Michael Shepherd
Chief Executive Officer and Professor
CEDABI, MYRA School of Business
Professor of Computer Science
Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Shepherd is a Professor in Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. On July 1, 2015, he stepped down as Dean of the Faculty after serving for 7 years.

As Dean, he lead the initiative to create the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie, the first such institute in Canada. The Institute has become a research focus for the University with a steady stream of visitors from all parts of the world, collaborating in big data analytics research in oceans, health and aerospace. The Institute also offers specialized courses to local industry to help train their people in big data analytics. He also helped to create an ICT Sandbox in the Faculty for budding student entrepreneurs, providing them a sandbox in which to develop their ideas and to receive both technical and business mentorship.

His research interests include visual text analytics, information retrieval, user profiles and personalization, and health informatics. A number of his students have gone on to start successful IT companies in Canada and in the United States, and others to work for major companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Dr. Shepherd has contributed to the development of the ICT profession by working in and leading a number of professional associations. He has served as Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Computer Science and as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Currently, he is Vice-President of the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics Centres, a member of the National Computer Science Steering Committee, a member of the board of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, and a member of the board of Digital Nova Scotia and previously served as its Vice-Chair. He was Co-Chair of the recent, very successful, Big Data for Productivity Congress that attracted 500 delegates from 12 countries around the world.

Dr. Shepherd was recently honoured by being elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science.