HPCVL Board Members

Wendell Brown (Chair)
Account Executive,Hewlett Packard Canada

Wendell Brown Chairs the HPCVL Audit committee and is an Account Executive for Hewlett Packard Canada. He has more than 25 years senior operational and corporate director experience in IT, healthcare and biotechnology industries. Prior to HP, Wendell was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Emageon, responsible for corporate strategy, channels programs and M&A functions for the corporation. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Camtronics Medical Systems Inc., Canada before it was acquired by Emageon in November 2005.

Prior to joining Camtronics, Wendell was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of VMI Medical, Inc. He held various senior management positions with MCI/SHL Systemhouse Inc. between 1993 and 1999. From 2005 to 2010 Wendell was a Director of DNA Genotek Inc (www.dnagenotek.com) where he was the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance Committee.



Don Aldridge
Executive Director, HPCVL and
Senior Advisor Advanced Computing
& Data Analytics Office of the VP (Research)
Queen’s University

Don joined Queen’s University on July 1st, 2015, reporting to the Vice Principal (Research) – he has responsibility for advanced research computing across the university, including the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL). His primary mission is to help the Queen’s research community adopt leading edge information technology.

Prior to joining Queen’s Don had a 30+ year career with IBM Canada culminating as the Research Executive for Canada. During his time at IBM he held a wide range of technical, sales and management positions. The majority of his career has been spent working closely with the higher education research community, various funding agencies and all levels of government. In the early 1990’s he introduced the highly successful “IBM ThinkPad University” student mobile computing program in Canada. In 2003 he established IBM’s Life Sciences unit in Canada as part of a global effort, working with medical researchers in universities and research hospitals across the country.

In April of 2012 Don was instrumental in launching the IBM Canada Research & Development Centre. This R&D Centre is unique in the IBM family of Research sites in that most of the research staff members are located on university campuses working collaboratively with university research personnel. In parallel with the creation of the Centre he was a driving force behind establishing the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) – a consortium consisting initially of seven leading research universities and IBM. Today SOSCIP boasts an impressive collection of advanced research computing platforms, including the largest supercomputer in Canada, and has a membership of 14 universities and colleges.

Don received a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Queen’s University in 1982, and an MBA, also from Queen’s, in 1984. Married for 33 years, he is the father of three children in their twenties.


Dr. Ken E. Edgecombe
High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL)
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Edgecombe holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Dalhousie University. His research interests have ranged from drug design, protein structure, and solid state calculations to the application of topology to chemical systems (and other areas) and the understanding of basic atomic and molecular structure. He is an inventor with 2 patents and an author of 24 refereed publications, two of which are widely used in textbooks to illustrate concepts and another cited over 1600 times in refereed publications.

After holding teaching and research positions at Queen's University from 1988 to 1995, he joined IBM North America as the Program Manager of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the Scientific and Technical Systems and Solutions group. Since 1997 he has helped build the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) into a $200M innovative research environment. HPCVL was selected by Backbone magazine in March 2013 as one of the “Best 10 Research Facilities” in Canada.

His current interests include extending what is called the computing “cloud” to research needing secure High Performance Research Computing, long-term and archival storage and access to digital research data. He has served on numerous committees including the National Initiatives Committee of Compute Canada and the Ontario HPC Council. In 2009 he served as Conference Chair for the High Performance Computing Symposium 2009 and in 2010 he was named the Carl C. Coffin Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University. In 2013 he also organized and chaired the symposium Complex Data and Analytics in Medical Research. He is currently a member of the Board of the Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network and a part of the InDOC management team who are responsible for developing Brain - CODE.


Dr. Gary Slater
University of Ottawa
Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

 In 1984, after receiving a Ph.D. from the Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada), Gary Slater worked for six years at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga, Ontario. In 1990, he joined the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa, where he was named Professor in 1996. From July 1997 to December 2000, Gary was Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science and was then appointed Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) from January 2002 through June 2004. He was the Dean of the FGPS from January 2005 to December 2011. After six month of administrative leave, he started a 5-year mandate as Associate Vice-President International on July 1, 2012.

Dr. Slater is a specialist in the physics of polymers and macromolecules, and is a world-known expert in electrophoresis, DNA separation methods, microfluidics and nanofluidics. Dr. Slater received the 2001 Researcher of the Year Award from the University of Ottawa. He has been awarded the University of Ottawa Research Chair in Biological Physics in 2004, and he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 and of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012. 



Dr. Tofy Mussivand, FRSC
University of Ottawa & Carleton University
Professor of Surgery & Engineering
uOttawa Heart Institute /The Ottawa Hospital Director, Cardiovascular Devices

Dr. Tofy Mussivand has established a Patient Care Simulation Centre and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute. He received the NRC Lifetime Achievement award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, New York Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, American Society of Medical Engineering and Biological Engineering.

