Programming & Registration

How do I qualify for the student registration rate?

To qualify for the student rate, the delegate must be an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD student at any post-secondary institution. A Student ID may be requested for identification.

If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

What is included in the registration fees?

Your registration fee includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Attendance at the Opening Reception & ‘Women in HPC’ Cocktail Event (Sunday, June 19), the Awards Gala (Monday, June 20), the Research Poster Reception (Tuesday, June 21), an optional pub night social event (Tuesday, June 21), and the Windup BBQ Lunch (Wednesday, June 22)
  • Access to all program sessions, workshops and special events (Note: This does not include sessions or meetings listed as private / invite-only.)
  • Access to networking opportunities with delegates and sponsors
  • A complementary transit pass valid for the duration of the conference
Why does your registration form include a question regarding my gender?

As part of its partnership with Women in HPC (WHPC), Compute Canada has made a commitment to assist WHPC in identifying gender inequities within the tech and advanced research computing sectors. Our event registration form includes a question regarding gender and an option to participate in a post-event WHPC survey. Both of the questions are optional.

We recognize this information is private / personal and your individual answers will not be viewable or accessible by anyone other than the event organizing committee. If you have questions regarding the collection of this information, please contact us.

Can I cancel my registration?

Yes, however there are costs associated with cancelling. Up until June 1, 2016, a $100 cancellation fee (a $50 cancellation fee for students) will be charged to all cancellation request. The remainder of your registration fee will then be refunded to you. Following June 1, you may cancel your registration but no refunds of any kind will be issued.

If you have questions about registration cancellations or the associated fees, please contact us.

I’m already registered, but I need to change some of my information. How do I do that?

Please email confreg@ualberta.ca if you would like to change your registration information.

As a vendor, can I simply register as a delegate?

This year, vendors and other private-sector companies must sponsor the event in order to send representatives and register as delegates. Each sponsor level has a set number of complimentary registrations, with some levels having an additional option to register additional delegates at the Early Bird Rate.

For more information on this year’s sponsor levels, please contact our Sponsorship Committee. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us at canheit-hpcs-sponsorship@ualberta.ca.

Who are the keynote speakers and what will they be speaking about?

We are pleased to announce our three keynote speakers for CANHEIT | HPCS:

  • Rebecca Costa, an Expert in Adaptive Management & Technologies;
  • Jon Montgomery, Host of CTV’s Amazing Race and a former Olympian; and
  • Julielynn Wong, Director, Centre for Innovative Technologies and Public Health.

An award-winning sociobiologist and business leader, Rebecca Costa applies lessons learned from nature to the disruption many industries presently face: from healthcare, finance, manufacturing, food processing, energy and social services to education, governance, transportation, technology and retail.

No stranger to tough competition, Jon Montgomery made headlines during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games when he won a gold medal in the skeleton event by 0.07 seconds.

Last but not least, Julielynn Wong is a Harvard-educated, award-winning physician, innovator, and journalist who combines knowledge and real-world expertise in technology and innovation for healthcare.

For more information on Rebecca, Jon, and Julielynn, you can read their full bios on our Keynote Speakers page.

Does your program have sessions focused on Women in IT / Technology?

There will be several program offerings that touch on this topic, as well as the theme of diversity and inclusion in IT/Technology/ARC:

Women in HPC Cocktail/Networking event
Sunday June 19
5-6:30 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta

Join us as Compute Canada launches the first Canadian Chapter of Women in HPC. Celebrate leaders and early career women in advanced research and technical computing fields, and network and connect with leaders in HPC. This special Cocktail Event held before the conference Opening Reception will feature an introduction to Women in HPC and lightning talks from women in a variety of career levels in the Canadian HPC sector. This event welcomes anyone interested in promoting women in HPC!

