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Celebrating This Year's Finalists

Innovation Award

University of Northern British Columbia: To enhance business continuity through the application of Docker containerization technology.
2017 Award Recipient

UNBC Award Winners Innovation

The 2017 Innovation Award was awarded 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 be need to be provisioned rapidly and effectively.  

Innovation Award Finalists

Simon Fraser University:  The Official SFU App Suite
Providing students, faculty and staff with a suite of apps endorsed and supported by the university community, the Official SFU App Suite is comprised of four apps (SFU snap for campus experience, SFU Vault for access to storage and files, goSFU for access to courses, enrollment, etc. and Canvas for access to learning tools and services) all available for Android and iOS. 

University of Calgary:  Secure Compute
Calgary’s Secure Computing Program creates a unified virtual research environment to enable researchers to manage their entire project data lifecycle (collect, store, analyze, share, collaborate, and preserve information) through one secure environment, with a specific attention paid to restricted and confidential research data, such as personal health information.

Collaboration Award

University of Alberta: ShareIT Project
2017 Award Recipient

UAlberta Award Winners Collaboration

The 2017 Collaboration Award was awarded 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 across the Alberta higher ed sector through an ecosystem of similar resources, similar ideas and sharing of knowledge. For more information on this exciting initiative please see

Collaboration Award Finalists

Simon Fraser University Data Center: Installation of Cedar
In partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, a new, advanced research computing (ARC) system, Cedar is one of four national new supercomputers in Canada that will provide over 11,000 Canadian researchers with access to the latest technology in advanced research computing and expertise.

Led by Laurentian University, the Ontario Group’s Shared CISO
Under the governance of the eight founding institutions, this collaborative initiative develops frameworks, policies and resources to help address IT Security in Ontario higher education with the delivery and management of services and coordination of a shared Chief Information Security Officer. The shared CISO has provided a highly cost effective opportunity to provide essential security resources to a community of Ontario higher educational institutions and has established a collaborative network leveraging shared information and resources.

CUCCIO Community Award

Unlike the innovation and collaboration awards, this 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.

Rick Bunt Community Award

The 2017 CUCCIO Community Award was awarded to Rick Bunt, Retired CIO University of Saskatchewan and the first elected president of CUCCIO. Rick exemplifies these traits and characteristics through his commitment to CUCCIO since its inception. As a founding Board member and CUCCIO’s first elected President, Rick’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 honor Rick’s many contributions with the presentation of the 2017 CUCCIO Community Award.