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The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 12-15, 2009

OGF27 / Summit09 Keynote Speakers

Jacques Mc Neill
Green ICT Initiative Coordinator, Prompt Inc.

Jacques Mc Neill is Coordinator of Prompt’s Green ICT Initiative. He is President of Technoprise Inc., an ICT consulting firm that actively participates in the early stage activities of new innovation development activities. His career has spanned the industry, academic and government realms of the ICT sector.

As a new venture entrepreneur and project developer, he participates in leading edge partnership opportunities in Canada and abroad, occasionally assuming in a start-up an executive position during its “valley-of-the-death? phase. He provides hands-on management experience and addresses ICT market opportunities through strategic partnerships. Mc Neill has been a member of Prompt’s Board of Director member since the organization’s inception and was Board Chair for three 3 years.

Since 2008, he has coordinated the launch of Prompt’s Green ICT initiative. He is a ~McGill graduate in biochemistry and his MBA in Marketing and International Business lead to a career as high-tech entrepreneur in the ICT industry.

Andrea Donnellan
Geophysicist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Donnellan has been a geophysicist at JPL since 1993 and is also a research professor at the University of Southern California. She has held JPL positions as the deputy section manager of the Exploration Systems Autonomy Section, supervisor of the Data Understanding Systems Group and as a research scientist in the Satellite Geodesy and Geodynamics Group. In that group, she helped establish the Southern California Integrated Global Positioning System Network, a state-of-the-art continuous Global Positioning System network used to assess and mitigate earthquake hazards.

Donnellan's current focus is developing the Solid Earth Research Virtual Observatory, which will use computational technologies to study earthquake physics and fault systems. She also uses Global Positioning System and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) satellite technology coupled with computer models to study earthquakes, plate tectonics and corresponding movements of Earth's crust.

Donnellan has published more than 25 articles in leading journals and has twice been a finalist in the astronaut selection process. Her previous honors include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and JPL's Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research, in recognition of significant leadership and technological innovation performed during the early years of a researcher's professional career.

Dr. Rich Wolski
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Eucalyptus Systems Inc.

Dr. Rich Wolski is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems Inc., as well as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Having received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Davis (while a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) he has also held positions at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Tennessee.

He is currently also a strategic advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center and an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Wolski has led several national scale research efforts in the area of high-performance distributed computing and grid computing, is the author of numerous research articles concerning the empirical study of distributed systems, and is the progenitor of the Eucalyptus project.

Bill Appelbe
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC)

Bill Appelbe is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist of Victorian Partnership For Advanced Computing (VPAC) since 2000. VPAC is a state-based research service provider, serving industry, academia, and government, that is a "profitable" not-for-profit company employing about 60 staff over four locations in the state; with strong national and international projects, collaboration, and funding. Appelbe completed an undergraduate honours science degree at Monash University in 1974 then completed a Masters then Doctorate in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in 1978 at the University of British Columbia.

Subsequently, he was employed at the University of California, San Diego, then as an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech (1987-1998). Appelbe has had strong ties to industry for many years, being employed or funded by companies and organizations including IBM, HP, Sun Microsystems, Los Alamos, and Motorola. His research interests are in parallel programming tools, software engineering and software frameworks. Appelbe is an honorary faculty member of Monash University and RMIT and a member of the Executive Committee of the NSF Center for Geodynamics at Caltech.

Anthony Williams
Coauthor, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Researcher and consultant Anthony Williams is the coauthor with Don Tapscott of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, the breakthrough introduction to the new economics transforming business and competition with the emergence of Web 2.0. Based on the largest investigation of strategic IT in business ever conducted, Wikinomics shows how Web 2.0’s interactive technology platforms make new ways of value creation possible — even imperative.

For more than a decade Williams has researched the impacts of new technologies on social, political and economic life. He has authored numerous influential reports on strategy, innovation and intellectual property, including a global effort to understand how transparency is revolutionizing business and redefining the corporation’s role is society.

