June 30, 2008 08:00 ET

CANARIE Elects New Board

Canada's advanced network organization guided by leading thinkers from Industry and Academia

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - CANARIE Inc.'s 2008-09 Board of Directors was elected at the organization's 16th Annual General Meeting held at the University of Victoria.

Chair: Mark Whitmore, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

Vice-Chair: Jim Roche, Former President and CEO and Board Member of CMC Microsystems; former President Tundra Semiconductors Inc.

Secretary-Treasurer: Louis Savoie, Regional Vice President, Enterprise Accounts, Bell Canada

Two new members were also elected, Kim Devooght, Vice President, Public Sector at IBM Canada and Lynn Sutherland, President and CEO of Cybera Inc.

"I am honoured to be elected Chair of CANARIE's Board of Directors", said Mark Whitmore, new Chair of the CANARIE board. "I will have the pleasure of working with this prestigious group of board members and the outgoing and incoming presidents over the coming year. I look forward to leading an organization that is instrumental in enabling innovation in this country - to the advantage of all Canadians."

"We are very pleased that Mark Whitmore will be the Chair of the 2008-2009 CANARIE Board and we are grateful to former-chair, David Steeves, for his guidance, commitment and leadership," said Andrew Bjerring, President & CEO of CANARIE Inc. "CANARIE is very fortunate to have these leaders from industry and academia providing vision, strategic guidance and governance."

"As Chair of the Board, Mark Whitmore will guide CANARIE through the challenges that lie in the year ahead as well as prepare the ground for the long term future of the organization," said Dave Steeves, retiring Chair. "I would also like to thank the 2007-2008 Board and all CANARIE staff for their support, commitment and for all their hard work over the last year."

The CANARIE Board is composed of 12 members, half drawn from CANARIE's industry membership, and half from CANARIE's institutional (academic or research organizations) membership. The full list of Board members is available on the Marketwire Website at the following address:

CANARIE Inc., based in Ottawa, is Canada's advanced network organization. It facilitates the development and use of its network as well as the advanced products, applications and services that run on it. The CANARIE Network serves universities, colleges, schools, government labs, research institutes, hospitals and other organizations in a wide variety of fields in both the public and private sectors. By promoting and participating in strategic collaborations among key sectors, and by partnering with peer networks and organizations around the world, CANARIE Inc. stimulates and supports research, innovation and growth, bringing economic, social, and cultural benefits to Canadians. The national organization was created in 1993 by the private sector and academia under the leadership of the Government of Canada. CANARIE Inc. is supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada through Industry Canada. More information may be found at

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