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McMaster IT Services Review Team

Committe Members

Project Sponsors

  • Roger Couldrey, Vice-President (Administration), McMaster University
  • David Wilkinson, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), McMaster University

Project Manager

Committe Members

Sue Becker

McMaster University

Sue Becker

Sue Becker is the Principal Investigator of the Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity lab, Professor in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, associate member in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Linguistics and Languages, and an adjunct faculty member in the Centre for Vision Research at York University. Dr. Becker obtained her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Computer Science from Queen's University, and her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Becker's research focuses on the neural bases of learning and memory. Dr. Becker has authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, and holds a joint patent for her invention of the Neurocompensator, a novel algorithm for intelligent hearing aids that the basis of several commerical products currently being marketed and sold by Vitasound Audio Inc.

Dr. Becker has served in a wide range of administrative roles at McMaster University, including chairing the Committee that developed the PhD Program for the School of Computational Engineering and Science (2004-2005), steering committee member and Program Co-ordinator for the Honours Neural Computation Program (1995-2004), member of McMaster's Research and High Performance Computing Support (RHPCS) Advisory Committee (2002-present), elected member of the Faculty of Science Tenure and Promotion Committee (2009-2012) and member of the Faculty of Science Appointments Advisory Committee (2015-).

Anthony Levinson

McMaster University

Anthony Levinson

Anthony Levinson is a full-time associate professor and the Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster. He holds several research grants, and is an award-winning educator and sought-after speaker. His work as the Evans Chair in Educational Research focuses on the integration and testing of new learning technologies to improve knowledge translation, health education and training for health care professionals and the public. Dr. Levinson is a member of the Collaborations for Health advisory team, and co-theme leader for Knowledge Translation, with a particular emphasis on the role of information and communication technologies to enhance collaboration. He is also a practicing physician, with clinical expertise in neuropsychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry for the medically ill.

Dr. Levinson graduated from McMaster University's Medical School (1997), followed by a residency in psychiatry (2002), and a Master's degree in Health Research Methodology (2004). He has an MA in Critical Theory, with a joint honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy. From 2002 - 2004, he participated in the Clinical Investigator Training Program through McMaster University and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was a clinical and research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences.

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom

University of Illinois at Chicago

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom

Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom is the Vice Provost for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Executive Director of the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC), a position she has held since 2012. In her role she provides campus leadership in setting IT policy, guiding the future direction of campus IT, and overseeing the ACCC's budget and services.

As CIO, Cynthia Herrara Lindstrom is part of the Provost's leadership team and is responsible for the development of high-quality information technology services that support all aspects of UIC's mission. She provides leadership in guiding the future direction of campus IT and setting IT policy for the campus, and she oversees the ACCC's budget and services. Essential to the success of her portfolio is building a robust IT infrastructure, coordinating IT services across the campus, and ensuring the success of the IT governance structure. Cynthia also works closely with the University of Illinois Executive CIO in aligning UIC's IT objectives with those of the university as a whole.

Previously, Cynthia was director of ACCC, which provides computing services to the campus including network infrastructure, phones, email systems, software licensing, web services, helpdesk, and public computing labs. She has over 20 years of experience at UIC and is a recognized leader, skilled in translating complex business requirements into cost-effective technology solutions. A graduate of the University's IT leadership program, Cynthia has demonstrated expertise in planning, selecting, implementing and supporting information systems, and she is currently working on an IT strategic plan for UIC.

A. Abigail Payne

McMaster University

A. Abigail Payne

Abigail Payne is a Professor of Economics at McMaster University. She is the inaugural director of MacDATA, McMaster's Big Data Institute (created in 2015) whose purpose is to showcase McMaster's work on big data matters, facilitate the integration and collaboration across disciplines, and to promote work between McMaster and the private and public sectors.  Dr. Payne is also the director of the Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory ("PEDAL") a data facility whose goal is to develop high quality research data sets for projects that address key public sector issues that are applicable to Canada and other countries. Dr. Payne works primarily with measures from administrative and proprietary data, using creative ways to link measures across data sources and, in some instances, creating specialized surveys that are used to add to the information collected in the administrative data.

Dr. Payne's research encompasses questions around student performance and the effects of policy on educational outcomes, and understanding donor and charity behavior.  Her current research in the area of charities and charitable giving concerns understanding the motivations of private donors, the role of fundraising in private giving, how policies and demographic changes affect charity operations, and the effect of charitable operations on community outcomes. Dr. Payne's current research in the area of the economics of education includes understanding the decision to attend post-secondary education (PSE), understanding gender gaps in educational performance, and the determinants of successful transitions from high school to university. 

Dr. Payne received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She holds a J.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Denison University.  She has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, and many other journals. 

