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Celebrating This Year's Finalists - 2018

Innovation Award 2018

The University of British Columbia: Emerging Media Lab
2018 Award Recipient

UBC Emerging Media Lab Innovation 2018

The 2018 Innovation Award was awarded to the University of British Columbia’s Emerging Media Lab.  The Emerging Media Lab (EML) is an experimental space where faculty, students, and staff from all disciplines collaborate with industry and community. Its mission is to evolve learning by creating tools and techniques using emerging media including Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality.  At EML, all members regardless of their role are encouraged to collaborate and experiment with emerging technologies. In this space, faculty members become subject matter experts and students turn in into innovators who can find solutions for faculty members’ problems and answer their questions. EML provides an incubation venue for UBC community especially students outside their academic activities where they can experiment with emerging technologies such as VR, AR, XR, BCI, AI, etc. in order solve educational challenges and enhance learning and student engagement.  For more information on the Emerging Media Lab at UBC please see:

The 2018 Innovation Award Finalists

Simon Fraser University:  A New Network Data Architecture using Software Defined Architecture
Virtualization technologies have led to an explosion of private cloud services being offered in Simon Fraser University’s primary data centre, the SFU Data Centre.  This has driven an increased importance for responsive high-security networking, but the legacy network was large and complex, making it costly to secure and maintain.  The University required a new network solution to efficiently tackle the increasing demands. The creation of the SFU Data Centre in April 2017 offered the opportunity to implement a new Network Architecture using a modern network solution.  The architecture team made the decision to design and implement the new Architecture using Software Defined Networking (SDN) as the core networking technology in the SFU Data Centre. SFU faced and conquered the challenge of putting together a design that maintains the desired flexibility and agility without sacrificing security or operational efficiency.

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University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT):  Artemis Cloud Implementation
The implementation of Artemis Cloud at McMaster Children’s Hospital and South Lake Regional Healthcare supports the acquisition, analysis, and redeployment of high frequency physiological data. This data, in combination with electronic medical record (EMR) data is made available to support a multitude of medical studies by the hospitals. A multi-tiered consent model allows a consenter to designate where the patient’s physiological data can be used.  Artemis Cloud is the next phase in a highly successful, award winning research project to make use of high frequency, high fidelity physiological big data in neonatal intensive care environments.  Artemis was developed in local (in hospital) settings and this phase develops the capability to utilize a cloud model, enabling utilization by multiple Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), independent of size or location.  For UOIT IT Services, it represents a highly visible, highly successful first foray into formal IT support for research, which we intend to leverage into a growth.

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Collaboration Award

Nova Scotia Higher Education IT Shared Services (HISS)
2018 Award Recipient

NS HISS Collaboration 2018

The 2018 Collaboration Award was awarded to Nova Scotia’s Higher-Ed IT Shared Services (HISS) initiative.   In 2014, Nova Scotia’s 10 universities and the Nova Scotia Community College agreed to work together to share IT services. Their vision for sharing was, and still is, guided by the principals of: achieving improved IT service delivery, avoiding and mitigating IT costs, and more effective use of IT resources. Supported through the province’s Excellence in Innovation Fund (EIF), an Executive Director was hired in 2015, and the Higher Ed IT Shared Services governance structure and management office were established. Over the next three years, this voluntary collaboration has focused on shared IT procurement, coordinated IT project management and implementation, and strategic planning and IT advisory across all member institutions. Financial and operational benefits for the members have been significant, and steadily increasing, with a strong foundation for future collaboration being solidified through this initiative. 

The 2018 Collaboration Award Finalists

Simon Fraser University: Development of SFU's One I.S. Strategy
With IT tightly woven into the fabric of everything at SFU, there was an obligation to plan the information systems journey.  By developing a coherent and integrated planning strategy, the value of current and future investments in information systems was maximized ensuring that SFU information systems and services were aligned with SFU’s vision and strategic priorities.

Beginning in the fall of 2016 with a University-wide client satisfaction survey and building off of the survey results, in-person follow-up meetings were held with over 50 unique stakeholder groups comprising several hundred participants to drill down and gain a better understanding of the “pain points” each group was currently experiencing. Several open-ended questions were also asked to understand future information system requirements.  The stakeholder consultation process concluded with a consultation summary document which formed the foundation of a strategic planning exercise to develop the One I.S. Strategic Plan built on the three pillars of SFU’s engagement strategy: research, students, and community and three additional information system specific pillars: administration, digitalization, and people. For more information please see:

University of Victoria:  Higher Ed IT Procurement Project
The Higher Ed IT procurement project is a collaborative procurement initiative which brings together representatives from across the higher education sector in British Columbia and is facilitated in partnership with BCNET, a shared IT services organization. Aimed at delivering IT-related services for 25 public, post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. With a focus on a joint procurement approach for a wide array of IT hardware, software and services and leveraging the sector’s combined volumes, purchasing power, and common interests the overall objective of the project was to provide value to the higher education sector in B.C.  By sourcing contracts that meet member requirements, leveraging the knowledge of the members and sharing learnings the resulting outcome could offer the best overall value, reduce or minimize administrative effort and at the same time ensure a competitive procurement process that is compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements.

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.

Art Exner Community 2018

The 2018 CUCCIO Community Award was awarded to Art Exner, Associate Vice President, Information Technology (IT) Services, University of Regina.

Albeit in his usual understated way, Art Exner exemplifies a commitment and passion for this community through the various roles he has assumed in CUCCIO.  As an active member of CUCCIO Art is one of a handful members who have missed very few meetings.   Serving on the Board for two terms (a total of 6 years), Art was a member of the Governance and Nominations committee and helped to guide a review of the process to appoint the officers of the Board.   In 2014 Art assumed the role of CIO Liaison for the Information Security Special Interest Group (SIG) and plays an active role in providing guidance, direction and advice to the group.  In this role Art has helped shepherd a number of activities including access to an on-line security and education program, development of a soon to be released RFP for SSL certificates and most recently the adoption of an information sharing protocol for CUCCIO members.  In addition to his role with the Security SIG Art serves on the CIO Advisory Committee to CANARIE and the Compute Canada Cyber Security Task Force.