The J. W. Graham Medal
in Computing and Innovation
The J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation has been created to recognize the leadership and many innovative contributions made to the University of Waterloo and to the Canadian Computer Industry by J. Wesley Graham during his career as both a Professor and University administrator. Known as the "father of computing at Waterloo", Wes Graham's accomplishments are many: he created the computing infrastructure that has made Waterloo's name synonymous with computing and computer science throughout the world; he led several teams of experts that created the software that established Waterloo's reputation in computing; and he established a model that has been used so successfully in creating many of the computer companies that have been spin-offs from the University of Waterloo's research and innovation.
The J.W. Graham Medal is awarded annually normally to a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo currently in business, government, or education who exemplifies many of the qualities shown by Wes Graham during his career. Nominations are sought from the alumni of the University of Waterloo and from previous medalists. The procedure for awarding the medal will be administered by the Rene Descartes Foundation of the Faculty of Mathematics with the participation of previous medalists.