2023 Program Committee

The BCNET Summit would like to thank the 2023 CONNECT 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.


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.

Ryan Enge

Associate Director, Research Computing Services​ | University of Victoria

Ryan Enge is the associate director of Research Computing Services at the University of Victoria and national site lead for “Arbutus",  part of the Digital Research Alliance of 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.

Elizabeth Kinney

Manager, Research Specialists Advanced Research Computing​ | University of British Columbia

Elizabeth Kinney is the manager of the Research Specialist Team for ARC.  She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, BC, and a Master in Law from the University of British Columbia.  With over 14 years of experience in clinical research and health research administration in both Canada and the United States, she has firsthand experience with telemedicine and health technology.

Dave Kubert

Chief Information Security Officer | University of Northern British Columbia

Dave is the chief information security officer for 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 the professional portfolio. This commitment to information security specialization has been confirmed through professional accreditation with the CISSP and CISA designations in the last few years.

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 29 years of experience in management and 22 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. He suffers from Benjamin Button syndrome.

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.

Kevin Schretlen

Manager, IT Infrastructure and Operations | University of Northern British Columbia

Kevin is the IT infrastructure and operations manager at UNBC. He has spent most of his career in Academia, first at CNC, and now at UNBC. He has worked in desktop support roles, as well as systems administration with a focus on datacenter operations and service enablement. He believes that IT is best when it enables people to do their jobs effectively and securely.

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.

Keith Webster

Associate Faculty, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technology | Royal Roads University

Keith manages teams within the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies that support both online and classroom technologies at Royal Roads. He has been an educational technologist and instructional designer for close to 20 years and has taught in the K-12 and post-secondary systems. Keith is a past chair of the Educational Technology User’s Group (ETUG) and teaches part time as an Open Learning Faculty member at Thompson Rivers University.