Philippe Johnston | CIO and Director General | Information and Innovation Solutions (IIS) Division for NSERC and SSHRC.
Prior to joining SSHRC in January 2017, Philippe spent the previous 5 years at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) leading various parts of the internal IM IT organization. He performed the duties of Infrastructure, IT Security, and Applications Development and spent his last two years as Deputy CIO for TBS. During his time at TBS 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.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2001, Philippe obtained his Hi-Tech MBA and PMP certifications while performing consulting work for various departments in the field of project management and IT Security.
Philippe was a proud member of the Canadian Navy and obtained his Combat Systems Engineering Head of Department qualification prior to retiring.
Philippe Johnston est le dirigeant principal de l’information (DPI) et directeur général de la division des Solutions d’information et d’innovation (SII) du CRSH et du CRSNG.
Philippe a passé les cinq dernières années au Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor (SCT), où il a dirigé divers volets de l’organisation interne de la GI-TI. Il s’est occupé d’infrastructure, de la sécurité des TI et du développement des applications, et ces deux dernières années il a été DPI adjoint au SCT. Alors qu’il était en fonction au SCT, il a contribué à l’établissement du réseau secret du gouvernement du Canada, en plus d’avoir élaboré et mis en place une stratégie exhaustive pour le service à la clientèle (« front office ») pour le ministère.
Avant d’entrer au SCT, Philippe a participé à l’établissement du programme de cyberdéfense au Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications, où il a aussi noué des partenariats avec le milieu universitaire, des fournisseurs et d’importantes organisations internationales dans le domaine de la cybersécurité.
En 2001, après avoir pris sa retraite des Forces armées canadiennes, Philippe a obtenu une maitrise en administration des affaires axée sur la haute technologie et un certificat en gestion de projets professionnelle tout en travaillant comme consultant auprès de divers ministères dans le domaine de la gestion de projets et de la sécurité des TI.
Philippe était un fier membre de la Marine canadienne. Il avait d’ailleurs acquis les qualifications de chef de service de la division du génie des systèmes de combat avant de quitter les Forces.
Cindy Cripps-Prawak | Former Executive Director, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Cindy Cripps-Prawak is recently retired from her role as Executive Director, Innovation, Architecture, and Digital Services with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). She was also the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the agency. Prior to joining CFIA, Cindy served as the CIO of the Public Service Commission of Canada. Cindy completed her term as Ottawa Chapter President in June 2017 but remains an active member of CIOCAN and of the Ottawa Chapter Board of Directors.
Ralph Michaelis| CIO | Canadian Blood Services
Ralph provides leadership and direction to Canadian Blood Services’ Information Technology (IT) division. IT is a critical enabler necessary for the organization to deliver its products and servcies safely and efficiently. Ralph is responsible for ensuring IT aligns with and enables business operations and stragegy.
Ralph joined Canadian Blood Services in June 2012 and has extensive technology and business experience in both the private an public sectors ranging from high tech to higher education. Before joining Canadian Blood Servcies, Ralph was the chief Information Officer at Carleton University for 10 years. Other experience includes a variety of senior business roles at Newbridge/Alcatel an dtechnology development in research and development at Mitel Corporation.
Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Windsor and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Ottawa. He is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario.
Nicholas Wise| CIO | Department of Public Safety, Government of Canada
Before joining the Department of Public Safety as CIO, Nick was Executive Director with the Chief Information Officer Branch at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, responsible for implementation of the new Policy on Service and the development of the Government of Canada Service Strategy, as well as community enablement and talent management, and digital collaboration initiatives which included the conception of the Canadian Digital Service. Previously he served as Executive Director for Strategic Policy and Planning at TBS.
Nick began his career at Employment and Skills Development Canada where his responsibilities ranged from development of a workplace skills strategy to international relations managing bilateral cooperation with China on human resource development issues. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill in Middle East Studies and Master’s from Concordia in Public Policy and Administration.