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Site Leads

The Site Leads are appointed by their respective WestGrid Executive Committee representatives. Their role is to manage their site from a financial, personnel, technical and/or operational perspective. They are responsible for ensuring proper communication of WestGrid information to the other technical team members at their sites. Site Leads manage the local support staff at their institution and provide consulting support according to their area of expertise to all WestGrid users. They are either the Director of ARC on their campus or report to the Director of ARC. They oversee the management and operation of WestGrid / Compute Canada infrastructure in western Canada at the seven institutions where WestGrid systems are located.

Membership:

  • One member from each of the seven member institutions
  • WestGrid Director of Operations (Chair)
  • WestGrid Senior Management Team

Mandate:

  • Provide site and/or national team updates.
  • Share lessons learned and raise concerns on behalf of users or local site staff.
  • Meet weekly via videoconference.

 We ask that all general support inquiries be directed to support@westgrid.ca. However we encourage new users to connect with your local Site Lead if you’re having troubles getting started or would like to discuss how WestGrid might better support your research goals.

Ryan Enge UVic Site Lead
Ryan Enge
University of Victoria
renge@uvic.ca
Bio

Ryan Enge is the National Site Lead for "Arbutus (GP1)", part of Compute Canada's national cloud platform (Cloud-West). He is also a Senior Systems Administrator and the WestGrid Site Lead at the University of Victoria. He started in Advanced Research Computing (ARC) after joining the High-Energy Physics (HEP) group at the university in 2004. In 2005 he joined the Data Centre Services (DCS) team within University Systems. When UVic received its first WestGrid system at the end of 2009, Ryan helped deploy Nimbus, Compute Canada’s first Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud. Most recently Ryan has been working on the development and expansion of the OpenStack IaaS cloud (Cloud West), which is part of the new national system, GP1, located at the University of Victoria.

Martin Siegert
Simon Fraser University
siegert@sfu.ca
Bio

Also the Site Lead for the National Compute Canada system "Cedar (GP2)", Martin Siegert is the head of the research computing group in IT Services at Simon Fraser University. His background is in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics with a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany.

Roman Baranokwski, UBC Site Lead
Roman Baranowski
University of British Columbia
roman@chem.ubc.ca
Bio

Roman has been involved with WestGrid at the UBC site since 2003. His background is in Theoretical and Computational Physics and Chemistry with a PhD from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 

Kamil Marcinkowski
Kamil Marcinkowski
University of Alberta
kamil@ualberta.ca
Bio

Kamil Marcinkowski joined the University of Alberta in 2005 as an HPC Systems Administrator. He received his B.Sc. in Computing Science in 2002 from the University of Alberta.

Robert Fridman
Robert Fridman
University of Calgary
fridman@ucalgary.ca
Bio

Robert is the a senior system administrator and WestGrid Site Lead at the University of Calgary. His start in HPC was in 1998 when the MACI project was formed and he became the system administrator for the DEC Alpha cluster at the University of Calgary. He later joined the University’s Research Computing Services group in the IT department as WestGrid was forming, and has been there ever since. 

Sergiy Stepanenko
Sergiy Stepanenko
University of Saskatchewan
sergiy.stepanenko@usask.ca
Bio

Sergiy is an Advanced Computing Coordinator and WestGrid Site Lead at the University of Saskatchewan. His start in HPC was in 2013 when he became a System Administrator for the SILO storage cluster and HPC Research Facility at the University of Saskatchewan. His background is in Electrical Engineering.

Grigory Shamov
Grigory Shamov
University of Manitoba
Grigory.Shamov@umanitoba.ca
Bio

Grigory Shamov is a Theoretical Chemist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kazan State University, Russia. After working as a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba for a number of years, he became an HPC Analyst (Faculty of Science) for WestGrid in December of 2011. He has been the Site Lead for the University of Manitoba since April 2014.