Key Staff


Dr. Byron Chu
Callysto Project Manager
Data Scientist, Cybera

Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform on every level of society: from networks and the environment, to the health issues we could potentially face.

Dr. Cathy Adams
Department of Secondary Education, Computing Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, Dr. Adams’ research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools; Phenomenology, Actor-Network Theory, and related sociomaterial approaches to qualitative inquiry (e.g. interviewing objects); and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Adams is affiliated with the Faculty of Education’s Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS). She was recently appointed as a board member of Mitacs Research Council (MRC). She has served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and more recently joined the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice.

Dr. David Chan
Data Scientist, Cybera

David facilitates the management and operations of Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud, a national award-winning service that provides free cloud computing resources to Alberta-based educators, researchers, non-profits and small to medium sized organizations. He has been studying data science since 2012, and helped lead the development of the company’s data science team. This group is using a scientific approach to analyze data stemming from a variety of sources to extract descriptive, predictive and prescriptive insights. David is a PhD graduate from the University of Calgary, where he used high performance computing to investigate protein dynamics and interactions in atomistic detail.

Dr. Ian Allison
Systems and Network Manager, PIMS

Ian Allison has a Master in Science in Mathematics and Physics, and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Glasgow. He has worked in High Performance Computing, as well as System and Network management for over 10 years and is responsible for creating and operating the syzygy.ca JupyterHub service.

Professor James Colliander
Director, PIMS

James Colliander is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia and serves as the Director of PIMS. Colliander is an award winning teacher with an active research program at the interface of partial differential equations, harmonic analysis and dynamical systems. Colliander is also the Founder and CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company with investors including MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto.

Jennifer Lefebvre
Director of Instruction, Wild Rose School Division

As an educator, Jen Lefebvre has taught in K-12 classrooms in Alberta and Scotland. She has worked as a district administrator and with Alberta Education in educational technology and curriculum. Jen is the Director of Instruction with Wild Rose School Division in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She loves to play with computers, and to read, cycle, paddle and hike. Jen has a Master of Education degree with a specialization in Information Technology Leadership from the University of Lethbridge and a post-graduate certificate in Assistive Technology from the University of Calgary.

Meagan Hampel
Communications Director, Cybera

An expert in technology communications, Meagan is well-experienced in translating complex topics into stories that can be understood by the general population. She spent four years as a science reporter in London, UK, covering research and industry breakthroughs. Meagan has led Cybera’s communications team since 2014, and has launched several new programs, events, and media platforms to increase awareness of the company’s many digital initiatives. She strongly believes in the power of innovation for social good, and is excited to continue promoting Cybera’s message to the world.

Professor Michael Lamoureux
Innovation Coordinator, PIMS

Michael Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Calgary who serves as the Innovation Coordinator of PIMS. Lamoureux has previously served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary. Lamoureux has an active research program at the interface of harmonic analysis, wave propagation, and numerical methods with applications to problems in geoscience. Courses in complex variables and industrial mathematics leveraging Jupyter have been developed and delivered by Lamoureux.

Lamoureux is also the lead author of an e-book on Jupyter and the platform’s usage in teaching and research.