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A Time to Rest and Reflect

Personally, this is one of my favourite times of the year. We use the down time when schools and offices close to bond as a family.  My family enjoys the festive season and we adhere to many traditions. One such tradition is allowing each member of our household to select a movie we will watch [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:23:26+00:00 December 20th, 2017|CEO Blog|

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: 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|