EPIC Board of Advisors

Mark Dietrich

Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an entrepreneurial leader with decades of executive management experience, and a proven track record of building and transforming organizations, increasing revenues, and maximizing organizational effectiveness. He specializes in innovative corporate strategy, marketing, business development and exceptional service delivery. Mark’s diverse background in new product development, commercialization, service delivery, and marketing was built through a series of executive leadership roles with companies first in New York City and now in the Greater Toronto Area. His success spans multiple industries, including consulting, technology and information services.


Debbie Landers

Ms. Landers is the Vice President, Cognitive Solutions & IS/BD at IBM Canada.

In this newly created role in IBM Canada she is focused on working with governments, academia, others in industry and across the IBM Corporation to drive innovation investments, high-value job creation and the use of technology (particularly IBM’s Watson Cognitive/AI capabilities) to advance key social and economic imperatives in the country and globally.

Prior to this role, Ms. Landers held a number of global positions within IBM, including her most recent experience as the General Manager of Kenexa & Smarter Workforce. The foundation of this business was the December 2012 $1.4B acquisition of Kenexa. Before taking on the role of General Manager of the business, Ms. Landers lead the team integrating Kenexa in to IBM.

Ms. Landers started IBM in 1985 and has held various roles throughout her tenure, including Vice President and Integration Executive for the Netezza acquisition, Vice President of Global Client Support for IBM Information Management; and Director of IM Customer Support and Services Strategy, among others. She is also an active mentor to a number of protégé(e)s from across IBM.

Ms. Landers holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Diplome de Francais Practique also from Western; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.

Stephen M. Lanier

Stephen M. Lanier (SML) serves as Vice President for Research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. SML received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the Cardiac Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. In each of his various institutional leadership roles, SML has augmented entrepreneurial and technology development initiatives, and developed new research infrastructure, strong community-based engagements and significant inter-institutional collaborations involving the public and private sector leading to broad programmatic growth and impact.


Roy Verstraete

Roy is a corporate director, adviser, senior executive and internationalist with 30+ years of leadership experience. Roy was CEO of Anchor Danly from 2001 to 2015. Previously, Roy was a senior leader with the Velcro Corporation. He serves as President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA); is a Member of the CEO Council of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and Vice-Chairman of the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. Roy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University, earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, added the Certificate “Making Corporate Boards More Effective” from the Harvard Business School and is a Professional Engineer.

Mary Ann Wenzler

Mary Ann is the VP of Financing and Consulting for the Southwestern Ontario area of the Business Development Bank of Canada. In that role, she leads a team of 54 professionals dedicated to serving Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and advisory services with a focus on small and medium sized enterprises. A former director of St. Joe’s Hospital Foundation in London and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital Foundation in Windsor, Mary Ann has also served on the boards of directors of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor Essex Workforce Development Board, and is currently a Board member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation Board of Governors. She sits on various committees supporting auto growth in Ontario and Canada.