Program Committee

The Summit Program Committee collaborates with the higher education and research community to encourage, support and guide diverse, relevant and engaging programming for BCNET CONNECT 2021.


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.


Garry Sagert

University of Victoria

Garry is the director of UVic Online Systems at the University of Victoria. Over the past 20 years, Garry has successfully led the delivery of more than $30M of strategic information systems and organizational change initiatives at the University of Victoria and throughout the BC higher education sector.  Garry holds an MSc in Computer Science and has also made significant contributions to the field of dynamic graph algorithms.

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.

Jen Heard

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Jen Heard is currently walking gently as a visitor in the territories of the nlaka'pamux and syilx peoples at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. After six years in Student Services, Jen moved to her current role, manager, applications and systems to manage Colleague (and integrated applications), Moodle, Kaltura and Office 365. Jen started a new ed tech team at NVIT to advocate for holistic and innovative hybrid teaching and learning environments now and beyond COVID. Current CEUG co-chair and program director, Jen looks forward to meeting new folks in the pursuit of curating great content for the Summit 2021.

Julie Thomson

University of Victoria

Julie Thomson is a support analyst at the UBC Okanagan campus Centre for Teaching and Learning. The CTL team works with individuals and groups of faculty members and teaching assistants to support and advance teaching excellence at UBC Okanagan.    

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. She has a Bachelor of Education degree, multiple IT diplomas and information security certifications and is a member of the BCNET Distributed Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (D-CSIRT) and Security Working Group. Kimber is UVic's technical lead in the CANARIE Joint Security Project and a member of the national project's three working groups. She supports local information security certification chapters and community and is a Vancouver Island Research Society (VISRS/BSidesVI) Director. Kimber is also an ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CSX) Trainer.



Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Leeann Waddington leads the Learning Technology and Educational Consultant teams at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in their efforts to support innovation in teaching and learning. Previously an experienced faculty member in Health, Leeann is an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and trainer and holds a Post Masters Certificate in Curriculum Design and is a doctoral candidate in the Distance Education EdD at Athabasca University. Leeann is passionate about strength based faculty and organizational development. She is also an advocate for the culture of folio thinking pedagogy and diverse course delivery models for their potential to revolutionize the learning landscape. 

Ryan Enge

University of Victoria

Ryan Enge is the manager of 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.