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Rodney Wilson

Ciena Corporation
Chief Technologist, Research Networks

Rodney Wilson is responsible for Ciena’s leadership and global interactions with universities and the research community, including national research and education networks. 

His focus is on collaboration with advanced high-performance networks being created by national governments for research and education purposes. These networks experiment with emerging, pre-commercial hardware and software solutions. Rodney directs Ciena’s involvement with these research networks and orchestrates intersections between emerging technologies and Ciena research and development groups. 

Prior to his current role, he was a senior advisor for the CTO at Nortel, and held other advanced technology roles during 13 years with the company, including director of broadband switching and optical Ethernet R&D. He served as Network Architect for the University of Toronto’s global bibliographic network service. 

He served as Chair of the Patronage Committee and as a member of the Organizing Committee, IEEE International Conference of Communications 2012 (ICC 2012) Ottawa. He is a frequent speaker at IEEE conferences and events, including the annual SuperComputing SC conference series sponsored jointly by IEEE and ACM. 

Originally trained in Electrical Engineering at Toronto’s Ryerson University, Rodney is a graduate of the Executive Education Program at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee medal for his service to Canada.