Staff

Executive Team

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    Robin Winsor

    President and CEO

    Robin is a technology leader and entrepreneur who has led several organizations from start-up and growth to international success. He has worked in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, specializing at the crossroads where information technology is applied to sectors such as oil and gas and health.

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    Barb Carra

    Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

    Barb Carra earned a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. She worked as a private consultant during her academic career, and brings her experience in multi- and interdisciplinary research, project management and data organization, with specific emphasis on environmental and wildlife management, to Cybera.

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    John Shillington

    Vice President, Technology

    Prior to his work at Cybera, John held senior executive and technical management positions at several international technology firms, and helped researchers at the University of Alberta start up a collaboration/groupware spin-off company. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Alberta.

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    Karim Teja

    Chief Financial Officer

    Karim is an experienced financial and operational executive in the field of technology company management and has an extensive background in commercializing hardware and software technologies. He is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Project and Partnership Development

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    May Lynn Lee

    Program Manager

    May Lynn Lee holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Management Information Systems) and Communications (Electronic Publishing). Prior to working at Cybera, she worked internationally as a database programmer and as a production artist before finding her niche in project management.

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    David Chan

    Project Manager

    David Chan is a PhD graduate from the University of Calgary (Biochemistry). In his studies, he used high performance computing to investigate protein dynamics and interactions in atomic detail.

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    Byron Chu

    Project Manager

    Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform on every level of society: from networks and the environment, to the health issues we could potentially face.

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Network

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    Jean-Francois Amiot

    Network Manager

    Graduate from l'Université du Québec à Montréal and previously from Montreal, Jean-Francois, more commonly known as JF, has been calling Calgary home for the last 12 years. Throughout his IT career, he's worked as a consultant, network expert and manager in diverse sectors.

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    Samir Rana

    Senior Network Engineer

    Samir holds a degree in Electronics and Communication from Maharaja Sayajirao University, in India, and he is also Cisco certified. Before joining Cybera, he spent six years in the oil and gas industry as a Network Analyst, surviving the cold, dark winters of Fort McMurray.

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    Mulugeta Yirba

    Network Engineer

    Mulugeta holds a Master of Engineering in Internetworking from Dalhousie University. As well as Cisco and Juniper certifications, he has experience working on firewalls and enterprise network routing and switching.

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    Zafar Yousufi

    Network Engineer

    Zafar has a Master of Engineering in Internetworking from Dalhousie University and is Cisco, Microsoft and Java-certified. Before Cybera, he worked at AT&T as a senior network analyst, and was a circuit designer at Shaw. Zafar is interested in all aspects of technological advancements in IT, and tries to stay up to date on those topics.

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Operations

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    Micheal Jones

    Senior Systems Administrator

    Micheal, with his odd spelling, works on building, automating and administrating clouds at Cybera. He has years of data wrangling and systems administration experience from the film and television world, and spent several stints programming and administering web hosts, along with doing private consulting.

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    Natasha Kapty

    Systems Administrator (p/t)

    Natasha Kapty holds a degree in Computer Science and a degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary. She works part time at Cybera as a system administrator. Born and raised in Calgary, Natasha previously worked in the health and wellness industries and at the University of Calgary.

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    Tatiana Meleshko

    Systems Administrator

    Tatiana holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Before moving to Canada in 2008, she worked as a software engineer on IBM mainframes for International Business Alliance in Belarus. She is interested in data science and machine learning, and likes to spend her weekends hiking in the mountains and playing with her children.

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    Neil Stewart

    Senior Systems Administrator

    Neil began his IT career 20 years ago, working at a small regional ISP at the tender age of 15. He has worked for large organizations in both the retail and communications sectors. Before joining Cybera, he was responsible for the system administration of a national chain of data centre assets. When Neil isn't focused on tech, he is focused on food, either in his own kitchen or someone else's

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    Joe Topjian

    Operations Manager

    Joe is a Operations Manager at Cybera, where he designs, operates, and automates computing infrastructure. He is active in several open source projects such as Puppet and OpenStack, and frequently presents and holds workshops on automation and Infrastructure as a Service.

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Development

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    Barton Satchwill

    Development Manager

    Barton Satchwill has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alberta. He has spent his career developing applications in the public, private, and scientific domains. Barton has built three cloud systems based on the very successful OpenStack cloud fabric.

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    David Ackerman

    Senior Developer

    David has a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Alberta. He formerly led a team at Nexopia, the social networking site which was a household name before the arrival of Facebook. He brings experience with enterprise software, ruby on rails, EC2, and telecommuting to Silicon Valley. At Cybera he has led work to automate infrastructure deployments with tools like Chef on OpenStack.

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    Preethi Kumar

    Developer

    Preethi holds a Master of Science in Internetworking from the University of Alberta. Before moving to Canada, she completed a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and worked as a senior software developer for iGATE, an IT firm in India. Her interests are cloud infrastructure automation and bringing software developer values, such as test driven development, into infrastructure development.

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    Cameron Mann

    Developer

    Cameron graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science. He previously worked at Cybera as an intern before joining full-time upon graduation. Cameron was a nationally competitive fencer, though these days he keeps it up more for fun.

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    Andrew Klaus

    Senior Developer

    Andrew has been an avid user of Unix for over 13 years. He is a NAIT graduate from the Computer Systems Technology program and continually tries to stay up to date in topics relating to Computer Science. During the summer months he enjoys motorcycle touring and tries to perfect his own craft beer recipes year round. 

     

Finance and Administration

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    Caroline Korchinski

    Manager, Finance & HR Administration

    Caroline Korchinski obtained her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Art, Photography, Music) from the University of Calgary. She started as a desktop publisher at Cybera when it was first incorporated in 1993 (longest standing employee within Cybera) and has since transitioned into her finance role.

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    Amyn Ramzan

    Accountant

    Amyn Ramzan holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting. He worked for a pharmaceutical company as an Accounts Manager before moving to Canada.

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    Cody Rothery

    Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

    Having lived and worked around the world in exotic locations such as Ukraine, Taiwan, and England, Cody brings his world views and colourful experience back home to his birthplace in the prairies. He is a graduate in programs from Mount Royal University and SAIT in project management and business administration.

Communications and Policy

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    Meagan Hampel

    Director of Communications

    A journalism graduate from Carleton University, Meagan has written for several Canadian magazines. She spent four years in London, UK, working as a science reporter. She has covered diverse industry topics ranging from government science policy and education, to high-tech developments happening in small start-ups and university research departments.

     
     

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    Laura Hutchinson

    Communications Specialist

    Laura holds a degree in Mass Communications studies (Carleton University) as well as diplomas in Integrated Marketing Communications (St. Lawrence College) and Graphic Design (DarTT). With her experience concentrated in the non-profit sector, she is rarely seen without a Tim Hortons cup in her hand.

    On the weekends she is usually baking, playing in the backyard with her dog or hanging on the couch with the cats.

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    Alyssa Moore

    Policy & Strategy Analyst

    An Ottawa native and Carleton University graduate with a degree in Political Science, Alyssa joined Cybera in 2014 and quickly discovered her niche in policy and strategic initiatives. Alyssa is passionate about socially responsible telecommunications and technology policy. On weekends you can find her camping in Alberta’s vast Rocky Mountain backcountry.