Dr. Bjerring is regarded as a pioneer and visionary whose work has resulted in a Canadian research and education network which is recognized as one of the world's best. As President and Chief Executive Officer of CANARIE Incorporated, Dr. Bjerring was instrumental in developing and providing world-class networking to every Canadian university and research organization in the country. CANARIE is a not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by Industry Canada that facilitates the development and use of next-generation research networks and the applications and services that run on them. In less than 15 years, this network has increased in speed by a factor of nearly one million. This network has become an essential tool in Canadian research, and underpins the development and utilization of national research infrastructure. Under Dr. Bjerring's leadership, the CANARIE organization has designed, developed, implemented and successfully operated five distinct generations of national research and education networks. Today, CANARIE connects all Canadian universities, a host of research institutes, federal laboratories, and related organizations in every Canadian province, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The CANARIE network is frequently cited by organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia as world leading in technology, architecture and vision. CANARIE has been recognized as a nation builder. Its early iteration, CAnet, was a critical entry in the early stages of the Canadian Internet, because it ensured east-west connectivity when it would have been simpler and less expensive for universities to connect south to the closest American city. By supporting and building a national backbone, Canadians were assured connectivity from coast to coast and to northern cities including Yellowknife and Whitehorse. For several years, CAnet was the only Internet backbone in the country. Dr. Bjerring has been recognized as playing a critical role in this development and growth. From the early days of parallel and competing initiatives, to today's world of partnering and collaboration, Dr. Bjerring has led the development of one of the finest networks in the world.
-citation delivered by mentor Dr. Mark Whitmore, Dean, Faculty of Science