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 during our time off as a family.  Grandma surprised us all in announcing her choice this year would Minions. “I just love those little guys!”, she proclaimed. Perhaps I will share some of our other traditions in a future blog, but for now, whether it is the recognition of a year ending and a New Year beginning, this time of year allows me to reflect and develop a sense of the forthcoming.

2017 represented a wonderful opportunity for Compute Ontario and our partner organizations.

Our Partners

Every week, I meet with our partners.  On Monday mornings, our Technical Advisory Team gather via video-conference to share updates and discuss ideas for improving our services to researchers across Ontario and Canada.  On Tuesday afternoons, I meet with the leads of our consortia to discuss similar updates as well as focusing on how we can improve as a community in our collective aims to better serve researchers.  It is unquestionably for me the clearest example of how teamwork spawns positive outcomes.  It is also a clear demonstration of continuous quality improvement in action.

The Plan

In the fall, we took the time to re-visit and re-affirm our strategic directions.  With four years remaining in our five-year strategic plan, we have additional affirmation of a roadmap that guides our direction and helps navigate our future.

The Opportunity

2018 will undoubtedly bring change.  While some may view change as a challenge, our intent is to see it as an opportunity.  Across Canada, there is wide-spread recognition of the value of science and research. From recent appointments, such as Ontario’s new Chief Scientist, to GDP growth specifically attributed to innovative sectors.  Being a tech geek has never been more fashionable in our history than today.  With that as our environment, the stars are aligning for significant opportunities to partner and collaborate.  Moreover, with an unmitigated focus on who we serve, who our partners are, and by trusting the sage guidance of our Board, 2018 promises to be our most exciting year yet.

As we embark on the season of new year’s resolutions and reflective thoughts, I wish to end with a sentiment to my team using a quote from Abraham Lincon: “..And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years”.  Thank you team, for contributing to the “life” in my years.

Season’s Greetings to all!

Nizar Ladak
President & CEO, Compute Ontario