Person: Jim Ghadbane

John Chen

John Chen will become interim CEO of Blackberrry Ltd and executive chair of its board of directors upon the closing of a $1-billion private placement in the company, expected by November 18th. He replaces Thorsten Heins, who has led the Waterloo ON-based firm through two turbulent years in which it has lost market share, posted…

Jim Ghadbane

Jim Ghadbane has been appointed president and CEO of CANARIE, effective November 11, replacing Jim Roche who has held the position twice over the past four years (R$, June 21/13). Ghadbane joined CANARIE in May/10 as interim chief technology officer and was made permanent the following year. During that time he has led several strategic…

Dr Michael Berendt

Dr Michael Berendt has been appointed CEO of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc, effective immediately, replacing company founder and CEO Graeme McRae, who is retiring but retains the title of chairman emeritus of the board of directors (R$, September 26/13). Berendt was recently president and CEO of Montreal-based Aegera Therapeutics Inc. until it was sold to…

Dr Clément Fortin

Dr Clément Fortin has been appointed president and CEO of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), replacing Dr André Bazergui who held the positions since January/04. Fortin is head of the mechanical engineering department at École Polytechnique and a professor there since 1987. A former pilot in the Canadian Armed…

Dr Darin Graham

Dr Darin Graham has been appointed president and CEO of ORANO and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), effective August 1st. Graham returns to Canada after several years in New Zealand where he was director of NZi3, New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute. He was president and CEO of the former Communications and Information…

Dr Richard Humphries

Dr Richard Humphries has been appointed director of the Terry Fox Laboratory (TFL) in Vancouver, effective July 1st. Humphries holds several postings including senior scientist at TFL and professor of medicine at the Univ of British Columbia….

Jim Ghadbane

Jim Ghadbane has been appointed interim chief technology officer of CANARIE for a six-month period. Ghadbane was previously VP product management at Bridgewater Systems, VP R&D at Ceyba Corp and VP and GM network and service management at Alcatel