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2022 Summit Program Committee

The BCNET Summit would like to thank the 2022 Summit Program Committee for their leadership and contributions in generating and evaluating sessions proposals. The committee's role is to encourage, support and guide diverse, relevant and engaging programming by working with the higher education and research community in B.C.

 

Garry Sagert

Director, Online Systems | University of Victoria

Program Committee Chair

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 in strategic information systems and organizational change initiatives at the University of Victoria and throughout the B.C. higher education sector.  Garry holds an MSc in Computer Science and has also made significant contributions to the field of dynamic graph algorithms.

 

David Burkholder 

Associate Director, Technical Services | Thompson Rivers University

David oversees the networking, telephony, and media services group at TRU. He started at TRU (then UCC) in 1989 as a technician supporting networking and telephony systems. Over the last 32 years, various higher paid individuals, recognized/decided that he had the skills/aptitude/competence (what were they thinking?), to manage and support these functions. He's honored to know he's contributing to the support of staff, faculty and most importantly contributing to the learning and teaching of students.

David enjoys hiking/walking, biking and IT support for friends and family. He really enjoys working on vehicles for a ministry in Central America (and at home).

Dean Crawford

Director, Shared Systems and Technology | BCNET 

Dean manages the development and operation of the shared systems and technologies portfolio. He works collaboratively with our member community to facilitate service development and define models for selecting and implementing services. Dean is a seasoned IT professional with over two decades of experience in higher education and technology. He holds a certificate as a project management professional.

Steve Cundy

Director, Advanced Research Computing  Vice President Research & Innovation, Information Technology | 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.

Ryan Enge

Manager, Research Computing Services​ | 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.

 

Dave Kubert

Chief Information Security Officer | University of Northern British Columbia

Dave is the chief information security Officer at the University of Northern British Columbia. He’s spent his career in academia working in Unix systems administration, network engineering, and software development before finally surrendering the last vestiges of his soul and moving into information security. Dave’s professional interests include redefining the role of information security in organizational structures, risk governance, walking a fine line, and being in over his head.

Brian Lamb

Director - Learning Technology and Innovation | Thompson Rivers University

Brian oversees learning technology for both campus and Open Learning communities at TRU. He is a co-founder of the OpenETC. He blogs at Abject.

Dave Lampron

Chief Information Officer | College of New Caledonia

Dave is the CIO at College of New Caledonia (CNC). He's worked in academia for over 25 years. Dave has a passion for assisting rural and remote communities in augmenting access to essential services.

Anna Machaj

Associate Director of Information Security | Douglas College

Anna is an information technology professional with extensive experience in information security, project management, application systems, and managing the complete Information Technology stack.  Since 2005, information security has been a growing part of her professional portfolio. Anna's commitment to security specialization was achieved through professional accreditation with the CISSP and CISA designations.

Ivor Mackay

Manager, Cybersecurity | BCNET 

Ivor is responsible for fulfilling and planning the future of BCNET's internal IT needs. He facilitates cybersecurity collaboration and future service direction through the BCNET Cybersecurity and Identity Management Services Committee. Ivor has 24 years’ experience in management and 17 years as an IT professional. He began his IT career working at the world track and field games in Edmonton, where he led the rolling out and support of desktops and servers for the games. Following his work at the games, he worked in IT for CBC in Edmonton for 10 years. He moved from Edmonton to join Coast Mountain College (formerly known as Northwest Community College) as the director of IT. Ivor is a certified Barracuda Engineer.

Ted pennell

Chief Information Officer | Camosun College

Ted Pennell is the CIO for Camosun College and is passionate about enhancing education through technology. He values innovation as an empowering agent for change and is skilled at building and maintaining productive relationships and developing capable teams that value customer service and collaboration. Ted holds an MBA degree with a specialization in consulting management and has numerous technology and business certifications and designations.

Steve Rosco

Senior Manager, Technology & System Security | University of British Columbia

Steve Rosco is the senior manager technology & systems security at UBC in the CISO group. With over 20 years of IT experience, Steve works with a team of cybersecurity professionals to protect UBC from attacks and mitigate risks by leveraging technology across all layers of infrastructure with a focus on partnerships and collaboration both within the institution and with outside institutions and groups.

sandeep Sidhu

Chief Information Officer | Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Sandeep believes in leaving this world a little better than she found it. Her work helps transform higher education by developing effective organizational capabilities (people with technology) and leverages digitalization. She is the chief information officer at Emily Carr University and helps shape their digital transformation strategy. She has nearly 20 years of active leadership experience in the technology space for the public and private sector. Sandeep is an active volunteer in the BCNET, CUCCIO and Educause community. Sandeep is also passionate about academia and holds a double master’s degree in Information Technology and Applied Research. She is also a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Craig Simons

Associate Director, Network Operations | Simon Fraser University

Craig is still enjoying the temporary summer job he took while a student at SFU 20 years ago. During this time, he has gathered a wide range of experiences in technology development, service design and leadership. These days, Craig works to transition his information and knowledge into  strategic wisdom and developing new strategies to address the challenges of the day and beyond.