Driving Research and Learning through IT Innovation
Supporting IT Leaders in Higher Education
Helping Canadian universities excel through IT innovation
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.
After successful editions on the east coast and out west, CANHEIT returns to Ontario for CANHEIT 2017. More than 450 of Canada’s campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts and researchers will be in Kingston from June 13-16, 2017. Queen’s looks forward to hosting hundreds of delegates from fields including information technology, advanced research computing, data management, and digital infrastructure in the tourism jewel of Southeastern Ontario.
“This is a group of trusted peers and advisors. When trying to sell your ideas to others within your institution, being able to say what your peers are doing is very helpful. If you can bring CUCCIO out as an example – this is what I think, and this is what my peers are doing – that’s a big one.”
Bo Wandschneider CIO University of Toronto
"CUCCIO provides excellent professional development opportunities by highlighting national and international trends, and by promoting collaboration among IT leaders and staff alike. The Special Interest Groups are a perfect example. Leading IT in higher education is unique, and it’s invaluable to have such a tight-knit community with whom to share."
Ghilaine Roquet CIO McGill University
"I gain value from CUCCIO in three ways: cross-Canada communications and sharing; the benefits of a common voice for IT in higher education; and collaboration through initiatives like the Canadian Access Federation. CUCCIO provides a network I can depend on."
Blair Vessey Director IT Systems and Services UPEI
“CUCCIO provides great value for the money, but beyond that, it’s hard to place a value on the opportunities provided for learning from colleagues. It would be especially valuable to someone new to Canada and learning the Canadian terrain.”
Rebecca Graham CIO & Chief Librarian University of Guelph
“It’s hard to put a dollar value on the value CUCCIO brings, but the return on investment has been way beyond the overhead. Being able to interact with and gain insights from this community is huge. It’s so beneficial to be able to ask questions and get very healthy responses that really help move things forward.”
Alastair MacLeod CIO OCAD University
“CUCCIO serves two key roles. It is the collective voice for Canadian university CIOs – it gives us more influence with key parties like Industry Canada, CANARIE and Compute Canada. It also provides a comprehensive listening mechanism – I can hear what 49 other CIOs are doing. Fifty brains are better than one. It allows me to do my job better.”
Mark Roman CIO Simon Fraser University
“The sharing of ideas and experiences with colleagues dealing with similar issues across the country enables me to respond promptly and proactively to things that would take months to investigate in isolation. It also facilitates an invaluable learning and professional growth opportunity for our staff.”
Kim Benoit Executive Director, Technology Solutions Centre University of Winnipeg
This week’s Fast Five: IT News recognizes the recipients of the 2017 CUCCIO Awards, which were announced at the CUCCIO Awards Gala held in conjunction with CANHEIT 2017 at Queen’s University.
The Innovation Award was presented to the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) for its project to enhance business continuity through the application of Docker containerization technology.UNBC’s containerization project took the process of configuring servers and software from months to a few minutes. Enabling ITS at UNBC to deliver value to their customers faster and at the same time improving UNBC’s position with respect to business continuity readiness, the implementation of Docker containerization helps to prepare UNBC for a future where cloud computing will be ubiquitous and access to these services will need to be provisioned rapidly and effectively. For more information on this initiative please contact UNBC.
The other finalists for the Innovation Award were Simon Fraser University’s Official App Suite and the University of Calgary’s Secure Compute.
The Collaboration Award was presented to the University of Alberta’s ShareIT project.With executive sponsorship, matching funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education through AAHEIT and in conjunction with Cybera, 18 of Alberta’s 26 post-secondary institutions worked together to establish a framework for creating a shared services organization. With over 50 people involved in this initiative from across the Alberta post-secondary sector, Cybera, and the Government of Alberta, ShareIT demonstrated the viability of a shared services organization and the benefits of increased collaboration through an ecosystem of similar resources, ideas, and knowledge sharing. For more information on this exciting initiative, please see ShareIT.
The other finalists for the Collaboration Award were Simon Fraser University’s Installation of Cedarand the Ontario Shared CISO initiative, a collaboration of eight Ontario universities and colleges.
The CUCCIO Community Award was presented to Rick Bunt, retired CIO, University of Saskatchewan and the first elected president of CUCCIO.This award recognizes an individual, group, or institution whose efforts exemplify CUCCIO’s desire to build, support and enrich the higher education IT community. Unlike the innovation and collaboration awards, the CUCCIO Community Award honours a member institution or individual who has demonstrated a passion for CUCCIO’s principles of information-sharing, collaboration and knowledge creation throughout the community.
As a founding board member and CUCCIO’s first elected president, Rick Bunt’s belief in the principles and value of information sharing and collaboration has never wavered. His commitment to making collaboration happen, not only for his institution but for the Canadian higher ed IT community overall continues even in retirement. From participating on the founding board of CUCCIO, to sitting as a member of both the Compute Canada and CANARIE boards, to helping shape and drive a national conversation on Canada’s digital research infrastructure, Rick’s contributions to our community are too numerous to share in their entirety. However, CUCCIO was delighted to honour Rick’s many contributions with the presentation of the 2017 CUCCIO Community Award.