John Shannon

Director General (acting)
Digital Technologies

John Shannon

John Shannon is the acting Director General, Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), where he leads world-class researchers advancing the leading edge of artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity and data analytics.

Previously, John spent over four years as an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) with the NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program. Prior to joining the NRC, John held a variety of executive leadership roles in both small and large organizations in the private sector. He spent almost a decade as an entrepreneur and angel investor, and his most successful start-up was acquired by PayPal for $1B in 2008. Before that, he spent almost two decades at Bell Northern Research and Nortel, ending as VP, Technology, of the business venture that was spun out to become Bill Me Later, where he held the position of CTO.

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