Compute Canada Awards of Excellence

Have you thanked your local support for advanced research computing lately? Employed by your university, or one of Compute Canada’s regional partners such as ACEnet, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario (SHARCnet, HPCVL,SCInet) and WestGrid, these experts help you to accelerate and expand your research outcomes. The mission of Compute Canada is to create and sustain a world-class advanced research computing platform accessible by researchers in all disciplines independent of resource or researcher location. Within Compute Canada’s four regions, more than 200 staff and support personnel are distributed from coast to coast, many employed by universities, enabling them to work closely with local research communities. Our vision is to Accelerate Discovery. We are launching the Compute Canada Awards of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions made by Compute Canada staff to help Canada’s research community achieve bigger, better and faster results. As a national organization with a membership that includes more than 30 research universities, Compute Canada has access to a wealth of expertise, drawn from highly trained people and from research institutions across the country. Compute Canada is launching its inaugural recognition awards to begin a tradition of celebrating and recognizing exceptional advanced research computing support and expertise. We are connecting with researchers and with our regional leaders, to collect nominations of Compute Canada staff who have provided exceptional support or service to a researcher or research group. All submissions will be reviewed by Compute Canada’s Management Committee, which includes the four Regional Directors. Each award recipient will receive a $500.00 cash prize. One recipient will receive a special additional prize for outstanding achievement. The award ceremony will take place at the High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) in Montréal this coming June 2015, and the recipients will also be featured in the Compute Canada website and newsletter. We plan on selecting three winners this year.


Given the complexity of our organization and the communities we serve, we have not designed a detailed submission process. We would like to learn of compelling examples that support our organization’s guiding principles and goals. The submissions that best reflect the spirit behind the awards will be chosen. We are asking the research community, regional directors and chief technology officers to nominate Compute Canada staff that have: – had a significant impact on your research program – gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting your work, achieving a deadline, etc. – created a tool or service that has removed barriers in your work – created or enabled unique cross-Canada collaborations – helped enable a group to use advanced computing who are not traditional users Submissions are due by March 31, 2015. Click here to nominate a Compute Canada staff member.


Who is eligible for nomination?

Any active full-time or part-time Compute Canada, WestGrid, Compute Ontario, Calcul Québec or ACEnet staff (excludes full-time students and faculty).

Limitations on nominations: Self-nominations are not accepted; Past award recipients become ineligible for two years beyond date of receipt. Who may nominate? Compute Canada account holders and regional executives. Step 1: Select the employee you want to nominate. Step 2: Tell the story! Complete the “Description of Nominee” section by providing specific examples of how/why your nominee should be considered for the Award. Step 3: Submit your nomination form no later than March 31, 2015.

Please note: Supporting letters are not required but are acceptable; The total nomination submission, including nomination letters, should be a maximum of 5 pages. You can send your supporting letters to

Selection process All nominees will be informed of their nomination. If the individual or team you have nominated is selected for an award you will be notified.

Recognition of all nominees Being nominated for the Compute Canada Awards of Excellence is an important accomplishment. In recognition of this milestone, all nominees will be recognized with a letter of congratulations as well as posting of their name on the Compute Canada website and an announcement from Compute Canada.