Board of Directors

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.

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.

It’s not about security, it’s about trust.

Gwen Beauchemin | Chief Executive Officer, Tillet Consulting
Gwen Beauchemin is a management security consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Tillet Consulting. Gwen’s career spans over 30 years, and includes Bell Northern Networks, Nortel, the Canadian Federal Government, and Payments Canada. Gwen is an advisory board member to the Cyber Security programs at Northeastern University, University of Toronto, and Algonqin College. In addition, Gwen is a member of the advisory board for the Quantum Safe Canada. Gwen holds the C/CISO accreditation, and has an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science from Carleton University. She has been recognized for technical leadership, and has graduated from the Canadian Forces Leadership Program and the Government of Canada School of Public Service Direxion program.

Ranil Fernando | Director of Operations & Information Systems | Corel Corporation
Ranil is the Lead Digital Transformation consultant at Accenture, working with CMHC on Enterprise Biz apps transformation. Ranil has an MBA from Bridgewater University in UK.  Also reading for MBA in Banking and Finance at Bangor University and Chartered Banker Status. He is certified ITIL professional and has completed the Certified Digital Leader program at University of Reading, UK.
Ranil Fernando is an IT and business manager/ leader with 20+ years of Global experience in large multi-national corporations. Having worked for HSBC, Standard Chattered Group, British Petroleum, Citi Group, Virtusa, World Vison, Accenture in Asia, Dubai, UK, US and Canada, Ranil brings in diverse expertise in Business Transformation, Enterprise applications and Digital consulting.

Nicholas Wise | CIO, Public Safety 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.