CIO Association of Canada Welcomes New National Board Members

The CIO Association of Canada announced four additions to its National Board of Directors.

Dean Doige, CIO at Clark Builders, and past president of CIOCAN’s Edmonton Chapter, has been elected National Vice President   Steve Heck, CIO at Microsoft Canada, newly elected president of CIOCAN’s Toronto Chapter, now joins the national board.   Mary Anne Ballantyne, Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation at the Bishop Strachan School, and past president of the Toronto Chapter, joins the National Board as Director of National Programs.   Shadi Khatib, former Vice-President, Pharmacy Technology solutions, McKesson Canada, joins as co-Director of Membership and Business Development.

National President, Gary Davenport, elected to a fourth year, welcomed the new members at the annual general meeting. “These new directors offer strength and cross-industry perspective to our leadership team. It is only through the dedication and commitment of our board that we are able to offer a compelling calendar of events across the country, and an exclusive peer network comprising over 300 CIOs. I welcome the new directors, and applaud their leadership.”

2014 IDC Top Executive Study Now Open

The CIO Association is continuing its relationship with IDC and their Top Executive Study in order to provide more value to members, and to contribute to this important work. The output from this relationship is an in-depth look at how Canada’s C-suite perceives the technological issues of the day, and once again, CIOCAN members will be providing the CIO perspective.

Participants will receive a special CIOCAN / IDC report detailing the findings, with comparisons to what CIO’s are saying in other regions.  The findings will also be discussed in a special webcast in the fall. Last year's results are posted for reference.

Please complete the Top Executive survey by September 29. It should take about 10-12 minutes to complete. All responses will remain confidential and will be reported only in aggregate.

CIO Association Past President on Executive Collaboration 

In a recent interview with Brian Jackson of, Andrew Dillane spoke about the unique challenges of collaborating with executives. He shares his insights on what award-winning calibre leadership looks like and what the top priorities of CIOs in Canada should look like.
Click on the image above to view the complete interview (9 minutes).

Upcoming Events



Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Luncheon: Supplier Diversity: Panel Discussion about Projects at Wolverton, Vancity, UBC and Indigena

2014 Leadership Development Program
in partnership with SFU. Application Deadline, Sep 4/14 
On-site portion, Nov 13 - 15   
September 17, 2014 Calgary Chapter Luncheon Event IBM's Global C-Suite Study . . .

October 16, 2014 Calgary Chapter Breakfast Event CASL - Round 2.  Details coming soon.
September 25, 2014 Toronto Chapter Beers with Peers The Drake and Firkin, Mississauga

Full list of upcoming CIO Association events

Other events
of interest to CIOs

CIO Association Past Events

 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 here
Join the Digital Adoption Compass Social media discussion group here.
 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

Digital Adoption Campaign Bringing together CIOs, vendors and labour market experts

IT World Canada comments on the “Digital Manifesto” being drafted by ICTC, the CIO Association of Canada and CATA.  

The three organizations are acting in concert because small and medium-sized enterprises, which make up much of the Canadian economy, aren’t keeping pace with their larger counterparts in how they make use of IT. Even enterprise adoption of transformative IT can still be an uphill battle.
“The C-Suite has to be engaged in a digital conversation,” he said. “We’re helping the CIOs move that debate from the back office to the boardroom, and move the debate from a technology base to one based on business value. In this economy, if you’re a business leader from the banking sector or the health sector (and) you can’t articulate the benefit in improving competitiveness in this arena, it doesn’t bode well for the organization.”
Read the full article here.  

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And there was CAKE!

CIO Association Presidents Gary Davenport (current), Catherine Boivie (Founding), and Andrew Dillane (Past), are pictured with Rema Tavares (ED, Sky's the Limit, recipient of a charitable donation on behalf of conference speakers) and representatives of Randstad (who sponsored the cake and bubbly celebration) Tom Turpin and Steve Mackinnon, serving the Association's 10th Anniversary cake at the 2014 CIO Peer Forum. Members present at the event appreciated the opportunity to look back on the achievements of the Association, while agreeing that the focus will continue to be on preparing to meet the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for CIOs and Senior IT Executives.