Don Aldridge

Executive Director

Don joined Queen’s University in 2015, reporting to the Vice Principal (Research), having previously spent over 30 years with IBM Canada, much of that time as the Research Executive for Canada. At Queen’s he has responsibility for advanced research computing across the university, including the recently rebranded and relaunched Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC), and the Analytics Development Hub.

Beyond Queen’s, Don is an energetic member of the broader Advanced Research Computing (ARC) community.  He is the past Chair of the Compute Canada Members’ Council, representing the member institutions of Compute Canada.  He is an advisor for Compute Ontario, contributing to developing and helping to execute the strategic plan for the organization.  He was also a driving force behind establishing the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP), and continues to serve on a number of advisory committees for SOSCIP.  Don is also on the Board of Directors for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO); the National Board of Directors for Science Rendezvous; and, the ENCQOR Board which is implementing 5G technology across Ontario and Quebec.

The adoption of ARC and deep analytics is a passion for Don – both have the potential to elevate our economy, and improve our quality of life in Canada.  In his role at the CAC he facilitates the use of ARC and analytics in advancing research, as well as creating linkages between academia and industry.  He is also committed to skills development in the student population, and skills transfer to industry.

Don received a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Queen’s University in 1982, and an MBA, also from Queen’s, in 1984.  Married for 36 years, he is the father of three adult children.