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Catherine Middleton

Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University

Catherine Middleton, B. A. (Queen's), MBA ( Bond University, Australia), Ph. D. (York). Dr. Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. She is also interested in how Canadians use (or don't use) the internet in their daily lives.

Dr. Middleton's research has been funded by SSHRC, Infrastructure Canada, Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, Statistics Canada, the Canada Research Chairs program and Ryerson University. Her research projects have investigated the use of ubiquitous communication technologies (like Blackberries) in organizations, the development of next generation broadband networks (including Australia's National Broadband Network), competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians' internet use. She was the Principal Investigator for the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, is a Partner Investigator on the Public Wi-Fi in Australia project, is the Co-Investigator on the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Project, and a member of the Ageing + Communication + Technology research partnership.

Dr. Middleton was a "Big Thinking" speaker in 2010, offering insights to Canadian parliamentarians about what is needed to develop a digital society for all Canadians and gave testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology Study of Broadband and Internet Access Across Canada in 2013. She has intervened in several regulatory proceedings in Canada addressing provision of internet and mobile services.

Dr. Middleton was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE, Canada's advanced research and innovation network.

Dr. Middleton's article (with Wendy Cukier) titled "Is Mobile Email Functional or Dysfunctional? Two Perspectives on Mobile Email Usage" won the 2007 Stafford Beer Medal for best paper in the European Journal of Information Systems, and her article "Who Needs a 'Killer App'? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks" was awarded the Australian Committee on Computation and Automatic Control (ANCCAC) Award for best paper in an Australian Computer Society publication in 2002.


  • –present
    Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson