Humza Teherany | President, CIO Association of Canada, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada
Humza Teherany is Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada where he is responsible for technology, innovation, and consumer experience strategy across industry verticals such as Retail, Sports and Entertainment, Business and Industry, Healthcare, Education, Oil and Gas among others.
Compass Group is the worlds largest hospitality experience company and has operations in over 50 countries, with annual revenues of more than $28 Billion. Compass operates major retail brands such as Starbucks & Tim Horton’s and also operates its own world class retail branded offerings serving millions of customers per day. Humza received his under-graduate degree from York University and also has various professional training certificates from both The Schulich School of Business, and the Niagara Institute. Over his 16 year career in IT, beginning in a technology start-up and then in software development, Humza eventually moved into management positions within the Telecommunications Industry. Prior to Compass Group, Humza worked at MTS Allstream, where he was Director of Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture.
Catherine Boivie | Founding President, CIO Association of Canada
Dr. Catherine Boivie retired from the position of CEO of Inventure Solutions and Senior Vice-President of IT and Facilities at Vancity Credit Union. She is Executive in Residence, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Dr. Boivie is the founding President of CIOCAN. She is on several Boards, including the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), MedicAlert Canada, Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). Dr. Boivie leads the International CIO Portfolio for CIOCAN.
Dean Burgess | CPCC, Principal Owner, DKMC Consulting Inc
Dean Burgess is the Principal Owner of DKMC Consulting Inc, an Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and IT Transformation Consulting company. Dean works with teams and individuals in a variety of industries, including Technology, Retail, Commercial Real Estate, Financial and Non-Profit organizations.
Dean has 20+ years of corporate global experience, and has held CIO and VP level roles for over 15 years. She has been accountable for all aspects of technology services including strategy, operations, managing teams and projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Madagascar, Cuba and parts of Latin America and Asia.
Dean ignites team spirit, injects humor, and thrives on challenges and diversity. She swiftly gets to the heart of the matter to remove hindrances, dismantle perceived obstacles, and revitalize collaboration and commitment for intended results.
Dean is a member of the Toronto CIO Community, a board member for FSYR, and an affiliated Director for Forrest Company, an organization transformation firm.
Kelvin Cantafio | Executive Partner, Gartner
Kelvin Cantafio is an Executive Partner at Gartner, based in the Toronto office. He works closely with Gartner Executive Programs clients, providing executive-level advice, guidance, counsel, direction and assistance to support the CIO role and helping members to use Gartner resources to succeed in their organizations.
Kelvin has over 20 years of senior-level national and international experience in IT for Business and the Non-Profit Sector, including 13 years as the CIO and Director of IT for a multinational non-government organization (NGO). He is a founding member of NetHope and currently serves as Vice Chair.
Kelvin led the Digital Divide Initiative for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Digital Divide Initiative’s overall vision will enable all Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies world-wide to effectively use modern technology to advance their humanitarian objectives.
Mussawar Choudhry | Director, Information Technology, Panago Pizza Inc
Mussawar Choudhry is the Director of Information Technology for Panago Pizza Inc. where he is responsible for leading the IT organization in developing and delivering technology solutions that drive business and revenue growth and help improve customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Panago, Mussawar worked in increasingly senior technology roles in bio-pharmaceutical, financial and public sectors in a career that spans almost 20 years. Mussawar holds a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and diploma in Project Management as well as several industry and vendor certifications. He is also a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s CIO Leadership Development Program which has been developed in partnership with CIO Association of Canada.
Currently Mussawar is enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and expects to graduate in 2016.
Cindy Cripps-Prawak | Executive Director, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Cindy Cripps-Prawak is the Executive Director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Innovation, Architecture and Business Intelligence. Previous appointments include CIO at the Public Service Commission, Treasury Board Secretariat lead for Human Resources Systems Consolidation, Director General of Enterprise Application Services for the Department of National Defence, and officer in the Communication and Electronic Engineering Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. She has supported large scale business transformation as the Executive Project Manager for the Canadian Forces Health Services transformation project as well as Director responsible for the development and implementation of the Health Canada marijuana for medical purposes regulations. Cindy holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Gary Davenport | Past-President, CIO Association of Canada
Gary Davenport has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives. He has served on many CIO councils and NFP Boards of Directors and is currently a Board member for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and the Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable (ITIR) for Shared Services Canada. He is also a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.
Steve Delaney | CIO, MCAP
Steven Delaney is a highly successful and experienced executive with a track record of delivering outstanding results in both the private and public sector. He has an excellent reputation as a results-driven manager, team builder, strategic planner, and leader of very successful operations in a variety of areas.
Steve is currently the CIO of MCAP and has the responsibility for all technology supporting the company. MCAP is a large Canadian independent mortgage bank with $46B of AUA. As CIO, Steve establishes technology strategic direction, leads a large IT team, manages more than 100 applications, operates two state of the art data centres and is responsible for R&D.
Previous to MCAP, Steve worked as the CIO for the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), and has held executive positions with RBC and BCE.
Steve has an MBA from York University, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors Program leading to the ICD.D designation. Steve has been a Director on both private and public sector Boards.
Andrew Dillane | Former CIO, Randstad Canada Group
As CIO, Andrew Dillane led the e-business strategy for Randstad Canada including Randstad Staffing, Randstad Professionals and HR Solutions. Andrew’s management experience in business and technology has focused on client-centered technology solutions. His leadership role in Randstad Canada’s CONNECT™ technology solutions resulted in the company being a two time recipient of a Canadian Information Productivity Award (CIPA). Andrew holds a BCOM from Ryerson University, is the Past President for the CIO Association of Canada and serves on the Program Advisory Council for Ryerson University’s Information Technology Management (ITM) degree programs.
Michael Gladstone | Director, Information Systems & Technology
Michael Gladstone is an experienced senior IT leader with 20 years of diverse executive leadership, middle management and practitioner experience in IT. Michael’s experience includes both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, across numerous industry verticals. Within IT, Michael’s experience includes both the Applications and Infrastructure sides of the shop. Combining his Computer Science and MBA degrees, Michael keeps organizations focused on leveraging technology to not only support business objectives, but to drive them – using new technology to develop and sell new products and services.
Shaun Guthrie | Director, Information Technology, Go Auto
As Director, Information Technology at Go Auto, Shaun Guthrie has the responsibility to lead and inspire a dynamic group of IT professionals that utilize cutting edge technology to advance his organization’s innovation and growth strategy. Shaun has over 15 years of Information Technology experience and holds a Computer Systems technology diploma from the Northern Institute of Technology. His passion for leadership has been at the forefront through his career and can be tracked back to his earlier days playing semi-professional hockey. His close proximity to the “trenches” enables him to understand the many challenges faced by today’s IT departments and gives him that added insight when providing strategic direction. Through various IT roles, Shaun has used his on-the-job experience and self-study to earn many Information Technology related certificates and designations.
Steve Heck | Global IT Director, Microsoft Canada, President of the Toronto Chapter
Steve Heck recently expanded his mandate beyond his role as Head of IT for Microsoft Canada. Steve is now focused on building stronger collaboration between his global set of IT peers and the Corporate IT deployment organization. This effort will drive higher business impact with less effort while enabling Microsoft IT to make a stronger contribution to the development of new Microsoft products and user experiences.
Steve holds both an Honours Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Economics from University of Waterloo and an MBA from York University.
Miguel Kanafany | Senior Director, Infrastructure & Integration Canada, Sysco Corporation
Miguel Kanafany is the Senior IT Advisor at Sysco Canada, and President of the Calgary Chapter. Joining the Board in 2013, Miguel brings 18+ years of experience in IT management. He is known for his effective strategic thinking, his strong organizational skills and his experience as a negotiator. Miguel joined the CIO Association because of value of the network of thought leadership, and the Association’s position as a vendor-neutral senior executive IT peer group that cuts across industry silos. His goals as chapter president include building on the excellent foundation created in the first years of the chapter, extending the network, creating more partnerships, and developing next-generation IT talent. In addition to his work with the CIO Association, Miguel also serves on the Board of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rita Lazar-Tippe | CIO, AEMERA
Rita Lazar-Tippe is the Chief Information Officer at Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators.
