2020 Board of Directors Election
It’s time for the 2020 CS-Can|Info-Can election for new board members! Elections will take place Wednesday September 23 to Thursday October 1.
There are three types of board members:
- Individual representatives, elected by all faculty members
- Student representative, elected by all student members
- Department-based representatives, elected by chairs of departments
A total of four new board members will be elected:
- Two individual representatives
- One student representative
- One department-based representative
Who is Eligible to Vote?
All faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral fellows) in Canadian computer science departments are eligible to vote.
All individual faculty members (including department chairs/heads) are eligible to vote for two candidates for individual representatives.
All student members are eligible to vote for one candidate for student representative.
All department heads/chairs are also eligible to vote for one additional candidate for department-based representative.
How to Vote
Voting will be done using the CS-Can|Info-Can Forum. Each ballot is a poll on the Forum. Before you can vote, you must activate you user account on the Forum (https://forum.cscan-infocan.ca/index.php/Main_Page). When you login you will be able to access the poll for voting (two polls if you are a department head/chair).
Some departments have provided lists of their faculty members’ names and email addresses. Those email addresses are used as Usernames for the Forum. You must activate your Forum user account before you attempt to vote.
Activating your account is a two-step process: enter the email address your department submitted and then request that a new (temporary) password be sent to you.
Use the temporary password to login for the first time and set a permanent password. You can then vote in the election using the appropriate link below (only Individual Board Member link if you are not a department chair, both links if you are a department chair).
If you are not able to activate your account, it may be that your department has not provided a list of its faculty members, or you were not on the list, or the email address provided for you is different from the one you used to login.
For those that cannot activate their accounts, you may register as a member by going to https://forum.cscan-infocan.ca/index.php/Main_Page.
Students must activate their Forum user account before attempting to vote.
Students may register as members at https://forum.cscan-infocan.ca/index.php/Main_Page.
We encourage you to make your students aware of the election, and to encourage them to register as members on the Forum and to vote and vote using this link:
The Nominations Committee has assembled a final ballot of nominees who are representative of the organization, including nominees from each of the regions and from both PhD granting departments and departments that focus on undergraduate education. The nominees bring a diverse range of experiences and leadership potential to the organization.
Click on the names to see the biographical information and statement of interest for each candidate.
All individual faculty members (including department chairs/heads) vote for two candidates for individual representatives.
All department chairs/heads also vote using a separate ballot for one additional candidate for department-based representative.
All students vote for one candidate for student representative.
Faculty and chairs/heads elected candidates
Student elected candidates
Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Dr. Joanne Atlee is a Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where she is the Director of Women in Computer Science and was the founding Director for the Software Engineering program. She was the General Chair for the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’19). She served on the ACM SIGSOFT Executive Committee and is a member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 2.9 on Software Requirements Engineering. She serves on the editorial boards of Software and Systems Modelling, and Requirements Engineering Journal. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.
As the Director of Women in Computer Science, I am deeply committed to addressing and removing gender-based biases and obstacles that women and other underrepresented minorities (URMs) in computing face in their studies and careers. I strive to help technical women and URMs to develop the networks and strategies they need to recognize and confront these biases. As a member of the CS-Can/Info-Can Board of Directors, I am particularly interested in serving on the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and working on initiatives to increase and widen the participation of underrepresented populations in computing and to improve their experiences, their sense of belonging, and their avenues for success in their studies and their careers. To start, I would like to initiate an annual Taulbee-like survey to collect information about the gender, race, ability, and Indigeneity identities of undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty in computing programs throughout Canada.
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick
Dr. Patricia Evans is a Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She has served for 7 years as Assistant Dean Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach, and has also been active in the campus Senate, including work on the university’s academic and research plans. Outside of UNB, she has served on several committees for NSERC, including a Discovery Grant Evaluation Group (with two years as co-chair), and a Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee. Her research interests are in Algorithm Design and in Bioinformatics, with an overall emphasis on application-centric problem-solving.
Computer Science is now foundational to so much of what people do and how we connect, and yet it is still very poorly understood outside the field. We need to both grow within our discipline and better connect with others, particularly to have a better awareness of the ramifications of what we do and the possibilities in what we can do. I am passionate about connecting theory with practice, and about improving the uptake of CS innovations in related fields. I see a particular need to enable more inclusion of CS research into goal-directed initiatives in other areas, which can often consider CS more as a service and overlook how we can be a partner in their advances. I also strongly promote the elevation of diverse perspectives and try always to notice what voices are missing and consider how we can include them. I seek to be part of these initiatives nationally through CS-Can|Info-Can, and, in so doing, improve our opportunities and the impact of our work.
