National Board of Directors

HumzaTeherany-Jul15 Humza Teherany
President, CIO Association of Canada
Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Humza is Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.  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.
Philippe Johnston
National Vice President, CIO Association of Canada
Director General Digital Services, Transport Canada

Philippe is currently managing the operational and capital IM/IT portfolio for Transport Canada.  Since Jan 2019 he has been digitizing and enhancing the safety, security, and efficiency of Canada’s transportation sector.  Prior to this role he held the CIO position at the granting councils, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).  He was at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) from 2011-2016, where he led all parts of the internal IM IT organization, including the Deputy/CIO position for the last two years.  During this time he helped establish the Secret Network for the Government of Canada, as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive Front Office strategy for TBS.
Prior to joining TBS, Philippe helped establish the Cyber Defense program at the Communications Security Establishment, while creating partnerships with academia, vendors and with key international organizations in the realm of cyber security.
Philippe was a proud member of the Canadian Navy where he obtained his Combat Systems Engineering Head of Department qualification before his retirement.
Steve Biswanger
Director, Information Security, Encana Corporation

Steve is Director of Information Security at Encana with accountability for cyber security risk and governance across the organization. In this role he has built a mature risk management culture laying the ground work for agility in the adoption of new technologies and processes at the root of Encana’s organization reengineering. Prior, Steve was a cyber risk consultant for over 15 years building practices and delivering services for companies ranging from specialized boutiques to multinationals like EDS. Clients during this time ranged from oil & gas, to international banking, Silicon Valley high tech, telecommunications and manufacturing. All of these have different business strategies, and risk tolerances, but the experience also highlights their Cyber risk similarities.
Steve is also a member of the Alberta Chapter Board of (ISC)2, an international non-profit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world, and provides consulting services in Information Security Architecture.
It’s not about security, it’s about trust.
GaryDavenport-Jul15 Gary Davenport
Past-President, CIO Association of Canada

Gary is a results-oriented Chief Information Officer (CIO) with extensive executive leadership experience in a variety of industries where he has run large scale IT operations and delivered many complex business transformation initiatives. He is currently serving as an independent management consultant providing CIO mentoring and strategy development services for a variety of clients across Canada.
Gary is the Past-President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN), which is a not-for profit and vendor independent organization representing over 400 CIOs from across Canada through networking, sharing of best practices and lessons learned, executive leadership development and advocacy as the “voice of CIOs” in Canada. Gary was CIOCAN’s National President from 2011 to 2016.
Gary has actively participated on many North American and European CIO Councils and as a Director on various not-for-profit Boards. He is currently serving as a Board member for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), as a Board advisor for the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council (C4) and is the Chair of the Program Advisory Board at the Ted Rogers School of Business Information Technology Management program. .
SteveDelaney-Jul15 Steve Delaney
CEO and Co-Founder, Capital Blockchain

Steven 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 CEO and Co-Founder of Capital Blockchain, a firm developing blockchain solutions for private and government customers.Prior to this position he was CIO of MCAP for five years and had the responsibility for all technology supporting the company.  MCAP is a large $70B Canadian independent mortgage company.  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,  an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and his ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.  He is also working on his PhD in Computer Science.   Steve participates on a number of private and public Boards and Councils.
Andrew Dillane Andrew Dillane
President and Chief Product Officer, Curasion Inc.

