A Message from the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State

Ed Holder


As Minister of State for Science and Technology, I am pleased to welcome you to the 29th edition of the High Performance Computing Symposium, hosted by Compute Canada and Calcul Québec.

Our government recognizes the importance of research in pushing the boundaries of knowledge, in creating jobs and opportunities, and in improving the quality of life of Canadians. Advanced research computing systems are becoming critically important components of Canadian discovery and applied research ranging from astronomy to the health sciences.

With that in mind, last year we released Digital Canada 150 to help Canada be a world leader in adopting digital technologies and applying big data.

The most recent federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2015, makes the largest investment in advanced research infrastructure in Canadian history through a $1.33-billion commitment over six years to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), with specific investments for digital infrastructure and an additional investment in CANARIE.

I am pleased to inform you that in consultation with Compute Canada, the CFI and CANARIE work has begun on the development of a digital research infrastructure strategy for Canada.

I would like to extend my best wishes for an excellent and productive symposium.

Kind regards,

The Honourable Ed Holder
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Member of Parliament (London West)