has also had extensive involvement in a variety of library cooperative activities. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research (ARL) libraries, having served as President of ARL from 2015-16. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Canadiana.org and a board member of the Canadian Research Libraries Network (CRKN).

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Kathryn Anthonisen• Representing CANARIE
Vice President, External Relations

Kathryn is responsible for ensuring that CANARIE develops and grows productive relationships with national and global stakeholders, partners and peer networks, and for all aspects of corporate marketing and communications. Prior to joining CANARIE in 2009 Kathryn held a variety of senior roles in the private sector, and early in her career she was an instructor and program coordinator at Humber College in Toronto.

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Clare Appavoo • Representing CRKN
Executive Director

As Executive Director of CRKN Clare is responsible for developing CRKN’s overall strategic direction, implementing policies, programs, and decisions, and advising the Board of Directors on new policy developments or initiatives that CRKN might undertake. Prior to joining CRKN Clare worked closely with university libraries across North America as Director, Sales and Strategic Support for Ingram, Coutts Information Services.

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David Baker • Representing CASRAI
Executive Director

David Baker is co-founder and Executive Director of CASRAI. He has over twenty-five years of experience in research administration and management, including the design and implementation of grants management databases and software systems, as well as the provision of senior advisory services to national and regional governments and foundation funding organizations. He is involved in, and highly committed to, international not-for-profit initiatives on open standards and systems-interoperability.

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Donna Bourne-Tyson • Representing CARL
President

Donna Bourne-Tyson is the University Librarian at Dalhousie University. She is the President of the the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Vice-President of Canadiana, Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries, and serves as the Past Chair for the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. Particular areas of focus include research data management and open access publishing.

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Jennifer Burns • Representing CUCCIO
Chief Information Officer, University of British Columbia

As UBC’s CIO, Jennifer provides leadership in ensuring the Institution’s digital capabilities meet the needs of UBC’s teaching and research community. She is responsible for managing the operations of the UBC Information Technology department, ensuring IT delivery across UBC’s campuses. Jennifer also represents UBC in British Columbia’s IT leadership community, as well as in those across Canada and internationally. She has been in management for over 20 years, 14 of which has been in higher education IT delivery.

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Graham Carr
Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University

Graham Carr is Concordia University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. Dr. Carr has served as Concordia’s Chair in the Department of History, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies. He is a past president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a founding executive committee member of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators, past Chair of the Canada-US Fulbright selection committee, and served on the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee for Communications, Marketing and Programming.

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David Castle • Representing RDC
Vice-President Research, University of Victoria

Dr. David Castle is Vice-President Research and a Professor in the School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. He has held several major research awards and has considerable experience leading strategic research initiatives and in research project management. Dr. Castle has consulted widely to government and industry on issues such as the impact of national technology transfer policies and programs, intellectual property and knowledge management strategies, and the role of non-scientific considerations in the regulation of science and technology.

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Mark Dietrich • Representing Compute Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mark was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and founded Bloodstone Solutions Inc. Mark was also the Executive VP & COO for the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund (ORDCF) where he worked to coordinate several HPC initiatives. Mark has diverse experience in new product development, commercialization, service delivery, and marketing.

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Jim Ghadbane • Representing CANARIE
CEO

Jim is President and CEO of CANARIE, where he is responsible for achieving the company’s objectives of supporting Canadian research, innovation and education through the development of next generation technologies and an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network. Jim is an experienced leader in the ICT industry, holding a variety of executive positions at leading technology companies prior to joining CANARIE in 2010.

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Susan Haigh • Representing CARL
Executive Director

Susan Haigh is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). She provides leadership in developing national and international initiatives that promote CARL’s strategic goals, which include advancing research data management capacity in Canada through CARL’s Portage initiative. She previously held several leadership positions at Library and Archives Canada, and brought to these a focus on the preservation and access of Canada’s digital documentary heritage.

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Janet Halliwell • Representing CASRAI
Board Chair

Janet Halliwell has extensive experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of S&T funding and policy bodies. She is currently the Principal of JE Halliwell Associates Inc, chairs several boards and serves on numerous boards and councils. She previously served as Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and held several executive, advisory and management positions at the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council.

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Mark Leggott • Representing RDC
Executive Director

Mark is the Executive Director of Research Data Canada, a stakeholder-based organization interested in facilitating best practices for research data management. Mark has over 3 decades of experience in IT and Libraries, including posts as a library director, the development of the Islandora framework and open source community, and the creation of a successful IT startup.

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Steven N. Liss, PhD
Vice President, Research & Innovation, Ryerson University

Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. He previously served as Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University from 2010-2017. He is an internationally recognized researcher and has chaired a number of boards. He played an important leadership role nationally in the advancement of support for digital research infrastructure as the founding co-chair of the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure and a founding board member and Corporate Officer of Compute Ontario. He currently is a member of the board of Compute Canada and chairs the Portage Advisory Committee.

