Advocacy and Research

To heighten awareness of the key role played by CIOs in organizational performance, CIOCAN has launched a strong, multi-pronged advocacy program. Targeting federal, provincial and regional governments, regulators, public policy makers, educators and key stakeholders in the business community, CIOCAN is positioned as an important resource on issues facing our economy and our society involving information technology.

We provide research, commentary and information about matters such as elements of IT leadership, privacy legislation, the IT skills shortage and the expanding educational and apprenticeship opportunities in fields related to IT. Here are some of our own publications, and some provided by our partners -- CIOCAN members are able to access them by logging in.


Canada's Digital Advantage report - Feb 2013 - ICTC

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) provides The Digital Lens, a quarterly snapshot of Canada's Digital Economy

ICTC has created an extensive review of the broad economic trends with respect to the ICT labour market, technology developments, as well as exclusive results from the Canadian Consumer Technology Experience survey.

Examples of some key conclusions:--
• Despite a fragile global economy, in 2012 Q4, Canada’s ICT sector created 1,086,000 jobs and contributed 5% (or $68.35 billion) to Canada’s total GDP of $1,288 billion
• Consumer appetite for mobility is rampant demonstrated by 64% of 18-34 year olds owning smartphones, and 24% of households having a tablet. Fast pace adoption is paving the way to new forms of content consumption, communications, education, manufacturing and health services

View the report here.


CIO to CEO: Barriers and Success Factors II

The CIO Association of Canada and Ryerson University have released a paper that provides new data on what factors contribute to the success of outstanding CIOs, as demonstrated by their appointment to the most senior organizational roles.  CIO to CEO:  Barriers and Success Factors II lays out those factors and provides detailed career guidance for aspiring IT leaders.

A 2012 review of the literature identified over 100 instances of the upward move – CIO to CEO or COO. The paper analyzes interviews conducted with 29 of those who made the leap: commonalities emerged about their work environments; their knowledge and experience; and the personal attributes that contributed to their outstanding achievement and consequent upward mobility.

The current paper builds on a 2010 study, extending the number of interviewees in Canada and the US, and applying a data-coding model to the interview responses, allowing for superior identification of commonalities for analysis.   
The conclusion:
CIOs can make outstanding contributions as business leaders - to the point where they make it to the CEO position:
•    when the environment is right (a mature organization with good IT governance structures in place);
•    when they go beyond proficiency in IT Leadership basics and extend their experience in other senior business portfolios;
•    when they have excellent “soft skills”, most particularly the abilities to communicate and motivate others;
•    when they manage their education and careers with the intention of  making a superior business contribution.

ICTC presents to Parliament - April 6, 2012

ICTC Addresses Skills Shortages at the House of Commons Standing Committee

Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC), presented to the House of Commons, Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on April 4, 2012. The order of the day was a new study entitled: Fixing the Skills Gap: Addressing Existing Labour Shortages in High Demand Occupations.

ICTC is a not-for-profit sector council, that strives to create a diverse, prepared and highly educated Canadian ICT industry and workforce. They forge partnerships that will help develop the quantity and quality of ICT professionals needed to maintain and improve Canada’s position as a leader in the global marketplace. www.ictc-ctic.ca.


ICT 2011 Labour Force annual report

ICT Sector Continues to Fuel Canada’s Economy

The ICT sector continues to fuel Canada’s economic turnaround stated Namir Anani, President of ICTC. The latest 2011 ICT Labour Force Annual Report highlights that the ICT sector is driving Canada's national growth with a 3% sectoral GDP growth over 2010. On average, annual growth of the ICT sector has been over 4% since 2001, almost twice as fast as the overall economy’s growth rate of over 2% within this period. This accelerated growth also means that the ICT industries have accounted for over 8% of the Canadian GDP growth since 2001.

View the report here.

CIOCAN Advocacy Directions

Summary Report on Advocacy FY20111

CIOCAN's Advocacy objectives for FY2011 were derived from our July 2010 survey of members. The top 3 areas for action this year were:
• Building CIO Business Skills (89%)
• Advocating the CIO role to the board (67%)
• Expanding the IT leadership pool (e.g. through special programs, partnering with education and industry, and mentoring) (61%)

IT Employment Trends in Canada - ICTC Q4 2011 report

Canadian ICT Employment monitor -- Q4 2011 -- ICT Output, Employment, and Jobless Rate
from Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

ICTC is a not-for-profit sector council, that strives to create a diverse, prepared and highly educated Canadian ICT industry and workforce. They forge partnerships that will help develop the quantity and quality of ICT professionals needed to maintain and improve Canada’s position as a leader in the global marketplace. www.ictc-ctic.ca.

Outlook for Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market, 2011–2016

Study shows vast skills, labour shortages looming for Canada's Tech sector
from Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Canada’s ICT sector, representing the country’s information, communications and technology employment base, is facing alarming skills and labour shortages in the next five years. The release of Outlook for Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market, 2011-2016 by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) , in partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) , underscores the shortages, and paints a picture of a new job market for ICT that has radically changed. ICTC also reported that all stakeholders in the sector—industry and education, the associations that represent them, and government—recognize the looming shortages and are poised to act.

View the report.


CIO to CEO: What it Takes to Make the Leap

CIO to CEO: What it Takes to Make the Leap

Research Paper, August, 2010

Summary: CIOs have the leadership competencies required to become CEOs. To move ahead to a more senior position, a CIO must build credibility through a combination of work experience and specific personal attributes. CIOs can leverage their position more strategically within their organization, and within the context of personal career development.

CIOCAN's response to the proposed AODA Accessibility Standards

CIOCAN response to the proposed AODA Accessibility Standards in Information and Communications in Ontario

A report prepared for the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, March 2009

Summary: The Association called on members to provide input on the latest accessibility standards proposal from the Ontario government. While the new standards are focused on Ontario, the Association was able to provide a broader perspective and offer support in the implementation of the new standards.

CIOs vs the IT Talent Gap

CIOs vs. The IT Talent Gap: Defining a Role for the CIO Association of Canada

White Paper, January 2009.

Summary: Don't miss this January 2009 update to the prior CIOCAN paper on the Canadian talent gap. This version has updated statistics, summarizes the players that are working to solve this critical issue and further defines a role for the CIO Association of Canada.

Solving the IT Staffing Shortage

Solving the IT Staffing Shortage: Challenges and Strategies

White Paper, February 2007

Summary:  Why is it so hard to get qualified IT staff at the intermediate and senior levels right now, where a combination of technology and business skills are required? What needs to be done to alleviate the current crunch and to ensure a good supply of qualified people for the future? How can the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) make an effective contribution? As a first step, CIOCAN’s Advocacy Committee has commissioned this white paper, drawing on the available research and the expertise of its members and selected external parties. Once vetted by the membership, the paper’s recommendations will be used as the basis for an action plan that will put CIOCAN’s talents and resources to optimum use.

Advocating on Behalf of CIOs: Privacy and Security Issues

Advocating on Behalf of CIOs: Privacy and Security Issues: Balancing Risks and Costs 

White Paper, January 2006

Summary:  The CIO Association of Canada Advocates Broader Consultation, Better-Coordinated, Phased-in Legislation for Optimum Results in Privacy and Security.