Dr. Ian McKillop began his academic career in the University of Waterloo's School of Accounting and Finance where his interest in the design and use of large scale financial systems was nurtured.
He moved to a major business school for 10 years where he contributed to the training of professional accountants while developing his research career and returned to the University of Waterloo in 2004 to take up the JW Graham Chair in Health Information Systems. The chair was named after Professor J Wes Graham who was a founding member of the academic unit that is known today as the David R Cheritan School of Computer Science -- home of the largest concentration of computer science researchers in Canada.
Dr. McKillop is jointly appointed to both the School of Public Health and Health Systems and the Cheriton School of Computer Science. He is actively involved in knowledge mobilisation and have served as a subject matter expert on national and provincial committees with mandates related to information systems, in governance roles for national and provincial agencies/organisations, as a contributor to commissions and inquiries, and in a central administrative role at Waterloo. Currently he serves as the Director of the School of Public Health's Professional Practice Centre in Health Systems and as the Program Lead for the Master of Health Informatics program.
Dr. McKillop works in the area of information systems assurance with a focus on data quality, security and performance management issues found in high-availability, mission-critical systems such as those found in banking and healthcare settings.