Innovation Nation Gets Boost: New Executive in Residence to Help Advance Agenda: Ron Van Holst
May 9, 2011

Please review the resume of Ron Van Holst, principal consultant at High Performance Computing Insights Canada who is joining the CATA Team as an Executive in Residence. Mr. Van Holst’s immediate focus will be research into Canadian commercial adoption of High Performance Computing technology as a driver for competitiveness and innovation.

About Ron Van Holst

Ron Van HolstRon Van Holst is a CATA Executive-in-Residence with over 25 years of experience in the development of advanced communications and computational products and services. He is owner and principal consultant at High Performance Computing Insights Canada where he provides consulting services focused on the HPC industry.

Ron's research interests include the analysis and application of High Performance Computing (supercomputing) systems. HPC can be used to solve engineering, scientific or business problems and each of these come with a unique set of requirements. His research is focused on how HPC product architecture and IT service management processes are mapped into business outcomes, enabling innovation and competitiveness. Ron is also a blogger, writing on HPC technologies and other IT subjects such as cloud computing and social media.

Previously, he was a product manager for a Canadian leader in HPC software. Earlier, Ron worked with a number of Ottawa technology start-ups, including a company that created an HPC unified computing product that was price/performance competitive with top tier 1 HPC product companies. He is a veteran of Bell-Northern Research, where he led the development of several commercially successful telecommunications products.

Ron received his BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

CATA National Spokesperson, Sir Terence Mathews, also CEO of Wesley Clover, said, "We are delighted to have an executive of the stature of Mr. Van Holst on the Innovation Nation team and look forward to his leadership in helping advance our thought leadership research in key areas of innovation."

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