School of Computing
Vivekanandan Kumar, Ph.D. (Comp Sci., USask) is Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. Imagine a world where software agents living inside your computing network teach, play, study and mentor you — motivating your interests, challenging you and improving the way you live and learn. His research focuses on data analytics of such cognified agents that mimic and advance human-like traits. He has work experiences in various capacities — Scientist, Consultant, Software Engineer, United Nations fellow, Academic and CEO. Able to take part in projects funded over CAD 21 Million in 19 years, he is an active member of the Artificial Intelligence in Education community.
CS-CAN community is only as good as its members – as they expand the research frontiers, as they actively advocate inclusive growth, and the rigour with which they join forces to address common causes. Prof. Kumar envisions CS-CAN to look after each and every member by keeping track of their interests, to personalise services to research and development groups, to take bold initiatives to bring the academia and the industry closer together, and to engage members and groups to explore the beyond. Prof. Kumar believes in the role CS-CAN can play in the upcoming, cognified fourth industrial revolution. He intends to connect Canadian academia with partners such as the Asian Development Bank and the Learning Research and Development Centre, University of Pittsburgh, to internationalise CS-CAN’s reach. He looks to integrate Canadian coop into a national entity and develop similar policies to target and promote excellence of Canadian graduates and other stakeholders. With this vision, backed by three decades long global experience in academia, government, non-profit and the industry, Prof. Kumar is looking to make a difference to the Canadian CS and ICT.
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
Dr. Kelly Lyons is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, cross appointed to the Department of Computer Science. Her current research interests include service science, knowledge mobilization, data science, and social media. Kelly has co‐authored several papers, served in conference leadership roles, given many keynote and invited presentations, and co‐chaired several workshops. She has received funding from NSERC, the GRAND NCE, and several industry partners. Previously, she served as a Member‐ at‐Large of on the ACM Council and the ACM‐W Executive Council. Kelly has led several initiatives that promote Women in Technology.
I am very interested to serve on the Board of CS-Can/Info-Can where I can work with stakeholders to bring faculty members, students, industry partners, and government officials together to create and sustain a computer science community in Canada that is inclusive, innovative, and influential. I am not new to the CS-Can/Info-Can organization. In November 2018, I participated in the State-of-the-Discipline and Planning Retreat where I co-led the working session on CS-Can/Info-Can’s role in relationship to industry. I have been a member of the Awards Committee since 2015 and Chair the Committee since 2019. From 2004-2008, I was the Program Director of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies where I developed and led mechanisms to support industry/academic collaborations and build partnerships. Since joining the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, I have served in leadership roles including as Associate Dean, Academic and Acting Dean. I am currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Consortium for Software Engineering Research (CSER) where I am responsible for setting the vision and goals of CSER, maintaining its financial health, appointing Co-Chairs for bi-annual workshops, and ensuring sustained community engagement. I look forward to bringing these experiences to CS-Can/Info-Can.
University of Alberta
Ioanis Nikolaidis (BSc Patras 1989, MSc GaTech 1991, PhD GaTech 1994) worked as Research Scientist for ECRC GmbH (1994-1996) before joining, in 1997, the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, becoming a Full Professor in 2008. He served various roles, including Associate Chair (Research), Graduate Admissions Chair, and as Acting Chair (2019-2020). His research is in the area of data networking protocols, protocol performance, and wireless sensor networks. He was Area Editor for Computer Networks, Elsevier (’00-’10), and a long-standing Editor (’99-’13) and Editor-in-Chief (’07-’09) for the IEEE Network magazine. He is a lifetime member of ACM.
Having handled the impact of budget cuts for over a decade, at various posts, yet witnessing increased enrollments and the emergence of AI as the bulwark of the discipline, I anticipate that for many Universities facing new financial realities, CS will be the “antidote” to manage the near- to medium-term future. I would like to work for a comprehensive review of how inter-disciplinarity is handled at the various institutions and to develop “best practices”. While the conclusions might not be unique to CS, it will be combined in-parallel with the model of industrial and startup company interactions which have served CS well. I also wish to work towards shaping CS education for the “post-AI” era. Recent emphasis on AI re-opened the discussion of “re-normalizing” our curricula. I will work for a synthesis of well-rounded curricular guidelines combining fundamentals with the analytical insights emphasized through AI and data science. We also need to address the public perception of CS which is increasingly viewed as agent of a surveillance society. I am in favor of expanding the existing, but anemic presence of ethics in our curricula to a “civics” or political economy of CS, coupled with outreach activities targeting public policy making.
Faculty of Computer Science
Nur Zincir-Heywood is a Full Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. Her research interests include machine learning for networks, services and cybersecurity. She is a past member and chair of NSERC SPG and DG as well as a past member of RTI and CRD Committees. Her publications received an h-index of 32, and i10-index of 105. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management and is the General Co-Chair of the International Conference on Network and Service Management 2020. She is a recipient of the 2017 DNS Women Leaders in the Digital Economy Award.
