University of Alberta Announces Partnership with CUCCIO and Compute Canada for Joint 2016 Conference


Edmonton, AB, June 19, 2015 — The University of Alberta, a leading teaching and research institution in Canada, has announced today a partnership with CUCCIO and Compute Canada to host a joint conference in 2016. The conference will combine two annual national conferences, CANHEIT, under the direction of CUCCIO, and the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS), under the direction of Compute Canada.

The joint event will offer a platform to cultivate the latest best practices, opportunities and challenges in advanced research computing and IT in higher education. CANHEIT will provide discussion on challenges and opportunities within the higher education environment. HPCS will provide insight into new tools, techniques and discoveries in computational intensive research.

“As Canada’s community of leaders in higher ed IT, CUCCIO is very pleased to have our annual conference – CANHEIT – hosted in collaboration with HPCS at the University of Alberta in 2016,” said Lori MacMullen, Executive Director of CUCCIO. “CANHEIT is our opportunity to bring our member community together each year to discuss the latest issues and trends in higher ed IT – from security to shared services and more. Joining forces with HPCS will create an excellent, expanded opportunity for networking and sharing best practices, by connecting members and their staff with Canada’s advanced research and computing community.”

“Each of our communities relies on and benefits from world-class digital infrastructure and technical expertise, whether it’s to improve the delivery of higher education, or to support leading-edge research that impacts the lives of Canadians,” says Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Compute Canada. “Much of the excellent research Compute Canada supports begins in the universities that make up CUCCIO’s membership. Hosting a joint event gives us the chance to further strengthen the existing collaborations between our two organizations, and will expose attendees to a more diverse and impressive exchange of ideas and innovations.”

The conference will be held at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton from Sunday June 19, 2016, to Wednesday June 22, 2016. Attendees will include faculty, computational researchers in academia, industry and government, technical experts, vendors, and IT professionals in the higher education community across Canada.


More Information:
Julie Keyser
Communications – Acting Team Lead
Information Services and Technology (IST)
University of Alberta

Kelly Nolan
Executive Director, External Affairs
Compute Canada

About UofA
The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.75 billion and attracts more than $460 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The university has more than 260,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”

CUCCIO is Canada’s community of information technology leaders in higher education, working together to help Canadian universities excel through the innovative and effective use of IT. Incorporated in 2006, CUCCIO is the result of almost 40 years of information-sharing, collaboration, knowledge creation and advocacy among provincial and regional associations of IT leaders in post-secondary education. Today, CUCCIO is a non-profit, member-funded corporation representing more than 50 universities Canada-wide, who collectively serve over 90% of Canada’s university students.

About Compute Canada
Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research and innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions. Together we provide essential ARC services and infrastructure for Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors. Our world-class team of more than 200 experts employed by 35 partner universities and research institutions across the country provide direct support to research teams. Compute Canada is a proud ambassador for Canadian excellence in advanced research computing nationally and internationally.