Philippe Johnston

President, National Board,
CIO Association of Canada
CIO, National Research Council Canada

Dear CIOCAN Members,

As we approach the end of 2022, I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and health, wealth and happiness for 2023.

The last year has seen a lot of firsts for the Association: 

  • Our first full-time Executive Director and full-time employees
  • Our first Meet Me In the Middle events, Red Deer and Kingston
  • First Series of White Papers
  • Establishment of our NEW CIO Career Development Centre powered by Randstad with videos, blogs training certifications and job postings to accelerate your career.

It was also the first time we have been able to get together, face-to-face, and enjoy the networking and knowledge exchange for which our Association is known for. And we look forward to much more of that in the coming year.

We are very close to reaching 500 members across the country. We are also hopeful of reaching a new milestone: becoming an organization that is truly coast to coast.  In February an inaugural event will be held in Halifax in which we are confident this will become CIOCAN’s 8th regional chapter. If you are aware of any Senior IM/IT Business leaders in the Atlantic region, please invite them to join this new Chapter.

We are also looking forward to our first in-person CIO Peer Forum® in 4 years. The committee is working hard to secure thought leadership speakers and will soon be announcing the agenda. The theme this year is: “Bridging Innovation and Delivery: A Balancing Act.”

Peer Forum will be jam packed with fantastic interactive sessions such as innovation lab tours and a personalized tour of how digital enables the Maple Leafs and Raptors sports franchises at the Scotiabank Place.

Registration is opening before the holiday break so if you have funds in a current year, please visit the site and get your registration in and encourage non-members to attend as well.

I am hoping to see you in person at the CIO Peer Forum® in May 2023.

Kind Regards,

Philippe Johnston

President, National Board, CIO Association of Canada

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