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CIOCAN Peer Forum 2023

The CIO Association of Canada’s annual conference, the CIO Peer Forum, is a vibrant community event for attendees and the profession.

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Engage in casual and formal networking online and in-person near you. Attend top events like the CIO Peer Forum.


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Build a professional profile and develop your leadership skills through training and collaborating with industry peers.


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Member Insights

Dr. Peter Holowka

Director of Educational Technology, West Point Grey Academy

“I have been a member of CIOCAN for nearly 20 years. It’s a phenomenal organization that allows for the exchange of good ideas (and hard lessons learned) among members across industries. I have always been impressed by the quality of the people who are a part of CIOCAN. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised by how much is in common across industries when leading IT. From forestry to education to banking to hospitality to municipalities, the IT considerations are more similar than different. I often found that I was able to take the good ideas from other IT leaders in different industries and then become an example for others to follow in my industry –of course, giving credit along the way. The CIO Association of Canada was instrumental in my professional growth and success over the years. If I could be part of only one professional association, this would be the one I would choose.”

Catherine Chick

SVP, IT, Canada Goose

“The CIO Association of Canada is a member-driven organization that provides a forum for technology executives to connect, learn and improve the role and use of technology in society. By becoming involved at both the Chapter and National levels, I have expanded my network of like-minded peers and had the opportunity to participate in dialogue on current topics around emerging technology, leadership and the role of the CIO. Beyond the formal events, the informal meetups have fostered a strong sense of community and collegiality.”

Shaun Guthrie

Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Peavey Industries LP

“A great deal of my career success is because of my participation in the CIO Association of Canada. It’s important to surround yourself with those who are smarter and have more experience, and the Association has given me access to those such people. Being an active member and gaining knowledge from those peers has not only grown me personally but also has had a direct impact on my results at the office. Lastly, the CIO Association of Canada has given me an opportunity to give back to the Technology Community by being part of the local Chapter Board as President and now at the National Board as National Director of Membership. “

Philippe Johnston

CIO – National Research Council

Philippe Johnston is currently the Chief Information Officer for the National Research Council and the
President of the CIO Association of Canada. Prior to joining the NRC in April 2021, he led the IM/IT
Operations for Transport Canada.  Philippe was also the CIO for NSERC and SSHRC, and has been a digital
leader, innovator and transformer for over 25 years.