Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Through their knowledge and expertise, Compute Canada’s Board of Directors helps govern our policies and activities. Below you will find an outline of their professional history and education credentials.

Dr. Christopher Loomis,

Dr. Christopher Loomis, PhD, FCAHS


Christopher Loomis received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology from Queen’s University in 1983, where he subsequently served as assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Anaesthesia).

In 1988, Dr. Loomis moved to Memorial University of Newfoundland as associate professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed full professor in 1996, and became Dean of Pharmacy in 1998. Beginning in 2002, Dr. Loomis served two 5-year terms as Vice-President (Research) at Memorial. He also served as President & Vice-Chancellor Pro Tempore from 2009-2010, and as Vice-President (Academic) Pro Tempore from 2008-2009.

Funded for twenty-five years by the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Dr. Loomis’ program of research focused on the spinal pharmacology of pain (opioid and non-opioid mechanisms of spinal analgesia) and the central mechanisms of neuropathic pain early after nerve injury. As Vice-President (Research), he played a leadership role in the establishment of the regional HPC network, ACEnet, and served as Chair of its Board of Directors from 2003-2013.

Dr. Loomis is a former member and officer of many national boards including Canarie Inc. (2003-2013) and the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2007-2013). He continues to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Ocean Networks Canada Inc., as a member of the Science Advisory Board of Health Canada, and as an invited Chair of past and upcoming multi-disciplinary assessment committees (MACs) for the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Loomis was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in 2012. He retired from Memorial University on March 1, 2016.

Prof. Alice Aiken,
PhD, MSc, BScPT, BSc

Prof. Alice Aiken, PhD, MSc, BScPT, BSc

Professor Alice Aiken is Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at Dalhousie University. She is a former Dean of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health, served as President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and spent 10 years as a faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University.

Dr. Aiken is co-founder and former Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. Her awards and honours include the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and induction into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Aiken is a national leader in health research and education and an experienced team-builder who is passionate about university research. She brings to Compute Canada a strong understanding of Canada’s broad research landscape.

Dr. Susan Brown,

Dr. Susan Brown, Ph.D.

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.

Her current research touches on a range of topics in the digital humanities including interface design and usability, visualization and data mining, semantic technologies, and humanist-centered tool development. She is increasingly engaged with inquiry into how linked open data can serve humanities research. She also works on the impact of new technologies in the literature of the Victorian period. Dr. Brown co-directs and co-edits the award-winning Orlando Project, an experiment in online literary history published by Cambridge University Press.

She leads the development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC), a CFI-funded online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. CWRC provides tools to advance collaborative knowledge production, interoperability, and sustainability of digital scholarly resources.

At Guelph, Dr. Brown runs The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab and leads DH@Guelph training initiatives including the DH@Guelph Summer Workshops, part of the international digital humanities training network that includes the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, where she has offered several courses. She is currently the President (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé Canadienne des humanités numérique and a member of Compute Canada’s Advisory Council on Research (ACOR).

Dr. Rick Bunt,

Dr. Rick Bunt, PhD

Rick Bunt received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and is presently a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Following a long career as a faculty member, he served as the University of Saskatchewan’s CIO from 2001-2013. As an academic, his research dealt with issues affecting the performance of computer systems. He was a founding member of the DISCUS Research Group, supervised the successful completion of 35 graduate student theses at the Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels, and was active with NSERC as a member/chair of a number of committees. As CIO he led an extensive transformation of both academic and administrative processes and oversaw the installation of the infrastructure required to achieve this.

He has experience on the Boards of both CANARIE and CUCCIO (the Canadian University Council of CIOs) and has chaired numerous review panels. He also served as a member of Compute Canada’s Community Planning and Advocacy Council and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Information Technology in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Bunt brings a long-standing commitment to research infrastructure and wants to ensure that Canadian researchers are provided the infrastructure they need to compete successfully with their international peers. In 2012 he hosted the first National Summit on Digital Infrastructure for Research and he has maintained contact with developments in this area both in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Jacques Corbeil,

Dr. Jacques Corbeil, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacques Corbeil is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics and a Professor of Medicine at Université Laval. His research focuses on using the latest techniques in bioinformatics and machine learning to assist in diagnosis, facilitate the prognostic process, and optimize the response to treatment. He uses state-of-the-art instrumentation and big data analytics to facilitate the interpretation of complex phenotypic data. His research includes investigating how infectious microorganisms interact with their hosts, examining the effects of antibiotics on our microbial flora, and exploring how to design small molecules and drugs to interfere with specific microbial functions. He operates at the interface of computer and omic sciences and aims to integrate omic data to gain a better understanding of the processes at hand.

