[The first in a monthly series from Compute Ontario’s new President and CEO Nizar Ladak]

I’ve always been fascinated by technology and its potential to “boldly go where no man has gone before.” Whether as a Trekkie growing up or, almost 30 years later, in a leadership role at a world-changing organization, it has long been clear to me that technology is redefining our world.

Though health care has been my focus, technology has been the through line of my career. Each position I’ve held over the years has had a strong information or technology component, because I see technology as a lever for change.

These are exciting times for advanced computing. Information is being generated from every imaginable activity and comes at us constantly from all corners of the earth. As a result, our ability to ask and answer questions has taken a giant leap forward.

Yet capacity remains a challenge – as researchers and innovators capture and analyze data and put it to use, they create an ever-growing demand for advanced computing.

Which is why Compute Ontario is so important. To extend the Star Trek analogy, our work will be to chart and cross the challenging terrain that lies between where we are now in terms of capacity and where we want to be. Happily, we have a terrific team in place, including our Board of Directors, each of whom is at the top of their game and has volunteered because they believe in Compute Ontario’s potential.

Needless to say, I do, too. I believe in the mandate of our organization and, more importantly, I am passionate about supporting a secure future for Ontario’s research and innovation industry – and the same holds true for the rest of this great country.

In the coming months, I’ll use this series, called Engage, to share my thoughts on what it takes to build and sustain this critically important organization and sector. Most importantly, I look forward to hearing from you about how we can collectively engage to ensure a bright future for our research and innovation sector.