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Jill Kowalchuk

Position: 
Strategic consultant

For more than a decade, Jill Kowalchuk has been an ambitious driver and advocate for the advancement of Canada’s technology and innovation sectors. She has her own business to support private and not-for-profits companies develop and implement successful strategies for utilizing digital infrastructure to enable research and innovation. As the past President of Compute Canada, she was responsible for overseeing a national platform of advanced computing infrastructure and distributed technical teams that support Canadian research discovery and innovation. Jill spearheaded Compute Canada’s incorporation as a national not-for-profit organization, and the development of the 5-year strategic plan. Prior to her role with Compute Canada, Jill was the CEO of WestGrid, one of four regional consortia within Compute Canada’s national platform. Alongside her role with WestGrid, Jill was also Vice-President, Project and Partnership Development at Cybera Inc. In 2007, as part of a core Executive team, she played a key role in developing Cybera’s vision and strategy when the organization transitioned from Netera Alliance to Cybera with an expanded mandate to advance the use of cyberinfrastructure to support innovation and economic development in Alberta. She regularly participates in national discussions on developing Canada’s digital strategy and is an active supporter of initiatives that encourage youth and women to enter the fields of science and engineering. Jill studied Computer Science and Management at the University of Calgary.