Compute Ontario Appointments Chief Technology Officer

Toronto, Ontario (Dec 16, 2016) – Compute Ontario, established to support advanced computing in Ontario, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christen Loken as Chief Technology Officer.

ComputeOntario-CTO-ChrisLokenDr. Loken brings more than two decades of experience in technology and specifically, within high performance computing.  For the past 16 years, Dr. Loken has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto, most recently as the Chief Technical Officer at SciNet.  Prior to this role, Dr. Loken held visiting academic and research roles at New Mexico State University, University of Missouri and St. Mary’s University, Halifax.  He obtained his PhD from Queen’s University in Physics and Astronomy.

Compute Ontario is a focal point for centralizing strategy and planning functions for advanced research computing assets and investments in Ontario, including hardware, software, highly qualified personnel, data management, storage and security, and connectivity.  “Having spent the past two decades supporting researchers’ access to advanced research computing tools,” says Dr. Loken , “I look forward to the opportunity to extend my work in provincial initiatives to enhance innovation in Ontario and beyond.”

“As a researcher himself, Chris brings a level of skill and first-hand knowledge that will undoubtedly advance the collective goals of our partners and researchers,” added Nizar Ladak, President and CEO of Compute Ontario.  “Chris understands this space, knows what works and what could be better and we look forward to the leadership role he can play in addressing the opportunities in our sector.”

Dr. Loken has been active in advising on national technology, serving on Compute Canada’s Technological Leadership Council and his achievements have earned him a strong reputation provincially, nationally and internationally.  He has contributed to the field through numerous publications and presentations.


About Compute Ontario

Compute Ontario leads a federation of four Ontario consortia (SciNet, SHARCNET, HPCVL, and HPC4Health) and works with Ontario universities, colleges and IBM under SOSCIP  and the corresponding federal not-for-profit organization, Compute Canada.  Compute Ontario works with advanced computing vendors and providers, research institutions, companies, universities, colleges and governments to develop the appropriate strategies for assets and investments in Ontario, including those relating to hardware, software, highly qualified personnel, data management, storage and security, and connectivity.

More information:
Nizar Ladak
President and CEO
(416) 946-8397