Mussivand received his undergraduate education and training in engineering and management. Following many successful years in senior positions in government, crown corporations and the private sector, Dr Mussivand went on to receive his doctorate in Medical Engineering and Medical Sciences at the University of Akron and Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine. Thereafter, Dr Mussivand joined the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Clinic where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience in the development of medical devices, artificial hearts and cardiac care. In 1989, Dr Mussivand was invited to return to Canada to continue his pioneering work in various areas.

Dr. Mussivand has published over 500 books, papers, technical reports, editorials. In 2008, one of the articles was ranked among the top 25 most reviewed online. He has trained over 600 students and directed advanced training of 6,000 healthcare professionals, by establishing an advanced patient simulation center.



George Angus
Qualicum Ventures
General Management Consulting

George Angus CPA, CA, BCom is a general management and financial consultant located in the Ottawa region. Over the past 30 years George has been active in the technology sector as a Global Finance Director for Northern Telecom (Data and Optical) and Bell Northern Research, President of Fisher Scientific’s Canadian and Latin American operations, COO of SDTC a federally funded CleanTech granting and advocacy agency and most recently as a consultant to several local technology firms.

George has also been a member of the Board of several organizations most notably DNA Genotek where he was a member of the audit committee and supported the Board in the successful sale of the company.



Dr. Steven Liss
Queen’s University
Vice-Principal Research

Steven N. Liss is the Vice-Principal Research at Queen’s University and a full Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s. He is a graduate of the Universities of Western Ontario, BSc Hons (1980) and Saskatchewan, MSc (1983), PhD (1987). He is an internationally recognized researcher and is well known for his work on microbial structures, including extracellular polymeric substances, and processes in environmental and engineered systems, and water engineering.

Professor Liss has held positions at Agriculture Canada, AFRC Cambridge, UK, Ryerson University, and the University of Guelph, prior to joining Queen’s. Professor Liss is a member and Chair of a number of Boards and management groups as part of his role in supporting research and innovation across Canada. For his contributions to research in Canada, Professor Liss was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.



Dr. Florence Dzierszinski
Carleton University Research Office (CURO)

Dr. Dzierszinski has been with the CURO since January 2012, where she has effectively led the implementation of the restructured office, and taken on a number of national leadership roles in research administration on behalf of Carleton. Prior to Carleton, she held a CIHR Canada Research Chair at McGill University in the Institute of Parasitology, with an expertise in immunology and genetics. She has published her work in journals such as Immunity.

Her research was funded by grants and awards from CIHR, NSERC, CFI, CRC, and the March of Dimes. She has served on a number of peer-review panels (FQRNT, FRSQ, NSERC, Wellcome Trust, NSF, etc), and has demonstrated accomplishments in building successful and productive partnerships and collaborations, both national and international (U.S., France). Dr. Dzierszinski received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Lille I (France) and worked for 6 years as a post-doctoral fellow and Research Associate at the Genomics Institute / University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (UPenn) prior to coming to McGill and now Carleton.



Giulio Maffini
a + i2

Giulio Maffini has over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, technology leader and consultant. He is a passionate advocate of innovation in the design of products and services. Giulio has a track record of forming strong teams and alliances. He has built award winning start-ups and created profitable business units inside large companies. Through a+i2 he now advises companies and governments on innovation, partnering and enterprise projects.

Prior to a + i2 Inc., (1993- 1999) Giulio was Vice President and co-founder of the MCI Systemhouse, VISION* Solutions unit. The VISION* Solutions unit which was purchased by Autodesk in 1999 and Giulio worked within Autodesk for two years till 2001 to assist with the transition. Giulio was also Co-Founder of Tydac Technologies, a leading Canadian GIS company, which received the Canada Award for Excellence in Innovation. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of the DPA Group Inc.; Vice President of M.E. Lloyd and Associates in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Director of Physical Services Task Group, (MAPC) Metropolitan Area Planning Committee.

Giulio was a past member of the United States National Research Council, Mapping Sciences Committee during the development of the NSDI policy strategies, he is a former Board Member of the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the High Performance Computing Virtual Lab (HPCVL) an R&D consortium of Queens, Ottawa and Carleton Universities and the Royal Military College. Giulio holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Honors) and Bachelor of Science in Architecture, McGill University (1970). He was awarded the Québec Minister of Education Gold Medal for Distinction in Architecture & received the Hugh McLennan Memorial Scholarship.



Dr. Pat Heffernan
Royal Military College

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Heffernan received his Ph.D. from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada in Kingston in 1997. He served as an officer with the Canadian Military Engineers from 1982 until 2005. He worked as a lecturer and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at RMC from 1994 until 1997. After serving as the Officer Commanding of the Engineering Squadron and Deputy Commanding Officer at 1 Construction Engineering Unit (1 CEU (now 1 ESU)) he returned to RMC in 2001 where he was cross-appointed to the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments. In 2002 he was appointed as Chair of the inter-departmental programme Master of Defence Engineering and Management and in 2010 was appointed as the Head of the Civil Engineering Department. In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice-Principal, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.