Mitacs appoints Catherine Chick as Chief Information Officer

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs announced today the appointment of Catherine Chick as Chief Information Officer. As Mitacs’ CIO, she is responsible for establishing and implementing the technology vision that supports the organization’s strategic plan.

The CIO is a newly created position that oversees Mitacs’ information and communications technology (ICT). In the rapidly changing realm of ICT, this position ensures that Mitacs can continue to meet the demand of program growth, perform robust analyses of program outcomes, and provide timely and efficient reporting for stakeholders. As Mitacs strategic plan, Target 10,000: Talent, Ideas, Networks, outlines, the organization has ambitious growth goals, including delivering 10,000 research internships annually by 2020.

Catherine joins Mitacs from Seaspan where she served as Vice President, Business Services and Technology. She started her career in management consulting and moved into the program delivery and technology operations functions. Catherine has held leadership positions in the technology, manufacturing, financial, and higher education sectors.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University. She will be based at Mitacs’ Vancouver office at the University of British Columbia.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“I’m excited to work with Catherine as part of Mitacs’ Executive Management Team and to further advance our information technology and services strategy. Catherine’s a leader who strives to foster innovative and transformative thinking.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 17 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and government, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, along with Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan.