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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

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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.

Graham McFarlane (Chair)

Graham McFarlane is an Industry Research Fellow with the Informatics Research Centre (iRC) in the Business Technology Management area at the Haskayne School of Business. In addition, he is a Management Consulting specializing in the management of information technology.

Graham graduated from McGill University, Montreal, and his past experience includes ten years with IBM Canada occupying technical, project management and line management positions, including the management of a large-scale computing service bureau.  Since 1978, he has been a Certified Management Consultant with Western Management Consultants working on engagements both domestically and internationally.



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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.

Rob Allen, CEO - Aligned Outcomes Corporation

Rob Allen is an experienced executive who specializes in large organization turnarounds and recoveries to unlock value and growth. Rob draws on 30 years of progressive industry and executive experience primarily with the IBM Corporation in both North America and Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and Executive Education Certifications from the University of Western Ontario and Harvard Business School.


Rick Bankes, VP, Information Technology - Mark’s Work Wearhouse and FGL Sports

Biography coming soon!


Don Bialik, CEO - Long View Systems

Don was the original founder of Long View in 1998. As Chairman, Don’s current role involves providing strategic direction and leadership to the executive team with an eye towards ensuring sustainability and continued growth.

Interestingly enough, Long View is Don’s second success story in the entrepreneurship world. His first venture was an IT company called SysGold and under his leadership took only six short years to become the largest privately owned information technology solutions provider in Calgary. He sold SysGold, and shortly thereafter went on to found Long View. Prior to his IT leadership days, Don held management roles in a variety of sectors including, construction, government, and mining. Don has a degree in engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary.

When he’s not busy at Long View, you can find Don practicing his three-pointer, biking, and spending time with his two daughters, and two granddaughters.


Monty Carter, President and Senior VP - TELUS Enterprise Solutions

Monty joined TELUS in 2003 as Vice President of Sales for Alberta, and became President of TELUS Enterprise Solutions in January 2011. He currently has national responsibilities for Enterprise Sales, Partner Solutions, LCD Program Management and Client Service Management as well as Security and Consulting Services.

A native Calgarian, Monty holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Calgary. He is a strong believer in giving back to the communities in which we live and demonstrates this by actively participating in a number of not for profit boards, including the SAIT Business Advisory Council and the University of Calgary Advisory Council. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the TELUS Calgary Community Board. In the past, he has served as board member of the Calgary Zoological Society and the United Way of Calgary.

Monty has been married to Linda for more than 30 years and they have three grown children.


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

Alex Federucci is the VP, People and Business Process Integration at TransCanada. Alex also has extensive background in IT and Corporate Transformations. She was previously VP, IT and Business Services and VP, Corporate Transformation at an international E&P organization. Alex has a passion for how organizations work, focusing on the three legged stool of productivity, which encompasses IT, HR and Process. She believes post-secondary institutions have an opportunity to reframe how education is delivered, focusing on the increased complexity in the business environment.


Peter Garrett, President and CEO - Innovate Calgary

Peter Garrett is currently President and CEO of Innovate Calgary, a technology company business incubator which also manages technology transfer for the University of Calgary. Innovate Calgary works closely with entrepreneurs, inventors and investors to build early stage technology companies. Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Peter has held numerous executive and technology development leadership positions in the private sector, and has been active as an investor, consultant and board member with many technology companies. Peter was at the heart of the digital and wireless communications revolution, spending 21 years at Nortel where he was Vice President of Wireless R&D. Subsequently, he was CEO of Global Thermoelectric, an alternative energy/fuel cell company. Peter is an Electrical Engineer, but has broad technology interests in many technology sectors. He is past chair of Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI), the University of Calgary Engineering External Research Advisory board and the UofC Project Management Advisory board. He also served on the Alberta Science and Research Advisory board (ASRA), where he was chair of the technology commercialization task force and co-chair of the access to capital task force.


Laura Hartwell, Director, Canadian Energy Sector - IBM Canada Ltd.

Biography coming soon!


Vaughn Ravenscroft, Executive VP, Information Technology - Walton Global Investments Ltd.

Ravenscroft leads the IT function for the Walton Group of companies. He is responsible for setting the technology vision for the group and ensuring that technology supports and enables strategic activites across the organization. He manages teams across Canada, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore responsible for developing and operating technology on a day to day basis. Prior to this, Ravenscroft was Chief Information Officer at the University of Calgary where he led IT through a major shared service rollout and the implementation of a number of systems to support teaching, learning and research. Before joining the University of Calgary, he held a number of increasingly senior IT roles at Ipsos, a major global marketing research firm, culminating as the Global Chief Information and Development Officer. While at Ipsos, he managed the integration of multiple IT groups into a single global IT organization, developed innovative solutions to on‐line data collection and helped craft new IT enabled products. Ravenscroft is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa


Michael Sikorsky, CEO - Robots and Pencils

Michael is the CEO Global and co-founder of Robots and Pencils Inc. With 15 years of experience creating software and a deep understanding of the mobile industry, he is a recognized leader, innovator and strategic thinker in the mobile tech space.

Michael leads a team of triple-A developers and designers (robots and pencils, respectively) who have created over 250 apps used by 77 million people worldwide. With a growth rate of 4971% over the last five years, Robots and Pencils was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America (12th in Canada) according to Deloitte. Michael credits the success of his company to its secret sauce – a process for following the talent as well as an internal ‘one culture’ partnership between award-winning artists and world-class developers. Everything that Robots and Pencils does starts by blending the sciences with the humanities – the robots with the pencils.

In addition to being known as an expert in the mobile industry, Michael has been recognized for his entrepreneurial thinking. Most recently, he was named the 2013 Technology and Communication EY Entrepreneur of the Year and was one of only six in the world invited to the 2014 World Entrepreneur of the Year awards as part of a special citation on global growth


Janet Topic, Senior VP,  Corporate Services and CIO - Trimac Transportation

Janet Topic is the SVP Corporate Services and CIO for Trimac Transportation. Janet and her team provide cost effective, value added services to the Trimac Canadian public and the US private operating entities. Trimac is in the business of providing bulk truck transportation services as well as related distribution and management services throughout North America.

The scope of the Corporate Services portfolio is as follows: Information Services, Financial Services, Business Risk & Internal Controls, and Risk & Insurance Services.

Janet is an accomplished senior executive whose strengths are leadership, conceptual thinking, management, and issue resolution. She has the ability to select the right people, create a compelling purpose, and establish the structure and norms that allow teams to work effectively to advance the corporate strategy.

Janet has extensive experience in technology with over thirty years of progressive accomplishments in management, systems development and integration, and project delivery.

Prior to joining Trimac, Janet served in a senior management role with Ernst and Young in their oil and gas software practice. She has worked at Mobil Oil Canada and Hamilton Brothers Oil and Gas in project management roles. Janet brings a strong history of successful large-scale system deployments and team leadership.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a double major in Economics from the University of Calgary. She is actively involved in the Calgary IT community including participating in various industry round tables, panel discussions and post-secondary institution advisory councils


Bill Trafford, Owner - Private Advisory and Consulting

Biography coming soon!


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