WestGrid's ability to serve and support research across Western Canada is powered by over 50 “Team Members” / FTEs employed in systems administrator and/or user support roles at WestGrid’s member institutions through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) project. They are hired, evaluated, paid and directed by their institution. Although they do not officially report to WestGrid or Compute Canada, they may receive direction from Compute Canada National Team Leads, the Compute Canada Chief Technology Officer, the WestGrid Chief Executive Officer or the WestGrid Director of Operations.
WestGrid Team Members bring a diverse range of expertise supporting computational science, including specialties in large data transfer, bioinformatics pipelines, information privacy, digital humanities and scientific visualization. The team's academic backgrounds are just as varied, spanning the sciences as well as specialties in Epidemiology, Meteorology, Archaeology, English Literature, Philosophy and Game Theory.
Members of WestGrid's technical team have consistently either won or been nominated by the user community for Compute Canada Awards of Excellence, which annually celebrate and recognize exceptional advanced research computing support and expertise.
Compute Canada 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners. (L to R: Alain Veilleux (Université de Sherbrooke / Calcul Quebec) accepting on behalf of Michel Barrette and Richard Lefebvre; Scott Delinger (University of Alberta / WestGrid) accepting on behalf of Masao Fujinaga; Kamil Marcinkowski (University of Alberta / WestGrid), Félix-Antoine Fortin (Université Laval / Calcul Québec), Robbin Tourangeau (Compute Canada)