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Lori MacMullen • Representing CUCCIO
Executive Director

Lori MacMullen is the Executive Director of the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO), which serves as the national voice for IT-related issues in Canadian universities and provides a forum for members to share ideas, best practices and advance collaboration across the sector. Prior to this role, Ms. MacMullen was the CIO at the University of New Brunswick. She also participates in several international, national and provincial committees aimed at advancing IT-related issues in both the public and academic sectors.

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Ed McCauley • Representing The U15
Vice-President Research, University of Calgary

Dr. Ed McCauley is an internationally recognized scholar who became Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary in 2011. He was previously the Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology at the University of Calgary. Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has served on several national panels, and is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades.

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Tim McTiernan
President and Vice-Chancellor, UOIT

Dr. McTiernan is President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has held a variety of executive roles as a university and college administrator, government official, and government negotiator. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer and serves as a member of Universities Canada’s Education Committee. He previously served as a trustee of the Ontario Innovation Trust, as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and on the Industrial Research Assistance Program Advisory Board for Canada’s National Research Council.

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Gabriel Miller • Representing CFHSS
Executive Director

Gabriel Miller was appointed Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in March of 2017. He has extensive experience building public dialogue on complex issues such as end-of-life and palliative care and leading highly effective national campaigns and coalitions. Prior to joining the Federation, he served in a series of senior roles with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and served as a member of not-for-profit boards and the Government of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Advisory Committee.

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Kelly Nolan • Representing Compute Canada
Executive Director, External Affairs

Kelly Nolan is Compute Canada’s Executive Director, External Affairs to which she brings strong experience in marketing, strategic relations, and business development. Prior to joining Compute Canada, Kelly was the Director of Communications for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and held external affairs positions with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (now Invest Ottawa), the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT), and the Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO).

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Geoffrey Rockwell
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta

Dr. Geoffrey Martin Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. He has published on textual visualization and analysis, and computing in the humanities, including a book from the MIT Press, Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities. He is a co-developer of Voyant Tools, a suite of text analysis tools, and leads the TAPoR project documenting text tools. He is currently the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and blogs at theoreti.ca.

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Ghilaine Roquet • Representing CUCCIO
Associate Vice-Principal, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, McGill University

Ghilaine Roquet is Associate Vice-Principal, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience in IT in Higher Education, previously serving as Associate Vice-Rector, CIO, at l’Université de Montréal, and as Director, IT Services, at HEC-Montréal. She is a Past President of CUCCIO and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of RISQ.

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Michael Sinatra • Representing CFHSS
Director of Research Dissemination

Michael is the Director of Research Dissemination of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and a Professor of English at the Université de Montréal. He has been involved in electronic publications and digital humanities for over twenty years. He is the founding director of the “Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques”, the co-director of the project “NINES: Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online”, and the secretary of the francophone digital humanities association, Humanistica. He was previously the President (French) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities and the President of the CFI-funded project Synergies.

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Gauri Sreenivasan • Representing CFHSS
Director of Policy and Programs

Gauri Sreenivasan has been the Director of Policy and Programs at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences since October 2014. She brings nearly 25 years of policy and programming experience in public and non-profit sectors. Gauri was formerly a Director of Parliamentary Affairs at the House of Commons, and prior to that, a Policy Coordinator at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

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Wendy Therrien • Representing Universities Canada
Director, Research and Policy

Wendy Therrien is Director, Research and Policy at Universities Canada, leading the evidence driven public policy work of the association. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery and analysis of member based research and for the development of public policy engagement activities to promote the role of higher education, research and innovation in Canada. Prior to joining Universities Canada, Ms. Therrien held senior positions at the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Colleges and Institutes Canada and World Vision Canada.

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Kevin Vessey • Representing ACCRU
Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP Research, Saint Mary’s University

Dr. J. Kevin Vessey is the Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate VP Research, and a Professor of Biology at Saint Mary’s University. In addition to his 16 years as a Professor of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba, he has been a Researcher Associate at North Carolina State University and a Visiting Scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France. Dr. Vessey is the National Chair of the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities and serves on several committees and boards.

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Martha Whitehead • Representing CARL
Vice-Provost (digital planning) and University Librarian, Queen’s University

Martha Whitehead is Queen’s University’s Vice-Provost (digital planning) and University Librarian. She is active in regional, national, and international initiatives to advance scholarly communications and the preservation of research assets, such as the launch of Portage Network in 2015. She has served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and is a member of SSHRC’s Programs and Quality Committee and the Tri-Agency Data Management Policy Advisory Committee