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Researchers, Industry, IT and SuperComputing Experts Gather to Shape the Digital Landscape in Canada

June 20, 2016, Edmonton --­ ​Joining together for the first time under one roof, CANHEIT | HPCS combines 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 is presented in partnership with CUCCIO, Compute Canada, WestGrid and the University of Alberta.

"Advanced research computing is fundamental for research excellence in Canada; it is the enabling infrastructure behind this year's Nobel Prize and is fuelling advances in all disciplines. Our High Performance Computing Symposium celebrates this community by bringing together experts, researchers and industry leaders in high performance computing. This year we grow this community by partnering with leaders in campus IT and the great research community Compute Canada supports at University of Alberta. This conference represents an important gathering of technical and research leaders and represents the foundation for world-­class outcomes in advanced research computing in Canada," says Mark Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Compute Canada.

More than 650 delegates from all over the country are expected to attend the CANHEIT | HPCS conference occurring Sunday June 19, 2016, to Wednesday June 22, 2016. The gathering represents the best minds in IT and supercomputing and will showcase the leading edge research outcomes enabled by this technology.

“The University of Alberta is both privileged and delighted to host the first ever joint CANHEIT | HPCS annual national conferences,” s​ays Brian Stewart, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Information Services & Technology at the University of Alberta.​“The event provides an exceptional opportunity for researchers, practitioners, professionals and leaders in IT and Computer Science to meet and share knowledge, and to develop and grow relationships. We welcome over 650 delegates and over 40 sponsoring companies from across Canada to the wonderful city of Edmonton and to our outstanding Campus to enjoy the attractions of the city, to learn from each other, and to be part of a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the digital landscape.”

The four day event, held at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) at the University of Alberta, is expected to draw faculty, computational researchers in academia, industry and government, technical experts, vendors, and IT professionals in the higher education community across Canada. The conference will focus on “Shaping the Digital Landscape” in Canada and will include workshops and sessions around 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.

“CUCCIO is thrilled to collaborate with Compute Canada and the University of Alberta this year on CANHEIT | HPCS 2016, because collaboration is what CUCCIO is all about,” said Lori MacMullen, Executive Director of CUCCIO. “2016 actually marks our 10th anniversary as Canada’s voice for leaders in higher education IT, so this is a perfect way to celebrate. We look forward to bringing together our growing network of CUCCIO member CIOs from across Canada with so many advanced research computing leaders, for four days of communication, collaboration and innovation around our biggest successes and challenges in this space, as well as where the future of higher ed IT is headed.”

For full conference details and programming, visit the CANHEIT|HPCS website: http://canheit­

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 information­sharing, collaboration, knowledge creation and advocacy among provincial and regional associations of IT leaders in post­secondary education. Today, CUCCIO is a non­profit, member­funded corporation representing more than 50 universities Canada­wide, who collectively serve over 90% of Canada’s university students.

About Compute Canada

Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET,​C​alcul Québec,​C​ompute Ontario​and W​estGrid,​ leads the acceleration of research innovation by deploying state­of­the­art 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 world­class 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.