West Coast CIOCAN Chapters Merge:  
Victoria Members join Vancouver Chapter for Extended Network, Increased Value

The CIO Association of Canada announced today that in order to improve value for CIO Association members on Vancouver Island, the Victoria Chapter has been dissolved and members will join CIOCAN’s Vancouver Chapter. 

National President Gary Davenport says “CIOCAN members on Vancouver Island were originally part of our Vancouver Chapter.  In 2012, we believed that there was sufficient critical mass and local leadership in Victoria to establish a separate chapter, with an independent board and president. Based on our actual operating experiences for the past three years, we have jointly concluded that we will better serve the needs of our members by reverting to the original model and once again leveraging the strengths and capabilities of our oldest and largest Chapter.”

Read the full article here.

CIO Association of Canada Approves Manitoba Chapter:

Nigel Fortlage, VP IT and Social Business at GHY International named President

The CIO Association of Canada has voted to approve the creation of a Manitoba Chapter.  Plans are underway for a celebratory launch breakfast November 18 at the RBC Convention center in downtown Winnipeg. 
“We’re thrilled to be establishing our own chapter”, says Fortlage.  “A core group of CIOs has been active in Manitoba for several years, working through CIOCAN’s National Chapter.   Interest and momentum have been building steadily, and now the time is right to step up to full chapter status.   Manitoba’s senior IT community is growing rapidly along with technology investments in eHealth, Oil and Gas, in Smart City initiatives, and in the ICT industry itself, to name just a few. 
Read the full article here.  

Breakfast Launch Event at RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg a terrific success

SSHRC: Another new partner for the Digital Adoption Campaign

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is pleased to announce that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is the latest major organization to join the consortium working to facilitate greater participation of Small and Medium Enterprises in the digital economy.

“SSHRC’s partnership brings strong value to the compass. SSHRC is a champion in the promotion of academic research in technology, talent, and innovations that propel Canada’s economy and society in the 21st century. The collective resources and outreach of the partners will represent a powerful consortium to advance digital adoption in Canada” says Namir Anani, President and CEO of ICTC.

“We are very pleased to participate in the digital compass as digital adoption and literacy are critical to realizing the potential of technology,” stated Ursula Gobel, associate vice-president, Future Challenges,  at SSHRC  “Canada has a wealth of knowledge and talent in  humanities and social sciences research that can help SMEs strengthen their  competiveness and productivity in a  global economy. 

Posted December 05, 2014

 Digital Adoption: Call to Action 

Since early this spring, the CIO Association of Canada has been working with ICTC and CATAAlliance, in a powerful consortium to give shape to an innovation agenda with implications for enterprises, educators and policy-makers. Many of our members attended the Digital Adoption Webinar in early April that provided important input to the research.  At a Newscast on July 24 representatives of the consortium jointly released documents that will provide a roadmap and catalysts for adoption designed to lead Canada to higher levels of innovation, increased productivity, and consequent economic benefits. 


Read the summary.
Join the Digital Adoption Compass Social media discussion group.
Read the full report: Digital Adoption, Advancing Canada's place in a global economy.

CIO Association in the News

Further coverage of Toronto Chapter SR&ED event

Posted July 18, 2014

The ITWorldCanada website has published an article by Shane Schick, Editor of CanadianCIO, that reviews more of the information presented at the Toronto Chapter June event where representatives of the Canada Revenue Agency had opportunity to meet with CIOs to explain, and to receive feedback on the SR&ED application process.  If you weren't able to attend the event, this article may provide some helpful insight into the program.  Read Shane's article here

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