President's Message

Thank you for welcoming me to the BCNET community. I am heartened by our members’ enthusiasm in receiving and embracing me, as well as their unwavering commitment to BCNET. 

As the new CEO, I plan to build on BCNET’s success and continue to deliver exceptional value. We are setting the standard for shared services in higher education and are seen as a model to emulate. Our members have contributed greatly to our success, and we have grown significantly thanks to our collaborations with the public post-secondary sector, the Ministry of Advanced Education and partners such as CANARIE.

Our growth has been organic, opportunistic, entrepreneurial and responsive to member needs. Going forward, I will work with our community to ensure our growth is also strategic, without compromising the elements that make us successful.

Secure, high-speed network connectivity is foundational to all shared information technology services. Today, a number of campus sites still urgently need advanced network connectivity to enable them to access innovative technology solutions. Accordingly, we are working with these institutions, the Ministry of Advanced Education, CANARIE and other stakeholders to deliver unfettered connectivity to every campus, regardless of geographic location. We will ensure that everyone can participate in our services and support the learning, teaching and research mission of their institution.

With our strong team contributions and unmatched member commitment to excellence in shared services, I am confident we will continue to thrive as a community. Together, we can achieve a future where continued collaboration forges stronger partnerships among members to advance learning, research and innovation.


Bala Kathiresan

President & CEO