Women in High Performance Computing

A lack of skilled workers in the biggest challenge facing HPC in Canada and Compute Canada has embarked on a national effort to recruit more women to a sector that is intricately linked to the country’s innovation and competitiveness.

Compute Canada is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in advanced research computing. As a national partner of the WomenHPC movement, Compute Canada was the first in Canada making gender diversity in high performance computing a central theme of its High Performance Computing Symposium, this year held in partnership with the University of Alberta and CUCCIO, which featured several speakers and sessions on how companies and academic institutions can test their unconscious biases, improve their hiring practices and improve their engagement with women, indigenous people, LGBT communities and other diverse groups.

A June 19 pre-conference reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta set the tone for the conference, with the official launch of the Canadian chapter of Women in HPC. The event featured lightning speeches from female leaders in the HPC sector: Lucille De Haître with Lenovo Group Ltd., Dr. Megan Meredith-Lobay with the University of British Columbia, Dr. Lesley Shannon with Simon Fraser University, and Gráinne McElroy with Royal Roads University.

Photo: Lesley Shannon, Lucille De Haitre, Gráinne McElroy and Megan Meredith-Lobay