Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address


Master of Ceremonies: 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.

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.

Jill Kowalchuk, Interim Executive Director, Compute Canada

Jill Kowalchuk is the Interim Executive Director for Compute / Calcul Canada, Canada’s national platform of supercomputing resources that brings together computer and data facilities, computational expertise, and hundreds of academic researchers to tackle Canada’s biggest research challenges. For this Compute Canada role, Kowalchuk was seconded from her position as Executive Director of WestGrid and Vice-President, Project and Partnership Development at Cybera. She has more than a decade of experience managing interdisciplinary collaborations in academia and industry through the use of information technology. Previous to her roles at Cybera and WestGrid, Kowalchuk held various strategic and technical positions with Netera Alliance. She currently serves as the Treasurer on the Open Grid Forum Board of Directors, participates in national discussions on developing Canada’s digital strategy, and is an active supporter of initiatives that encourage youth and women to enter the fields of science, engineering and IT. She studied Computing Science at the University of Calgary.

Joe Thompson, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister (A/ADM) and Executive Financial Officer (EFO), Ministry of Advanced Education

Joe Thompson currently holds the position of Acting Assistant Deputy Minister (A/ADM) and Executive Financial Officer (EFO), Student Services and Sector Resource Management Division, for the Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED).Joe brings to AVED a vast amount of experience working as a career public servant for over 30 years.

Before becoming A/ADM, Joe was the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Post-Secondary Funding and Corporate Finance Branch. This branch is responsible for corporate financial planning; establishing and monitoring operating grant allocations for 25 public post-secondary institutions; capital and facilities planning, development and maintenance; and various financial services including accounts payable.

Joe is married and has two adult children. He is an avid golfer and also enjoys gardening and travelling.


General Audience

Session Duration

30 minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday May 1st, 2012

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Fletcher Theatre, (Room 1900)

Overflow: Labatt Hall (Room 1700)