A new normal has started for the world amid Covid-19. More than any time before in our history, we are experiencing the effects of information and communication technologies in all aspects of our lives. This puts more responsibility on CS-Can|Info-Can, not only to form stronger bridges between academia, industry and government to educate, create and innovate, but also to support the wider society in all their activities, both big and small. I believe that participation within CS-Can / INFO-Can will enable me to increase the positive impact on society to these ends.
Student Board Position Slate (1 to be elected)
Computer Science and Software Engineering
My name is Ahmad Abdellatif and I am a 3rd year PhD Student at Concordia University (Montreal). My research work is in the domain of Software Engineering and is done under the supervision of Dr. Emad Shihab. I’ve worked as a lecturer and teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate courses, and as a Software Engineer in the industry for 5+ years, including the National Bank of Canada. I enjoy engaging with the community, and I’ve had the pleasure of doing so by chairing international workshops and reviewing for various international conferences.
I am passionate about working with the CS community and interacting with its members. And so, I push myself to further engage with the community to help it become the best version of itself. I’ve recently taken the initiative to chair two international SE workshops with more than 100 attendees. I’ve also volunteered as a sub-reviewer for various international venues while also mentoring an undergraduate student for 1.5 years. I’ve pushed one of my research projects to come alive by patenting it and leading a team to develop it into a market-worthy product. I believe that I am a strong candidate for the board position as I bring experience from the academic field, where I have both published and worked as a lecture and a teaching assistant, and from the industry, using my 5+ years of experience including my work in the National Bank of Canada. I also bring my team-player skills and experience from working in several positions within different cultures and in teams of various sizes (2~11). By working on the board I will work on bringing the academic and industrial fields closer and encourage more and more undergraduate students to be involved in research projects.
School of Computing
Maram is working towards a PhD in Computer Science at Queen’s University, with interest in Software engineering and Machine Learning. She is collaborating with IBM Centre for Advanced Studies to bring practical benefits to the industry by optimizing the work of practitioners.
Currently at Queen’s, she serves as the program chair of the CSearch conference, as the computing department steward union representative and as a Lead, Include and Transform facilitator, advocate of equity, diversity and inclusivity.
Maram worked for five years in international companies as software developer and analyst. She received her BS(2014) and MS(2018) from the Lebanese American University.
I would like to apply for the position of graduate student board member. Aligned with the focus of CS-CAN, I plan to use my skills gained as a developer, researcher, instructor and leader to help the computer science community in Canada reach its objectives. To bridge the gap between academia and industry, I am collaborating with IBM on a research and development project. My goal is to optimize the developers’ work related to software defects leveraging my five years of experience as a developer. At Queen’s, I am a steward representing the computing department and sharing the concerns of Teaching and Research Assistants, and Postdoctoral Scholars. I am also Program Chair for a Computing Research Conference(CSearch) whose mission is to foster the exchange of research ideas and discovery of future areas. Also, I am committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in academic environments. With the human rights and Equity Office, I facilitated trainings to more than 180 student leaders, leading interactive activities and conversations to foster inclusive spaces on campus. I look forward to joining CS-CAN board to put my knowledge to use to contribute to the advancement of the computing field and to implement programs that increase diversity.
University of British Columbia
Adam is a Masters and soon-to-be-PhD student at the University of British Columbia studying Programming Languages. He has performed multiple roles for the computer science graduate student association and is a graduate student representative to the computer science department at UBC.
I am interested in connecting computer science researchers, especially students, across Canada to share ideas, collaborate, and together advance the field of computer science. As such, I think that CS-Can should provide a platform to connect Canadian researchers in related fields. I plan to reach out to student bodies at Canadian universities, like the UBC computer science graduate student association, of which I am an executive, to improve student engagement within CS-Can and discuss and address student issues nationally.
University of Alberta
Kalvin Eng is a first-year PhD candidate in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He is currently a Member at Large on the student and postdoc advisory committee (SPAC) of CS-Can|Info-Can, and a Graduate Students’ Association councillor representing the computing science department at the University of Alberta. He also helped co-organize a student hackathon under the University of Alberta Faculty of Science where over 80 students collaborated over a weekend to build web applications for cultural analytics. He was an attendee of the first annual CS-Can Student Symposium in Montréal in 2019.
The skills and knowledge I have gained from being a Member at Large on the student and postdoc advisory committee (SPAC) of CS-Can|Info-Can for the past year will be an asset for me to undertake the student Board position. This past year on the SPAC has allowed me to develop an understanding of the structure needed to foster and represent computer science post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows across Canada. Since becoming a member of the SPAC, I have been involved in key funding decisions for supporting Canadian student computer science initiatives. I have also helped manage the online presence of SPAC, and contribute to the SPAC newsletter sent to all CS-Can|Info-Can member university departments. Undertaking these various roles in the SPAC has helped me recognize the kind of collaborative environment needed for successful SPAC outcomes that work in tangent with the CS-Can|Info-Can Board of Directors. Moreover, I have a strong interest for serving the good of students as demonstrated by also being involved with co-organizing a student hackathon, and representing students in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta.