Catherine Middleton is a Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and former Canada Research Chair. In 2019-2020 she is the Interim Director of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management. Her research advances understanding of what is needed to ensure all Canadians have access to digital technologies and can use them to participate fully in society. She is an expert on broadband policy in Canada and internationally, and has led research projects investigating the value of public Wi-Fi and the use of mobile technologies in organizations. Current research projects include Ageing + Communication +Technology (actproject.ca) and Bridging the Technology Skills Gap: New Evidence-Based Approaches to Leveraging Diversity (developing strategies to expand the talent pool for information and communications technology sector jobs and advance inclusion, www.ryerson.ca/diversity/projects/orf_re/).
In 2017-2018, through the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship programme, Middleton worked as a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (Canada’s communications regulator), offering advice on optimizing the use of evidence in policy making and contributing to the annual Communications Monitoring Report. Middleton led the working group that drafted the G7 National Science Academies Statement on “Realising our digital future and shaping its impact on knowledge, industry and the workforce” (prepared for the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada). Middleton is a past chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE, (Canada’s national research and education network) and was a founding director of Compute Ontario (an agency advancing high performance computing). Middleton contributes to the policy making process through engagement in public consultations (e.g. intervening in the development and review of the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct and the review of basic telecommunications services) and provided research support to the Secretariat reviewing Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting legislation.