Gary Munro | Vancouver Chapter President, CIO and Manager, Information Technology Services, City of North Vancouver
Gary Munro is the President of the Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors, has been an active member since 2006, and a member of the chapter Board since 2008. Gary has worked for over 38 years in the information technology sector, most recently with the City of North Vancouver in the lead technology role.
Before starting with the City of North Vancouver, gained municipal sector technology experience with a year-long stint at the District of West Vancouver. Prior to that, Gary was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia for 10 years (2005 – 2015), following his role as Director of Technology Services at Accenture Business Services..
Gary attended the Banff Centre for Management for the Executive Business Management program. He participated in the first offering of the Leadership Development Program, which is a partnership between SFU and our CIO Association of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter. Gary has also served on non-profit Boards including BCNET, representing institutes and universities in B.C. higher education; and as the Vocational Service Director for the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.
Shari Wallace | Vancouver Chapter Vice-President, Chief Information Officer, 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.
Alex Buhler l Chief Information Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op
Alex Buhler is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors. Alex is the Chief Information Officer of Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Co-operative which was recognized as the greenest and the best multi-channel retailer in Canada for 2012. MEC’s commitment to green building, community grants, ethical purchasing, product sustainability, and promotion of Canada-wide parks and protected areas demonstrates the best of what business can be in our society. Alex has 20 years of progressive expertise in several service industries in areas of IT strategy, mergers, security, ERP, applications, project management, shared services, architecture and infrastructure. Alex received a Computer Science and Engineering degree from La Salle University of Mexico City.
Alex has been President of the Vancouver chapter since July 2012. He previously served as the chapter’s Vice President and co-chair of the Program committee, leading organization of the key monthly events. Alex was responsible for the creation of the CIO Association LinkedIn group which helps our members connect at a National level. He is also past Chair and Vice-chair of the BC ISMS user’s group and Vice-chair and member of the STA High School Education Committee.
Gerry Akkerman | Interim CIO, Translink
Gerry is Interim Chief Information Officer he leads the Business Technology Services division in supporting TransLink and its operating companies to keep Metro Vancouver moving. Through Gerry’s leadership, Vancouver was the first city in Canada to introduce Google Transit. Following this he led the introduction of real time transit information for Metro Vancouver’s travellers. Gerry continues to advance TransLink’s Business Intelligence practice and Chairs TransLink’s Information Governance Committee. Gerry is active within TransLink’s mentoring program and volunteers on the Simon Fraser University’s Business Technology Management Advisory Board. Gerry’s other volunteer activities include membership in the Metro Vancouver Transportation Technology Advisory Board, the Metro Vancouver Intelligent Community Networking Task Force and he chairs the City of New Westminster Innovation Subcommittee.
Ian Banks | Metrie (formerly Moulding and Millwork/Sauder Industries Ltd)
Ian Banks is Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Metrie (formerly Moulding and Millwork / Sauder Industries Ltd.), North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of solid wood and MDF finishing products.
Ian possesses 20-years of diverse business experience in Operations, Finance, Sales, Marketing, and Information Technology. He has worked with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (RBA) Executives and was formerly President of an Internet-based startup company, as well as Vice President of Global IT at PMC-Sierra. He also led the Western Canadian IT services and software solutions team at an $8B telecommunications company and was CIO at a major transportation services Crown Corporation.
Ian received a Bachelor in Economics degree from University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Hasan Cavusoglu | Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business, UBC
Dr. Cavusoglu is Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He teaches on a variety of IT management topics in Sauder’s MBA and undergraduate programs.
Hasan’s current research interests are economics of information systems, economics of information security and privacy, privacy on online social networks, and management of technology and information. His research taps into various academic disciplines from economics to behavioral sciences. Hasan’s research has appeared in premier academic journals. He is frequently quoted in articles related to information privacy and security in newspapers and magazines.
Hasan holds a Ph.D. in management science and a M.Sc. in management and administrative sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a bachelor degree in electronics and electrical engineering from Bogazici University.
Diraj Goel | Vice President of Business Operations, Hootsuite
Diraj Goel leads the functions of Business Technology, Analytics, Corporate Services and Program Management at Hootsuite, the world’s leading social media management platform. Diraj has been fortunate to spend most of his career in high growth startups, where he honed his ability to understand the paths organizations needed to take as they scaled to billion dollar players. He began his career at WebCT, a disruptive learning management platform, that brought education online and to a distributed global audience. After 6+ years of taking the company from #0 to 100 and a successful exit, he moved on to several business and technology roles in a variety of mid to large organizations that gave him perspective on the challenges inherent at each stage of a company’s maturity, and where technology could elevate the human experience, both for customers and employees. His most recent challenge was with Vision Critical, the premier customer intelligence and engagement platform, as VP of Business Technology, taking the company from 100 employees to a global player of almost 900 employees and from $15m to over $120m in revenues.