With more than 24 years of Business Technology experience, Rita is currently responsible for the overall IT strategy and operational management at EMSD. Her intuitive business sense and her multifaceted IT approach allows her to drive best practice data management and data services initiatives forward to best meet the needs of the organization. Her experience consists of leading various corporate wide projects that improved process efficiencies, enabled new revenue streams, reduced operating expenses and provided strategic corporate alignment.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions and have demonstrated business value.
Ian McLeod | CIO, Douglas College
Ian G. McLeod is a seasoned IT management professional with over 35 years of experience managing and directing a wide range of application and infrastructure environments. He has extensive, specialized knowledge and experience in the education sector, both post-secondary and K-12. Ian has participated in numerous advisory and consulting roles, and has presented at a number of recent conferences.
Ian has led and managed departments as large as 100, and supported large and diverse client groups. In each of his responsibilities, he has built strong staff relationships and teams in collaborative environments. Ian has extensive background and success in operational management and client service. He has prepared and managed operating budgets up to $10 million annually, and has led a number of operating and strategic planning processes.
In his current position as CIO at Douglas College, Ian is responsible for administrative and academic technology services and infrastructure, including servers, SAN storage, wired and wireless networks, and telephony, along with applications development and support, client and helpdesk support services, and enterprise reporting.
Previous positions included Director level responsibilities at Camosun College for 5 years, BCIT for over 5 years and School District #36 (Surrey) for eleven years.
Ian has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Regina, and holds certifications from CIPS and ICCP. Ian is committed to ongoing career development and is active in the support of the IT community in BC and across Canada.
Gary Munro | Vancouver Chapter President and CIO and Manager, Information Technology Services, District of West Vancouver
Gary Munro is the President of the Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors, has been an active member since 2006, and a member of the chapter Board since 2008. Gary has worked for over 38 years in the information technology sector, most recently with the District of West Vancouver in Client & Business Applications Services.
Before coming to the District of West Vancouver, Gary was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia for 10 years (2005 – 2015), and prior to that was Director of Technology Services at Accenture Business Services.
Gary attended the Banff Centre for Management for the Executive Business Management program. He participated in the first offering of the Leadership Development Program, which is a partnership between SFU and our CIO Association of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter. Gary has also served on non-profit Boards including BCNET, representing institutes and universities in B.C. higher education; and as the Vocational Service Director for the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.
Dani Pokornik | VP of IT (CIO), Western Canada Lottery Corporation, President of the Manitoba Chapter
As Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) at Western Canada Lottery Corporation,Dani Pokornik has responsibility for aligning IT strategy & operations and participating in the development of corporate strategy. With 25+ years of experience in lottery security, operations, and more, he has built an international reputation for implementing effective systems and processes. Dani also serves as a member of the Red River College Business Information Technology Advisory Committee and Flight Captain for Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Flight 35.
Dani has a Quality Assurance Management certificate, an Applied Management: Information Technology Specialization certificate, and has completed the IT Executive Leadership Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Kirk Serjeantson | CIO, Dicom Transportation Group
Kirk Serjeantson is the Chief Information Officer for the Dicom Transportation Group. With over nineteen years of experience in information technology and eleven of those years in a senior leadership role, Kirk has gained significant experience developing high performing teams and executing on large technical projects. Kirk has a proven track record of driving innovative solutions to surpass corporate objectives. Eight of these innovations have been filed as patents and one invention was nominated for an international innovation award. Kirk holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business and is currently completing a Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.
Mary Anne Van Acker | Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation, BSS
Mary Anne Van Acker is Past President of the Toronto Chapter and Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation with The Bishop Strachan School (BSS). With 25 years experience in the technology industry as programmer, analyst, manager and senior leader, her passion today lies in the fusion of technology within the continuum of learning. As well as being founder and co-chair of the board for the CIS eLearning Consortium, Mary Anne is currently President of the Toronto chapter board for the CIO Association of Canada, the largest association in Canada for CIOs.
A firm advocate of the holistic leadership the CIO role plays in any organization, Mary Anne recognizes building innovative capacity is a challenge and currently leads the BSS effort in a formal IT Shared Services initiative with other Independent Schools.