2013 THINK Conference Speakers

Gregory Bell, Ph.D.

Director of the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, and Director of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) at the US Department of Energy’s High-Performance Networking Facility

Greg Bell is Director of the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California, and Director of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the US Department of Energy’s high-performance networking facility, engineered and optimized for large-scale science.



Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D

Information & Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.

An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world.


Dr. Charles Davis

E.S. Rogers Senior Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship and Professor in RTA School of Media (Faculty of Communication & Design) at Ryerson University

Charles Davis works in the area of innovation policy and management, and his current research focuses on media audiences, product innovation and experience goods, and Toronto’s cultural economy. Since 2011 he is serving as Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Communication & Design.


Dirk deRoos

Worldwide Technical Sales Leader, IBM InfoSphere BigInsights

Dirk has spent the past two years helping customers build Big Data solutions featuring BigInsights and Apache Hadoop, along with other components from IBM’s Big Data Platform. Dirk has co-authored two books on this subject area: Harness the Power of Big Data (2012), and Understanding Big Data (2011), both with McGraw-Hill Press.



Ken Evans, PhD

President and CEO, Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network

Dr Evans has over 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, during which he led global drug development programs in a number of therapeutic areas. He has been instrumental in the start-up and implementation of several major collaborative (industry/academia) research initiatives, including collaborative projects aimed at refining diagnostic definitions, and at predicting drug/placebo response.



Daniela Crivianu-Gaita

Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The Hospital for Sick Children

Daniela joined SickKids in 1998 as a systems analyst and led the successful organization-wide implementation of the Picture Archiving and Communication System, used for computerizing, displaying, manipulating, transferring and archiving medical images. She then became a team leader and a project manager and, in 2005, Director of Information Services.

As Vice President and Chief Information Officer she leads the selection and implementation of innovative technologies (from medical equipment to information systems) in support of the SickKids strategic directions.



Darin Graham, Ph.D.

President and CEO, ORION

Darin Graham was appointed President and CEO of ORION on August 1, 2010 and is a true leader in international information communications technology. Dr. Graham was most recently Director of NZi3, New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch, where he was invited to establish the institute as an innovation centre and global ‘hothouse’ of strategic ICT research. Prior to this role, he was President and CEO of the former Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO) – one of the original Ontario Centres of Excellence. He holds a Ph.D. and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.



Honourable Reza Moridi

Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation

In February 2013, Premier Wynne appointed Reza Moridi Minister of Research and Innovation. Moridi was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, he represents the riding of Richmond Hill. He has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Research and Innovation and the Minister of Energy. Reza Moridi is an award-winning scientist, engineer, educator, business leader and community activist. Moridi has lived with his family in Richmond Hill since 1991.



David Nicholl

Corporate Chief Information Officer, Government of Ontario

David Nicholl was formally appointed Corporate Chief Information Officer on November 26, 2008. David was acting as the Corporate Chief Information Officer since May 2008. Prior to that, he held the position of Corporate Chief of Infrastructure Technology Services, within the Ministry of Government Services, since February 2006. He was responsible for leading the establishment of the government’s new Infrastructure Technology Services (ITS) organization, establishing its business and service delivery model; and implementing key e-Ontario infrastructure consolidation projects.



Anne Sado

President, George Brown College, Chair, ORION Board of Directors

Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004, joining the college after a long and distinguished career with Bell Canada. Anne was recognized as one of YWCA’s 2012 Women of Distinction in Education and in 2010, by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s most powerful women. She earned her engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto, and received an honorary doctorate of laws from her alma mater in 2011. She is past chair of Trillium Health Centre and sits on the boards of the Toronto Board of Trade, Legacy Private Trust, and the Toronto Financial Service Alliance.



Dr. Alan Wagner

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, and a member of the Institute for Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)

Dr. Wagner is a Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, and a member of the Institute for Computational Intelligence and Cognitive Systems (ICICS). He is a member of BC-NET’s Advanced Network Advisory Board and Co-founder of Scalable Analytics, a UBC spin-off company, that provides an infra-structure for computing Extreme-scale analytics on big data.

John Weigelt

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

As the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada, John Weigelt is responsible for driving Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. In this role, Mr. Weigelt helps business and governments innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. He leads Canadian outreach for Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Accessibility, Privacy, Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Government 3.0, Interoperability and other policy related activities.