Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)



As a key part of its mandate, GRAND was committed to attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in Canada. Network graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates benefited from GRAND's unique collaborative and interdisciplinary environment exploring leading-edge research in computer graphics, animation, games, and digital media. Mentored by some of the best researchers in the world, and working in close engagment with industry partners, HQP developed highly marketable skills in a broad range of areas.

GSPC (Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Committee)

The GSPC was a student-led initiative established by and for HQP within the GRAND network. The committee served to communicate a student and postdoc perspective to the GRAND network and to coordinate HQP activities.

In performance of its advisory role and consistent with GRAND’s mandate, the GSPC:

  • Initiates and encourages networking, collaboration and interdisciplinary study among and between HQP, as well as other GRAND members. 
  • Promotes excellence in HQP research within GRAND. 
  • Encourages the development of external research linkages to GRAND research.
  • Informs other HQP of GRAND objectives, organization structure and opportunities.
  • Promotes GSPC activities through contributions to the GRAND website, in the form of article submissions, as well as through participation in GRAND’s social media channels.
  • Organizes student-orientated events including the student portion of the annual conference.
  • Advises GRAND management on student affairs.
  • Collects ideas from the students about initiatives they would like to see within the GRAND network. 

GSPC Terms of Reference 

Read a copy of the GSPC Terms of Reference.