As President and CPO, Andrew drives the strategy, vision and execution around Curasion’s digital platform and business model. With Curation Andrew’s mandate is to create a better way for companies to hire talent.Andrew is a proven leader with operational experience ranging from startups to large global organizations as well as service providers to end-user companies. Prior to joining Curasion Andrew spent 15 years within the staffing industry as a technology and business executive within Randstad, Vedior and CNC Global.Andrew holds a BCOM from Ryerson University. He is the recipient of several awards for technology solutions as well as awards as a business executive. He is well connected in the tech community in Canada and has proudly served on several boards including as the President of the CIO Association of Canada.
Shaun Guthrie
Senior Director, Information Technology, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Shaun Guthrie is the Senior Director, Information Technology at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, a dynamic and evolving association that advocates for the interests of its members to the provincial and federal orders of government and other stakeholders.  With 20 years of Information Technology experience, Shaun’s leadership focuses on continuous development of innovative, robust, and secure business technology environment while managing the overall technology strategy.  Shaun is very active in the local IT community, serving on the National and Edmonton Chapter Boards of the CIO Association of Canada, and as an advisory board member for the Electronic Recycling Association and Tekion Inc.
SteveHeck-Jul15 Steve Heck
Executive Partner, Gartner Canada
Steve is an Executive Partner with Gartner, where he functions as a strategic advisor, partnering with CIOs, C-Level Leaders and their leadership teams, guiding them as they execute business strategies that are underpinned by technology.  Steve brings to this position his rich experience with Microsoft, Canada where he leveraged IT as an asset while having responsibility for the IT function.
Shadi Khatib
National Mentorship Director, CIO Association of Canada 
Shadi was the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of goeasy Ltd. having joined goeasy in 2016. Prior to goeasy Shadi held multiple leadership roles in financial services, pharmaceutical, logistics and technology organizations ranging from startup to fortune 500. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.
Rita-LT-Jul15rd Rita Lazar-Tippe
Director of Analytics, Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence, Alberta Pension Services Corp
As Director of Analytics, Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence, Rita is responsible for the strategy and management of Analytics Centre of Excellence, creation and sustainability of Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence at Alberta Pension Services Corp.  With over 26 years of experience in Information Technology and Innovation, Rita’s intuitive business sense, multifaceted knowledge of data and technology, ability to build highly effective teams and innovative mindset makes Rita a valuable leader.
She was selected to the Top 20 most Innovative Midmarket CIOs and Midsize Enterprise Summit CIO 50 Group.  She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Technology, has graduated from University of Alberta Executive Leadership, Dale Carnegie Organizational Leadership, IDEO Foundations in Design Thinking, and completed a number of other business and technology-related certifications.
Rachel Porteous
CIO, FINTRAC, Government of Canada
Ms Porteous is a distinguished Senior Executive with over 26 years of IM/IT experience; proven track record of successes in developing solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IT and business operations. Strong leader able to drive transformations and service delivery while developing high performing teams. Ms Porteous is the CIO, FINTRAC Government of Canada. She was the Chief Information Officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from May 2017 to July 2018. Prior to IRCC, Ms. Porteous occupied the position of Director General/Chief Technology Officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada from January 2016 to May 2017 where she was responsible to lead the advancements in Enterprise Architecture and Innovation, IT Security  and Product Management.Ms. Porteous has extensive experience in leading and supporting the development and implementation of Departmental IT products and programs, as well as multiple multimillion-dollar projects across many departments. As the Executive Director and Acting Director General of Enterprise Services at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) from July 2011 to January 2016 and  the Director of Information Management and Enterprise Resourcing Planning Systems at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) from March 2008 to July 2011, Ms. Porteous has developed, led and maintained consultative and collaborative partnerships, networks and projects. She started her career at Indian and Northern Affairs Department where she excelled in multiple IM/IT positions over 17 years.Ms. Porteous holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, with a Major in Computer Science from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is a mother of 2 daughters and volunteers in two not-for-profit organization, the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals (DPI) and the CIO Association of Canada.
Shari Wallace
Vancouver Chapter President
CIO, Technology Department, City of Burnaby
Shari is CIO for the City of Burnaby with responsibility for IT strategy, business transformation projects, asset lifecycle management and day-to-day operations.
Shari has served as Director of Strategic Planning & Program Management for the City of Vancouver. She was responsible for IT and business transformation initiatives from the ideas stage through to benefits realization, as well as strategic planning and IT standards and policies.
Shari worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in a variety of roles, including acting CIO, applications development and support, service management and director of the corporate IT group.
Shari has also spent 15 years in the private sector in a number of IT positions across a wide-range of industries including telecommunications, banking and oil and gas.
Vincent Brady
Manitoba Chapter President
CIO, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
Vince has over 25 years of Information Technology experience in Manitoba spanning agriculture (Manitoba Pool Elevators), aerospace (StandardAero), transportation manufacturing (MCI), and government sectors with the latest role as the CIO for The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB).  He has proven ability in the development and implementation of strategic plans and roadmaps in support of key business objectives, strategy and operational efficiency.  Able to effectively form and lead teams through complex problem solving challenges and large scale change management initiatives
Thomas Schmidt
CIO, In Transition

Thomas held the role of Chief Information Officer for Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) over a 20 year tenure.  PWT is one of the largest privately held people transportation companies in North America. The team of 20 IT professionals Thomas has built have partnered and supported the PWT as it has doubled in growth over the last decade.Thomas is a 22 year professional with experience in Chemical Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas Services but predominantly with Transportation. Throughout this time, Thomas has led his teams on Business Transformation & Innovation, IT Strategy & Governance, Project Management, ERP, Application Sustainment, Budgeting / Planning / Forecasting and Team Collaboration.
His attitude towards optimal performance, consistent service and the big picture have driven him on his continuous path of excellence. Thomas’ philosophy is to achieve a win / win outcome with the relationships he builds and the business interactions he is involved in.
Jonathan Landon
Toronto Chapter President
President & Founder, Connectiv Innovation Corporation
Jonathan Landon‘s firm specializes in technology-infused accelerated innovation, emerging technology research, and digital strategy enablement, while also advocating to influence Canada’s commercialized innovation output and the creation of sustainable next generation organizations and middle-class jobs.
Prior to founding Connectiv, Jonathan spent the majority of his career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he held various positions with global accountability including IT Strategy, Innovation & Architecture, e-Commerce, Infrastructure, Computer Security, and Business Intelligence.
Having held several positions of responsibility at the country, regional and enterprise levels, Jonathan has implemented technology in over 50 countries and played key roles in a diverse range of projects ranging from starting up a business in China to divesting a $2 Billion global Health Care business and moving it onto a set of could-based set of services.
Nim Nadarajah
Partner & Director, CIO Advisory Services – CriticalMatrix
Nim is a seasoned technology leadership executive with over 22 years leading Global Business Transformation. Skilled in partnering with business executives to define and execute their technology and business systems transformation visions, he has worked in many different industry sectors such as healthcare, bio-technology, capital markets, insurance, manufacturing, and energy. Nim has honed his coaching and mentoring skills, managed globally dispersed teams, and lists his key areas of focus as Enterprise Technology and Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, Security Strategy, Risk and Compliance, and CIO Advisory.Taking a consultative approach to problem solving and a facilitative approach to leadership, Nim endeavors to provide strong, reliable thought leadership while adhering to the big picture