Three members of the Calcul Québec team honored


 Dugan O’Neil, Weiguang Guan, Maxime Boissonneault, Minh-Nghia Nguyen, John Simpson and Mark Dietrich

Three members of the Calcul Québec team were honored at the Compute Canada Awards ceremony during the CANHEIT|HPCS 2016 conference on June 20th. 

Minh‐Nghia Nguyen, a scientific computing analyst with Calcul Québec, was granted an award for the quality of the support he provided to the Computer Poker Research Group at University of Alberta. Back in 2015, that team of researchers made waves in the media when their work was published in the prestigious periodical Science

David Morais, one of our team's bioinformaticians, received an award for his work on integrating Galaxy, a popular software platform for genomics, into GenAp, a DNA analysys tool.

For the first time this year, members of the Compute Canada team were able to nominate other team members for the Team Choice Award. Maxime Boissonneault, one of our scientific computing analysts who also chairs Calcul Québec's research support coordination committee and leads Compute Canada's Research Support National Team, was the first recipient of the new award. 

Our congratulations to all winners!

The complete list of recipients along with more information on their merits can be found on the Compute Canada website .


Calcul Québec's Annual General Meeting will be held on May 24 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

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The date of our Annual General Meeting is nw known: it will be held on May 24th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Meeting rooms have been booked at Polytechnique Montréal, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke, and they will be linked through videoconferencing. The General Meeting will be followed by a cocktail at each meeting point.

The Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM SIGHPC) and Intel are launching a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world. Submissions open March 15, 2016 for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships. Interested students can find more information on the fellowships, including a description of the fully online nomination process, at

For the first time this year, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, its most prestigious prize, was awarded to a woman: Victoria Kaspi, astrophysics professor at McGill University.
kaspiv2 “I am profoundly thrilled and humbled to receive the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal.” said Professor Kaspi through NSERC’s news release. “It is truly overwhelming to think that I am in the same category as some of its previous recipients. I accept this award on behalf of my research group and all of the talented students, postdocs and collaborators who’ve played major roles in the research successes and discoveries that are being recognized with this honour.”  

SSHRC WordmarkCanada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is teaming up with Compute Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ThinkData Works to present the first Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge.

Multidisciplinary teams lead by Social Science and Humanities researchers from Canadian post-secondary institutions are asked to answer the following question: What data, technology or process initiatives will mitigate or address critical business, policy, and social challenges in Canada’s natural resources and energy sectors through 2035?

Through this challenge, the teams will find solutions to the SSHRC Future Challenge Area that focuses on energy and natural resources


mitacs logoThrough the Mitacs Accelerate internship program, graduate students, post-docs and University professors can extend the scope of their research by teaming with private companies and put their skills and resources to work taking up new challenges.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for internships lasting a minimum four months. Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding. To apply, students must already have an industrial partner, but several companies have expressed interest in the program and do have research projects that they would like to find interns for. Some of these projects are related to advanced research computing. The list of these projects is available on the Mitacs website.

Good luck!