National Programs

CIO Panelists:

MODERATOR: Mary Anne Van Acker is Past President of the Toronto Chapter and Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation with The Bishop Strachan School (BSS). With 25 years experience in the technology industry as programmer, analyst, manager and senior leader, her passion today lies in the fusion of technology within the continuum of learning.  Mary Anne is founder and co-chair of the board for the CIS eLearning Consortium, 

David Codack has experience with entrepreneurial as well as large multinational organizations and has worked in 29 different countries in various capacities. David performed roles in Finance, Technology and Operations/Manufacturing/ Supply Chain. He also developed and designed companies and systems and he has built companies around technology. He is competent in all areas of Infrastructure, Architecture, Development, Maintenance, Testing, and Integration. David has delivered many large scale integration and consolidation programs which resulted in substantial multi-million dollar savings for various companies

Joe Schuldhaus' initiatives to date have been in the business operations of tourism, hospitality, real estate, security, medical, and dental technologies. More significantly, he has played a critical role in the development of the all-encompassing strategic information systems. His instinct for opportunity was encouraged when he was with the Triple Five Group of Companies. These companies were founded by the visionaries who own two of the world’s largest retail and entertainment centers - West Edmonton Mall and Mall of America, as well as dozens of other properties. 

Shari Wallace is CIO for the City of Burnaby with responsibility for IT strategy, business transformation projects, asset lifecycle management and day-to-day operations.  Shari has served as Director of Strategic Planning & Program Management for the City of Vancouver. She was responsible for IT and business transformation initiatives from the ideas stage through to benefits realization, as well as strategic planning and IT standards and policies. Shari worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in a variety of roles, including acting CIO, applications development and support, service management and director of the corporate IT group. 

CIO Association National Webinar
IoT in Canada:

When and How should CIOs Engage in this Rapid-Growth Market?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
1:30 pm ET/10:30 am MT

Mark Your Calendars: CIOCAN to co-host Internet of Things Webinar May 13, 2015. Featured speaker will be Nigel Wallis, IDC Canada’s Research Director for Vertical Markets. Value-add: A panel of CIOs with IoT experience: Dave Codack, Joe Schuldhaus, Shari Wallace and Moderator Mary Anne Van Acker.

IoT is a hot topic. Dozens of writers covering many aspects of industry tout it as “the next big thing”. Investment advisors recommend caution. Some Canadian companies are up and running with packages to help large companies as well as SMEs incorporate IoT into their forward planning.

CIOs need to be up to speed on the latest developments in the field. What’s new in the technology? (IDC has new data since October 2014). How pervasive is IoT adoption? CIOs also need to know what kinds of decisions, and planning and communication challenges they face as they consider bringing IoT into their organizations.

Do you have a question/comment to register in advance?
Contact Director of National Programs Mary Anne vanAcker at, cc.


What are writers saying about the Internet of Things?  

Here are just a few examples:

5 Things You May Not Know About The Internet Of Things (Forbes)
*  It’s Already Here
*  Security Is Paramount 
*  IoT Data Is Not All That Big
*  Sensor Data has More Than One Life
*  There’s No Need to Wait

The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity (McKinsey)

This connectivity trend is now recognized as a source of growth for semiconductor players and their customers. Here we consider the opportunities and constraints for components manufacturers.

Why CIOs Need To Think About The Internet Of Things (Forbes)

“Disney’s $1billion bet on a Magical Wristband" (Wired)

City of Mississauga's Future as a Smart City (CanadianCIO)

This event is offered in partnership with IDC Canada