Cancer Computer Team

 Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson
Executive Director

A seasoned technology sector operator whose 25 year career has centered on value identification, creation and transformation across early and growth stage businesses.

Serving as Chairman & CEO of Adenyo Inc., Tyler led the company’s overall strategic direction & corporate development strategy raising a total of $26 million from both private and institutional investors over two years and leading to the $150 million exit in April of 2011.

Prior to joining Adenyo, Tyler held the position of Vice President, Marketing & Business Development with QNX Software Systems which was acquired by Research In Motion. During his tenure as Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at Bridgewater Systems, he led the strategy and team responsible for negotiating product contracts with mobile operators and OEMs around the world.

Serving for six years as Vice President, Global Business Development with Research In Motion Tyler’s mandates included OEM channels, operator development and readiness, ISV alliances and IP licensing. In 2008, he co-founded YOU i Labs, developers of 2D & 3D GUI engines for resource-constrained mobile devices.

In 2011 Tyler co-founded and was CEO of Ackroo Inc. a SMB focused provider of SaaS loyalty and rewards solutions from seed round through to a successful TSX.V listing in 2012. Tyler works in an advisory capacity with early stage and start-up firms within the cloud computing, data analytics and mobile solutions verticals.

 Roy Chartier

Roy Chartier

Roy Chartier
Founder / CTO

Roy Chartier has over 20 years of Information Technology engineering and team leadership experience in government and with large corporations, as well as solid business expertise in start-up environments.

He began his career in programming neural networks for pattern recognition in vision and matured into a technology evangelist with enterprising foresight since the early emergence of the Internet. Adept at recognizing the transformative impact of technology, he has harnessed its potential to support the transition and growth of government clients and private sector companies from ecommerce, virtualization and the Cloud to big compute, big data, and data science. These represent the key ingredients for strategic results generation through high performance computing that will significantly impact our lives.

Mr. Chartier has also written articles on microprocessors, system benchmarking, and computer operating systems for local, national and international trade publications. A graduate of Carleton University with a degree in Philosophy, Mr. Chartier passes his time traversing the night sky as an amateur astronomer when not hacking away at golf balls.

 

 John Towns

John Towns

John Towns
Special Adviser, Advanced Research Computing

John Towns is the Deputy CIO for Research IT at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NCSA, Technology Services, and the Vice Chancellor for Research collaborated to create the position of Deputy CIO for Research IT. This position is focused on a crucial goal of the campus strategic plan: to foster scholarship, discovery, and innovation by supporting our faculty’s needs for information technology.

In the role of Deputy CIO, John works to enhance technologies and services used in research. Drawing on his resources and experiences at NCSA, Technology Services, and other campus units, John is well prepared to meet these challenges. He focuses particular attention on high-performance computing, high-speed networking, big data, and visualization.

John also collaborates with members of the campus research community to develop new initiatives, conduct ongoing needs assessments, and coordinate research IT activities across campus units.

In addition to being the Deputy CIO for Research IT, John is also PI and Project Director for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project and the Executive Director for the XSEDE Project Office at NCSA (the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, also at Illinois) where he is the Director of the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. He plays significant roles in the deployment and operation of high-end resources and services, and distributed computing projects providing leadership and direction in the development and provisioning of advanced computing resources and services. His background is in computational astrophysics utilizing a variety of computational architectures with a focus on application performance analysis. He earned M.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

 Lois Graveline

Lois Graveline

Lois Graveline
Director of Resource Development

Lois has spent just about half of her life dedicated to supporting the work of various charitable organizations in Canada. From local, to regional and national in nature, she has applied her tightly honed skills and 24 years of experience to helping charities develop and strengthen their fund development and volunteer programs.

Lois admits to being completely energized by the process of strategic planning and budget management and especially, when she can successfully connect extraordinary people with awesome causes. Lois is now self-employed as a Professional Fundraiser and Consultant and welcomes the opportunity to build strategic relationships between volunteers/partners/donors and the causes they believe in and looks forward to working with the corporate sector to initiate, strengthen and execute corporate community investment and employee engagement programs.

 Jennifer Couture

Jennifer Couture

Jennifer Couture
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board

Jennifer Couture has been a medical sociologist since 2013. Her specialty is patient advocacy, patient compliancy, and the integration of innovations in medical research and technology. She has conducted research at Concordia University, the University of Calgary, and the University of Ottawa, where she is currently completing her doctorate and working as a faculty member.

Jennifer is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and other health related events, specific to chronic conditions and what she has termed “augmented patient compliancy”. Currently, she is focused on patient compliancy and health outcomes among those with Celiac Disease, and in her capacity on the scientific advisory board at Cancer Computer, she examines the impact of emerging technologies on accelerated and improved cancer research.

She holds a Master’s in Sociology from Concordia University, and is completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Ottawa.

Jennifer is a strong supporter of initiatives that address equal access to high quality health care, preventative and regenerative medicine, and technological innovations that support advanced research methods and outcomes.

 Mike Norman

Mike Norman

Mike Norman
Treasurer

Mike studied Business Administration (University of Guelph) and graduated with Honours. Shortly after, he moved North beginning his career with the Federal Government as a Finance and Procurement Officer (Parks Canada; Iqaluit, Nunavut). Later moving back and into the position of Project Officer with Shared Services Canada.

In 2012, Mike started his own US Real Estate investment business, working remotely (Success to date; 24 doors in Chicago, IL acquired).

Mike has travelled the world and enjoys a balanced lifestyle and naturally was attracted to the profession of accounting and so, decided to pursue a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. He is currently working as a Financial Advisor with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and he is extremely excited and proud to be part of the CancerComputer team as Treasurer.

 Jay Litke

Jay Litke

Jay Litke
Member, Board of Directors

Founder & President at Embotics

Serial entrepreneur for enterprise software and internet companies. Extensive experience launching, financing (bootstrap, seed capital, angel, venture capital, institutional) and growing companies as an early pioneer in high growth markets that include virtualization, cloud computing, autonomic computing, enterprise systems management and internet video content aggregation & distribution.

 

 Ian Stakenvicius

Ian Stakenvicius

Ian Stakenvicius
Information Technologist

Ian has been providing IT solutions professionally for two decades. A jack of all trades, he has been a Gentoo Linux Developer for over 5 years, and has been leveraging HPC techniques to mine and model environmental data for more than 10 years.

Ian maintains CancerComputer’s deployment of OpenScienceGrid in addition to other duties.

 Mohamad Hassoun

Mohamad Hassoun

Mohamad Hassoun
Accountant

As a proud Canadian, I was born and raised in Ottawa by hardworking parents who arrived from Lebanon. I am a dedicated husband, who loves basketball, cars, and enjoying quality family time, as well as traveling.

I have found great success in accounting and business in general, and I am proud to be able to extend my capabilities and knowledge to the non-profit, charity sector.

John Towns talking about XSEDE in 2011, a project in which Cancer Computer is a participating infrastructure provider, assisting researchers in the United States.