Bioinformatics.ca through its Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW) series began offering one and two week short courses in bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics in 1999, in response to an identified need for a skilled bioinformatics workforce in Canada. In partnership with the Canadian Genetics Diseases Network and Human Resources Development Canada, and under the scientific direction of Director, Francis Ouellette, the CBW series was established. This initial series continued on for eight years.
In the fall of 2007, bioinformatics.ca moved to its new host at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the CBW initiated development of a new format and series of exciting workshops. It was recognized that with the introduction of new technologies and scientific approaches to research, having the computational biology capacity and skill to deal with this new data has become an even greater asset. This new series of workshops focuses on training the researchers of these advanced technologies on the latest approaches being used in computational biology to deal with the new data. The CBW has been developing and offering these new series of workshops since 2008.