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Mark Wolff Appointed Chief Technology Officer at CANARIE

on November 18, 2013

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that Mark Wolff has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Mark joined CANARIE May 2011 as Senior Director, Technology Innovation and during his tenure has ably led two of CANARIE’s strategic initiatives: the Research Middleware program and the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program.


As Chief Technology Officer, Mark is responsible for ensuring CANARIE continues to drive transformative change in the use of digital infrastructure among Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. Specifically, he is responsible for the ongoing evolution of Canada’s research and education network, together with the provincial and territorial advanced networks, and the management of the network services CANARIE currently provides, including Canadian Access Federation and the Content Delivery Service. Mark is also responsible for the evolution of CANARIE’s game-changing Research Middleware program, an initiative designed to accelerate research discovery, reduce duplication of effort, and effectively leverage research dollars through the creation of a broadly-adopted toolkit of software services that can be used and re-used in the development of research platforms. Mark will continue to lead CANARIE’s Digital Infrastructure for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program, which offers free cloud-based resources to entrepreneurs to accelerate their product development timelines and give them a competitive advantage in the global market.

As a member of CANARIE’s executive team, Mark’s contribution will be critical for CANARIE to realize the objectives of its current mandate, and to develop CANARIE’s strategic plan for 2015-2020. CANARIE will soon initiate a broad community consultation to gather feedback to inform the development of this plan.

Prior to CANARIE, Mark has held innovation, development and leadership positions at companies such as Newbridge Networks, Alcatel, and Meriton Networks. Mark has degrees in Commerce, and in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.


“CANARIE is fortunate to have an individual with Mark’s extraordinary technical expertise and proven management skills as part of the executive team,” says Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE. “His demonstrated leadership of two of CANARIE’s most innovative programs, together with the respect he has earned from a wide range of CANARIE stakeholders, positions him to make a tremendous impact as CANARIE’s Chief Technology Officer.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to work with a wide range of CANARIE partners and stakeholders to ensure CANARIE continues to have a transformative impact on Canada by advancing Canada’s knowledge and innovation infrastructure,” says Mark Wolff.


Mark Wolff’s Biography

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
CANARIE Inc. (613) 943-5432


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, form Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.