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

    Chief Operating Officer

    With a background in multidisciplinary research, spatial statistics and data modeling, Barb brings a decade of experience in data analytics, ICT policy and strategic guidance to Cybera. She spearheaded the development of the policy and strategic initiatives team at Cybera, and elevated the company’s involvement in ICT advocacy. Barb earned her Master's of Science at the University of Calgary and her Doctorate in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Barb sits on the board for the National Public Interest Advocacy Centre and also chairs the National Research and Education Network Business Strategy Committee.

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    Barton Satchwill

    Vice President, Technology

    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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    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) as well as her Project Management Profession (PMP) designation. 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.

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    Mary Friedrich

    Project Manager

    Mary’s background is as unique and flavourful as her personality. Mary graduated from University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. Her career portfolio includes leadership roles in regional management, change management, learning and development, business analysis, project implementation, and organizational effectiveness. What she is most proud of is her five years as a crew boss for a helitack team fighting forest fires.

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    Cody Rothery

    Project Coordinator

    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.

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    Catherine Farr

    Project Manager

    Catherine received her degree from the University of Alberta with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Engineering. A Project Management Profession (PMP), she has honed her skills in Alberta’s technology and education sectors. In her spare time she likes to keep her multi-language skills fresh by following untranslated recipes. 

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.

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    Maryam Elahi

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Network Researcher

    Maryam graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Computer Science. In her studies, she investigated the tradeoffs between efficiency and fairness in energy-efficient scheduling algorithms for server systems and computer networks. At Cybera, she is a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow, working on the design and implementation of a dynamic bandwidth allocation algorithm for Cyber’s members, with the goal of maximizing the network utilization in a fair, efficient and reliable manner.

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

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    Regi Caldez

    Junior Systems Administrator Intern

    Regi holds a degree from De La Salle University in Computer Science with specialization in Network Engineering. A stock market enthusiast (though currently on hiatus) Regi spends his spare time staying current with technology and playing video games/watching series.

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Development


    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


    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


    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 a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (art, photography, music) from the University of Calgary and joined Cybera when it was first incorporated in 1993! The longest standing employee at Cybera, Caroline started as a Desktop Publisher and has transitioned into finance and human resources.

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    Amyn Ramzan


    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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    Alyshia Auston

    Executive Assistant & Office Manager

    Alyshia is the newest member of the Cybera team and brings with her a diverse set of skills from her background in the non-profit community. She holds a BFA from the University of Calgary and spends her spare time experimenting in the pottery studio or being active.

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    Jenna Robottom

    Controller (p/t)

    Jenna is a CA from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. While providing part time controller services to Cybera, Jenna also provides financial oversight to other technology sector entities in Calgary. Outside of accounting, Jenna is passionate about sports and fitness.

Communications and Policy

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    Meagan Hampel

    Director of Communications

    An expert in technology communications, Meagan is well-experienced in translating complex topics into stories that can be understood by the general population. She spent four years as a science reporter in London, UK, covering research and industry breakthroughs. Meagan has led Cybera’s communications team since 2014, and has launched several new programs, events and media platforms to increase awareness of the company’s many digital initiatives. She strongly believes in the power of innovation for social good, and is excited to continue promoting Cybera’s message to the world.



    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.

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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.