The Professional Master's Program is supported by external advisors, senior leaders from industry, who provide insights on current industry needs, technological advances and societal trends. Advisors play a critical role in ensuring the program is aligned with the job market so that our graduates can hit the ground running. They advise on curriculum development, promote the program externally, and offer mentorship through co-op placements and other student engagements. The advisory council is led by the program director and meets twice a year to discuss strategic priorities for the program.

BIG DATA

Beier Cai

Co-Founder
Commit

Aly Sidi

Vice President, Software
Neurio Technologies

Jesse Calderon

SVP, Product Development
Tableau


Ken Wong

Senior Director of Product Management
Tableau

George Chow

Data Engineer
Self-employed


Kate Wright

VP, Product & Development
SAP

Dennis Loktionov

Director of Digital
Teck Resources


CYBERSECURITY

Nahid Asani

SE Director, Western Canada
Fortinet

Michèle Mullen

Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation
Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity

Alex Dow

Co-Founder
Mirai Security


Dominic Vogel

Chief Security Strategist
Cyber.SC

Justin Malczewski

Regional Sales Manager, Western Canada
CrowdStrike

Hans Wehn

Director, Earth Observation and Intelligence
MDA Systems

Hardeep Mehrotara

Manager, IT Security
Coast Capital Savings
and Cyber Officer
Canadian Forces

Vidya Vankayala

Director of Grid Modernization
Powertech Labs

VISUAL COMPUTING

Travis Good

Chief Technology Officer
Terramerra

Kevin Loken

Head of Technology
Electronic Arts

Maryam Sadeghi

CEO and Co-Founder
MetaOptima

Zhan Xu

Director, Research Team of IC Lab
Huawei Canada

Past Advisory Council Members

Big Data

  • Chris Neumann, Founder, Data Hero (2016-2019)
  • Dennis Buttera, Education Lead, IBM (2016-2019)
  • Paul Terry, CEO, Phemi (2014-2017)
  • If you are interested in joining the advisory council for a particular concentration, please contact cspmp@sfu.ca.