Board of Directors

Chair
Janet M. Davidson OC

Janet M. Davidson, O.C., BScN, MHSA, LLD (Hon), works in healthcare consulting with a focus on strategy, organization management and design, and governance. She recently served as Interim CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Formerly, she was Deputy Minister of Health for Alberta.

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Vice-Chair
Peter MacKinnon

Peter MacKinnon, BA, LL.B., LL.M., is a lawyer and legal academic who served as President of the University of Saskatchewan for 13 years after a decade as its Dean of Law. After stepping down from his presidency, in 2012, Mr. MacKinnon served as the inaugural Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa and as Interim President of Athabasca University.

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Director
David T. Barnard

David Barnard became President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2008. His career includes serving at the University of Regina as President and Vice-Chancellor (1998-2005) after being Vice-President (Administration) and Controller (1996-1998). He previously spent 19 years at Queen’s University where he was a Professor of Computing and Information Science and assumed several increasingly senior administrative roles, including Associate to the Vice-Principals Research, Human Services and Resources at various times. In 2005-08 he was COO of iQmetrix.

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Director
Donna Bourne-Tyson

Donna Bourne-Tyson is the Dean of Libraries at Dalhousie University. Ms. Bourne-Tyson leads the team responsible for libraries, learning commons and archives, as well as the University’s learning management system, Copyright Office, records management, research data management, research repositories, video conferencing and classroom technologies.

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Director
Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle is the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-Principal (IT Services) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She serves as Chair of the Ontario University Council of Chief Information Officers and is a member of Queen’s University Strategic Advisory Committee for the Centre for Advanced Computing.

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Director
Alexandra King

Alexandra King, MD, FRCPC, is an Internal Medicine Specialist with a focus on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV/HCV co-infections. She is a Nipissing First Nation woman. Dr. King is the inaugural Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan. She works with Indigenous communities and stakeholders to articulate the health and wellness needs of First Nations and Métis peoples in Saskatchewan and the structural changes that are needed for improved Indigenous health outcomes.

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Director
Chris Lumb

Chris Lumb, P.Eng., ICD.D, is an experienced technology company CEO and Board Director whose career has focused on the successful application of advanced technologies and leadership of technology organizations to ensure they are effectively addressing market and stakeholder needs. He has held roles as a CEO and Executive in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and has served as a Director and Chair of numerous private, public and not-for-profit boards.

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Director
David MaGee

David MaGee is Vice-President, Research at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). His office provides leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s strategic research direction and agenda. It also develops a higher profile for the full spectrum of research and scholarly activities in all academic units. The responsibilities of the office include Research Ethics, Postdoctoral Fellows, UNB’s Strategic Research Plan, Research Institutes and various other internal grants and awards.

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Director
Gail C. Murphy

Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of British Columbia. Prior to her appointment as VPRI, Dr. Murphy served as the Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem and was formerly Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Science at UBC. Tasktop Technologies Incorporated, one of UBC’s most successful spin-off companies, was co-founded by Dr. Murphy and her former PhD student Mik Kersten in 2007. Dr. Murphy served as Chief Scientist at Tasktop until assuming the position of VPRI in August 2017.

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Director
Sina Shahandeh

Sina Shahandeh is Vice-President of Data Science at ecobee Inc., a Canadian consumer product company that is transforming the smart home. There, he leads machine learning and artificial intelligence efforts focused on the Internet of things, predictive control, energy management and human-centric AI design for smart home devices.

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Director
Jane Skoblo

Jane Skoblo, CPA, CITP, ICD.D, is an independent corporate director with extensive banking, financial services and technology experience. She is Vice-President of Digital Operations at Rogers Communications, a position she has held since October 2017. Ms. Skoblo was previously CFO of AMEX Bank of Canada and Vice-President Finance, Cards. Prior to that, she was CFO and COO of myNext Mortgage Company and Mortgage Architects Inc. She also has experience in the customer loyalty industry, having acted as CFO, Global Rewards Finance for American Express (USA).

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Director
Jeffrey Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor is the Associate Vice-President of Applied Research and Innovation at the Nova Scotia Community College, the only publicly funded college in Nova Scotia. In this role, he is privileged to oversee thriving entrepreneurship, research, innovation, international programming, industry engagement, technology access and strategic partnership activities at all 20 College locations across the province.

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Director
Denis Thérien

Denis Thérien is Vice-President of Research and Partnerships at Element AI, a Montreal start-up that helps organizations operationalize AI by connecting business and the research community. He had previously held a similar position at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), where he served since 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Thérien was Vice-Principal of Research and International Relations at McGill University from 2005 to 2010.

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Director
Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven is a leading scholar in the field of gender and cultural informatics, which combines digital technology, big data, cultural forms and social justice. She is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), having joined the Faculty of Arts in 2019 for a seven-year joint-appointment with Women’s and Gender Studies and Digital Humanities.

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Director
Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead is Vice-President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, Harvard University. She leads Harvard University’s library system, comprising over 700 staff and more than 25 separate libraries and archives. Before joining Harvard in June 2019, Ms. Whitehead was the Vice-Provost for Digital Planning and University Librarian at Queen’s University. She began her career at the University of British Columbia Library.

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