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June 15, 2017
In this issue:

Ottawa Chapter Announcement
Vancouver Chapter Event – June 20
Calgary Chapter Event – June 22
Informal Events
Networking events in Edmonton  Toronto
Opportunities & Resources
Blogging for ciocan.ca
Ingenious Awards – Call for Judges
CIOCAN Job Postings
Partner Activities and Event News
Gartner Survey  – Last Call
ITAC Ingenious Awards –  Call for Nominations
ICTC Industry Growth Task Force – Volunteer Opportunity
Professional Development Programs
Blockchain Certification Program
New Ryerson University Master’s Diploma
SFU/CIOCAN Leadership Development Prog
New CISO Division
BTM Fellow


New President for Ottawa Chapter

The CIO Association of Canada has appointed Philippe Johnston, CIO for the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as its new Ottawa Chapter President, effective immediately. Regarding his appointment, Johnston says “I am very proud to assume the duties of the President of the Ottawa Chapter.  The Ottawa region has such a proud history of developing Information Management and Technology innovation within the Hi-Tech sector as well as developing a modern digital government presence to deliver key services to Canadians.”
Philippe takes over the reins from Cindy Cripps-Prawak, who has held led the chapter for the past 2 years. Commenting on her term, Cindy says “It has been a pleasure to serve as the President of the Ottawa chapter for the last two years. I have benefitted from a rich and diverse national professional network and participated in the annual CIO Peer Forum.”
National Board President Humza Teherany said “I would like to personally thank Cindy for her enthusiastic leadership as Ottawa chapter president. With a strong focus on technology from our Federal minister, I am also looking forward to working with Philippe Johnston as the incoming president as we seek to explore new opportunities for the Association.” 


Vancouver Chapter Event: Tuesday June 20, 2017
The Speed of Now with Steve Dotto

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: Terminal City Club
The CIO Association of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter invites members to the June Social event at the Terminal City Club. Steve Dotto, Canadian technology media personality and host of TV’s “Dotto Tech” will share some of his insight into the impact of technology on our work and personal lives.
Click here for further details and registration.


Calgary Chapter Event: Thursday June 22, 2017
Leadership Matters – Beyond Technology

Time: Noon – 8:30 pm
Place: The Crossing at Ghost River
Come and spend an afternoon and evening with your fellow CIOCAL members, hearing from business executives, respected consultants and your fellow members about their approaches, perspectives, methods for adding value, experiences, challenges and leadership successes.
Building on the Calgary Chapter’s series of events this year on innovation, we are focusing our annual offsite on the methods and successes needed to make creativity, innovation and value happen. A collaborative knowledge sharing and facilitated discussion on the topics of leadership, communication and culture of IT/IS departments and how they enable the right mindset and effective delivery of our teams.
Those who attended this event last year know how wonderful the location is, and how professionally valuable and enjoyable the session was. If you weren’t able to join us last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s event.
Click here for further details and registration.


CIOCAN Informal Events:
Members are asked to register their intention of attending Beers with Peers to ensure that we can contact you in case of a change in plan, and so that we can have enough space saved for all participants.
Toronto Chapter Beers with Peers on Thursday June 15,  5:00 to 7:00 pm
Edmonton Chapter Beer with Peers, Thursday, June 22, 4:30 to 6:30 pm


Do YOU want to be in pictures?
Perhaps you’re not quite ready for Broadway, or maybe acting isn’t for you. You can still claim your moment of fame!

CIOs aren’t usually the ‘Spotlight on Me’ types, but that doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t benefit from becoming better known within our CIO community.  We’re not looking for singers, or dancers, or even comedians.  We are looking for experiences, ideas, and challenges that can be shared via blogs providing food for thought among our membership.
As we share our stories of innovation and leadership, we can celebrate our successes, and learn from one another.  When we share thought leadership, we create opportunities for collaboration, and contribute to developing best practices for our industry.
Your CIO Association is looking to give you the opportunity to share a great idea, tell a story of success or accomplishment, or pose a question that will get us all thinking.  Here’s how:

  • Draft your blog (500 to 800 words). 
  • Submit through the blog option on the Membership tab of the website (you need to be logged-in to access this feature). 
  • Marketing & website team will polish and publish. 

Your contribution will raise your profile within our community, and benefit your personal brand.
Don’t be shy – share your story today!


2017 Ingenious Awards Call for Judges

Once again the CIO Association members will judge the first round of competition.  Participating in this process offers members an excellent opportunity to learn about exciting new developments in IT. If you are interested in serving on the judging panel, please contact the national office, providing a brief bio and picture.  Details on the evaluation process will be provided, and new judges will be partnered with those who have previous experience.
Winners of the awards will be celebrated at the Ingenious Awards Gala Dinner in November.


CIOCAN Job Postings:

The Career Resources page of our website is available to CIOCAN members.  We have had another new opportunity posted this week.  Click here to view available positions.  (You must be logged into the website to access this resource.)


Gartner CIO Study:Last Call

This is the last week to claim the benefits being offered to CIOCAN members in appreciation for completing the Gartner survey.
In exchange for your time and expertise, you will receive the following benefits:
1.      The 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Executive Summary upon completion of the survey.
2.      A personalized peer report comparing your responses with those of other CIOs in your industry and geography.
3.      A choice of up to three Gartner research reports from a customized selection based on your responses to the survey questions.

Once results are available, CIOCAN will host a webcast presentation of the findings for our members.


Ingenious Awards 2017

Nominations are open for the annual ITAC Ingenious Awards competition. New this year is the Ingenious Spark category that has been added to recognize a Canadian company that showcases an early growth, unique innovation that is looking to change the world or disrupt an industry.


Volunteer Opportunity: ICTC Industry Growth Task Force

Created to establish actions that position Canada to more effectively attract and retain global digital talent, the mandate for the ICTC Canadian Leadership Taskforce on Industry Growth came from the digital talent strategy released in 2016.  CIOCAN has been asked to provide representatives who can contribute to this task force with the aim of shaping the discussion on the digital agenda while also guiding the consultation and development of the innovation measure. The task force meets quarterly by conference call.  You can read about the current members here.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the national office, including a brief biography that can be forwarded to ICTC.


Professional Development Resources:

While all activities of the CIO Association contribute to the professional development, there are some more formal programs that are available to those who are looking to make a deeper investment in their career. The images below are each linked to further information that is available on the CIOCAN website.


Why Blockchain? Why Now?

Blockchain uses the infrastructure of the Internet combined with game theory to incentivise distributed computers to store and update data in an open and permanent ledger. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether fuel Blockchains and some have seen market capitalization growth of over 2000% in weeks. Together with smart contracts that enable software to execute contractual obligations in real-time, decentralized autonomous organizations and peer-to-peer models, highly disruptive business and operating models are emerging rapidly.
Blockchain is already here and chances are that it has already started to disrupt your business. While governments, banks and insurance firms have already started to adopt Blockchain in limited manner, we will likely see the adoption start to accelerate into 2018.
Gaining a deeper understanding of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, the opportunities, challenges, and risks is quickly becoming a requirement for success, perhaps even for survival. The CIO Association of Canada has partnered with TransformationWorx to develop and deliver enterprise-grade training in these areas of high-demand. Participants have the opportunity to earn the “CIO Certified Professional” designation.
A two day session will be offered in Toronto July 10-11. Custom workshops can be arranged for your organization.






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