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Tom Calvert Receives Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award

May 31, 2017 By Richard Smith

From our colleagues at the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT) comes the news of the Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award being bestowed on Tom Calvert of the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU. Tom has been actively involved in the MDM program since its founding, serving on the original committee that created our curriculum and the proposal for the degree to the provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board and the Senates and Education Councils of our four academic partners (UBC, SFU, ECU+AD, BCIT). Tom served on the MDM Graduate Program Advisory Committee as well as our Tenure and Promotion Committee and has been a mentor and advisor to all three Directors of the MDM program. Details below from the original SFU announcement. Congratulations, Tom!


The Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society (CHCCS/SCDHM) recently awarded Tom Calvert, emeritus professor in SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology, the Canadian Digital Media Pioneer award. The award recognizes Canadian researchers who have made significant contributions to the development of digital media in Canada.

CHCCS/SCDHM on Tom's achievement:

" As a researcher, Tom has inspired and guided foundational work in animation, user interfaces, educational and learning technologies, visualization, and tools for performance, composition, and artistic creation. A strong entrepreneurial spirit led to academic-industrial projects and spin-offs founded by students and collaborators in character animation and VR, movement choreography and notation, and educational technology. His impact extends well beyond his personal body of work: he is a motivator and a champion of people who seek to push the envelope of digital media. He has been a strong mentor and a true statesman in creating opportunities for people to pursue their vision: working to ensure that funding, collaborators and structures existed to support others exploring those opportunities.”

Congratulations to Tom on this extraordinary achievement!

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