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Barb Carra

Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Barb Carra is Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Cybera, the not-for-profit technology-neutral agency dedicated to accelerating technology adoption in Alberta.

With a background in multidisciplinary research, spatial statistics and data organization, Barb brings a decade of experience in data analytics and policy to Cybera. This expertise allows her to act as a bridge between the research and technical domains, steering Cybera's strategic goals, mandates and operational direction. Barb spearheaded the development of the policy and strategic initiatives team at Cybera, and elevated the company’s involvement in ICT policy and advocacy. She led the development of Cybera’s three-year strategic plan, and built the blueprint for how Cybera will advance ICT in Alberta. She also guides Cybera’s responses to government ICT interventions, including two recent CRTC reviews of Canadian telecommunications.

Given that Cybera operates at the forefront of the technology industry, Barb is responsible for staying on top of the latest provincial and federal policies and priorities that pertain to Alberta’s research, education and innovation sectors. She is focused on developing ICT partnerships and strategic initiatives that will advance the research, analytics and innovation landscape in Alberta.

Barb sits on the board for the national Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and LeftOvers Calgary, an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensures it gets to service agencies in need. She also chairs the National Research and Education Networks Business Strategy Committee.

Barb earned her PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 9

15:30 EST