CIOCAN Member Benefits

Join our community of over 400 Canadian CIOs
CIO Association membership is individually based, open to CIOs, their direct reports and qualified academics.

Consider the benefits of joining CIOCAN. It is the only Canadian professional association for IT executives offering focused education, networking and knowledge Join Nowsharing using the most current and innovative methods to foster community and enhance the potential in all of us as IT experts and CIOs.

WHO We Are
For leaders in technology, including business transformation, innovation and security, who want to raise the profile and voice of their profession.

CIOCAN is the only national professional association that unifies all information technology leaders to communicate their unique perspective and knowledge of the substantial issues impacting their profession, the national economy and society at large.

It sets the standard for IT professionalism today and tomorrow.

How to Join
Simply click Join Now to complete and submit a membership application form. Be sure to review the membership categories below so that you know which membership level to indicate on the form.  Once we receive your completed form, it will be submitted to the membership chair for approval.  Upon approval you will be invoiced for membership fees.  When payment is received, your membership will be activated

Ron Murch – Member since 2010

The biggest contribution that CIOCAN makes to the larger community is to advocate for the responsible and strategic use of digital technologies for organizational and societal benefit. Through my membership in the CIO Association, I’ve been able to improve the working relationship between the Haskayne School of Business programs in Information Technology management and the practitioner community in Calgary. I believe the benefits have been felt in both directions

Peter Grant – Member since 2004, CIOABC member since 2001

The CIO Association has helped to build the credibility of the CIO title and role in Canada and I’m proud to have been a part of that. My membership in the CIO association attests to my commitment to my profession and it provides ample opportunity for professional development. During the years that I’ve been with CIOCAN, I’ve seen the CIO role change from merely the head of IT to an executive role responsible for broader information management, information governance, and business innovation.

Mary Anne Van Acker – Joined 2008

The CIO Association of Canada provides a true national community platform for CIOs. My fellow members and I are grateful for the opportunity to network with our peers, and to make connections that are genuinely professional and lasting – this is the essence of our success.

I am proud that the association has remained true to its mission, while expanding opportunities for connections, professional growth and influence.

Catherine Boivie Founding Member

The CIO Association has always been a safe haven for exchanging ideas on top-level IT Management issues – and I’ve always found a great sounding board amongst the members. The network needed to be exclusive to senior executives to be valuable.  I have received feedback on ideas for organizing my IT departments, on people that I might hire – and let’s face it, in the early days especially, I sometimes needed to vent about the challenges I was having in gaining credibility for IT. I wanted to share impressions with people who were doing  IT leadership.

Miguel Kanafany – Joined 2013

Why am I part of CIOCAN? It is an organization that not only provides a forum for networking and great presentations on trending and emerging technologies, CIOCAN also provides Senior IT professionals with programs that support Leadership and Executive development. The combination fosters better relationships at our home organizations, and improves the recognition of IT Practice Executives as true business partners.

Stephen Lamb – Member since 2010

What I value most about my membership in the CIO Association is the ability to connect and share experiences with like-minded IT professionals from industries outside of my own sector. The rich body of diverse experience and knowledge available to me through the Association has proved extremely valuable in helping me succeed as a CIO.

Shaun Guthrie – Member since 2011

One of the most important aspects for me has been the opportunity to network with peers in the local IT community, and even more important – network with peers in the same industry as me. The ability to connect with like-minded individuals and bounce ideas off them has been very valuable. I’m happy to be giving back to CIOCAN as president of the Edmonton Chapter.

Members Attend Chapter Events for Free: Did you know that CIOCAN members can now attend regular chapter events at no cost? this excludes the CIO Peer Forum (tm) and marquee events held by some chapters.

Professional Development: The CIO Association offers regular chapter based programming aimed at both developing your skills and your local network.

  • The national conference is held annually in the spring.  Connecting leading national and international speakers into the primary Canadian CIO network, this event focuses on helping today’s CIO become tomorrow’s strategic business leader.
  • The Simon Fraser University Leadership Development Program - This program is offered by Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business, in partnership with the CIO Association of Canada. It provides a tremendous asset to you now and into your future and is endorsed by two of the strongest national brands in business and the area of management of information systems, providing a tremendous asset to you now, and into your future.

Resources: Career Central - Provides key job listings and postings as well as helpful resources.  Members who we know are in a job search are notified of new postings.

  • Social networks - Connect with peers, ask other advancement professionals questions and join discussions on any of CIOCAN's social network pages including: CIOCAN.CA, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Publications: CIO Digest - Members receive this publication twelve times a year and have exclusive access to an online digital version and a searchable database of past DIGEST articles.

  • White Papers - CIOCAN publishes or provides links to white papers exploring advancement concepts, best practices, trends and research of interest to advancement leaders and IT decision-makers.
  • Professional Development Notifications - Members will receive regular communication about CIO Association programs and networking opportunities in their geography. We also publish industry events of interest.