The SRNET Board
Art Exner is the Chair of the SRNET Board of Directors, previously served as the board's Vice-Chair, and has been involved for many years in helping shape the success of SRNET for the benefit of its members. Art represents the University of Regina on the Board, and is currently the Director of Communications and Infrastructure for Information Services at the University of Regina.
Dr. Harvey King represents the University of Regina on the board. He is an associate professor of Economics, and Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University. In his role as Director, he oversees the administration of the University's online and distance course development and delivery across Saskatchewan and Canada. He is a past Chair of the Saskatchewan Council for Admissions and Transfer (SaskCAT), and a former President of the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE).
Gerry Miller is the Executive Director of MRnet. Prior to MRnet, Gerry was the Executive Director of Information Services and Technology at the University of Manitoba, responsible for management of all computing, networking, telecommunications and media services in support of teaching, research and administration. Gerry has also been involved in many national and provincial networking activities including CA*net, MBnet, MRnet, and Canada's National Research and Education Network.
As Cybera's Chief Operating Officer, Barb spearheads the development of the organization's policy, and strategic and operational initiatives. This includes the blueprint for how Cybera advances information and communications technologies in Alberta. She frequently meets with municipal, provincial and federal government leaders to champion the digital needs of Canadians, focusing on growing internet access and computational capabilities.
With a PhD in applied research, spatial statistics and data modeling, Barb brings a decade of experience in data analytics and policy to Cybera allowing her to act as a bridge between research and technical domains. That insight has proved vital in her role at Cybera, which frequently acts as a steward and advocate for Alberta research and data-driven decisions. In 2018, she was selected to join the Government of Alberta’s Talent Advisory Council on Technology, which provided advice and input on strategies, investments, and outcomes to grow Alberta’s tech talent. She sits on various boards and committees.
Shari Baraniuk has been with the University of Saskatchewan for more than fifteen years. Prior to embarking on the role of Chief Information Officer within Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the U of S, Shari was the Director, Systems Support and Development with Financial Services and prior to that, the Associate Director, Information Technology with Facilities Management.
Shari has more than 30 years of experience in the information technology sector. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, Shari worked for a number of organizations including the City of Saskatoon, LGS Group Inc., Canadian Pacific Rail System, SHL Systemhouse and Andersen Consulting. Her roles have ranged from systems design and development to business analysis and from team leader to project manager.
Shari holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Operations Research Management from the University of Manitoba and an MBA in Information Technology Management from Athabasca University.
Darryl Bazylak is a Superintendent of Education for the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division. Darryl's primary portfolio responsibilities include: technology, facilities and oversight of 9 schools, including the distance learning school. Darryl’s career in education began in 1992, and saw him hold various teaching positions at elementary and high schools around Saskatoon. He is passionate about improving outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Darryl is currently working collaboratively with First Nations Communities in Saskatchewan and the Martin Family Initiative to create a First Nations Online School (FNOS), which would provide online resources and courses to on-reserve students and teachers.
Cheryl Schmitz is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice-President of Administrative Services at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Cheryl started with Saskatchewan Polytechnic (then SIAST) in 1995 as the payroll manager, taking on progressively senior roles within the Financial Services Division. For the past 12 years, she has served as the associate vice president, Financial Services. Prior to joining Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Cheryl served as the first director of finance for a large rural health district in Saskatchewan; a position that was created in response to the province's health care reform in the early 1990s.
Chad Coller is the President & CEO of SRNET and is the ex-officio member of the SRNET's Board of Directors, acting as a neutral party in the decision making process.
"The future of education and learning in Saskatchewan will be multi-modal and distributed, with classes delivered across the province (and indeed across the world) in different modes including lectures, webinars, interactive hands-on learning, live-streamed, with video-conferenced discussion groups and other technologically-intensive methods that we haven't even thought of yet. I firmly believe that a strong SRNET will be a key factor in allowing the Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions and their partners to succeed in this future environment." - Harvey King