Opening Ceremony, Territorial Acknowledgement & Welcome Address

Master of Ceremonies: Stephen Lamb, Deputy CIO, University of British Columbia and Sandeep Sidhu, CIO, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Welcome Address: Bala Kathiresan, President & CEO, BCNET


Sandeep Sidhu

Sandeep Sidhu

Chief Information Officer, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

With 20 years of active leadership in the technology space, Sandeep currently serves as chief information officer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design ( in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is advancing the university’s digital transformation strategy by developing effective organizational capabilities (people with technology) and leveraging digitalization.  

Sandeep is an innovative, collaborative leader with deep ties to higher education providing strategic connections between the university community and its technology teams. Her passion for higher education continues beyond the CIO role as a visiting professor at Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Sandeep has been in higher education since 2011, after a decade of working in the private sector. She has been an active volunteer at BCNET, the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) community, and an EDUCAUSE Board member.  

Sidhu is honoured to have the opportunity to co-host BCNET 2023, and hopes to live up to her leadership credo, “I will leave this world a little better than I found it”. 

Stephen Lamb

Stephen Lamb

Deputy Chief Information Officer, UBC

As Deputy CIO at the University of British Columbia, Stephen supports the CIO in providing executive strategic technology leadership that supports and enables teaching, learning, research, and the business operations of the university. Stephen's focus is the evolution and growth of how the organization governs, manages and delivers a broad range of IT services across UBC. He oversees governance and investment planning processes, portfolio management, IT-related risk management, strategic workforce planning, service management, and is accountable for the delivery of core technology services.

Stephen has served as an IT leader in education for most of his career, both in K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining UBC, Stephen was CIO at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. During his career, he also served as the CIO for the Vancouver School Board, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse school systems.


Bala Kathiresan

President & CEO, BCNET

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Technology Track