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Cancer Computer is comprised of technology industry veterans and cancer research experts who volunteer their time to help researchers #ComputingForTheCure.

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About Us

Our team is made up of passionate volunteers who support cancer researchers by connecting them with the computer hardware, processing capacity and IT support they need to save lives.

We take care of the supercomputing and allow scientists to spend more of their valuable time finding a breakthrough!

Our Team

Joanne Wong

Joanne Wong

Executive Director

Joanne Wong is an Information Technology (IT) business professional with a strong technical, market development, and investor background. She has lead teams and programs for global IT corporations as well as IT startups. She is engaged with investors, entrepreneurs, and government to bring innovation for positive powerful disruptive change at a global level, with a focus on healthcare technology and research. She is an Executive Officer at IEEE-TEMS, a Technology Engineering Management Society.

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Roy Chartier

Founder & CTO

As an Executive IT professional with over 25 years experience specializing in AI, high-performance computing, and high-performance data analysis, Mr. Chartier has served in multiple senior leadership and consulting roles with AI startups, Bombardier, and various Canadian federal government departments and agencies like the Department of National Defense, Statistics Canada, Elections Canada, and Canada Revenue Agency. Recently, Roy founded Canada HPC, to provide companies with high value workloads, solutions delivery and integrated IT Services for HPC, AI, and High Performance Data Analytics. As CEO, he manages key partner relationships and develops the company's strategic direction and vision. Mr. Chartier is also an Advisory Panel Member at Fight Cancer Global. He graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with Cognitive Science Specialization, Artificial Intelligence; and recently completed a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Dan Kim

Chief Commercialization Officer

Dan Kim is a serial founder of healthcare companies. He has over 30 years' experience in global pharmaceutical commercialization at Roche, Pfizer and Novartis. He has led commercial teams in over a dozen due-diligence efforts, from new product acquisition to life-cycle management. He currently serves as CEO of clinical stage pharma companies in unmet needs markets including in technology.

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John Towns

Special Advisor, Advanced Research Computing

John Towns is the Deputy CIO for Research IT at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working to enhance technologies and services used in research. Drawing on his resources and experiences at NCSA, Technology Services, and other campus units, John focuses particular attention on high-performance computing, high-speed networking, big data, and visualization.

ShawnBrown

Shawn Brown

Special Advisor

Dr. Brown is the Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. He has over 25 years of experience in developing software to support the use of high-performance computing for research in areas such as chemistry, bioinformatics, and public health. In addition to directing the center, his research interests are: how agent-based modeling and other computational techniques can be used to provide decision support in public health and chronic disease. Also, how building of highly convergent collaborative neuroinformatics platforms for open data sharing and computation. Finally, how Synthetic Ecosystems for representing cohort and cross-sectional data for modeling and open data sharing. Prior to his newest role, he was the Associate Director of Research Software Development at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, the Director of Public Health Applications at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and Research Associate at Q-Chem, Inc. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2001 in Theoretical Chemistry and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

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Tyler Nelson

Special Advisor

A seasoned technology sector operator who's 25+ year career has centered on value identification, creation and transformation across early and growth stage businesses. Tyler's entrepreneurial career includes; Co-Founder and COO of GoFor Industries, Co-Founder and CEO of Ackroo Inc. (TSX-V: AKR), Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Adenyo Inc. (exit Motricity). Co-Founder You-i.TV. Prior to his entrepreneurial career he served in a number of corporate environments as Vice President, Marketing with QNX Software and Vice President Business Development, BlackBerry.

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Roy Chartier

Chair, Founder & CTO

As an Executive IT professional with over 25 years experience specializing in AI, high-performance computing, and high-performance data analysis, Mr. Chartier has served in multiple senior leadership and consulting roles with AI startups, Bombardier, and various Canadian federal government departments and agencies like the Department of National Defense, Statistics Canada, Elections Canada, and Canada Revenue Agency. Recently, Roy founded Canada HPC, to provide companies with high value workloads, solutions delivery and integrated IT Services for HPC, AI, and High Performance Data Analytics. As CEO, he manages key partner relationships and develops the company's strategic direction and vision. Mr. Chartier is also an Advisory Panel Member at Fight Cancer Global. He graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with Cognitive Science Specialization, Artificial Intelligence; and recently completed a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Patrick Turcotte

Patrick Turcotte

Vice-Chair

Patrick Turcotte is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor. He spent the early part of his career building technology companies across a variety of sectors, specifically those defined and driven by network effects. Through these endeavors, Patrick has become adept at developing business strategies, conducting market development, identifying organizational development opportunities, reconstructing demand generation formulas, and raising private capital. He now acts on behalf of North Channel Capital Partners identifying opportunities to deploy these strategic capabilities, as well as financial capital, in both value-add and growth scenarios, across many different sectors. Patrick hopes to leverage his unique perspective and experience in commercial settings, to scale Cancer Computer, and ultimately help catalyze the world's ability to find a cure for cancer and other diseases.