BCNET’s Expanded Mandate – Shared IT Services for Research and Higher Education


BCNET has evolved over the past 24 years to meet the ever-changing needs of its research and higher education member community in British Columbia.

In 2009, members voted in favour of expanding BCNET’s mandate to offer shared IT services in support of their collective strategic mandates: excellence in research, teaching and learning. This progression of BCNET’s directive is a result of its collaborative, member-driven culture that provides a safe haven  to explore the top technology challenges that are critical to the strategic success of research universities and institutes.

Come to this session to learn how shared IT services will enable campuses in British Columbia to reduce costs, decrease technology duplication and be more productive.  BCNET will share some of the guiding principles for a proposed shared service and discuss shared service projects that are currently underway.


Michael Hrybyk, President and CEO, BCNET

Speaker Information

Hrybyk actively oversees and manages the operations of the society and is responsible for implementing the overall mission and vision of BCNET. Mike pioneered the concept of transit exchanges as a method of linking research and education networks to their local communities as well as to national and international peers. He has been an active member of the technology community in the U.S. and Canada and has been recognized for his efforts in helping to develop the Canadian Internet.

In 2003, he received a BC Information Technology Builder Award, and in 2002 was recognized by the University Presidents’ Council for his work creating advanced networks for B.C.’s universities. In 1997, he was named as a builder of Canada’s information society by CANARIE and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.



Target Audience


Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday May 1st, 2012

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)


Jay Black, CIO, SFU