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 Technology Officer, Clearly
Alex Buhler is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors and the Chief Technology Officer at Clearly, the largest online eyewear company in the world. Clearly is part of the essilor group, a company with 64,000 employees making a global impact in vision care. Alex leads multiple teams to define and implement Clearly’s information technology, merchandising, analytics and UX/UI strategies while looking ahead at scaling and enhancing Clearly’s customer experience.
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. He previously served as the chapter’s Vice President and co-chair of the Program committee, leading organization of the key monthly events. Alex also creation of the CIO Association LinkedIn group, which helps members connect nationally. .
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.
Mike Klein | CIO, BC Housing
Since 2001 has lead all aspects of Information Management and Technology at BC Housing. His portfolio includes business solutions, cyber-security, Information privacy, technical architecture, infrastructure, project delivery and service management. Prior to joining BC Housing, Mike spent 12 years at Trans Mountain Pipeline, providing leadership in both technology infrastructure and pipeline control systems. Mike also serves on the board of the Wideman Education Foundation, a non-profit society dedicated to working with young people in promoting the theory and practice of project management principles and skills. .
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.
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.
Chris Sepp | Senior Director of IT, Rocky Mountaineer
Chris Sepp serves as Senior Director, IT with Rocky Mountaineer. He is responsible for overall IT strategy, particularly as it relates to identifying opportunity where technology can be an enabler to the business. Along with the conventional areas of IT function, Chris oversees business transformational activities and Rocky Mountaineer’s Information Management program.
Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, Chris served as Director, Business Solutions with Impark where he led a variety of teams including the Credit Card Processing Group, the Field Technology Services & Operations Group and the Business Solutions Group (including Research & Development). During his Impark tenure, Chris transformed and/or established new maturing and evolving functions towards scalability and sustainability.
Chris has 19 years of leadership experience building businesses from the ground up, establishing and solidifying profitable Director and CXO level relationships of varying industries.
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.