Executive Team

Barb Carra

Barb Carra

President and CEO

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.

Barton Satchwill

Vice President, Technology

Barton Satchwill has devoted his career to developing systems in the public, private, and scientific domains. Since interesting things always happen at crossroads, Barton likes to spend his time where technologies and people intersect; sometimes, where they collide.

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

May Lynn Lee

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.

David Chan

David Chan

Project Manager/Data Scientist

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.

Byron Chu

Byron Chu

Project Manager/Data Scientist

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.


Mary Friedrich

ShareIT 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.


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. 

Alex Tennant

Alex Tennant

Data Scientist

Alex Tennant has a M.Sc in physics from the University of Calgary where he used computational chemistry to study the redistribution of copper isotopes by biomolecules in the liver.  When he's not taking credit for the work his computers do, Alex can often be found in the Rocky Mountains. 

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Network


Jean-Francois Amiot

Network Operations 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Cybera’s members, with the goal of maximizing the network utilization in a fair, efficient and reliable manner.

Infrastructure and Tech Services – Operations


Regi Caldez

Junior Systems Administrator

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.

Micheal Jones

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.


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.


Tatiana Meleshko

Data Scientist

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.


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.


Infrastructure and Tech Services – Development

David A

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.


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.


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.


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


Caroline Felsmann

Manager, Finance

Caroline 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.


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.


Alyshia Auston

Human Resources Specialist & Executive Assistant

Alyshia brings 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.


Jenna Robottom

Budget Specialist/Technical Accountant (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


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 and Graphic Design. With her experience concentrated in the non-profit sector, she is rarely seen without a [novelty] mug of tea.