CANARIE Inc.’s chief research officer is leaving the organization.


The Ottawa-based operator of research and education networks announced this week Bill St. Arnaud is leaving Jan. 8 to “pursue new opportunities” in reducing carbon emissions.


St. Arnaud spoke earlier this month on a panel discussion at Government Symposium (GovSym), on disaster recovery.


CANARIE operates 12 optical research advanced networks (ORANs) connecting educational institutions in Canada using 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) point-to-point connections.



It was not immediately clear what St. Arnaud plans to do next.


“I strongly believe that research and education networks will continue to play a critical role in today's society not only in supporting next generation research such as cyber-infrastructure but in continuing to demonstrate new Internet and broadband architectures and business models,” he stated in an e-mail. “I now look forward to pursing new opportunities related to my on going passion for Internet networking, especially in the area of developing network and ICT tools to mitigate climate change.”


During GovSym, St. Arnaud said governments and universitites are building data centres in remote regions so they can get electricity from sources off the grid, such as abandoned hydro dams.

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