Dr. Corbeil’s diverse research interests include environmental microbiology, emerging pathogens, and food production, among others. He serves on the CIHR Committee on Health innovation (2016- ) and, more recently, on an expert panel of the Canadian Space Agency to provide input on how to monitor and improve the health of astronauts at the International Space Station (2017-). He has a strong entrepreneurial bent and assists biotechnology companies in different capacities.

Dr. Corbeil completed his undergraduate work at Laval, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and received postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. He then joined the faculty at UCSD, rising to the rank of Associate Professor, before returning to Canada as the holder of the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics at Laval.

Robert Dunlop

Robert Dunlop

Robert Dunlop received his bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University and subsequently joined the federal public service in 1982.

He retired from the federal government in 2015, after completing 6 years as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Innovation at Industry Canada. Mr. Dunlop was the official responsible for the relationships between the federal government and third-party organizations contracted to provide support for scientific research including the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Genome Canada. He was also responsible for the management of several programs including the $225 million/year Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) and the one-time, $2 billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).

Prior to joining Industry Canada, Mr. Dunlop served at the Assistant Deputy Minister level at Finance Canada, where he co-managed the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch between 2004 and 2009. Over his 32-year career in the federal government, Mr. Dunlop worked in several departments in policy development, program management and supporting ministers.

Since his retirement, Mr. Dunlop has taken on a number of paid and pro bono assignments. He served as advisor to the secretariat supporting Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, chaired by Dr. David Naylor. Mr. Dunlop also sits on the boards of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the Healthy Minds for Healthy Lives initiative at McGill.

Angela Holtham,

Angela Holtham, B Math, MBA, FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D

Accountant and Corporate Director

Angela Holtham held the position of Vice President Finance and CFO of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for 8 years. Prior to that, she held a number of positions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including 20 years with Nabisco Canada moving through the ranks from Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President and CFO.

In addition to her role on the Board of Compute Canada, Angela holds/has held a number of other Board governance positions in both the private and public sectors including Oncolytics Biotech Inc, (a publicly traded development stage biopharmaceutical company focused on a potential cancer treatment) , the Ontario Financing Authority (the Agency that manages the province’s debt and investments), IBI Group Inc (a global architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm), Plexxus (supply chain & IT service provider for 10 GTA hospitals), and CMA Canada and Ontario (her professional association).

Angela has an MBA from the University of Toronto and a B Math from the University of Waterloo. She earned the designation of Certified Management Accountant and was subsequently awarded the FCPA, FCMA designation for her accomplishments. In 2011, she obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Bernie Kollman,

Bernie Kollman, ICD.D

Ms. Kollman is an innovative and driven professional with expertise in business development, client relationship management and leadership in the technology industry working within the government, healthcare and education sectors. She consistently achieved revenue, profit, and client satisfaction targets during her extensive career as Vice President, Public Sector Alberta at IBM Canada Ltd.

Ms. Kollman was a founder and Co-Chair (2005-2016) of 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.

She holds positions on a number of boards, including Travel Alberta, the United Way, and Edmonton Global, and is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Kollman has been recognized as a Global TV “Woman of Vision”, Top 50 Most Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture Magazine and by her alumni, University of Regina, for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service. She was named a Fellow, Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) for her commitment to advancing the IT profession, particularly for young women.

Dr. Steven N. Liss,

Dr. Steven N. Liss, Ph.D.

Steven N. Liss is the Vice-Principal (Research) and a full time professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s. An internationally recognized researcher, his interests are focused on environmental biotechnology and engineering, applied microbiology, wastewater and water management, and fate of contaminants in engineered and natural environmental systems.

