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Program Committee

The Program Committee collaborates with the higher education and research community to encourage, support and guide diverse, relevant and engaging programming for BCNET CONNECT 2020.

 

Dave Kubert
University of Northern British Columbia

Program Committee Chair

Dave has been found lurking about UNBC for years, taking work as a systems administrator, network administrator, and developer of dubious software. After he’d annoyed enough people of influence, it was decided that he should work in IT Security, where he is developing an appreciation for the concept of karma.


CYBERSECURITY TRACK CHAIRS

Lance Bailey
British Columbia Genome Sciences Centre

Lance Bailey has been with the Genome Sciences Centre for nine years managing the systems group along with managing the architecture of the bioinformatic IT infrastructure.

With 31 years of IT experience in both industry and research environments, Lance provides leadership in the design of solutions for large storage, computational and network resources.

Hugh Burley
Thompson Rivers University

Hugh is the Director of Information Security for Thompson Rivers University where he has been leading the information security program since 2007. He has served in a variety of capacities in regional and national working groups and boards.

Hugh currently holds information security, risk, audit and privacy professional certifications.

Kimberley Dray
University of Victoria

Kimberley is a Senior Information Security Analyst at the University of Victoria with over 20 years’ experience working in information technology in the BC education system. She has a Bachelor of Education degree, multiple IT diplomas, information security certifications and is a member of the BCNET Security Working Group. She supports and volunteers with local information security certification chapters and community, and is the ISACA Victoria Communications Director.

Kimberley is keen to work with her colleagues and industry leaders to build programs, mentor, guide and continue to communicate the diverse opportunities available now and on the horizon in cybersecurity and related fields.


ENTERPRISE SERVICE DELIVERY track chairs

Grant Gregson
Simon Fraser University

Grant is the Director of the Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE), Learning and Teaching Technology Division at Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the CEE leadership team and works to ensure alignment of goals and provide strategic and administrative leadership for the integration of systems and technology to support excellence in teaching. Grant has recently moved to SFU from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where he established and directed their Teaching and Learning Centre.

Timothy Kato
The University of British Columbia

Tim works as Team Lead in UBC’s Learning Technology Hub (lthub.ubc.ca), a collaborative initiative bringing together staff from the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC Information Technology. He has a background in learning technology and application support and enjoys continually maturing and improving support processes and frameworks.

Scott Thompson
University of Victoria

Scott is the Director of UVic Online for University Systems at the University of Victoria overseeing the portfolio responsible for enterprise systems and software. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MPA from UVic and is a PMP certified project manager. He has held a variety of roles at UVic over the past 16 years including software developer, project manager, and several leadership positions.


IT INFRASTRUCTURE track chairs

David Burkholder
Thompson Rivers University

David Burkholder is the Associate Director of Technical Services at Thompson Rivers University. He started with TRU in a technical role in 1989 since emerging into a management role over the past 8 years. David leads the team that manages the converged networks at TRU. This includes VoIP, firewalls, routers and edge networking. When he’s not managing the many challenges at work, David spends time volunteering within the community helping the marginalized of society.

 

Sanja Leblanc
The University of British Columbia

With over 15 years of experience, Sanja is the operations manager for the Systems Infrastructure team at the University of British Columbia. Sanja and her team focus on day to day support and management of BCNET’s shared service private cloud, EduCloud Server, and all of its supporting pieces—virtualization, storage, backup, capacity and performance management. 

Adrian Lim
Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Adrian is a Manager, Institutional Research + Applications at ECUAD and the Chair of the Colleague Service Committee. He works closely with BCNET and the Committee members to maximize synergy and cooperation. His focus these days are on strategy and mitigation of risk, which is a shift from the execution and operational type of work.


LEADERSHIP track chairs

Nav Bassi
University of Victoria

Nav Bassi is the Director of Academic & Administrative Services for University Systems at the University of Victoria. He holds a BSc in computer science, an MBA (Service Management) from UVic. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).  He chairs the BCNET Shared Services & Technology Committee and serves on the BCNET Procurement Services Committee.


RESEARCH AND INNOVATION track chairs

Steve Cundy
The University of British Columbia

Steve Cundy is the Director of Advanced Research Computing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has been providing dedicated and specialized Research Computing support to the Higher Education research community since 2002, joining UBC in 2005.

In support of the UBC Vice-President Research & Innovation and Associate Vice-President Information Technology & Chief Information Officer ,the Director of ARC provides strategic executive technology leadership for the UBC Advanced Research Computing team and leads UBC IT resources University-wide in enabling research computing support for UBC’s research community.

Prior to his current position, Steve has worked in various Higher Education Information Technology leadership and support roles since 1997 with specific interests in providing access to world class digital research infrastructure that will enable researchers to accelerate time to discovery and innovation.

Ryan Enge
University of Victoria

Ryan Enge is the Manager or Research Computing Services at the University of Victoria and National Site Lead for “Arbutus”, part of Compute Canada’s national cloud platform. He started in Advanced Research Computing (ARC) after joining the High-Energy Physics (HEP) group at the university in 2004. When UVic received its first WestGrid system at the end of 2009, Ryan helped deploy Compute Canada’s first Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. The RCS team was formed in April 2017 and Ryan switched from a technical role to a leadership role of this team.

MARTIN SIEGERT
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

Martin Siegert is the Director of Research Computing at Simon Fraser University.

 

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