Munro tapped for inaugural Compute Canada Award of Excellence

Cindy Munro, SHARCNet Director of Finance and Administration, was named recently as one of seven recipients of the inaugural Compute Canada’s Award of Excellence.

SHARCNet is a consortium of Canadian academic institutions sharing a network of high-performance computers. The organization’s reputation as a “model of financial responsibility in Ontario” is due, in large part, to Munro, according to her nominator.

“Cindy has gone about her job without fanfare and acknowledgement for more than a decade,” said Dan Sinai, Western Associate Vice-President of Research, who also sits as chair for Compute Ontario. “She has managed tens of millions of dollars on behalf of the consortium and built all the financial budget and forecasting models in Ontario. Without her, we simply would not have received our matching funds from Ontario.”

In recent years, Munro has supported several financial audits, organized annual conferences and also managed human resources and communications for the consortia. She created tools that removed barriers; enabled unique cross-Canada collaborations and created a platform for a large research group.

“She has shown incredible leadership through some very tough financial times,” Sinai said.

Compute Canada launched its inaugural recognition awards on June 19 at the Compute Canada Soirée. This event is the beginning of a tradition of celebrating and recognizing exceptional advanced research computing support and expertise.