Nominations open for Compute Canada Awards of Excellence


Compute Canada launched its annual Awards of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions made by the advanced research computing experts that help Canada’s research community achieve bigger, better and faster results.

“Compute Canada’s mission is to create and sustain a world-class advanced research computing platform that enables scientific discovery,” says Robbin Tourangeau, Interim CEO. “When you read how the past award winners have been described by the research community and the impact they’ve had on research programs across Canada, it becomes clear that this mission is made possible by our people.”

One such past award winner is Julie Faure-Lacroix, a Scientific Liaison Officer with Calcul Québec, a regional partner of Compute Canada. Faure-Lacroix received seven nominations last year and was described as “passionate, professional and competent.”

“Julie Faure-Lacroix helped our laboratory beyond our expectations,” says Julian Wittische, PhD Student, University of Montreal.

“Unlike students in other fields such as physics or engineering, students in ecology, population genetics and forestry are generally unaware of the existence of advanced computing. Julie managed to introduce lay people to Calcul Québec’s services in half a day and continued to support us eagerly. She knew how to make her technical explanations accessible and was very patient with us.”

As a national organization with a membership that includes more than 37 research universities, Compute Canada has access to a wealth of expertise, drawn from highly trained people and from research institutions across the country. More than 200 staff and support personnel are distributed from coast to coast and employed by a university or one of Compute Canada’s four regional partners ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid.

Researchers, regional directors and Compute Canada team members can nominate Compute Canada experts who provided exceptional support or service to a researcher or research group.

All submissions will be reviewed by Compute Canada’s Senior Management Team, with nominations accepted until May 1, 2018.
Nominees will be recognized with a letter of congratulations. The winners will be announced June 20, 2018, and will be featured on the Compute Canada website and newsletter. The award ceremony will take place at CANHEIT-TECC 2018 in Burnaby on June 20, 2018.

Nominations close May 1 – find out more about how to nominate today.

Read more about past Awards of Excellence winners: