CIO Perspectives – Impact of Consumerization, BYOD and Social Media on Campus Services

The CIOs from B.C’s research universities and institutes will explore the impact and changes to campus services resulting from the proliferation of social media, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and consumerization. They will discuss ways that content is being consumed and technology is being leveraged and how this is changing the way teaching, learning and research happen at their institutions.

They will further explore how these things impact the evolution and integration of technology and services that enable students, faculty and staff to do what they do. The discussion will focus on the challenges, opportunities and directions that B.C.’s campuses are taking to adapt to this changing environment.

Panel Participants

Michael Hrybyk, President & CEO, BCNET

Michael Hrybyk actively oversees and manages the operations of BCNET and is responsible for implementing the overall mission and vision of the organization. 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.

Michael Thorson, Director of Infrastructure, UBC

Michael Thorson has over 20 years in the computer industry, with experience in technology management, training, programming, systems and storage management.  He gained his experience by managing IT while with the U.S. Army, a large law firm in Virginia, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, and currently at the University of British Columbia, where he is the Director of Infrastructure in UBC IT.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from St Leo College, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.

Paul Stokes, CIO, IT Services, University of Northern British Columbia

Paul Stokes is the CIO of Information Technology Services (ITS) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and has 17 years of IT experience, with the past 9 at UNBC. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Northern British Columbia and is currently pursuing his MBA at Heriot-Watt University. Prior to UNBC, he was a systems integration consultant for small to medium sized businesses. He is also active member of the BCNET Board, UNBC Board of Governors, and Leadership North Board; and also contributes to numerous leadership, technology, and higher education groups.

Jay Black, CIO, Simon Fraser University

Jay Black is the CIO of Simon Fraser University. He was educated in Canada and France, and received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. His professional interests lie in operating systems, distributed systems, middleware, and networking, and he has pursued an active research and teaching career in these areas. He held professorial positions in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo from 1984 through 2008, and also filled senior roles in academic administration there. These included seven years as associate dean of computing in the Faculty of Mathematics, and seven years as associate provost, information systems and technology. In that role, he lead major initiatives at all levels, from wiring in the walls to large enterprise software implementation projects. Since January 2009, he has been chief information officer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Brian Mackay, Associate Vice President, IT Services and CIO, Thompson Rivers University

Brian Mackay is the CIO at Thompson Rivers University(TRU) in Kamloops, and has over 20 years experience leading IT teams. Prior to joining TRU, Brian was the CIO of the Open Learning Agency(OLA). Before joining OLA, Brian ran global IT for a large Vancouver-based oil shipping company and 10 years leading IT for two large Canadian engineering companies.

At TRU, Brian’s team has been working to complete Project SAGE, the standardization and optimization of enterprise systems to support student and administrative services. Other key IT priorities include improving learning technologies for both campus and Open Learning students, a desktop virtualization project and investigating shared services to support disaster recovery and business continuity.

Brian is currently a board member of  BCNET and HEITBC.

Stephen Lamb, CIO, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Stephen Lamb joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology as its new CIO in August of 2011 making a welcome return to post-secondary education after having spent the last 15 years in similar positions within the K-12 education sector in both Canada and his home country of Scotland.

Stephen has by choice spent his career in the public sector and has a broad background in IT leadership, including network infrastructure, application development and client services. He has a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Strathclyde University and was fortunate enough to begin his career in the school of Information Science from which he graduated.





General IT Audience

Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)


Michael Hrybyk