Humza Teherany | President, CIO Association of Canada, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Humza Teherany 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, CIO and Director General, Information and Innovation Solutions Division for NSERC and SSHRC,
Philippe Johnston came to his position at NSERC and SSHRC in January 2017, from the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he led various parts of the internal IM IT organization. During his time there he helped establish the Secret Network for the Government of Canada, as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive Front Office strategy for the Department.
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.
Dean Doige | Executive Partner, Gartner
As an Executive Partner, Dean serves his Gartner clients as a strategic advisor to the C-Suite including CIOS to support them in their development and execution of technology enabled Mission Critical Priorities. Dean has a passion for the development of the CIO role evident in his nearly 10 years of volunteer work with the CIO Association of Canada. Dean was the CIO with the Clark Builders Group of Companies, part of the largest construction conglomerate in the world. His portfolio included oversight of all enterprise technology and provided focus on strategic technology opportunities that drove positive business outcomes, significant annualized growth and revenue increases through an economic recession. Part of Dean’s contribution was the leadership of a technology startup focused on project management and business intelligence software for the construction industry. Before this role, Dean held several positions with the Tyco International Group of Companies managing IT teams and projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. Prior to Tyco, Dean was a Systems Analyst with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Justice, Criminal Justice Division. Dean has a Master of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta. Dean also has his Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology. In addition, Dean is a Lean IT Professional (LITP) with the Lean IT Association.
Steve Biswanger | Director, Information Security, Encana Corporation
Steve Biswanger 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.
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.
Gary Davenport | Past-President, CIO Association of Canada
Gary Davenport 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. .
Steve Delaney | CEO and Co-Founder, Capital Blockchain
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 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 | 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 is a CA by education and 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 | Vice President, Information Technology, AutoCanada Inc
Shaun Guthrie is the Vice President of Information Technology at AutoCanada Inc., an organization that generates $2.9 billion in revenue a year. Shaun provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure business technology environment across all of AutoCanada’s interests. He oversees the business technology strategy of the company and is passionate about building a world class team to execute that strategy.
Shaun is very active in the local IT community, serving as President of the CIO Association of Canada Edmonton Chapter and as an advisory board member for the Electronic Recycling Association, Ryerson University, and Tekion Inc.
With 17 years of Information Technology experience, Shaun also holds a Computer Systems Technology diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and recently completed The Executive Program from the U of A Alberta School of Business..
Steve Heck | Executive Partner, Gartner Canada
Steve Heck 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.
Rita Lazar-Tippe | CIO, Environmental Monitoring and Science Division
Rita Lazar-Tippe has more than 25 years of experience in Transformational Information Technology and Innovation, within the following industries: environment, entertainment, media, education, engineering, service providers and federal and provincial government.
As leader of the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division – Oil Sands Monitoring Open Data initiative, Rita is responsible for the overall IT strategy, innovation, data management, business efficiency and operational management.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 most Innovative Midmarket CIOs and Midsize Enterprise Summit CIO 50 Group, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions that have demonstrated leadership and considerable business value.
She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Technology, has graduated from University of Alberta Executive Leadership, Dale Carnegie Organizational Leadership, International Association of Venue Management programs and completed a number of other business and technology-related certifications..
Freddie Martinez | Director, Information Systems, City of Spruce Grove
With more than 15 years of information technology experience in both the private public sector, Freddie Martinez is the Director of Information Systems at the City of Spruce Grove, providing leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the City of Spruce Grove local government. The primary responsibilities for this office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols, and the City’s Information Technology organization.
Prior to joining the City of Spruce Grove in 2017, Freddie was the Manager of Infrastructure Technology for Fountain Tire, and has also served in various IT leadership positions in NATO Missions in Bosnia, (BiH SFOR) & Kabul Afghanistan (ISAF).
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
Rachel Porteous | Ottawa Chapter President, at CIO Association 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 Director General of the Solutions and Information Management Branch at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 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 and CIO, Technology Department, City of Burnaby
Shari Wallace 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 and CIO for Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
Vince Brady 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
Sherif Sheta | CIO & Global IT Executive, President of the Toronto Chapter
Sherif Sheta is a progressive CIO who specializes in creating IT strategies that enable business growth, streamline internal operations and increase employee engagement. Throughout his career he has championed technology solutions that improve the customer engagement model and result in higher customer loyalty, better brand differentiation and increased sales.
Having worked at global companies for over 25 years, Sherif has recently shifted his focus to consulting and acting as CIO to growing companies, helping them extract more value from their technology dollars. In response to emerging trends in IT leadership, and to better serve the challenges faced by companies in aligning technology with business strategy, he embraces the role of the bimodal CIO. In merging the steady-paced, traditional suite of skills that are essential to the smooth operation of an enterprise IT organization with the agile, nimble, and cloud-based IT expertise required for commercial effectiveness, Sherif unburdens the business, mitigates risk, contains costs, and fuels topline growth.
John Vince | Director, Enterprise Architecture & Enablement, Shaw Communications
John Vince is the Director, Enterprise Architecture & Enablement for Shaw Communications, and President of the Calgary Chapter. A results-oriented leader, John has enjoyed a dynamic career that has spanned Telecommunications, Technology and Upstream Oil & Gas. With most of John’s career having been spent in leadership capacities, he possesses a passion for building cohesive teams along with the strategic capability and business acumen to transform and operate IT with focus on business outcomes and partnered transparency to enable the achievement of corporate objectives. John has recently completed his Executive MBA through Queen’s University at the Smith School of Business.
A member of the Calgary Chapter board since 2014, John is very passionate about investing in the progression of the IT industry as a whole. His goals for Calgary chapter include continuing to enhance the sense of community members experience, while increasing the breadth of membership and providing business and strategy focused content/discussions for CIOs delivering IT in today’s digital world.