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Universities from western, central and eastern Canada honoured at inaugural CUCCIO Awards Gala at CANHEIT 2015 in Fredericton

June 23, 2015. Fredericton, NB. Winners of the inaugural CUCCIO Awards were announced on Thursday, June 18 at the annual CANHEIT conference at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Celebrating collaboration, innovation and community, institutions from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Atlantic Canada received awards at the June 18 gala.

“This awards program is designed to celebrate Canada’s higher ed IT community and its contribution to the Canadian higher education landscape,” said Lori MacMullen, Executive Director of CUCCIO. “As we launch the CUCCIO Awards program, our goal is to make these awards synonymous with IT excellence in higher education. We hope all nominees, finalists and CUCCIO members take a moment to be proud of the work they do every day to support the innovative, effective and efficient use of IT in support of their institutional mandates in teaching and learning, research and administration.”

The CUCCIO Awards program is based on three award categories: Collaboration, Innovation and Community.

The NB / PEI Education Computing Network (ECN) won the inaugural Collaboration Award.

“The NB / PEI ECN is one of the most successful higher-ed IT consortiums in Canada,” said Terry Nikkel, Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services at the University of New Brunswick, who accepted the CUCCIO Collaboration Award on behalf of the group. “We have learned how to work together effectively, with the common goal of deploying leading-edge technology across the ECN – whose members range in size from a few hundred student FTEs, to many thousands – while reducing overall IT costs for all.”

The University of Toronto’s Online Proctoring Pilot Project won the inaugural Innovation Award.

“Online proctoring was – and still is – so new in Canada that many hadn’t even heard of the concept,” said Fareed Teja, Academic Information and Communication Technology Supervisor at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and recipient of the Innovation Award. “Through this pilot, we have been able to develop and share our own best practices, highlight nuanced issues, and serve as a case study for others wishing to tackle the issue of academic integrity in online test taking.”

Winner of the inaugural CUCCIO Community Award was Jeff Gardiner, Chair of CUCCIO’s Security Information Group (SIG) and Chief Information Security Officer at University of Western Ontario.

“Through Jeff’s leadership, the CUCCIO Security Information Group has become a close community where collaboration is encouraged and sharing takes place in abundance,” said Mark Roman, Chair of CUCCIO’s Board of Directors, and CIO & Associate Vice President at the University of Saskatchewan. “I have belonged to many different groups like this in the past, but the CUCCIO SIG is by far the most useful for me as a Canadian security professional in higher education. Jeff deserves some recognition for his efforts and the tangible and real results he has delivered. I fully appreciate his commitment to making the entire higher education space a safer place to work and share data.”