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Thought-Provoking Panels

Computational Astrophysics: Gravitational Waves, Black Holes, Neutron Stars
Monday, June 20 // 1:15 – 3:30 pm
Hear from Canada’s top Astrophysics researchers about the kinds of unique challenges and potential breakthrough discoveries associated with studying gravitational waves, compact objects, and computational astrophysics.

Embracing the Change – Preparing for a Different Future of IT Service Delivery
Monday, June 20 // 2:30 – 3:30 pm
What will the higher-ed IT department of the future look like? Will it be larger, smaller or the same? Are people’s expectations changing? What new skills will be needed? Are we ready for the change? A panel of four current and recent higher-ed CIOs will respond to a series of questions to stimulate a discussion on preparing for a different future.

Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Monday, June 20 // 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Access to insightful diversity research and best practices for inclusion help industry, academic institutions and research teams address challenges in workforce engagement and finding and developing highly qualified personnel to meet workforce targets. This panel will focus on exploring relevant best practices and research in the technology and high performance computing fields.

How to Win Friends and Influence Others
Tuesday, June 21 // 1:15 – 2:15 pm
This session will introduce researchers and IT/HPC professionals to the importance of developing relationships with key decision makers and will demonstrate how to have meaningful, strategic engagement to enhance support, policy and funding for your area.

CUCCIO Security Special Interest Group
Tuesday, June 21 // 2:30 – 3:30 pm
This is intended to be a panel of security managers, available to answer questions from the audience. Topics include: How to deal with, or expect to deal with security as services move outside your organizational borders? How are you dealing with Phishing attacks? How we can better share threat intelligence regionally and nationally?

Women in Technology – Diversity of Leadership
Wednesday, June 22 // 8:30 – 9:30 am
Despite the growing trend for women to pursue university educations, female representation in STEM fields remain significantly lower than would be expected. This presentation brings together key observations from interviews with senior leaders in technology organizations and research in the field on women in technology leadership.