About Us

Computing for the Cure

Cancer Computer provides a cloud-based, integrated platform for collaborative, cancer research. Our mission is to be a significant resource for researchers in Computing for the Cure.

Supercomputer for Cancer Research (Cancer Computer), is a volunteer-based organization based in Ottawa, Canada, offering services to researchers around the world. Cancer Computer believes that computers, directed by researchers and informatics professionals, will find the cure for cancer.

We believe that the dependence on high performance computing for research is increasing, but access to these computing resources and qualified IT personnel to manage them, is not keeping pace.

Leveraging our resources and expertise, we aim to help mitigate this gap. Cancer Computer provides a cloud-based, integrated platform for collaborative, cancer research. Our mission is to be a significant resource for researchers in Computing for the Cure.

Cancer Computer supports researchers in the cure for cancer by connecting them with the computer hardware, processing capacity and IT support they need.

Our Business Model

Cancer Computer’s business model is built on the foundation of mutual benefit for each of the stakeholder groups supporting its contribution toward the fight against cancer. Corporate sponsors donate computer hardware elements; servers, storage arrays, racks, power supplies, etc., all of which have reached a typical “end of life” in a commercial production environment. As a registered Canadian charity, Cancer Computer issues a charitable donation tax receipt to the corporation for the hardware donation.

 

Our Data Centres

Donated hardware is reconditioned by the Cancer Computer IT team who then work with a growing number of corporate partners who operate data centres to deploy and then operate a “node” of the high availability Cancer Computers cloud compute platform. Host data centre partners operating costs associated directly with the Cancer Computer node(s) are also eligible for an offsetting tax deduction.

 

Our Customers

Our customers are researchers, scientists and academic organizations around the world. It’s not uncommon for researchers to wait months or even years for a slice of time on a supercomputer platform to conduct critical elements of their research. Cancer Computer offers low- or no-cost computing power to cancer researchers and their teams to arm them with the computing power they need to bring them closer to a cure.

 

The Team

The Cancer Computer team is comprised of technology industry veterans and cancer research experts who donate their time and energy to building and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support cancer research.

Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson

Executive Director

Tyler Nelson is a seasoned technology sector operator whose career has centered on value identification, creation and transformation across early and growth stage businesses. He has served in various CEO and senior leadership positions and most recently as advisor, mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence to early stage technology companies.

Roy Chartier

Roy Chartier

Founder & CTO

Roy Chartier has over 20 years of Information Technology engineering and team leadership experience in corporate, government and start-up environments. Harnessing the impact and potential of technology, he supports the transition and growth of businesses from e-commerce, virtualization and the Cloud to big compute, big data, and data science.

John Towns

John Towns

Special Advisor, Advanced Research Computing

John Towns is the Deputy CIO for Research IT at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working to enhance technologies and services used in research. Drawing on his resources and experiences at NCSA, Technology Services, and other campus units, John focuses particular attention on high-performance computing, high-speed networking, big data, and visualization.

Ian Stakenvicius

Ian Stakenvicius

Technical Architect, HPC and Grid Computing

IT and R&D at Aerobiology Research, Gentoo Linux Developer. Ian leverages expertise in DevOps, HPC and AI to solve data problems through development and automation of workflows, as well as the design, deployment and maintenance of distributed computing software, platforms and infrastructure.

Farzaneh S. Fard

Farzaneh S. Fard

Machine Learning Scientist

Farzaneh got her PhD in Computer science at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her expertise lies in Machine Learning and Deep Learning (Supervised and Reinforcement learning), Cognitive Robotics, and Algorithms. During her PhD, she designed a novel model that combines Reinforcement learning and supervised learning solutions to model human decision making paradigm between habits and goal-directed actions.

Ram Gunaseelan

Ram Gunaseelan

Senior Cloud Solutions Architect

Ram has over fifteen years of cumulative experience in designing, building, deploying and supporting enterprise architectures using most of the network devices and technologies. He has specialized in Datacenter migration, Network and System virtualization in complex environment. His drive to learn new technology and hands on experiences keep him push to be a perfectionist.

Joanne Wong

Joanne Wong

Senior Adviser Business Development

Joanne Wong is General Partner of California-based REDDS Technology Fund I, providing business development and due diligence expertise with a focus on unique disruptive technologies in healthcare startups. As a senior business advisor with Cancer Computer, she is able to help the health community grow through technology, providing the compute power to help find a cure for cancer.

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Robin Duncan-McKnight

Robin Duncan-McKnight

Workflow Developer

Robin is a technical professional from Ottawa with a background in systems analysis, process engineering and automation.  At Cancer Computer Robin develops translational bioinformatic support applications which leverage the HPC infrastructure for cancer researchers.

Debra Dauncey

Debra Dauncey

Senior Project Administrator

Debra has spent her 25+ year career in IT, S&IS (SCRTY) and Life Sciences – where her passion is. As a volunteer with Cancer Computer for over 2 years, she applies her strong interpersonal abilities and excellent standards, and is passionate about supporting growing companies in both Health Sciences and Securities.

David Hennessy

David Hennessy

Workflow Developer

Before joining the team at Cancer Computer I was a Web Application Developer and I worked with a broad range of clients from different industries. The work that is being done at Cancer Computer is inspiring to me and I’m excited to be a part of the bioinformatics community.

Mike Norman

Mike Norman

Treasurer

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

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.

Tony Petrilli

Tony Petrilli

Senior Cloud Solution Architect

Tony is a Senior Enterprise Architect, with more than 25 years as a technology leader in Large Scale Technical Infrastructures. He is currently focused on large scale hyper converged cloud architectures. Patents: CA 2483976 – Method/System For Providing Instructions And Actions To A Remote Network Monitoring/Management Agent During Scheduled Communications

Philippe Le Bel

Philippe Le Bel

Senior Cloud Solution Architect

Philippe Le Bel has 20 years of experience working in the IT field, most of those as a UNIX and Linux server system administrator in large and complex environments for various federal government departments.

Sherri Warren

Sherri Warren

Senior Marketing Adviser

Simon Quigley

Simon Quigley

Senior Network Architect

Jennifer Couture

Jennifer Couture

Senior Scientific Adviser

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