Williams was a core member of an esteemed research team that charted a new course for governance and government for twenty top government agencies around the world. He is the author of a major study entitled Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government & Democracy, and several other articles on the topic. Williams’ work has been featured in such publications as ~BusinessWeek, the Globe and Mail and the Times of India, and has been widely circulated in proprietary syndicated research programs.

Jerry Sheehan
Chief of Staff, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

Jerry Sheehan is currently the Chief of Staff for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. In this capacity, Mr, Sheehan has been deeply involved with the Institute''s efforts to understand information communication technologies in an era of carbon constraints.

Sheehan was the lead organizer for the Greening of the Internet Economy workshop held in January 2009 that brought together 200 leaders from the public sector, universities, and industry to discuss challenges and opportunities for Green ICT. Sheehan is also Senior Personnel on the National Science Foundation ~GreenLight MRI aimed at developing a community instrument for measuring the carbon footprint of modern research cyberinfrastructure.

Edward Seidel
Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation

Edward Seidel is a physicist recognized worldwide for his work on numerical relativity and black holes, as well as in high-performance and grid computing. In 2003, LSU recruited Seidel to lead its investment in the Governor's Information Technology Initiative, and he became director of LSU's newly formed Center for Computation & Technology. Seidel served as CCT director from 2003-2008. Seidel also is the Floating Point Systems Professor in LSU's Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science. In addition to leading the CCT, he helped initiate, and is presently the chief scientist for, the $40M Louisiana Optical Network Initiative.

In June 2008, the National Science Foundation selected Seidel as its director for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Seidel began this position Sept. 1, 2008, in which he oversees advances in supercomputing, high-speed networking, data storage and software development on a national level. Seidel retains his faculty positions as well as his affiliation with CCT at LSU, and he frequently returns to the center to advise on research, projects and other strategic initiatives.

Seidel earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in relativistic astrophysics. Prior to becoming CCT director, Seidel was a professor at the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein- Institute, or AEI) in Germany from 1996-2003. There, Seidel founded and led AEI's numerical relativity and e-science groups, which became leading forces worldwide in solving Einstein's equations using large- scale computers, and in distributed and grid computing. He still maintains a strong affiliation with AEI. LSU and the AEI numerical relativity and computational science groups still work very closely together.

He also was a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and associate professor in the Physics Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Mathieu Lemay
CEO and President, Inocybe Technologies

Mathieu Lemay is CEO and President of Inocybe Technologies inc., a company specialized in Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS) products and services. He started his career at Communication Research Centre's, a Canadian government lab where Lemay started working on User Empowered Networking under CANARIE's UCLP and UCLPv2 directed research programs. In 2005, Lemay created Inocybe Technologies inc. to promote the business models of Infrastructure providers and services. This lead to the creation of the IaaS Framework on which different projects and middleware solutions have been developed by research projects and future of the Internet initiatives.

Lemay is promoting the impact that Utility ICT, virtualization and their respective business models will have on Green House Gas emissions reductions by optimizing the use of the physical equipment by different organizations. Inocybe Technologies inc. and partners have been participating in many international research projects under FP7 and NSF programs creating different cyberinfrastructure environments for the research and education communities. Lemay holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Optical Networks and is currently finishing his PhD on infrastructure slice orchestration for Virtual Infrastructures. He is now a recognized expert in Service Oriented Architectures for federated network and computing management.

Don Aldridge
General Manager, Research & Life Sciences, IBM Canada Ltd.

Don Aldridge joined IBM more than 25 years ago. Since then, he has held a number of technical, sales and management positions. The majority of his career has been spent working with higher education institutions. Aldridge introduced the “ThinkPad University? student mobile computing program in Canada in the early 1990s. In 2003 he established the Life Sciences unit in Canada, working with medical researchers in universities and research hospitals from coast to coast.

Currently Aldridge is responsible for research interactions with universities across Canada, focusing on the establishment of collaborative relationships between IBM’s scientific organizations and the academic community. He is on variety of boards covering university programs, as well as NSERC, CFI and Genome Canada funded projects. Aldridge received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in 1982, and an MBA, also from Queen’s, in 1984.

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