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James Colliander

The 2021 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award is given to Prof. James Colliander in recognition of outstanding service to applied and industrial mathematics at many levels in Canada. He has been PIMS Director since 2016 and has shown extraordinary leadership and ability to act on emerging opportunities in data science and scientific computing. He developed Syzygy a cloud hosted platform that is used by Universities in Canada and the USA. Based on this, Callysto was developed for school grades 5-12 that is now widely used in classrooms, and Jupyter that is used by faculty and students to share research work. Dr. Colliander also organised bc-data events, and a workshop Math to Power Industry to connect students and faculty with industrial partners. His efforts have resulted in a better computational infrastructure for applied and industrial mathematicians in Canada as well as increased access to computational resources for educators at all levels, from K-12 to postsecondary.

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The University of British Columbia

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