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Computer Science Canada | Informatique Canada (CS-Can|Info-Can) announces 2024 Award Winners

Celebrating outstanding achievements and lasting contributions of Canadian computer scientists

The CS-CAN|INFO-CAN awards acknowledge exemplary contributions to computer science research, education, community and professional service, and the significant accomplishments of computer scientists.

The process to review and determine the award recipients is rigorous. Nominations are brought forward to Awards Committees, a panel of computer scientists from different disciplines across the country who, after careful consideration of each nomination, select the recipients.

Congratulations to the following CS-Can|Info-Can Award recipients:

Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

These awards recognize current or former faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments, Schools, Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to computing over their careers. The awards can be for achievement in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these.

Joanne Atlee

University of Waterloo

Gregory Dudek

McGill University

David Fleet

University of Toronto

Osmar Zaiane

University of Alberta

Excellence in Teaching Award Winners 2023

Recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exceptional teaching ability, at the undergraduate or graduate level, via classroom lectures, laboratory instruction, thesis supervision, design and development of courses, and use of innovative teaching methods.

Ben Stephenson

University of Calgary

Canadian Computer Science Distinguished Dissertation Award 2023

Computer science doctoral students completing degrees at Canadian institutions and recognize excellence in research and writing in a doctoral dissertation.

Nadia Ady

Specific Machine Curiosity

University of Alberta

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Outstanding Early Career Computer Science Researcher Award 2023

Recognizes top early-career computer science academic researchers who are within 10 years of completing their Ph.D. for excellence in research.

Roger Grosse

University of Toronto

Liam Paull

Université de Montréal

Ali Ouni

ETS Montréal

Distinguished Service Award 2023

Recognizes outstanding service to CS-Can|Info-Can and the Canadian computer science community at large (selected by the CS-Can|Info-Can Board of Directors).

Kelly Lyons

University of Toronto

“Canada’s success on the global stage depends entirely on our accelerated adoption of technology across all sectors,” said Dr. Marc Frappier, President CS-CAN|INFO-CAN “As a nation we have a history of award-winning thought leaders, innovators and founders of some of the most globally disruptive technologies. On behalf of CS-CAN|INFO-CAN, its Board of Directors and its members, I offer my sincere congratulations to all this year’s winners and finalists. We salute the leadership, ingenuity and passion of these individuals who help change and improve the lives, communities and businesses in Canada and often globally for the better.”

The CS-CAN|INFO-CAN award winners will be celebrated during the CS-CAN|INFO-CAN Co-Located Conference on November 11, 2024 at the York University Second Student Centre Conference Facility in Toronto.


CS-CAN-INFO-CAN counts among its members more than 60 organizations active in computing research: academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; academia; and affiliated professional societies. CS-CAN-INFO-CAN works with these organizations to represent the computing research community and to effect change that benefits both computing research and society at large.

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