Gender Intelligent Communication Workshop
Monday, June 20
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room TBC, CCIS Building, University of Alberta

Gender intelligent organizations that invest in inclusion increase the three E’s: engagement, empowerment and efficiency. Inclusive workplaces create collaborative environments that effectively support both men and women in contributing all their ideas and talent. In the process, they enhance their capacity to attract and retain talent, capitalize on the innovation that emerges when diverse perspectives are shared, and mirror the values of the customers and communities they serve. In this session, Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions offers a hands-on, experiential workshop designed to increase confidence and drive behavioural change. For more information, click here.

Diversity Panel
Monday, June 20
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Room 1-430, CCIS BuildingUniversity of Alberta

Access to insightful diversity research and best practices for inclusion help industry, academic institutions and research teams to address challenges in workforce engagement and with finding and developing HQP to meet workforce targets. This panel will focus on exploring best practices and research on this topic in the technology and high performance computing fields. More and more global leaders are investing and adopting best practices in this area. Attendees will garner insight from today’s corporate leaders and researchers. Panel members include experts in promoting inclusive practices for LGBT, aboriginal, women and other under-represented groups.

 

How much does registration cost?
  • Early Bird: $400 / Student $175 – until April 30
  • Regular $500 / Student $200 – May 1 until June 8
  • Extra Gala Tickets $50
  • Extra Opening Reception Tickets $75

Sponsorship

Are there any speaking slots available for sponsors?

This year, sponsor speaking opportunities are included in the Gala, Platinum, and Gold sponsor levels:

  • Gala Sponsors can provide brief welcome / introductory remarks and present one of the awards at the Monday Night Awards Gala. As the pinnacle networking and social event of the program, the Awards Gala is a prime spotlight speaking opportunity in front of 650+ delegates. The content of the introductory remarks is left to the sponsor’s discretion, but we encourage relation to our event theme “Shaping the Digital Landscape”. 
  • Platinum Sponsors can provide brief welcome / introductory remarks prior to one of the three keynote presentations in the program. This high-exposure speaking opportunity puts you on the main stage in front of 650+ delegates at once. The content of the remarks is left to the sponsor’s discretion, but we encourage relation to our event theme “Shaping the Digital Landscape”. 
  • Gold Sponsors can host a 30-minute technical presentation as one of the 8 concurrent sessions in the event program. An abstract detailing the proposed speaker and topic must be submitted to the Program Committee for review and approval in advance of the program being published online. The Program Committee reserves the right to request amendments to the session if it deems the presentation has a marketing or lead generating focus rather than a technical focus.

More information can be found in the sponsor package or by emailing questions to canheit-hpcs-sponsorship@ualberta.ca

Can sponsors speak in a session or co-host with a client or recruit a client?

There are two ways sponsors can speak in a session:

  1. The Gold Sponsor level has an option of hosting a 30-minute technical presentation as one of the eight concurrent sessions in the event program. An abstract detailing the proposed speaker and topic must be submitted to the Program Committee for review and approval in advance of the program being published online. The Program Committee reserves the right to request amendments to the session if it deems the presentation has a marketing or lead generating focus rather than a technical focus.
  2. A vendor can co-host a session with a partner / client if the partner / client (ideally a Canadian institution) submits an abstract to the CANHEIT |HPCS 2016 Call for Submissions and requests to co-present with the sponsor. The majority of the presentation must be delivered by the partner / client, with the sponsor representative there to answer technical questions (roughly a 70-30 or 60-40 split in terms of content). Note: the vendor representative’s participation in a session does not grant access to other conference activities or events, so the vendor representative must leave the conference once his/her session is complete. The session proposal is subject to review and approval by the Program Committee and the presenters would have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

More information on the Gold Sponsor level can be found in the sponsor package or by emailing questions to canheit-hpcs-sponsorship@ualberta.ca. More information on the criteria for session submissions can be found in the Submission Guide.

Are there any pre-event or post-event communications that can be sponsored?

At this time, we don’t have any specific pre-event or post-event communications available for sponsorship. However, if you have ideas or would like to make a suggestion, that can be discussed further with a sponsorship liaison.

As a vendor, can I simply register as a delegate?