He has played a significant leadership role in the advancement of university education at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several universities. He is a member and Chair of a number of Boards and management groups as part of his role in supporting research and innovation across Canada. Professor Liss was the Chair of the Ontario Council on University Research (OCUR) for 2015-16, and is Past-Chair of the Board of Management of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Professor Liss is the founding co-chair of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure.

Professor Liss was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to advancing research across Canada. He began his second term as Vice-Principal (Research) in September 2015.

Dr. Robert W. Mantha,

Dr. Robert W. Mantha, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert W. Mantha is Vice-president, Research and Development, of the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières. He has held this position since 2013.

Prior to this position, Professor Mantha was Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of Laval University in Québec City since 2004. He was also the Deputy Executive Vice-President, Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Planning and Analysis of the university. Professor Mantha was also Associate Dean of Laval’s business school for seven years after being Chair of its Management Information Systems department. One of his noteworthy achievements was the use of information and communication technologies as catalysts and levers of organizational learning and teaching innovation within his school.

Professor Mantha holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Science in business administration from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He is a chartered director (Administrateur de sociétés certifié – ASC).

Dr. Ed McCauley,

Dr. Ed McCauley, Ph.D.

Dr. Edward McCauley began his term as the ninth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary on January 1, 2019. Prior to this leadership position, McCauley had served over three decades in various roles at the University of Calgary: as a professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology and vice-president (research). His academic record also includes two separate stints at the University of California, Santa Barbara: as a postdoctoral fellow, as the Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and as a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Dr. McCauley is deeply committed to supporting excellence in research and innovation. He has a track record of cultivating broad-based, long-term relationships with industry, community, and government both nationally and internationally. He has served on several national panels, including the Canada Research Chairs program and several NSERC grant selection committees, and is a highly sought-after external peer reviewer across North America, Europe, and Asia.

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has held several distinguished visiting international professorships in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Norway, and most recently the “Le Studium International Professorship” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in France. His research explores Population Dynamics and Ecological Processes, with a strong focus on connecting theory to experimental methods.

Dr. McCauley earned his BSc and MSc from the University of Ottawa, followed by his PhD from McGill University.

Mr. Robert Strachan,

Mr. Robert Strachan, FCPA, FCMA, C.Dir

Bob Strachan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He joined the CPA Canada Board of Directors in 2013 and served as both vice-chair (2013-14) and chair (2014-15). From 1983 to 2013, he held various senior management positions with the Capital Regional District in Victoria, BC, in the areas of financial and risk management, treasury, asset management and taxation. He retired in 2013.

Mr. Strachan has been a long-time advocate for the CMA and CPA designations and the Canadian accounting profession, serving as a member of the Boards of Directors for CMA British Columbia (1998-2005, including Chair of the Board from 2001-2003) and CMA Canada (2006-2011, including Chair of the Board from 2009-2011). He has also served on the Boards of the Camosun College Foundation, Leadership Victoria, and the Royal Roads University Masters of Arts in Leadership program, and has been a member of the Province of British Columbia’s Accounting Policy Advisory Committee and the Camosun College Business Advisory Board.

Mr. Michel Vanier

Mr. Michel Vanier

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. RISQ is now a self-financed corporation, with stakeholder governance, recognized by its peers as one of the most advanced and professional regional network service organization.

Before joining RISQ, Mr. Vanier held a number of positions at Université de Montréal, including Associate General Manager, information and communication technology. He was the university’s Y2K coordinator, responsible for preparation and response, presided over the institutional task force that drafted the first information security policy and was responsible for many procurement RFPs. Some 30 years ago, as an assistant to the director, he managed the university’s RFP for HPC.

Mr. Vanier served on the CANARIE Board from 2007 to 2017, was chair of the National R&E Network Governance Committee until 2017, and was also a founding board member of the Montreal Internet Exchange in 2013, a corporation established to foster the development of the Quebec Internet eXchange (QIX) with Internet industry partners.

Mr. Vanier holds a M.Sc. in computer science (compiling techniques) from DIRO, Université de Montréal, after a B.Sc. in computer science and operations research. He also holds a Diploma in administration form HEC Montréal and more recently completed a Fellow of the Community Shift program at the Ivey Business School, Western University. From time to time he has been an instructor at DIRO in operating systems, scientific programming and software engineering.

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