Advanced Computing Workshop: Research Computing in the Cloud

March 5, 2015

On March 5th, ORION will host a workshop on research computing in the cloud. With the support of Compute Ontario, this event will give research technology leaders key updates on the latest trends and developments in the advanced computing sector in Ontario.

This workshop will focus on the accelerated uptake of cloud computing to support research in Ontario:

  • Current experiences and early adopters in Ontario
  • The technical and organizational barriers to cloud computing
  • Cloud options and providers in Ontario

Keynote: Ian Foster


Director, Computation Institute at the University of Chicago/ANL

Lead, Globus cloud project


Speakers and Panelists:

Dan Sinai

Dan Sinai

Interim CEO and the Board Chair, Compute Ontario

National Administration Committee, Compute Canada, Member

Associate Vice President Research, Western University

Brian Fry

Senior Vice President, RackForce

Chair, Information Technology Association of Canada – ITAC BC Chapter

Founding Board Member, BC Technology Industries Association (BC TIA)

Management Team Member, Greenstar Network project (CANARIE)

Barton Satchwill


Development Manager, Cybera

Developer, Cloud systems projects, OpenStack

Bill Appelbe 

BillProject Director, ORION’s Advanced Computing Transforming Innovation in Ontario (ACTION), will be addressing international trends in cloud computing.

Lincoln Stein

stein[1]Program Lead, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) Informatics and Biocomputing. Lincoln’s session will draw upon lessons from OICR’s cloud computing experiences.

Rodney Joyce

RodneyCloud Computing Architect, IBM/SoftLayer

Ron Van Holst


Director, Research Development, High Performance Computing at Ontario Centres of Excellence


Bring Your Questions

At the Interactive Session, this is the opportunity to discuss your computing queries with other colleagues and experts. Topics will include:

  • Easing into the Cloud: What barriers are researchers facing in cloud computing?
  • Buy or Build: Which route to opt for, and why?
  • Governance and Funding: How should cloud computing be regulated and funded?
  • What’s on your mind? Send in your questions for the Interactive Session by emailing

Workshop includes a hot breakfast, sandwich lunch and fresh refreshments.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at