Collaboration and Change Themes Dominate at CIOPF 2015

CIOs 3.0 need to do things differently to drive business transformation and master change, and they got the direction they needed at the CIO Peer Forum April 14-15.  More than 100 IT Leaders gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre to hear an impressive roster of speakers, and to participate in smaller format workshops designed to transfer lessons learned to actionable items.   
       Conference co-chairs Alex Buhler (President, CIOCAN Vancouver Chapter and CIO, MEC) and Jories Timmers (Past-President CIOCAN Vancouver Chapter and CIO, Powerex), emphasized that these are critical times for the IT Profession.  “We need to work with all stakeholders to effectively deliver value as we lead the digital transformation of our organizations”, said Timmers.   Sponsors were welcomed not only as financial supporters but as thought leaders with expertise to share.  
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Short summaries of all sessions will be available on line and in this week’s special edition of CIO Digest.  
Linked-in blogs on CIOPF lessons learned start this week.  Make sure you’re Linked to a CIOCAN member.
CIO Association members can view slide decks for most presentations here.

Signposts for Change in ICTC’s Labor Market Outlook

Long-time CIO Association partner ICTC recently released their Outlook Report for 2015-2019 "Smart Economy Reshaping Canada’s Workforce".  Our highlights* of this Report have been published, and the full report is available. Association President Gary Davenport offers reflections and predictions based on his reading of the report through four points listed below.
Click here to read Gary's comments.  Association members can join in further discussion 
in our LinkedIn group.

The Balance of Contribution in Innovation will shift outside the ICT Sector

2. The more IT is integrated into other industries and professions, the more IT will be attractive to women and youth.  

3. The ICT  (or STEM) Background is now a Key Ingredient in "The Secret Sauce for Success"

4. The ICTC Outlook Report reinforces the need for the Digital Adoption Campaign

CIO Success in Edmonton 

Three members of CIOCAN’s Edmonton Chapter Board have achieved public recognition for excellence recently. Join us in celebrating their success!*

Click here to see more details about each of these success stories
* If you have similar CIOCAN Member success stories in your region, please send a note to, subject line Editor, CIO Digest.

CIO Association in the News

Posted April 21, 2015


Public and private sectors examine economic and social impacts of national shortage in big data and advanced analytic skills at first ever summit on Big Data Talent Gap 

(Toronto, Ontario – April 20, 2015)  The CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) and other members of a national Consortium on Big Data and Advanced Analytics are working together to better understand this emerging field and its application to a broad set of industry sectors and national economic and social development priorities.

At Canada’s first ever Big Data Talent Gap Summit, government, academic and industry leaders from 15 different sectors gathered to identify and develop solutions to the gap that exists between skills in advanced analytics and the recruiting demand for analytic talent in sectors as diverse as healthcare, telecommunications, finance and energy.  

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    CIO leadership fundamentals #4: Managing the money

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    CIO leadership fundamentals part 3: Building core capabilities

    One of the most important objectives for any CIO is to build core based capabilities for their own organization to properly drive value both for today and for the future. Previously in my CIO leadership fundamentals blog series I addressed the topics of strategy and relationships. In this third blog... more

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