Board of Advisors

We are both proud and privileged to introduce the Varysian board of advisors. The board is made up of some of the most influential and accomplished members of our community. It is an honour to have them advise us.

Varysian events exist to create space for engagement, facilitating connections and trust at the solutions level. We serve to bind the public, academic and private sectors both local and global, and to make sure we adhere the work of the WMO, the Alliance for Hydromet Development and the wider UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 mandate. 


The board will support our mission to strengthen our place as an integral part of the ecosystem and value chain of our community.  Their expert involvement in our regional events will help us to continue building successful platforms for networking and fostering the expansion of public-private engagement.

By the 2030 Alliance deadline, the board will have helped to guide us in building capacity and strengthening the hydromet value chain. We thank Brian, David, Karl and Roelof for their advice and support and we look forward to building the value chain for the prosperity of all.

Brian Day

Chair Emeritus

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI)

Brian Day has been with Campbell Scientific (Canadian operations) since 1981 serving in various capacities until 2010 when he was named President and CEO of the company. In 2018, he stepped back as a Vice President to focus on more international matters.

Brian is currently the Chair Emeritus (2019) of the Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI) and served as Chair of HMEI from 2011 to 2019, where he strongly advocated for closer working relationships between the Private Sector, the World Meteorological Organization, the World Bank, Academia and other Public Sector agencies. He is firm in his belief that the climatic challenges we face globally can only be resolved by working together through partnerships.

Brian has also served as Co-chair of the Private Sector Committee for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) from 2003 to 2015. He has acted as a Canadian delegate during Sessions 15 and 16 of the Commission on Instruments and Methods Observation as well as at the XVI and XVII World Meteorological Congresses. In addition to his professional volunteer activities, Brian has served as a Director on Boards of other Edmonton based companies as well as for the Foundation for St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College and St. Joseph College.

Ronald David Grimes

President (2011-2019)

World Meteorological Organisation 

David served as President of the World Meteorological Organization from 2011 to 2019 and Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada since 2006, responsible for the Meteorological Service, Canadian Ice Service and Water Survey of Canada. He is currently the President and CEO of Grimes Consulting Group providing services in support of Climate, Water and Hydrometeorology.

During his tenure as President of WMO, David Grimes successfully shepherded the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services, the strategy for advancing polar and high mountain cryosphere initiatives and hydrological services. He led the development of WMO’s vision and science to service earth system strategy for 2030 and beyond along with the design, transformation and adoption of WMO’s new organizational structures; a first in modern time.


As the Executive Head of Canada's Meteorological and Hydrological Services (MSC), he led the Organization’s renewal and modernization to significantly improve the competitiveness and performance of its weather, climate, water and environmental services to Canadians.

David Grimes has extensive educational experience in the domains of science, management and administration. He holds an Honours Bachelors of Science in physics, mathematics and meteorology, and graduated from the Government’s professional meteorological certification program (masters level). He completed an MBA program and has been recognized by educational institutions. He is a Fellow of American Meteorological Society and was granted the Graduate of Distinction by his alumni, Brock University. He is now in the process of becoming an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater. 

Dr. Karl Gutbrod

Member of the Board

Association of Private Meteorological Service Providers (PRIMET)

Dr. Karl G. Gutbrod is the CEO of meteoblue AG, a Swiss meteorology data provider founded in 2006 as a Spin-of at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Karl came to meteoblue with 25 years of experience in international agri-business, as project and unit leader in development, product management, marketing, business development and information services.


Karl has held positions at GTZ, DED, Ciba, Novartis and Syngenta and has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, United States, Brazil, Thailand, and China.


Karl holds a PhD in agronomy from the University of Göttingen, Germany. In addition to his day job, he teaches courses at the University of Cooperative Education in Lörrach, Germany, and supervises Bachelor students there in the subjects of Decision Theory, Innovation Management, Marketing and International Business Strategy.

In 09-2018, Karl joined the Board of directors of PRIMET, the pan European Trade Association for meteorological service providers operating in the private sector.

Roelof Bruintjes

Atmospheric Scientist

NCAR -   National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr Roelof Bruintjes was the President and founder of Advanced Radar Corporation in 2006. With nearly 90 research papers, and over 2,000 citations he is one of the most academically versed people in our industry. His expertise in aerosol-cloud interactions, weather modification, cloud physics and radar meteorology over the past four decades has taken him around the world, not only as a scientist but working on projects to which capacity building has been a key focus of his work.

He has worked as a consultant adjunct for many years with organizations such as NASA and the WMO and his work on weather modification at the forefront of its field. Roelof has joined the Board of Advisors in his capacity as an Atmospheric Scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and as a champion of capacity building in Africa. His expertise in understanding the hydromet value chain made him an obvious choice for the Board.