January 12, 2017
In this issue:
2017 CIO Peer Forum™
International Opportunities
Toronto Event: IDC Predictions for 2017
Vancouver Event: BC Aware Campaign Launch
National Webinar: Info-Tech on Service Metrics
Edmonton: Upcoming Events
Invitations to Industry Events
Calgary Event:  Managing Innovation Breakfast
Job Postings
Informal Events

Toronto Chapter Event: IDC Predictions for 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Covering economic, business and technology trends, IDC Canada’s Predictions web conference arms technology professionals from both end-user and vendor communities, with unparalleled insight into the industry outlook for the years ahead. IDC Speakers Lars Goransson, Tony Olvet, and David Senf will explore topics including:
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• Cloud 2.0: more intelligent, industry-focus clouds
• AI and Cognitive Computing in applications & services
• Automation in Canadian business and IT operations
• Cyber Security: risk management, priorities and solutions
Click here for details and registration.

Vancouver BC Aware Launch Event
Monday January 30, 2017

Again this year, the CIO Association of Canada, working with ISACA Vancouver & CPABC are pleased to invite CIOCAN members to an evening event at Telus Garden where a distinguished panel of industry experts will examine how business leaders can leverage security for competitive differentiation and/or to support their organizations strategic imperatives.
Click here for more information and registration.

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Develop Meaningful Service Metrics to Ensure Business and User Satisfaction

National Webinar: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT

Most IT organizations measure services from a technology perspective but rarely from a business goal or outcome perspective. You can reinforce service orientation in your IT organization by ensuring your metrics support value-driven service delivery. Presenter Paul Brown, of Info-Tech Research Group, will share insights and information from his work that focuses on the CIO role of being the bridge between the IT organization and business leaders.
Click here for more information and registration.

Edmonton Events

Round Table Discussion: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Watch this space for details and registration.
Evening Event Tuesday, February 28, 2017
at the Westin Edmonton Hotel, with speaker General John Davis, Retired U.S. Army Major General, current Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks.
Watch this space for details and registration.

Calgary Chapter Event: Managing Innovation in the Digital Economy
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Continuing the series of presentations designed to help members provide appropriate strategic leadership to our organiza141d34c6-39d0-4b76-8132-a9984ea35a51tions as we navigate into the future, Geoffrey Cann, of Monitor Deloitte, will lead a discussion based on some of Deloitte’s recent studies of the state of innovation, a framework for thinking about innovation, and a practical example that demonstrates how to apply that framework to design an “UBER-style” solution for the Oil & Gas services sector.
While Geoffrey’s examples will be of particular interest to our members in the Oil & Gas community, this session and discussion will have direct application for all industries. Come prepared to discuss your own specific challenges.
Click here for details and registration.

2017 CIO Peer Forum: Are you an Early Bird?

The 2017 CIO Peer Forum™, being hosted by the Edmonton Chapter, will be held at the Westin Hotel. CIO Association members are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rate.
If you don’t already know the benefits of attending the Association’s signature event, the agenda should convince you that the event is not to be missed. The dynamic list of experts and thought leaders is like the icing on the cake, drawing your attention, and letting you know that you are about to enjoy a sweet and satisfying treat.
CIOs are the Digital Leaders, but everyone in business needs to know more about Digital Business. You can increase the value of this event by using our discounted ‘Member Guest’ registration to bring one of your C-suite colleagues.
Click here for more details about the 2017 CIO Peer Forum.
Click here to go directly to registration.


Do you know a CIO in transition?

As noted previously, there is an area for posting positions on If you are interested in the education sector in western Canada, by coincidence the 3 positions currently available are all with post-secondary institutions.

Click here to review the available positions. (You must be logged in to access this area of the website.)

Industry Events:

The CIO Association of Canada is a supporting sponsor of two industry events being held in March.  For both of these events, Association members are eligible for discounted registration.
Close the Gaps on Cyber Risk Conference, March 2-3, 2017
Experts from academia, law enforcement, government and business will identify the gaps and explore real-life solutions that will prepare your company for the challenges ahead.
Contact Heather Carroll to request the link designated for CIOCAN members.
IDC Directions 2017, March 28, 2017
IDC Directions 2017 Canada brings together Canadian ICT partners, vendors, end-users and industry experts to explore the most pervasive and meaningful technology developments and trends currently influencing digital transformation in Canada.
Click here for more details about the conference.
Click here to register and select “ITAC/CIOCAN Member $150+HST”.

Opportunities to represent CIOCAN at overseas conferences.

We have recently received information about two opportunities to have a member from our Association attend international CIO association events.
Coming up immediately, CIOKLUB of India has invited a representative to attend their National Executive Council meeting in Goa, India, January 27 to 29. Travel to Goa (land of sea, beaches, and trees) is the responsibility of the attendee. Expenses in Goa during the meeting will be covered by CIOKLUB. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the national office. The CIO Move tour, a 5-day conference that takes place on a train beginning in Madrid and ending in Barcelona, will be held May 5 – 9, 2017. A limited number of sponsored places at the event are being held for delegates from outside Europe. Cost of travel to Madrid and back from Barcelona will be the responsibility of the attendees. If this opportunity interests you, please contact the national office.

Informal Events:  

Calgary Beer with Peers:
Wednesday, January 25, and
February 22, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Vancouver – New Westminster Beers with Peers
February 8, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Toronto Beers with Peers:
Thursday February 16, 2017