CIO Association of Canada Approves Manitoba Chapter:
Breakfast Launch Event Planned for November 18th
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

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.  

Business Development Bank joins Digital Adoption Campaign

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is pleased to announce today, that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has joined the digital adoption campaign in collaboration with ICTC, CATAAlliance, the CIO Association of Canada, and IT World Canada.

“We are very delighted to have the Business Development Bank of Canada join our campaign. BDC has long championed digital adoption in Canada and bring to the table a vast array of know-how, financing, research, and tools. Our collective resources and outreach will represent a powerful consortium to advance digital adoption in Canada” says, Namir Anani, President and CEO of ICTC.
This video contains information about the Digital Adoption Compass, and the partnerships. A more comprehensive news release will be sent prior to the December launch, to announce the Digital Adoption Compass
Posted October 29, 2014

Upcoming Events



Tuesday, November 18, 2014: Vancouver Chapter Evening Event Highlights from Gartner Symposium at Terminal City Club

October 24, 2014 Edmonton  Chapter Breakfast Event. CIO Panel at Edmonton Startup.

December 4, 2014 Calgary Afternoon Event Technocreep with Thomas P. Keenan.
October 29, 2014 Toronto Chapter The Big Data Culture Clash Event, CenturyLink, Markham.

November 20, 2014 Toronto Chapter Security and Innovation Event, University Club of Toronto.

Full list of upcoming CIO Association events

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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

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President's Blog

  • Gary Davenport

    Managing Your CIO Career

    Successful CIOs know that they must be proactive, preparing for whatever is coming next, rather than just reacting to what is happening at present. Unfortunately, given how consuming the role can be, CIOs don't always apply that same principle to managing their own career. I recently had an opportunity... more

  • Gary Davenport

    The CIOCAN Community Rocks #1: Peer Support at its Finest

    I’m honored to be serving for a fourth year as president of the CIO Association of Canada. I think what gratifies me most is how the character of this community of IT professionals has evolved, and is still developing for the better. The internal support available to CIOs through event-based professional... more

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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.