>Nizar Ladak

About Nizar Ladak

Nizar Ladak is President and Chief Executive Officer of Compute Ontario. Mr. Ladak brings outstanding leadership to the organization, developed over two decades of senior management experience in national and provincial government organizations and hospitals.

ENGAGE: Memories light the corners of my mind

Ontario researchers win the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering for their study of neural codes. (Photo: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International) If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll know that I like to talk about my children, what’s happening in my life, and draw parallels to my [...]

By | 2017-03-18T16:37:13+00:00 February 13th, 2017|CEO Blog|

ENGAGE: The rise of convergence science and the increasing need for advanced research computing

A new report, “Convergence: The Future of Health,” draws on insights from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government. Lung Image: Gregory Szeto, Adelaide Tovar, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Irvine Laboratory/Koch Institute at MIT. Research sciences are in the midst of a revolution. Clinical researchers are studying ways to regenerate lost limbs and replace [...]

By | 2017-03-18T16:42:36+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|CEO Blog|

ENGAGE: A time to rest and reflect

At this time of year, one can sense happiness in the air.  Even in a big and bustling city like Toronto where I live, people are happier and more tolerant of one another.  The other day, while driving on our crazy highway 401, a driver cut off another and almost caused an accident.  As I [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:22:56+00:00 December 20th, 2016|In the News|

ENGAGE: Computing music to my ears

Advanced computing is permeating all areas of research. This past week, I drove my eldest daughter, Nadia, to Western University to begin her first year at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.  It was a bittersweet trip.  While I’m thrilled she will be getting a post-secondary education, my “baby” is leaving home (Yes [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:42:50+00:00 September 9th, 2016|CEO Blog|

ENGAGE: What I did on my vacation

I had the good fortune to travel to Thailand with my family recently and as I lounged poolside tens of thousands of kilometres from home, I was able to witness ingenuity everywhere I looked. From efficient water filtration systems to perfectly placed landscaping designed for both beauty and shade, it was clear to me that [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:43:33+00:00 August 9th, 2016|CEO Blog|

ENGAGE: Competing in a digital world – the stars are aligning

Canada has an innovation agenda. That’s the word from Ottawa this month – that our Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, has a vision to “build Canada as a global centre of innovation.” It’s welcome news. And, from my point of view, the timing of a renewed federal commitment to “global science [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:46:11+00:00 June 29th, 2016|CEO Blog|

ENGAGE: Spartacus and my 90-Day Plan

I’ve just completed 60 days on the job. I know this because when I was hired, I committed to Compute Ontario’s Board to undertake a 90-day planning exercise. In the first 30 days, I met with nearly 100 people, asking them two simple questions: in terms of access to advanced computing, what is working well [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:47:01+00:00 June 15th, 2016|CEO Blog|

Engage: Why advanced computing matters

[The first in a monthly series from Compute Ontario’s new President and CEO] I’ve always been fascinated by technology and its potential to “boldly go where no man has gone before.” Whether as a Trekkie growing up or, almost 30 years later, in a leadership role at a world-changing organization, it has long been clear [...]

By | 2017-03-16T08:47:44+00:00 May 11th, 2016|CEO Blog|