Ranil Sonnadara

Ranil Sonnadara, Vice Chair
Executive Director, Research and HPC, McMaster University

Ranil Sonnadara is the Executive Director, Research and High-Performance Computing at McMaster University.  Ranil Sonnadara’s interest in improving access to technology resources for Canada’s research community stems from his varied experience as administrator, academic, scientist and advisor. A behavioural neuroscientist by training, Sonnadara received his M.Sc. in Psychology & Physiology of Hearing from the University of Leeds (UK), and completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at McMaster University.


In his current role as Executive Director, Research and High-Performance Computing, Sonnadara oversees all computing support for the research communities at the University, working with researchers to help them use technology to support their work, and supporting applications for funding. He also acts as the institution’s primary advanced computing contact with external agencies such as Compute Canada.  As Special Advisor to McMaster’s Vice-President, Research & International Affairs, Sonnadara provides guidance on strategic priorities and institutional policies related to research and advanced computing. In his own research, Sonnadara uses a variety of different methodologies to study changes in the body which arise as a result of learning and practice, from the initial stages of skill acquisition through to elite and expert level performance across a wide variety of domains.


Sonnadara’s academic appointments include the Department of Surgery, and the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, as well as at the Wilson Centre for Health Professionals Education and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. In his “spare time”, Sonnadara sits on the Board of Directors for the Coaching Association of Canada and is a Fellowship Mentor for the Ontario Brain Institute.