Advanced Digital Infrastructure – Western Canadian Perspectives

Every province in Canada operates and manages a high-speed, high capacity advanced network that is dedicated to the needs of research and higher education. The provinces are connected by CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, to each other and to over 100 advanced networks worldwide.

In this panel discussion, you will hear from each of the Western Canadian advanced network organizations who will discuss regional developments, mandates, perspectives, projects and accomplishments.


Robin Winsor, CEO, Cybera

Robin Winsor’s passion for scientific innovation, and experience in all aspects of the technology commercialization process uniquely position him to lead Cybera as President and CEO.

Winsor brings a strong background of experience in sectors such as medical science, oil and gas, seismic, and geophysics. He invented and developed the world’s first direct digital x-ray system in 1991 and founded Imaging Dynamics to commercialize the technology. From 1995 – 2009 he guided the company from a startup to a public company listed on the Toronto stock exchange with worldwide operations. In 2005, Imaging Dynamics won the Cool Companies Award for being an innovative and exciting place to work. In 2005 and 2006, Winsor’s company was among the top 10 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 fastest growing companies. Winsor is a past winner of the Manning Innovation Award and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Prior to Winsor’s successes at Imaging Dynamics, he served as Coordinator of Earth Science Systems at Alberta Energy Company (1994 – 1997), and as a Geophysicist for Gulf Canada (1982 – 1994).

Winsor holds multiple patents in the field of medical imaging and has authored standards currently in use in the medical, well logging, and seismic industries. He is a member of both the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Winsor holds a degree in Geophysics and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


Gerry Miller, Executive Director, MRnet

Gerry Miller was until recently Executive Director of Information Services and Technology at the University of Manitoba, responsible for management of all computing, networking, telecommunications and media services in support of teaching, research and administration. He was employed by the University in senior information technology positions from August, 1974 to May, 2010.

Mr. Miller has also been involved in many national and provincial networking activities including CA*net, Mbnet, MRnet ,and the CANARIE research and education network. He has also been involved with CANARIE as Treasurer and board member as well as many national initiatives including Smart Communities, Community Access Program, Schoolnet, the Information Highway Advisory Council, the National Broadband Task Force, and the Anti-Spam Task Force. Mr Miller also helped in the formation of and is a member of the board of the Canadian Centre for the Child Protection.


Cy Scheske, Executive Director, SRnet

Cyril (Cy) Scheske is currently the President of SRnet, the Saskatchewan Research Network Inc. He has acted in this capacity for the past six years and is on contract to SRnet for another year. He has held numerous executive positions in the private and public sector, and has extensive experience in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry provincially and internationally.

In the past decade he has been operating independently, taking on a range of contracts from the private sector, first nations, and government. His projects ranged from developing a First Nations wind power project to a key study which led to the development of the Canada-Saskatchewan sound stage in Regina.

In former executive positions he has designed, built, and managed three diverse organizations including: the Business Development Division and the International Division of CDSL (now CGI), the International Division of Saskatchewan Health, and was one of the founders and developers of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership.


Michael Hrybyk, CEO, BCNET

Michael 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.

Panel Presentation

Target Audience


Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)


Michael Hrybyk, BCNET