MAY 2020 EDITION

A. Introduction

CS-Can|Info-Can continues to work with the computer science community across Canada to represent all aspects of computer science and the interests of the discipline.  Our mission is to:

  • Promote excellence in research, innovation and education across all aspects of computer science.
  • Foster the next generation of computer science researchers and professionals for the Canadian academia and ICT ecosystems.
  • Actively promote an inclusive environment that supports diversity and, in particular, encourage participation by underrepresented groups.
  • Develop two-way academia-industry interactions that encourage innovation and the ethical application of computer technology.
  • Inform public policy debates at all levels on issues involving ICT through impactful and timely strategic positioning.

This bulletin provides updates and highlights of ongoing and upcoming initiatives, with links to additional information on the website.

B. COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE

CS-Can|Info-Can will launch a newly designed website, with updated News, Events and Departmental Profile features, in late May.

In the meantime, please check out and follow CS-Can|Info-Can’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

C. CS-CAN|INFO-CAN TASK FORCE ON ON-LINE AND REMOTE TEACHING

CS-Can|Info-Can has formed a Task Force on On-Line and Remote Teaching to work with departments heads and faculty to provide resources for the Canadian computer science community as on-line courses for upcoming academic terms are being developed.

We have set up a CS-Can|Info-Can server on Discord to:

  • Provide a platform to share information
  • Develop community-based resources
  • Provide an open forum for discussion of best practices

The input of members working to develop on-line courses is crucial the success of this project.

Invitations to join the Discord server have been sent to all department heads and can be shared to faculty members.  Please check with you department head or email adele_newton@cscan-infocan.ca for invitation information.

D. CS-CAN|INFO-CAN MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

CS-Can|Info-Can is expanding its membership reach to include:

  • university or college faculty members in Canada active in computer science research and education;
  • undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in computer science;
  • members of government laboratories and departments;
  • computer science professionals, and
  • industry partners.

All faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students in member departments are automatically included as CS-Can|Info-Can members.

In order to vote in the upcoming CS-Can|Info-Can Board of Directors election and to take advantage of membership benefits, described here, please complete your departmental or individual profile on the Forum.

E. AWARDS

CS-Can|Info-Can is pleased to announce the 2019 award winners.  Full information about each award winner can be found here and all winners will be profiled on the CS-Can|Info-Can website over the next few months.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

James R. Cordy, Queen’s University

Morven Gentleman (awarded posthumously)

Wesley Graham, University of Waterloo (awarded posthumously)

Laurie Hendren, McGill University (awarded posthumously)

Hugh Williams, University of Manitoba

Outstanding Young Researchers

Audrey Girouard, Carleton University

Florian Kerschbaum, University of Waterloo

Foutse Khomh, Polytechnique Montréal

Emad Shihab, Concordia University

Distinguished Dissertation

Leqi Zhu, University of Toronto

Distinguished Service

Marc Frappier, Université de Sherbrooke

F. CS-CAN|INFO-CAN ANNUAL MEETING

In response to the COVID-19 situation, CS-Can|Info-Can has postponed the 2020 spring meeting to a planned date of October 1-3, 2020 at Queen’s University, to take place in conjunction with the student-run CSearch conference.

We will continue to work with department heads to monitor the status of on-campus gatherings and will provide updates as the situation develops.

G. CS-CAN|INFO-CAN BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS

CS-Can|Info-Can is looking for energetic, community-minded members of the Canadian computer science community to join our Board of Directors.

This is a working Board, with all members contributing to the organization’s activities. Board members participate in monthly one hour virtual meetings and are encouraged to lead and participate in activities related to research, communication and outreach to a range of communities.

This is your opportunity to work with researchers, academics, students, industry and government to help shape the organization, reflect the values and priorities of the organization’s members and stakeholders, to:

  • Ensure excellence in research, innovation and education across all aspects of computer science.
  • Foster the next generation of computer science researchers and professionals for the Canadian academia and ICT ecosystems.
  • Actively promote an inclusive environment that supports diversity and, in particular, encourage participation by underrepresented groups.
  • Develop two-way academia-industry interactions that encourages innovation and the ethical application of computer technology.
  • Inform public policy debates at all levels on issues involving ICT through impactful and timely strategic positioning.

CS-Can|Info-Can is run by a Board of Directors whose members serve staggered three year terms, with some elected directly by membership and others by units. In 2020, the Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for:

  • Four Board positions, referred to as individual positions, to be elected by individual members of the organization. The final ballot should ideally contain at least five such nominees.
  • One Board position to represent student members and to be elected by student members.  The final ballot should ideally contain at least two such nominees.

The Board member to represent students is to be filled by a graduate student in a CS-Can|Info-Can member university department.

The other three Board positions are to be filled by researchers or academics in CS-Can|Info-Can member university departments.

Both self-nominations and nominations by others are welcomed for the Board.  We strongly encourage nominations of people who can ensure a breadth of perspective and experience on the Board.

The nomination form is available at the link below. Brief biographical information and a statement of interest are requested.

Only CS-Can|Info-Can members may be nominated.  Note: all faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are automatically entitled to membership if the nominee’s department or school is an institutional member.  To check the status of your department’s membership, please visit https://cscan-infocan.ca/membership/departmental-members/

Please ensure that the nominee is willing to serve. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2020. Questions about the above may be sent to nominations@forum.cscan-infocan.ca.

H. PROPOSED CHANGES IN QUEBEC TO INCLUDE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO AREAS OF ENGINEERING PRACTICE

Bill n° 29 (PL-29), which proposed to amend the Engineers Act, was introduced by the Minister of Justice in the province of Quebec in June, 2019. The contents of Bill 29 were a major concern for many IT stakeholders in Quebec. As proposed, the PL-29 added informatics and information technology (IT) to the fields of engineering practice. The bill contained articles which defined software development activities as reserved for engineers.

CS-Can|Info-Can was a key initiator and partner in the Coalition for the Future of Informatics (Coalition pour l’avenir de l’informatique), which was formed in August to represent the IT industry in Quebec and to invite the Government of Quebec to consider its recommendations.  Full information about the status of PL-29 is available here.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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