Enterprise meets research: Cybera announces new board members

Three representatives from enterprise have today been added to the board of directors of Cybera, Alberta'€™s guardian of research and education e-infrastructure. They will help the organization sharpen its focus on the economic impact of high-speed networks in the province.

The new board members were approved today at Cybera'€™s annual general meeting. Cybera is the architect of Alberta'€™s Research and Education Network, which connects the major post-secondary institutions in the province and pilots "above the network"€ services to support education, research and enterprise. The evolution of its board represents a strategic investment in the economic future of Alberta.

The new directors are:

Two additional new appointments were approved, replacing long-standing representatives from the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary, Seamus O'€™Shea and Brian Unger, who were recognized for their longstanding service at a special event yesterday.

The new university designates are:

Jonathan Schaeffer, Dean of Science at the University of Alberta, will continue as the University'€™s designate, and has also been appointed vice-chair of the board.

Peter Singendonk, Director of Strategic and Technical Operations at Cisco Systems Canada, will become chair.

"€œNew technology, such as cloud computing, is critical to Alberta'€™s continued growth and success. Cybera pilots these technologies on behalf of Alberta, and develops the e-infrastructure the province needs to stay competitive. Cybera does important work, and I am excited to be a part of it,"€ says Singendonk.


Clark Ferguson, University of Lethbridge
Clark Ferguson joined the University of Lethbridge in August 2010 to lead IT services. Prior to joining the university, Ferguson worked with BC Hydro and telecommunications firms Bell ExpressVu, Bell, Nortel and Bell Northern Research, at each company leading IT infrastructure, telecommunications and security programs. Ferguson has an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Frank Maurer, University of Calgary
Frank Maurer is Associate Vice-President (Research) and computer science professor at the University of Calgary, where he is focusing on enhancing technology transfer and community engagement. Maurer'€™s research interests include evolutionary software engineering, cloud computing and digital surfaces. He is the principal investigator of the NSERC SurfNet Strategic Research Network, a Canadian research alliance of academic researchers, industry partners, and government collaborators working to improve software applications for surface computing environments like multi-touch screens, table-tops and wall-sized displays.

Rob Tasker, TRTech
Rob Tasker is the President and CEO of TRTech, a not-for-profit research and development company accelerating industry growth through information and communications technology (ICT) innovation. Tasker is a passionate and visionary leader with a strong track record of building successful businesses and transforming organizations. Prior to TRTech, he worked at TELUS Communications Inc. As Senior Vice-President, Tasker led a team of 1,500 people and transformed the processes for complex data network services. He has a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from York University.

Leslie Warren, Vulcan Business Development Society
Leslie Warren is the Economic Development Officer for Vulcan Business Development Society, which encompasses seven municipalities in southern Alberta within the Vulcan County borders. The society has been cultivating technology skills and use in the rural community through the Vulcan Innovation Project, funded through the Rural Alberta Development Fund to generate technology knowledge within businesses and organizations in the region. Warren and her family farm and ranch in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Justin Webb, Bell
Justin Webb is the Vice-President, Bell Business Markets, responsible for the Western Region. Webb was also Bell'€™s Vice-President of Olympic Services, where he led a team of over 700 Bell specialists from across the country with a mandate of helping Vancouver 2010 deliver flawless Games to the world. Webb has a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Alberta. He is active in his community as a director of the North Shore Credit Union board in Vancouver, an on-going mentor at the UBC Sauder School of Business and as a member of the North Vancouver Outdoor School Advisory Committee.