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Informatics Research Centre (iRC)

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The Informatics Research Centre (iRC) strives to be a leader in the study of information technology and its effects on individuals, organizations, markets, and the economy. The iRC pursues excellence both in research and in educational domains through theory-driven and applied research, and through partnerships with research institutions, industry, and public organizations.


The iRC supports the development of research and of future professional leaders through a series of activities including hosting international scholars and presenters, research colloquia, and workshops; engaging in research partnerships; and developing curriculum and professional opportunities for students with the support of industry members, businesses, and public organizations.

Current research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce (also known as e-business), business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic commerce, electronic markets, and interorganizational information systems (IOS),
  • Information technology (IT)-enabled business process reengineering, IT-supported decision making, and information infrastructure
  • The diffusion of new information and communications technologies
  • Design of contractual infrastructures for interoperability of IT
  • The impact of IT on organizations, markets, and public policy
  • Implications for leadership and governance of IT infrastructure and service

Student Opportunities

There are several opportunities for students to be involved with iRC activities through a BTMA concentration. Undergraduate students interested in the concentration of Business Technology Management can find more information here

Academic Members

Academic Members of the iRC produce top-tier publications in information and communication technology between and within organizations.

Current Academic Members:

Industry Advisory Council

Guidance of senior management from Calgary’s international business community is invaluable to the pursuit of both educational and research objectives of the iRC. These members engage in ambitious initiatives involving the development of relevant skill sets for emerging professionals and the applicability of groundbreaking research to business. 

Current IAC Members:

Janet Topic
Senior Vice President, Trimac

Monty Carter
President, Telus Enterprise Solutions

Rob Allen
Vice President, IBM Canada (retired)

Rick Bankes
VP, Information Technology, FGL Sports

Peter Garrett
President, Innovate Calgary

Don Bialik
CEO, Long View Systems

Bill Trafford
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Alberta Health Services

Laura Hartwell
Director, Energy Sector, Canada, IBM Canada

Alex Federucci
VP, People and Business Process Integration & Optimization, TransCanada Corporation

Vaughn Ravenscroft
Executive Vice President, IT, Walton Global Investments Ltd.

Michael Sikorsky
CEO, Robots and Pencils

Industry Research Fellows

Industry Research Fellows support the iRC vision by liaising between researchers, industry, and students for enriched learning experiences and professional opportunities including co-curricular activities, student mentorship, and advanced projects for real-world application.

Current Industry Fellows:

Graham McFarlane 

Informatics Research Centre (iRC)