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ORION Welcomes New Board Directors and Committee Members 

ORION is pleased to announce the appointment of three distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. Bo Wandschneider, Doris Stamml, and Hassan Assiri bring a wealth of experience and expertise from the ORION community.

Bo Wandschneider, currently serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Toronto, has spent most of his career in higher education. Bo has been instrumental in developing collaborative projects across regions, provinces, and the national ecosystem, ranging from Data Management to Information Security. Bo’s passion for leadership and team development has led him to hold various executive positions and board roles in a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

Doris Stamml brings over 30 years of experience working in a leading professional and consulting services organization. Recently retired from a lengthy career as Chief Legal Counsel and Executive Committee Member of Ernst & Young LLP (EY), Doris is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) and a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Doris has been honored with a Canadian General Counsel Lifetime Achievement and is actively involved in several community initiatives, including the board of directors of The Canadian Canoe Museum and the Board of Governors of Fleming College.

Hassan Assiri is Head, Enterprise IT Infrastructure at Seneca Polytechnic, and brings over 30 years of experience working in higher education. With a wealth of expertise in infrastructure services, Hassan has played a pivotal role in shaping the technological landscape of Seneca Polytechnic.

The newly appointed directors join a prestigious group of individuals committed to advancing research, education, and innovation in Ontario.

Jim Garner, Board Chair, expressed his enthusiasm about the new appointments, stating:

“We are thrilled to welcome Bo, Doris, and Hassan to the ORION Board. Their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience in higher education and professional services will undoubtedly strengthen our ability to serve the research and education community effectively.”

ORION is equally pleased to announce the addition of Heather Hersemeyer and Richard Godsmark to the Nominating Committee.

Heather Hersemeyer, with a BBA, MBA, and CCISO, serves as the Director of Technology Services at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. Actively involved in the Ontario Research and Education community for many years, Heather has cultivated a deep understanding of the importance of ORION’s services, particularly in the Near North region.

Richard Godsmark, AVP & CIO at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, brings over 20 years of experience in the post-secondary education sector. With deep IT technology experience and familiarity with ORION’s services, Richard has been an active participant in negotiations representing both the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) for the Microsoft Campus Agreement.

Jim Garner added:

“The Nominating Committee plays a crucial role in selecting and nominating future board members based on a matrix of skills and expertise. We are confident that Heather and Richard will contribute significantly to this process.”

Jim Garner concluded:

“The collective expertise of our new board members and committee appointees’ positions ORION for continued success in supporting the research and education community in Ontario.”

For more information about ORION’s Board of Directors, please visit Who We Are – ORION.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Swatuk
Director of Marketing and Communications