Call for Nominations: Award for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science

Nomination Submission Deadline: December 1 each year


CS-Can/Info-Can, the Canadian academic computer science organization, presents annually awards for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science to faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to computing over their careers. There may be multiple awards per year.

These awards recognize excellence in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these.

Award winners will be invited to attend the annual CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet to receive their awards.

Nominations are welcome starting on September 1 of the award year.


A candidate for this award must have held a full-time appointment in a Computer Science Department[1] at a Canadian University for at least 10 years and must have spent the majority of their academic career in Canada. Candidates need not be currently active faculty members, nor even still living.

Selection Committee

The selection committee comprises a Panel of computer scientists from a variety of sub-disciplines of the field. All nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. The panel is appointed by the CS-Can/Info-Can Board of Directors.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations are welcome in either English or French.

Candidates cannot apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community who has first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions.

The nomination package should include the following:

  • a summary (up to 1 page[2]) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s contributions in everyday language.
  • a nomination statement (up to 3 pages) that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the award. This nomination statement should make the case for the nomination, indicating the category or categories in which the candidate has made their contributions and explaining the nature of the contributions they have made.
  • 3-5 letters of endorsement for the candidate from other people who have first hand knowledge of the candidate’s contributions in the appropriate category or categories. Such letters can be written by colleagues in the same Department or other Departments in Canada or outside of Canada, or by other people who can appraise the contributions, for example former students for a teaching contribution, or somebody in the computing industry for a research contribution who knows the impact of a candidate’s research.
  • other supporting material, up to a limit of 5 pages, that will contribute to an understanding of the candidate’s contributions.
  • curriculum vitae (no page limit) of the candidate, focused on the candidate’s contributions in the category or categories for which they are being nominated.

No other material (letters of support, etc.) can be included in the nomination package.

How to Submit

The deadline for receiving nominations is December 1. The deadline will be strictly adhered to.

All materials in the nomination package should be put into a single .zip archive file named with each individual document in PDF format. The names of the documents should be the following.

  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Summary.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-Statement.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-EndorserLast-EndorserFirst.pdf
    (for each of up to five letters of endorsement)
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-OtherMaterial.pdf
  • NomineeLast-NomineeFirst-CV.pdf

The .zip archive file should be sent as an email attachment to the CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Committee via email to by the nomination submission deadline.

Review all of the specific instructions on this page and the general instructions for all award nominations before submitting.

All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.


Successful candidates will be notified by February 1 following the submission deadline.

The awards will be presented at the CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet, which is usually held in late May or early June in conjunction with the CS-Can/Info-Can AGM. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs to attend this ceremony in order to receive the awards in person.

More information about awards

Additional information about the awards program, eligibility, and nomination procedures is available here. Notes specific to this award are below.

1 The term Computer Science Department” includes Canadian Departments, Schools, and Faculties of Computer Science, however named. Similarly, the term “Chair” refers to the Chair or Head of a Department, the Director of a School, or the Dean of a Faculty, whichever is appropriate.

2 In all cases, the page or word limits are upper limits.

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