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Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO

Jim Ghadbane

(613) 944-5603 | jim.ghadbane at canarie.ca

Jim Ghadbane was appointed President and CEO of CANARIE in 2013, after joining the organization as Chief Technology Officer in 2010. Jim’s leadership, technical expertise, and focus on stakeholder needs support an increased impact and relevance of CANARIE programs and services in Canada’s public and private sectors.

Nationally, Jim works to strengthen the governance, collaborative operation, and evolution of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Internationally, Jim works with global colleagues on the NREN CEO Forum to guide the evolution of the Global Research and Education Network.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Jim held a variety of executive positions at leading ICT companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks. Jim is a devoted mentor to many colleagues and an avid golfer.

Nancy E. Carter, Chief Financial Officer

Nancy E. Carter

(613) 943-5437 | nancy.carter at canarie.ca

Nancy Carter was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CANARIE in 2007 and is one of the organization’s longest serving employees, having joined in 1997. Responsible for the financial accountability of the organization, Nancy also manages CANARIE facilities, human resources, information technology, and legal matters.

Throughout Nancy’s tenure as CFO, her deep institutional knowledge, understanding of the stakeholder community, and appetite to adopt new technologies have helped drive the evolution of the organization and enhance the impact of CANARIE initiatives. Her focus on process excellence ensures that CANARIE programs are delivered with a high degree of transparency and integrity; her expertise in not-for-profit governance serves to strengthen the impact of CANARIE’s Board and advisory committees; and her appetite for lifelong learning (she earned a law degree at the University of Ottawa while CFO) is a model for her peers within and outside CANARIE.

Nancy serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and is the former Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Internet Society, Canada Chapter. Nancy actively supports cancer research initiatives and her Run for the Cure team has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research.

Mark Wolff, Chief Technology Officer

Mark Wolff

(613) 943-0460 | mark.wolff at canarie.ca

Mark Wolff was appointed Chief Technology Officer of CANARIE in 2013, after joining CANARIE as Senior Director, Technology Innovation, in 2011.

As CTO, Mark is responsible for ensuring CANARIE continues to drive the transformation and evolution of digital research infrastructure to serve Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. Mark’s collaborative approach, coupled with his expansive technical knowledge, has supported the evolution and impact of CANARIE’s portfolio of programs and services. Responsible for CANARIE teams in network operations, research software, research data management, identity and access management, cloud technology, and security, Mark’s leadership supports the cross-pollination of best practices and the strategic deployment of innovative technologies, with a clear focus on the needs of end users.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Mark held innovation, development, and leadership positions at Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Meriton Networks. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and holds several patents in telecommunications. In his spare time, you can typically find Mark with a guitar in hand.

Kathryn Anthonisen, Vice-President, External Relations

Kathryn Anthonisen

(613) 943-5374 | kathryn.anthonisen at canarie.ca

Kathryn Anthonisen has served as CANARIE’s Vice President, External Relations since 2012, after joining CANARIE in 2010 as Director of Communications. Responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications, Kathryn leads the team responsible for driving stakeholder awareness and engagement and promoting the impact of digital research and education infrastructure to Canada’s innovation capacity. During her tenure, Kathryn successfully reshaped the perception of the CANARIE brand from that of solely a network operator to an organization focussed on delivering a range of relevant and impactful digital infrastructure tools and services. Kathryn is also responsible for building productive relationships with national and global stakeholders, partners, global peer networks, and funders.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Kathryn held a variety of senior roles in marketing and communications in the private sector. Earlier in her career, she was an instructor and program administrator at Humber College in Toronto, and worked to develop a college curriculum in Financial Services while at the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Kathryn earned her BA at McGill University and her MBA from Schulich School of Business, and spent a year studying French language and culture at the Sorbonne in Paris. Kathryn takes advantage of Ottawa’s extensive bike paths to commute to work until the snow flies, when she switches to skates and glides home on the Rideau Canal.

Peter Wilenius, Vice-President, Business Development

Peter Wilenius

(613) 943-5455 | peter.wilenius at canarie.ca

Peter Wilenius joined CANARIE as Vice President, Business Development in 2014 after more than 25 years of experience in Canada’s information technology sector. Over the course of his career, Peter has led initiatives in strategic planning, global marketing, business development, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions, and has extensive experience guiding emerging technology companies in business planning, channel development, and marketing strategies.

In his role at CANARIE, Peter draws on this experience to explore, create, and develop partnership opportunities that leverage Canada’s investment in digital research infrastructure that impact a broad range of stakeholders. Peter was instrumental in the genesis and development of the Centre of Excellence for Next-Generation Networks (CENGN), of which CANARIE is a partner, and continues to shape the evolution of this organization in his role as a member of its Board of Directors. Peter has led the evolution of CANARIE’s cloud program, DAIR, and played a central role in shaping the governance model that manages Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). More recently, Peter worked with public and private sector partners to evolve CANARIE offerings in identity and access management and cybersecurity.

Peter holds a BA Honours (Economics) from Carleton University and an MBA from Queen’s University. A former competitive triathlete, in his off hours Peter can be found on the rink or on the green, depending upon the season.