Wednesday, May 16 – 1:45 p.m.
Following on a province-wide consultation, Compute Ontario established its five-year strategic plan which highlighted a number of aims. In 2017, two strategic priorities were launched under the auspices of two provincial advisory committees.
Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)
This study began with an environmental scan performed by external Consultants with the aim to develop a consensus-based definition of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in Ontario’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) sector. Upon arriving at the definition, a supply and demand analysis was performed with the aim of forecasting future demand against current supply. At the outset, it is hypothesized that the supply of highly qualified personnel within Ontario will be insufficient to meet future demand in ARC research. If so, training and credentialing requirements will be developed to help reduce the gap.
Technology Investment Study
This study began with a baseline of existing ARC infrastructure in Ontario. Through analysis of technology trends, the Advisory Committee, staff, and consultants developed scenarios and forecasts of technology obsolescence and thereby, estimates of future investment for ARC infrastructure for the not-for-profit ARC sector. Strategic alliances with private sector and industry partners are suggested as one avenue to explore with the aim of identifying mutually beneficial investment strategies that support innovation in Ontario’s ARC ecosystem.
Moderator: Monique Crichlow
Monique Crichlow is Director, Strategy & Policy Development with Compute Ontario. She has extensive experience supporting transformational projects within the public sector and brings with her, significant skill in the areas of policy, strategy and planning, government relations, program evaluation and customer experience. In her role, Monique provides direct support to the Executive Team and Board of Directors in leading initiatives that enable the organization to deliver on its mandate. Monique holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science, certificates in Project Management, Human Resources Management and is currently completing a Master’s degree.
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario
Dr. Michael Bauer is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has served as Chair of the Computer Science Department (1991-1996 and from 2002-2007) and as the Associate Vice-President Information Technology (1996-2001). Dr. Bauer has served on and chaired Canada’s National Science and Engineering Research Council’s Computer Science grant review committee, the Computer Science Research Tools and Instruments Committee and NSERC’s Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment (OMSRE) Committee. Dr. Bauer is Scientific Director of a multi-university high performance computing consortia called SHARCNET (www.uwo.ca). Dr. Bauer has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, has supervised over 80 HQP and is currently supervising 7 HQP. He has been the Principle Investigator on grants of over $6M.
Senior Research Vice President at Hyperion Research
Panelist Steve Conway is Senior Research Vice President at Hyperion Research. Mr. Conway leads Hyperion Research’s practice in high performance data analysis (big data needing HPC). A 25-year veteran of the HPC and IT industries, Mr. Conway is a member of the steering committees of the HPC User Forum, and of the annual ISC Big Data and ISC Cloud conferences. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributor to HPC-related publications, including HPC studies for U.S. government agencies and the European Commission, as well as the 2015 book Industrial Applications of High Performance Computing.
Kiret is a postdoctoral fellow cross-appointed to Research and High Performance Computing and the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. With an interdisciplinary background in data science and neuroscience, he uses ARC to develop ways of integrating human and machine intelligence in brain-computer interfacing and diagnostic imaging.
Research Manager, R.A. Malatest & Associates
Panelist Derek Hughes is the research manager for the Ottawa office of R.A Malatest & Associates Ltd – a private consulting firm that provides customized research solutions to meet the diverse needs of a range of clients. Mr. Hughes holds responsibility for the quality of all products produced by the Ottawa team. Mr. Hughes has managed multiple diverse qualitative and quantitative research projects, while maintaining strong communication linkages between staff and clients. In doing so, he leverages his 14 years of experience to develop key insights for our clients.
VP, Health Strategy and Partnerships, Vector Institute
Alison has more than 20 years of management experience in the government and private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Vector, she was Director, Strategic Partnerships at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). In that role, she laid the groundwork for ICES analytic services for the private sector and initiated ICES’ first public engagement work. Alison also developed and expanded ICES’ partnerships with important provincial, national and international health data holding organizations, including establishing Memoranda of Understanding between ICES and the Farr Institute (UK), Cancer Care Ontario, the University of Melbourne and the Population Health Research Institute.