J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation

J.W. Graham

The J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation was created in 1994 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.

The J.W. Graham Medal is awarded annually at the spring convocation to a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics normally who is currently in business, government, or education and exemplifies many of the qualities shown by Wes Graham during his career.

Award criteria

Nominators are asked to explain in 200-250 words how the nominee has demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics of Wes Graham:

  • Outstanding professional or business contributions
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Innovations in computing

The selection committee evaluates each candidate for:

  • strong technical background/capability/understanding
  • strong business/entrepreneurial record
  • leadership/innovation in technology/business
  • Example to whom graduating class can relate