Sean Reynolds

Northwestern University

Sean Reynolds

Sean Reynolds is the Vice President for Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer at Northwestern University, a private non-profit research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, IL and Doha, Qatar. Reynolds provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the University. The primary responsibilities for this office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols, and the Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT) organization. NUIT provides support for academic research and technology, delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems, and client support services.

Reynolds represents the University's information technology interests by serving on several regional and national higher education organizations including the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Chief Information Officer group, Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group, InCommon (within Internet2), Research University CIO Conclave, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, and the Board of Directors at the YMCA in Evanston.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Reynolds spent 25 years in informational technology roles in higher education. Most recently, as the Chief Information Officer for Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Reynolds holds a B.A and M.A. in Economics, from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Ghilaine Roquet

McGill University

Ghilaine Roquet

Ghilaine Roquet is Chief Information Officer at McGill University and former CIO at the University of Montréal. With some 20 years' of experience in computer science and information management systems to her credit, Ghilaine is recognized for her leadership and ability to manage complex systems effectively. As head of the IT management department at HEC Montréal from 1997 to 2006, she supervised the reorganization of the department and substantially broadened department activities. Among other achievements, she planned and supervised the implementation of services for the Virtuose program, which made laptops an indispensable working and communications tool for students and confirmed HEC Montréal's technological leadership in the academic network.

Previously Ghilaine held the positions of advisor and manager of information systems at Collège Maisonneuve (1995-1997), Culinar (1991-1995), and the City of Montréal (1987-1989). She is a graduate of UQAM with a Master's in computer science management, HEC Montréal with certificates in information systems and management, and the Université de Montréal with BA in Classics. Ghilaine is a member of the Information Technologies Committee attached to the Board of Directors of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the advisory committee to the Réseau d'informations scientifiques du Québec, the Association for Computer Machinery, and Educause and the IEEE Computer Society.

Project Sponsors

Roger Couldrey

McMaster University

Reporting directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor as the Vice-President (Administration), Roger Couldrey oversees the University's administrative and support services. He ensures that all financial, physical, systems and human resources are effectively utilized and he works closely with members of the McMaster community to address challenges and opportunities facing the University. Prior to taking the role of Vice-President (Administration), Roger served for ten years on the Board of Governors, and seven years as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees, providing strategic input to the acquisition of McMaster Innovation Park.

Roger was the Chief Operating Officer of CommunityLend Inc., a new Canadian venture in peer-to-peer lending. He has proven leadership experience as former President and CEO of ePost, the world's first electronic post office, and from an extensive career with Bank of Montreal, where he held a number of senior executive positions for many years. Roger also spent three years locally with Orlick Industries.

Roger has a long history of active community involvement, having been Chair of the United Way, President of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Vice-Chair of the Royal Botanical Gardens among others. Roger was involved in the renovation of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the expansion of St. Joseph's Hospital.

David Wilkinson

McMaster University

David S. Wilkinson is Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at McMaster University. He received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Engineering Materials from the University of Cambridge. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wilkinson joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster as an assistant professor in 1979. He was promoted to full professor in 1988 and served as department chair from 1987-91.  Dr. Wilkinson was the Dean of Engineering from 2008-2012 before assuming his current role.  He is registered as a professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

Dr. Wilkinson's work has been recognized through a number of prestigious awards. He was awarded the title of Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University in 2008, a title that was then available to only eight active faculty members at a time. In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Wilkinson is the author of over 250 scientific publications, specializing in the mechanical behaviour of both metals and ceramics. He was the founding Director of the McMaster Centre for Automotive Materials and is Principal Investigator for the Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (iAMi) – a $46M research collaboration.

As a teacher Dr. Wilkinson was instrumental in the development of a new introductory Materials course, involving a highly interactive learning environment. He has also written an undergraduate textbook on mass transport, published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press.

 

Project Manager

Kathy Denney

Kathy Denney has spent the past six years providing management consulting and project management services to both the private and public sector, including higher education institutions, financial institutions and private online learning companies. Major projects have included Program Manager for two global IT implementations at RBC Capital Markets, program development and delivery and policy and procedure development at York University and CSI Global Education/Moody's Analytics, Project Manager for the build, fit out and services for the Ron Joyce Centre at McMaster and management of administrative departments at McMaster and York University.

Kathy has significant management experience in the higher education field, as Director of Administration at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster and Acting Director of Professional Education Programs at the School of Continuing Studies at York University. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years with Arthur Andersen/Deloitte in the financial services audit and investment banking consulting groups in Canada and the UK, including several large-scale IT implementation projects. Kathy holds an MBA and is a CPA, CA.

(updated March 23)