Get to know Kathleen Webster

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020

Professional female with dark hair smiling at camera
What is your job title?
  • Deputy CIO
How do you see your role going forward?
  • My role is that of an of enabler – I am here to help the University achieve its strategic vision. I am very much looking forward to contribute to Transformation 2030, and to help lead the way with the Digital campus transformation plan.  I will be working with students, professors and employees to advance the vision.
Where did you complete your studies?
  • I hold a B. Sc. In Computer Science from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and a Masters in Public Administration from l’École Nationale d’Administration Publique.
Do you have any professional certifications?
  • I am certified in Change Management (Prosci)
What countries you’ve lived in/visited?
  • I was born in New Brunswick but lived most of my life in Quebec. I have travelled to the United States, and a few sunshine destinations (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Antigua)
Why did you get into your field of work?
  • I had two restaurants, and two babies. At some point, something had to “give”. I focused on IT, given this was where the work was, and I had interest in technology. I took a “crash course” a couple of years before Y2K (Older folks like me will remember), and I found work in the government. I realized I really enjoyed it, and then did my Bachelors.

    My interest in the IT world is mainly the variety of the work and domains.
Family info you want to share?
  • I have two sons, and I am really proud of them, They both graduated this year: one in Physics Engineering, and the youngest in Biomedical chemistry. I also have two nephews whom I adore.
What’s your favourite pastime?
  • Reading, and painting (I do acrylic), mostly. I also sew and play piano. I’ve made a lot of face masks during the past few months for myself and my family!
What’s your favourite sport?
  • Karate and CrossFit. I have recently taken to running. As a personal challenge, I will be running my first 5K within the next month.
What’s your favourite movie?
  • I love action and fiction movies. There are a number of series that I almost know by heart (Die Hard, the Mummy movies, Tomb Raiders, Indiana Jones…). I can watch movies again and again. If I had to pick one, I would say Indiana Jones.
What’s your pet peeve?
  • People driving slowly in the left lane.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
  • I am accident prone. I broke all my ribs on my left side getting coffee, about ten years ago. I regularly break toes (mostly at karate). I am also ridiculously scared of spiders.
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