Preparing for a Converged World – The Future of Our Campuses

Like the transition from analog to digital phone systems several years ago, most legacy systems on higher education campuses are converging towards Internet Protocol (IP) networks for the transport of information.

Aspects of campus facilities such as building systems and security services become vulnerable to network attacks because of the inability of aged protocols to communicate with the newer IP-aware protocols. There is a shift towards campus IT and facilities departments working together to centralize IT in order to more effectively service their community.

How can the IT and facilities departments at our higher education institutions collaborate as a unified front to begin addressing the realities of network convergence? Are changes to governance required? What are some of the new devices that are joining this “the internet of things”? And what policies are required as the campus network becomes more critical to life and limb?

Take the first step in building a stronger relationship between our campus IT and facilities departments. Join this panel discussion to dialogue with your peers and uncover the opportunities and challenges that all aspects of higher education campuses face in a converging world.

Panel Participants

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.

Lorenzo Costantino, Director of Network Services at Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Within the institution, Lorenzo consults with people to determine how best to move forward and start planning for ongoing operations and new infrastructure requirements. All staff in Network Services report to Lorenzo either directly or through their existing supervisors. Lorenzo chairs the Fibre Infrastructure Working Group (FIWG), which reviews fibre acquisition initiatives, oversees the management of existing fibre infrastructure, and recommends improvements and additions to the current BCNET fibre infrastructure.

Douglas Woodley, Project Manager/Senior Systems Analyst, Technical Infrastructure Services, IT Services, BCIT

Mark Evanko, Principle Engineer, BRUNS-PAK 

Mark is a principal and one of the original founders of BRUNS-PAK.  BRUNS-PAK’s thirty-two (32) year/5000+ project experiences in design/building high technology data center projects serve as the basis for the evolution of the ultra-reliable facility.  Mr. Evanko continues to actively participate as a BRUNS-PAK project director integrating facilities with information systems in developing technically proficient solutions for the client.

Mark’s personal background includes a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University in Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he attended The University of Toledo College of Law.  He graduated from Amerada Hess’ Corporate Management Engineering Program as well.


Session Format

Panel Discussion

Intended Audience

IT Staff, Policy Makers, Campus Networks, Campus Facilities

Session Duration

60 Minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday May 1st, 2012

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Terasen Theatre (1800)


Lorenzo Costantino