On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great regret that we report that Dr. Hugh Couchman, SHARCNET’s Scientific Director, has decided to step down from his position for health reasons. We owe a tremendous gratitude to Hugh, as one of SHARCNET’s founding members, and as a devoted champion for the HPC community.
Hugh exemplifies calm, thoughtful leadership and what can be accomplished through cooperation and researcher engagement. He led SHARCNET through its growth phase, expanding from seven initial partners in 2001, to seventeen academic partners today, making it the largest HPC consortium in Canada. SHARCNET was also the recipient of several large funding awards for both equipment and operations.
Thanks to Hugh’s direction over the past decade, SHARCNET has grown into a mature organization that provides the highest quality services to researchers and their graduate students in order to help create the next generation of researchers in academia, business and industry. Through Hugh’s vision, SHARCNET is highly regarded for the range and breadth of its research support programs and training offerings. As a result, SHARCNET has been the recipient of several awards over the years, recognizing our leadership in HPC and our productivity as an organization.
Hugh has also been pivotal to the growth of HPC in Canada, most notably as one of the authors of the Canadian Long-Range Plan for HPC and as Chair of Compute Canada’s National Initiatives Committee. He has been instrumental in setting the foundations for SHARCNET and HPC in Canada and we hope to continue to build on Hugh’s legacy and vision for the future.
We wish him all the best going forward.
Vice President Research and External Partnerships
University of Guelph