Diraj champions a people-first ethos; understanding that how people use and interact with applications and systems is more important than the technology itself. He believes that focusing on ways to improve the human experience is a far more economical and efficient path to unlocking the potential of any business technology platform.
Brian Kuhn |Director of Technology and CIO, Vancouver School Board
Brian Kuhn is Director of Technology and CIO for the Vancouver School Board, where he is responsible for developing and promoting vision and strategy leading to the adoption of technology to support new ways of learning, teaching and conducting the business of education. As a senior leader, he oversees the department responsible for technology architecture, development, implementation and support services. He actively pursues the integration of diverse information systems, portals, and online teaching and learning spaces.
Prior to his current role, Brian served as manager of information services for the Coquitlam School District where he had the privilege of contributing to new school design and leading initiatives designed to transform learning and work in that region. Brian presents regularly at conferences and in workshops on a variety of topics involved with education, technology and the future.
Stephen Lamb |CIO, BC Institute of Technology
Stephen Lamb joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology as its new CIO in August of 2011, making a welcome return to post-secondary education after having spent the last 15 years in similar positions within the K-12 education sector in both Canada and his home country of Scotland.
Stephen has, by choice, spent his career in the public sector and has a broad background in IT leadership, including network infrastructure, application development and client services.
Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Strathclyde University and was fortunate enough to begin his career in the School of Information Science from which he graduated.
Dianne Lapierre | Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Canada for Raymond James Ltd
Dianne Lapierre is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Canada for Raymond James Ltd., a financial services organization and subsidiary of Raymond James Financial (US). Dianne has overall responsibility in Canada for all aspects of Technology Operations (including Information Security), Vendor Management, Software Development and Support and the Project Management Office. Prior to joining Raymond James Ltd. in May of 2014, Dianne spent 24 years at Manulife Financial in Waterloo and Toronto Ontario where she progressively held a variety of IT Management and Executive positions.
Stephen O’Connor |CIO, Capilano University
Stephen O’Connor has over two decades in executive IT management for private and public organizations, in London, Vancouver, Victoria, Atlanta and Zurich. He has applied successfully his strong leadership, project, strategic and transformation skills to numerous global organizations including JP Morgan, Richemont, Allied Domecq, IBM and Western Union.
As Chief Information Officer at Capilano University, Stephen enjoys the challenge of ensuring students have the best possible experience in their post-secondary years.
Stephen is currently a member of several Boards, including BCNET serving higher education; itSMF-BC focussed on IT service management; and the Christmas Spirit Community Dinner, a Victoria-based charity which has ensured that nearly a thousand needy and homeless people have a Christmas to remember each year for the past twenty-five years.
Stephen is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds both the Project and Program Management qualifications.
Jories Timmers | IT Director and CIO, Powerex
Jories Timmers is the IT Director and CIO at Powerex, the Energy Trading arm of BC-Hydro, where he leads a team of 50 personnel in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as a member of a Global IT Management team as a Chief Information Security Officer for companies spanning 40 to 220 countries.
His specialization in IT Strategy and Security, Project Management, Compliance, Audit and Governance has been gained over 18 years and he has worked internationally in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland and Canada. He has degrees from the Delft University of Technology in Computer Engineering, an MBA from McGill and holds the PMP, CISA, CISM and CISSP certifications.
John Tolkamp | Director of IT , Ainsworth Engineered Canada
John Tolkamp is the Director of IT at Ainsworth Engineered Canada, where he has overall responsibility for delivering technology solutions and continuous improvement programs which enable Ainsworth to be a leading competitive supplier of engineered wood products worldwide. Previous to his current role, John spent 17 years in the Forest Industry where he started as a process control engineer with Northwood Pulp and Timber and later moved into Information Technology. In 1999 Northwood was acquired by Canadian Forest Products (Canfor) and John assumed the head information technology position.
As Canfor’s General Manager of I.T. John led the organization through large technology changes including ERP and E-business implementations. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering augmented with graduate studies in computer aided design and digital controls. Outside of work, John’s interests lie in travel and as a competitive cyclist where he is a multiple national champion.