Message from Nizar Ladak, President & CEO, Compute Ontario

I share this announcement with mixed emotions.  I have accepted the position of CEO of Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). 

As I reflect on Compute Ontario’s growth, it is important to note that under our Board’s leadership and guidance, CO grew from an idea by Paul Young, Steven Liss, Dan Sinai and Bill Mantel in 2014 to a national leader in Advanced Research Computing (ARC). Compute Ontario exerts influence from coast to coast and has numerous partnerships as evidenced by our collaborative work and the logos on our website. 

These successes would not have been possible without your support and my team at Compute Ontario. A leader is judged by virtue of their team and I have had the privilege of working with the superior team of professionals at Compute Ontario as well as our funder, Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, who has made this possible through their financial support and their stewardship. It is their tireless efforts and support which have made every achievement a reality these past five years.

In my new role, I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve our shared strategic goals.  I hope to collaborate on research data management and research software goals to better serve Canada’s researchers. Together, we can further position Canada as a global leader in the knowledge economy. I want you all to know that it is my personal commitment to work diligently on the tools and strategy required to achieve this goal through our collective efforts. 

I will be with Compute Ontario until I take the reins at NDRIO on October 5, 2020. You can read the official announcement here

The past is our teacher.  The present is our opportunity. The future is our motivation.

Thanks & regards,

Nizar Ladak