This year, vendors and other private-sector companies must sponsor the event in order to send representatives and register as delegates. Each sponsor level has a set number of complimentary registrations, with some levels having an additional option to register additional delegates at the Early Bird Rate.

For more information on this year’s sponsor levels, please contact our Sponsorship Committee. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us at canheit-hpcs-sponsorship@ualberta.ca.

Who sponsored CANHEIT and HPCS last year?

In 2015, CANHEIT sponsors included: Dell, Intel, Meru Networks, Tribal, Trend Micro, VMware, CANARIE, Bell Aliant, Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, Qualtrics, Workday, ORION, Bulletproof Solutions, AMA, Blackboard, Echo 360, Perceptives Software, Aruba Networks, TELUS, Rogers, .CA, Ciena, Team Dynamix, Veeam, Lynda.com
In 2015, HPCS sponsors included: Intel, Dell, IBM, Lenovo, CANARIE, SGI, Data Direct Networks, Cray, Seagate, SolarFlare, Net Direct, Net App, ORION, Univa, Adaptive Computing, Scalar, Mellanox

Who is sponsoring this year?

As sponsor agreements are signed and packages confirmed, sponsor logos will be added to our Sponsors page on the event website. All sponsor packages will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If we aren’t an event sponsor, what are the booth options?

Generally, display space is only available to sponsors at the Gala, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsor levels:

  • Gala Sponsors receive premium display space in the Awards Gala Exhibitors’ Reception (exclusive to Gala and Platinum Sponsors only), as well as premium display space (5′ table) for the duration of the conference in a common area within the event venue.
  • Platinum Sponsors receive prime display space in the Awards Gala Exhibitors’ Reception (exclusive to Gala and Platinum Sponsors only), as well as prime display space (5′ table) for the duration of the conference in a common area within the event venue.
  • Gold Sponsors receive display space (24″ cocktail table) for the duration of the conference in a common area within the event venue.
  • Silver Sponsors receive display space (24″ cocktail table) for the duration of the conference in a common area within the event venue.

More information can be found in the sponsor package or by emailing questions to canheit-hpcs-sponsorship@ualberta.ca.

Delegate Profile

How many attendees are expected for CANHEIT | HPCS 2016?

We are expecting around 650 delegates this year, as CANHEIT will be a joint conference with Compute Canada’s annual High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) event. As you know, CUCCIO members represent 57 universities across Canada, serving more than 95% of the country’s university students. Closely related, Compute Canada deploys state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions at over 70 institutions across Canada for more than 12,000 Canadian researchers and their collaborators in all academic and industrial sectors.

How many attendees did the CANHEIT and HPCS conferences have last year?

As separate events, CANHEIT hosted between 350-400 people at its 2015 event, and HPCS hosted between 300 – 350 people. There is some overlap between the two audiences, which is why a joint event was conceived for 2016 to maximize the networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

What are the job titles of the attendees?

Example attendee job titles from the 2015 events included:

  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • IT Department Heads
  • Vice President (Research) Office representatives
  • IT senior managers, project managers, system architects, system administrators, high performance computing specialists, technical support staff, developers, data administrators
  • University faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students

Accommodations

I need to book a hotel. Do you have any recommendations?

We are pleased to offer special discounted rates at four partner hotels. Two are located conveniently on the University of Alberta campus within a two-to three-block walking distance from the main conference venue:

  • Lister Conference Centre
  • Campus Towers Hotel

Our other two partner hotels are located in the downtown core within a one-block walking distance of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to UofA. *Note, complimentary transit passes are being provided to all delegates.

  • Chateau Lacombe Hotel
  • Sutton Place Hotel

Room types, rates, and booking instructions are included on the Location section of our site. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What are the discounted rates offered at your partner hotels?

Each hotel is offering a different rate, depending on the room type, amenities etc. Prices range from $69 up to $259. Room types, rates, and booking instructions are included on the Location section of our site. If you have any questions, please contact us.